Current Council Members




Mary Rose

President 2002

Mary Rose

Mary Rose is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Research Director in the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in the Management School at Lancaster University, UK. She is also Director of the Pasold Research Fund, a charitable trust which provides grants for all aspects of textile history and funds and organises conferences and lectures. She was a founder member of the ABH Council and has twice been President in 1993-4 and 2001-2. She is President of the European Business History Association 2003-5.

Mary Rose specialises in business history, especially international perspectives on family business and the history of textiles and of sport and leisure. She has published widely on the evolution of business values, networking behaviour by family firms and the problem of leadership succession, this has included numerous articles in refereed journals whilst she has authored and co-authored 3 books and edited 9. Firms, networks and business values : The British and American Cotton Industries since 1750, was published in 2000. She has recently collaborated with Mike Parsons, past owner of Karrimor and Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, on a book entitled Invisible on Everest: Innovation and the Gear Makers, which was published in 2003. The pair are currently designing a course on innovation based heavily on business history.