Laura Galloway is a professor of Business and Enterprise at the Edinburgh Business School

She has a background of research in entrepreneurship, leadership and small business. Laura currently teaches Entrepreneurship and Leadership MBA course, and has delivered courses for several external organisations.

Research interests

Laura's research background is in entrepreneurship, small firms and self-employment.

Much of Laura’s research focuses on peripherality, both regionally and demographically, including examination of minority entrepreneurship and the role of enterprise in reducing social and economic barriers. Additionally, she pursues research on leadership, particularly in the context of value generation in organisations. Laura also has a research interest in the use and impact of ICT in small firms and entrepreneurship education.

Laura has conducted research on these topics internationally, and current projects include investigations of SME behaviour in the UAE and in New Zealand, survivalist entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa, and of course, ongoing studies in Scotland and the wider UK, particularly on self-employment and welfare. Laura sits on the cross-party group on women's enterprise at the Scottish Parliament and has a specific interest in women's business and self-employment.

Laura publishes regularly in journals and books and has co-edited special editions on entrepreneurship education in Industry and Higher Education for several years. Laura sits on the editorial boards for various international journals and chaired the 2009 and 2015 annual conferences of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the UK's largest network of specialists in SME and entrepreneurship research and policy. 

PhD student capacity


Laura supervises high-calibre PhD candidates in the areas of leadership, enterprise education, employability and business amongst marginalised or peripheral groups.