Sarah's research focuses on the impact of socio-cultural factors on the nature, quality and quantity of entrepreneurship, including socio-economic marginality, social ties, religion, politics, and the family. She has a special interest in alternative, or inclusive, small business start-up and growth, and current field work explores punk rock, craft beer, and social enterprise. Sarah has also studied social capital and networking, growth strategies, family business, entrepreneurship education, and cross-cultural conceptualizations of the entrepreneur. An additional research stream includes the relationships between theology, religion and entrepreneurship. Sarah's research has been published in leading entrepreneurship and management journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Management Decision, the Scandinavian Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, the International Small Business Journal, the Family Business Review, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is a Board Member of ETP, ERD, and IJEI.
Sarah teaches and trains in the areas of entrepreneurship and society, corporate venturing, new venture creation and growth, family business, organizational behaviour, and international business management. She also teaches qualitative methods to graduate students.
Professor Dodd’s previous posts include Professor of Enterprise and Small Business at Middlesex University, and academic positions with ALBA Graduate School of Business (Athens, Greece), the American College of Greece, Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), and the University of Aberdeen. She holds a visiting positions at the University of Lancaster.
Professor. Dodd has considerable experience of marketing, training, and business development, including several years spent managing Aberdeen University's executive development programmes for areas ranging from engineering to philosophy, and from forestry to management. Professor Dodd also founded and directed AHEAD, the Alba Hub for Enterprise and Development, Greece’s first University centre for entrepreneurship, which bridges the gap between the worlds of higher education and enterprise.
Sarah is committed to creating new, relevant knowledge about the entrepreneurial process, and sharing this in a highly practical fashion with students, entrepreneurs and policy makers. She believes that we learn best through guided experiences, and through coached interactions with our peers, and this is reflected in her interactive teaching style. Sarah founded and directed AHEAD, Greece’s first University centre for entrepreneurship, bridging the gap between the worlds of higher education and enterprise. She served as a long-time member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Greek Entrepreneurs Association.
Sarah has more than 25 years of experience in the teaching and training of new venture creation and growth, and family business. She also teaches in the area of embedding and encouraging entrepreneurship within larger organizations, including corporate venturing, entrepreneurial management and leadership. Sarah has also taught qualitative methodologies, most especially metaphor methods, to a range of PhD students around Europe. Her teaching portfolio includes organizational behaviour, and international business management.
- Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (RENT XXXV) 2021
- Tapping Into a Wellbeing Economy
- Member of programme committee
- HAPPILY EVER AFTER Co-creating Academic Wellbeing
More professional activities
- PATHWAYS TO RESEARCH The Ink Way - Studying Structured Writing Interventions
- Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
- Every Tree tells a Story
- Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
- Contracted against UoS Terms via Invoice (agreed with funder)
- 01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2023
- GCRF Pump Priming Re-Enterprising the 'Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo'
- Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
- Re-enterprising the ‘Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo’. The project explores women's micro and social entrepreneurship within challenged and marginalised informal settlements in Greater Cairo, as a potential solution to tackle challenges of sustainable water resources for these communities using a holistic framework of entrepreneurship, architecture, urban planning and social innovation.
- 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
- Migrant Entrepreneurship in Scotland
- Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Lassalle, Paul (Co-investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Stoyanov, Stoyan (Co-investigator)
- 27-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
- Building Growth: Deploying Entrepreneurial Capitals
- Karampela, Maria (Principal Investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Danson, Mike (Co-investigator)
- Knowledge exchange event taking place during 'Engage with Strathclyde' Week 2017
- 04-Jan-2017 - 04-Jan-2017
- Growing Strong: Growth Challenges, Opportunities and Potential Collaboration Models
- Wilson, Juliette (Principal Investigator) Karampela, Maria (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Danson, Mike (Principal Investigator)
- Event as part of the 'Crafting Growth' project funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute
- 29-Jan-2017 - 29-Jan-2017
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