My main thematic areas of research are entrepreneurship, innovation and public policy. My career has included periods in industry, consultancy and over a decade in public policy. During this time I have undertaken and managed a number of major research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Anglo-German Foundation, the OECD and the Institute for Chartered Accountants Scotland. I have also acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD.
My current research has been examining high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership and public policy to support entrepreneurship. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in journals such as Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics and Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy.
I currently have two PhD students. Matthew Pauley is examining the process of "entrepreneurial exit" within Canadian SMEs, while Alexander Stanley is undertaking research on "entrepreneurial ambition" and firm growth issues in Scotland and Germany.