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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 for the MBA and has delivered courses for several external organisations.

Research interests

Prof Laura Galloway has a research background 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 has research interests also 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 invenstigations of SME behaviour in UAE and in New Zealand, survivalist entrepreneurship in subSaharan 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.


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Research Output 2001 2019

Open Access
Business activity
Value orientations
Work Choices

Business, Ageing and Socioemotional Selectivity: A Qualitative Study of Gray Entrepreneurship

Stirzaker, R. J., Galloway, L. & Potter, L., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Small Business Management. 57, S2, p. 616-636 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aging of materials

Gender, intersecting identities, and entrepreneurship research: an introduction to a special section on intersectionality

Abbas, A., Byrne, J., Galloway, L. & Jackman, L., 11 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 25, 8, p. 1703-1705 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Small and medium-sized enterprises
Entrepreneurial orientation
Performance orientation
United Arab Emirates

Poverty, social exclusion and enterprise policy: A study of UK policies’ effectiveness over 40 years

Smith, A. M. J., Galloway, L., Jackman, L., Danson, M. & Whittam, G., May 2019, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 20, 2, p. 107-118 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social exclusion
Policy effectiveness
Social enterprise

Activities 2012 2019

Poverty and Intersectionality

Laura Galloway (Invited speaker)
15 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Journal)

Laura Galloway (Guest editor), Amal Abbas (Guest editor), Laura Jackman (Guest editor), Janice Byrne (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Research and critique in studies in entrepreneurship and business

Laura Galloway (Invited speaker)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Young Company Finance

Laura Galloway (Chair)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Industry and Higher Education (Journal)

David Higgins (Guest editor), Laura Galloway (Guest editor), Pauric McGowan (Guest editor), Paul Jones (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity