Dr Suzanne Mawson

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I joined joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCE) in July 2020. My research centres around how entrepreneurs think, make decisions and act in pursuit of developing and growing their businesses, as well as how such growth-oriented individuals can be supported through policy interventions and training. My current research projects focus on conceptually differentiating between firm scaling and for growth, policy interventions to support the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and how entrepreneurial thinking and action (entrepreneurial mindset) can be shaped through education and public policy. At the HCE I teach creativity and entrepreneurial thinking classes on our MSc and MBA programmes. This aligns closely to my research interests and expertise on supporting business developent, growth and scaling through value creation.


A competence development approach for entrepreneurial mindset in entrepreneurship education
Mawson Suzanne, Casulli Lucrezia, Simmons Emilee L
Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, pp. 1-21 (2022)
New thinking or the 'emperor's new clothes’? : a critique of entrepreneurial mindset and public policy
Simmons Emilee Lauran, Mawson Suzanne, Casulli Lucrezia
Managing through a crisis : emotional leadership strategies of high-growth entrepreneurs during the Covid-19 pandemic
Ramli Kautsar, Spigel Ben, Williams Nick, Mawson Suzanne, Jack Sarah
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (2022)
Places are not like people : the perils of anthropomorphism within entrepreneurial ecosystems research
Brown Ross, Mawson Suzanne, Rocha Augusto
Regional Studies (2022)
The Information Dissemination Project : Final evaluation | July 2022
Kasem Laila, McGuire Darren, Mawson Suzanne
Entrepreneurial mindset in entrepreneurship education : reorienting towards a competence development perspective
Casulli Lucrezia, Mawson Suzanne, Simmons Emilee Lauran
Boosting Entrepreneurial Skills and Mindsets (2022)

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Research interests

My area of expertise is broadly entrepreneurship, specifically business development and growth in the context of young ventures and SMEs. Much of my work to date has focused on high growth/scale-up entrepreneurship, including the nature and processes of growth in these firms, their support requirements (financial and otherwise) and the wider public policy context and support mechanisms designed for high growth firms/scale-ups (high growth entrepreneurship policy). I am also interested in wider issues related to business development and growth including creativity; entrepreneurial thinking and mindset; the role of entrepreneurial financing; the effect of changes in ownership structure and business models; business accelerator programming, as well as entrepreneurship education for different audiences.

Professional activities

RENT XXXVI Re-thinking entrepreneurship after the crisis
Entrepreneurial thinking and mindset in higher education: A Competence Development Perspective
Rethinking entrepreneurship education: Entrepreneurial thinking and mindset
Invited speaker
Business and Society manuscript development workshop
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

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Entrepreneurial Mindset in UK HEI Curricula
Mawson, Suzanne (Principal Investigator) Casulli, Lucrezia (Co-investigator) Simmons, Emilee Lauran (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Students' perceptions of success
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Research Co-investigator) Williams, Damien (Research Co-investigator) Mawson, Suzanne (Research Co-investigator) Casulli, Lucrezia (Research Co-investigator)
This research project will investigate students' perceptions of success, with a particular focus on students from diverse communities.
Scottish Tech Ecosystem Fund
Wurth, Bernd (Principal Investigator) Mawson, Suzanne (Co-investigator) Shaw, Eleanor (Co-investigator)
11-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Entrepreneurial resiliency, innovation, and change during the COVID-19 Crisis
Mawson, Suzanne (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2021
Employee Ownership Database Development
McQuaid, Ronald (Principal Investigator) Mawson, Suzanne (Co-investigator) Yusof, Zatun Najahah (Researcher)
This project is funded by Scottish Enterprise to supports the Co-operative Development Scotland on updating the Scottish Enterprise Employee Ownership Database Development. The project provide a current census of the employee-owned businesses (EOBs) and co-operatives in Scotland.
27-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
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