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Laura Galloway is a professor of Business and Enterprise at the Edinburgh Business School and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & innovation. She has a background of research in entrepreneurship, leadership and small business and has published widely in these areas. Laura currently teaches Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the MBA and has delivered courses for several external organisations. She has also developed the Edinburgh Business School Incubator, within which early stage businesses from the University and the wider community are being supported. The businesses include tech firms, social enterprises and consumer and business services, and align with the culture of interdisciplinarity and collabortative learning in the School.

Research interests

Prof Laura Galloway has a research background in entrepreneurship, small firms and self-employment, and leadership.

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. She has led studies of enterprise as a context of poverty and intersecting issues, including entrepreneurship amongst those in poor health or disabled and other atypical workers. Other areas Professor Galloway specialises in include entrepreneurship education, rural entrepreneurship and motivations for starting and continuing to be in business. International studies on these topics include collaborations with scholars throughout the world, including UAE, New Zealand, Finland, Cyprus and of course the UK, especially Scotland. Additionally, Laura pursues research on leadership, particularly in the context of value generation in organisations.

Professor Galloway is joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a regular contributing editor to Industry and Higher Education and sits on the editorial board of several other journals. She has twice served as an elected board member (2010-2013 and 2017-2020) for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the UK's leading group that focuses on entrepreneurship and small firms policy and research and she is regularly invited to speak about her academic work at conferences, seminars and other events. Laura sits on the cross-party group on women's enterprise at the Scottish Parliament and has an ongoing interest in supporting women in business and self-employment, and in academic careers.

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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Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?

Marks, A., Chillas, S. A., Galloway, L. & McLean, G., 1 Feb 2020, In : Economic and Industrial Democracy. 41, 1, p. 167-188 22 p.

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    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

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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


    Enterprise on low incomes: motives, value and experiences

    Laura Galloway (Speaker) & Isla Kapasi (Speaker)

    1 Oct 2020

    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

    Erasmus Teaching & Research visit

    Laura Galloway (Invited speaker)

    22 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Enterprise on low income: motives, value, and experiences

    Laura Galloway (Presenter), Isla Kapasi (Presenter), Laura Jackman (Presenter), Rebecca Jane Stirzaker (Presenter) & Andreea Mihut (Presenter)

    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Other