It is with sadness that we have to let you know that Professor James Curran (Jim) passed away on 1st June.
Some members of ISBE will remember Jim – he was a great supporter of UKEMRA, ISBA and ISBE, and for some time was on the executive of ISBE in the 1990s, helping shape its strategic pathway.
Jim came originally from the School of Sociology at Kingston Polytechnic, as a Reader in Industrial Sociology; he established the Small Business Research Centre and Director of Research in the Faculty of Business (and Law), Kingston University, until 1996. He was director of Kingston University’s ESRC Research Centre on Small Firms in the Services Sector – as part of the ESRC Small firms initiative, 1989-1992. He became Emeritus Professor of the University on his retirement.
Jim touched a lot of people in his life. He had the highest respect amongst his academic peers: tenacious in debate and a serious contributor to the development of the field. Jim was a world-class scholar, an excellent person to work with, a brilliant supervisor and mentor for early career staff. He was also key to the early development of the International Small Business Journal. Jim’s legacy is not only demonstrated in his extensive publications track-record and research activities, but through the people he met – has helped shape numerous careers in the field of small business and entrepreneurship.
Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.