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Entrepreneurship Enterprise policy, education & economic development

We aim to develop a better understanding of how entrepreneurs can more successfully create new value for both business and society. We also provide practical recommendations to business leaders, policy makers, and entrepreneurship support organisations.

Our areas of expertise

Particular attention has always been paid to the wider policy and development implications of entrepreneurship research. This can be seen in the range of related publications and projects that staff have engaged with, as well as ongoing links to policy and support organisations.

  • Policy and development initiatives for stimulating female entrepreneurship (Sara Carter, Eleanor Shaw)´╗┐
  • Internationalisation of SMEs (Lucrezia Casulli). Her research has informed the planning and delivery of programmes supporting the international growth of Scottish firms, through collaborations with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International´╗┐
  • Jonathan Levie was appointed to the European Commission DG Education expert panel on data and indicators on entrepreneurial learning in 2012
  • Niall MacKenzie has carried out extensive research into the impact of state support for innovation on economic development, particularly in peripheral regions
  • Jacques Hefti’s PhD focus is on understanding success factors for start-up growth, including implications of state funded entrepreneurship programmes
  • Max Romanov’s PhD research interests lie in the area of career decision making, risk and benefit perception, and the issues of choosing between employment and self-employment careers

Many of our staff in the Hunter Centre have also studied enterprise education, training, and career choices. Fieldwork has taken place in a variety of settings including:

The Hunter Centre is also engaged in GUESSS, surveying and analysing the entrepreneurial career decisions of students at 500 universities.

We're also a long-standing partner in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) which includes policy-related analysis of key topics, including regulatory frameworks, ´╗┐in its surveys.

Our key publications

Enterprise Policy & Development

Arshed, N. Carter, S. and Mason, C. (2014) The Ineffectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy: Is Policy Formulation to Blame? Small Business Economics Forthcoming.

MacKenzie, NG, Yoo, SJ & Jones-Evans, D, (2012) ‘Public Sector Support for Technology Based SMEs in North Wales’, Journal of Enterprising Culture. 20(01), 83-104.

Carter, S. Mason, C. and Tagg, S. (2009). Perceptions and Experience of Employment Regulation in UK Small Firms. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 27, pp263-278.

Marlow, S., Carter, S., & Shaw, E. (2008). Constructing female entrepreneurship policy in the UK: is the US a relevant benchmark?. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26(2), 335-351.

Levie, J., & Autio, E. (2011). Regulatory burden, rule of law, and entry of strategic entrepreneurs: An international panel study. Journal of Management Studies, 48(6), 1392-1419.

Exploring opportunity creation in internationalising SMEs : evidence from Scottish Firms Casulli Lucrezia, In : Internationalisation, erntrepreneurship and the smaller firm pp. 20-36 (2009)

Scottish enterprise global companies development programme longitudinal research and evaluation, final summary report Casulli Lucrezia, Jones Marian V., (2009)

Enterprise Education & Training

Levie, J. (2014) The University is the Classroom: Teaching and Learning Technology Commercialization at a Technological University. Journal of Technology Transfer. Online first, June. DOI 10.1007/s10961-014-9342-2

Martinez, A. C., Levie, J., Kelley, D. J., Saemundsson, R. J., & Schott, T. (2010). Global entrepreneurship monitor special report: a global perspective on entrepreneurship education and training. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, United States.

Levie, J., Hart, M., & Anyadike-Danes, M. (2009). The effect of business or enterprise training on opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial skills of graduates and non-graduates in the UK. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 29(23), 1.

Ibeh, K. Carter, S. Poff, D. and Hamill, J. (2008) How Focused are the World’s Top Rated Business Schools on Educating Women for Global Management? Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 83, No. 1, pp: 65-83.

“From the Zoo to the Jungle – Narratives Pedagogies and Enterprise Education” (2013) With Yvonne Costin, Briga Hynes and Maria Lichrou, Industry and Higher Education, 27 (6) 421-431

Anderson, A., Dodd, S. D., & Jack, S. (2009). Aggressors; Winners; Victims and Outsiders European Schools' Social Construction of the Entrepreneur. International Small Business Journal, 27(1), 126-136.

Enhancing academic entrepreneurial capability through the creation of new knowledge Ferri Paul, Talbot Steve, Whittam Geoff, Baynham Caroline, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Vol 13, No. 30, pp. 189-199 (2012)

Social entrepreneurship education : policy, core themes and developmental competencies Chell Elizabeth, Karatas-Ozkan Mine, Nicolopoulou Katerina, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education Vol 5, (2007)