Entrepreneurship is well-placed for the impact agenda, as much of entrepreneurship scholarship and research has direct links with external issues and organisations.

Entrepreneurship research and entrepreneurship education have significant economic and broader societal impact, particularly in terms of attitudes, aptitudes, abilities and action.

This meeting of the Entrepreneurship group picks up on its vision, set out below, and welcomes contributions from across the entrepreneurial spectrum. Please let us know if you have interest in attending and/or contributing to this impact debate.

Vision for the BAM Entrepreneurship SIG: The vision for the Entrepreneurship SIG is to build upon the existing foundations and establish effective research collaborations across academia and with industry professionals. Complementary links with other SIGs may also be explored. The SIG objectives are to provide a forum for discussion, debate and dissemination on entrepreneurship-related issues, to aid networking between members, and to encourage interaction and collaboration internally and externally, as a means of forming bridges between BAM, public policy and practice through research, networking and knowledge transfer activities. Areas of interest would include issues where entrepreneurship has economic impact or impact on society more broadly and this would include new venture creation, entrepreneurship education, innovation, survival, growth, female entrepreneurship, family business entrepreneurship, ethnic minority entrepreneurship, creative industries, entrepreneurial finance, marketing, learning and more.​


Friday 14 December, 2018


Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

All are welcome to attend, please reserve your place to avoid disappointment.


Professor Heather McGregor
Prof Heather McGregor is Dean of Edinburgh Business School and was for 17 years the Financial Times’s much-loved Mrs Moneypenny.  She was formerly managing director of executive search company Taylor Bennett, and remains its principal shareholder and the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation.  She is co-founder of the 30% club and was awarded a CBE in 2015 for her services to diversity and employment.

Professor Laura Galloway
Prof Laura Galloway leads Heriot-Watt’s postgraduate entrepreneurship curriculum and its business incubator.  Previously she was Dean of the Social Science Faculty and Director of Learning and Teaching.  She is a trustee of ISBE, has published extensively and has edited a number of journal special issues around her research specialisms of leadership, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education.

Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harris is the founder of SpinoutsUK, which documents the commercialisation of university IP across the UK.

Professor Allan Gibb
Prof Allan Gibb founded, directed and chaired Durham University’s Small Business Centre for 30 years.  His 2009 paper "Leading the Entrepreneurial University” became the template for the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme. He has been perhaps the most prominent UK voice in the recognition of entrepreneurial education and was the recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2009, and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Professor Richard T Harrison
Prof Richard T Harrison is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Michael FowleBusiness School.  Richard is a world-leading authority on business angel and early stage venture finance, and founding co-editor of the journal Venture Capital.  He was the 2015 recipient of the ESRC Award for Outstanding Research Impact on Business, and he won the 2018 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Practice Award.

Professor James Cunningham
Prof James Cunningham is Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University.  He was previously Director of the Centre of Innovation and Structural Change and founding Director of the Whitaker Institute.  He has published eleven books, and he is one of the world’s leading commentators on the Entrepreneurial University and Technology Transfer.
Prof Mike Danson is Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot-Watt. His extensive list of publications includes many that focus on the role and impact of development agencies in an economy, entrepreneurial policy, rural entrepreneurship and the impact of entrepreneurship on poverty. He is Treasurer of the Academy of Social Sciences, Convenor of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, Chair of Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland, and has advised and served on committees and groups of Parliaments and international bodies globally.

Professor Simon O'Leary
Prof Simon O’Leary is Chair of the British Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship group and Director of the Regent University Research Centre for Entrepreneurship.  He worked as a scientist and as a business executive in the energy, life sciences and services sectors before becoming an academic.  His research focus is on entrepreneurship and its impact on society and the economy, and his recent publications include entrepreneurial learning and experiences as a platform for developing management attributes.