Professor Sara Carter

Associate Principal

Learning & Teaching

Personal statement

I am Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching).

Sara Carter is Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Strathclyde and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School.

Sara chairs the Learning & Teaching Building Executive Steering Board and the SIMS Executive Steering Group.

Sara holds several external appointments. She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of Scotland; the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise Action Group; Non-Executive Director of Women's Enterprise Scotland; and a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the UK Government's Women's Enterprise Task Force, and was awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008.

From 2006 – 2012 Sara was Editor and Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. She currently serves on the editorial board of leading academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing.

Her research examines the effects of business ownership on the individual, the economic wellbeing of entrepreneurial households, and the consequences of structural inequalities on resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector.

A summary of Sara's research can be found in the following book chapter, with the pre-publication version available on PURE.

Carter, S, (2016) The Effect of Business Ownership on People's Lives. In Audretsch, D. and E. Lehmann (Eds) Companion to Makers of Modern Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp.42-52.


Has expertise in:

    • Entrepreneurship
    • SMEs
    • Access to finance


How nascent community enterprises build legitimacy in internal and external environments
Vestrum, I., Rasmussen, E. & Carter, S. 21 Sep 2017 In : Regional Studies. 51, 11, p. 1721-1734 14 p.
Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise
Women's Enterprise Scotland & Carter, S. 31 Aug 2017 Edinburgh
Entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector: a literature review and future research opportunities
Fitz-Koch, S., Nordqvist, M., Carter, S. & Hunter, E. 13 Jul 2017 In : Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice . 40 p.
Households as a site of entrepreneurial activity
Carter, S., Kuhl, A., Marlow, S. & Mwaura, S. 19 Jun 2017 In : Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship. 13, 2, p. 81-190 110 p.
No joy with banks 'round here: the geography of the usage of bank financing among UK SMEs
Mwaura, S. & Carter, S. 4 Jun 2017 27 p.
Female leadership in contemporary Chinese family firms: a case study
Chen, S., Fang, H. C., MacKenzie, N. G., Carter, S., Chen, L. & Wu, B. 10 May 2017 In : Asia Pacific Journal of Management. p. 1-31 31 p.
The importance of ‘fitting in’: collaboration and social value creation in response to community norms and expectations
Pret, T. & Carter, S. 15 Mar 2017 In : Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
Exploring the disconnect in policy implementation: a case of enterprise policy in England
Arshed, N., Mason, C. & Carter, S. 1 Dec 2016 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34, 8, p. 1582-1611 30 p.
The effect of business ownership on people's lives
Carter, S. 30 Sep 2016 Companion to Makers of Modern Entrepreneurship. Audretsch, D. B. & Lehmann, E. E. (eds.). Oxford, 20 p.
Entrepreneurial ideation: unpacking the relationships between creativity, style and trends
Pret, T., Carter, S. & Shaw, E. 17 Mar 2016 40 p.

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I teach on the Strathclyde MBA, New Venture Creation (NVC) and Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management (ELM), and supervise MBA projects.

I supervise PhD candidates in the areas of SMEs and economic well-being, resource access, family business and entrepreneurial leadership.

Professional activities

Diversity & Inclusion Business Council
Speech to the OU Teaching Awards Nominees
Hosting PhD Candidate for 6 months (Shihui Chen, Ellen)
Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Enterprise
Research Advisory Board Lancaster University Centre for Family Business
Diversity & Inclusion Business Council

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Entrepreneurial Leadership Co funded PhD studentship
Carter, Sara (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2016
ESRC Enterprise Centre
Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Carter, Sara (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Dec-2015
Entrepreneurship, Income and Wealth
Carter, Sara (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 30-Apr-2011

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