Professor Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

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.


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    Sarah has 25 years of hands-on work training, developing and supporting entrepreneurs in a range of international settings. Prior to her academic career, Sarah developed considerable practical experience working in marketing, training, and business development. This included several years spent managing all of Aberdeen University's executive development programmes for areas ranging from engineering to philosophy, and from forestry to management. In this role, and in others since, she has worked with a broad variety of private and public sector organisations, including high tech start-ups, community businesses, large corporations and local governments.

    Sarah has a special interest in working with small, independent ventures that focus on a social, or creative mission. Her current research and engagement projects are in the world of craft beer, of punk rock, and of social entrepreneurship.



Crafting growth together
Dodd Sarah, Wilson Juliette, Karampela Maria, Danson Mike
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (2021)
"Let them not make me a stone" - repositioning entrepeneurship
Dodd Sarah, Anderson Alistair, Jack Sarah
Journal of Small Business Management (2021)
"Let them not make me a stone" - repositioning entrepeneurship
Dodd Sarah, Anderson Alistair, Jack Sarah
Management, Leadership and Organisations Department Seminar Series (2021)
Starting Over : Migrant Entrepreneurship in Scotland
Mwaura Samuel, Levie Jonathan, Lassalle Paul, Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Stoyanov Stoyan
Small beer? peer‐to‐peer lending in the craft beer sector
Mac an Bhaird Ciarán, Owen Robyn, Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Wilson Juliette, Bisignano Angelo
Strategic Change Vol 28, pp. 59-68 (2019)
Habitus emerging : the development of hybrid logics and collaborative business models in the Irish craft beer sector
Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Wilson Juliette, Mac an Bhaird Ciáran, Bisignano Angelo P
International Small Business Journal Vol 36, pp. 637-661 (2018)

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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.


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
Crafting Growth: Exploring emerging potential and challenges of extended collaboration for Scotland’s craft beer sector
Wilson, Juliette (Principal Investigator) Karampela, Maria (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Danson, Mike (Co-investigator)
The project follows the successful funding application to the Scottish Universities Insight Institute latest call ‘Learning from other places’. The SUII call was for projects that seek to engage in any type of knowledge exchange between Scotland and other parts of Europe. The team put together a proposal that involves the collaboration of academics, practitioners and industry support bodies from the UK and 9 other European countries. The project involves various research and knowledge exchange activities regarding innovative best practices in relation to 4 themes relevant to breweries: Sourcing, Producing and Distributing; Branding, Marketing and Communicating; Internationalisation; Contextual Challenges (regulation, support, legislation). The award is approx. £20,000.
13-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017
Researching and Modelling Growth - North Ayrshire Council
Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Kesidou, Eleni (Post Grad Student) Shaw, Eleanor (Co-investigator)
This top-up funding for the Synergy Project, will result in a detailed and feasible strategic model, proposing the optimum path to ACM’s goals, including core activities, resources required, key recommended partnerships, staged steps to achieving this goals, and the scale of each such step.

The project will lead to a novel combination of (social enterprise) services, by facilitating the partner company in the development of an implementable and feasible template for their growth, permitting ACM to plan, source funding, co-ordinate resources, and grow in an effective and novel fashion. ACM aims to make a substantive and measurable impact on North Ayrshire’s long-term socio-economic deprivation, by creating jobs, enhancing digital and craft skills (and hence employability), and supporting the development of other creative and social entrepreneurship.

Without a detailed and rigorous analysis of actual demand for these planned services, such impact cannot be maximised, nor can the optimum market-facing constellation of services be calculated.
23-Jan-2015 - 29-Jan-2015

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