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Dr Ross Brown

Dr Ross Brown

BA, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Management

Programme Director, Masters in International Business

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462202
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462812

Web link

Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance

Teaching 2016-2017

  • MN3126 International Business
  • MN5423 Global Business Strategy
  • MN5425 Master Class in International Business

Biography

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. I have extensive experience of project managing and undertaking research for a range of research funders and clients. 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, Department for Business Innovation and Skills. I have also undertaken research and acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Northern Ireland government, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD.

My current research examines high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership and public policy to support entrepreneurship both in developed and emerging market economies. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in top journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, Small Business Economics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies 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. Potential PhD applicants in the specific areas of my research interests are encouraged.

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • High Growth Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
  • Funding for SMEs (including alternative forms of funding such as crowdfunding)
  • Innovation Policy
  • Employee-Ownership.

Selected publications

“Looking Inside the Spiky Bits: A Critical Review and Conceptualisation of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”
Brown, R. C. 13 Mar 2017 In : Small Business Economics.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Myth-busting and entrepreneurship policy: the case of high growth firms
Brown, R., Mawson, S. & Mason, C. 15 Feb 2017 In : Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Latest Articles
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Entrepreneurial acquisitions, open innovation and UK high growth SMEs
Mawson, S. & Brown, R. C. 16 Oct 2016 In : Industry and Innovation. Latest Articles, 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Targeted support for high growth firms: theoretical constraints, unintended consequences and future policy challenges
Brown, R. C. & Mawson, S. 15 Aug 2016 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34, 5, p. 816-836 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Innovation, SMEs and the liability of distance: the demand and supply of bank funding in UK peripheral regions
Lee, N. & Brown, R. C. 3 May 2016 In : Journal of Economic Geography.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The geography of job creation in high-growth firms: the implications of ‘growing abroad’
Brown, R. C. & Mawson, S. Mar 2016 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34, 2, p. 207-227 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mission impossible? Entrepreneurial universities and peripheral regional innovation systems
Brown, R. C. 2016 In : Industry and Innovation. 23, 2, p. 189-205
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A post-mortem of regional innovation policy failure: Scotland's Intermediate Technology Initiative (ITI)
Brown, R. C., Gregson, G. & Mason, C. 2016 In : Regional Studies. 50, 7, p. 1260-1272 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Employee voice through open-book accounting: the benefits of informational transparency
Timming, A. R. & Brown, R. C. 2015 In : Social and Environmental Accountability Journal. 35, 2, p. 86-95
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

High growth firms, jobs and peripheral regions: the case of Scotland
Mason, C., Brown, R., Hart, M. & Anyadike-Danes, M. 2015 In : Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Advance Access
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Inside the high-tech black box: a critique of technology entrepreneurship policy
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. Dec 2014 In : Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. 34, 12, p. 773-784 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Employee owned businesses - access to funding
McQuaid, R., Brown, R. C., Summers, J. C. & Mawson, S. 1 Nov 2014 Scottish Enterprise. 47 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Funding issues confronting high growth SMEs in the UK
Brown, R. C. & Lee, N. 24 Jun 2014 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The performance of employee-owned businesses in Scotland: some preliminary empirical evidence
Brown, R. C. Mar 2014 In : Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary . 37, 3, p. 108-117 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Increasing 'the Vital 6 Percent': Designing effective public policy to support high growth firms
Brown, R. C., Mason, C. & Mawson, S. 13 Jan 2014 London: National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts, p. 1-37 (NESTA Working Paper; no. 14/01)
Research output: Working paper

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. 2014 Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development, p. 1-38 38 p.
Research output: Working paper

Creating Good Public Policy To Support High Growth Firms
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. 2013 In : Small Business Economics. 40, 2, p. 211-225
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Trigger points and high‐growth firms: A conceptualisation and review of public policy implications
Brown, R. C. & Mawson, S. 2013 In : Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 20, 2, p. 279-295
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Evolution of Enterprise Policy in Scotland
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. 2012 Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development: Policy, Practice and Challenges. Blackburn, R. & Schaper, M. (eds.). Farnham, p. 17-30 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Raising the Batting Average: Re-orienting Regional Industrial Policy to Generate more High Growth Firms
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. 2012 In : Local Economy. 27, 1, p. 33-49
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The growth dynamics of technology-based firms in Scotland
Brown, R. C., Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M. & Mason, C. 2012 In : Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary . 36, 1, p. 56-65
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Determinants of high-growth entrepreneurship in the Scottish food and drink cluster
Brown, R. C. 2011 The Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development. Alsos, G., Carter, S., Ljunggren, E. & Welter, F. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 131-146 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Anatomy of High Growth Firms in Scotland
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C. 2010 In : Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary . 34, 4, p. 67-76 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exploratory Techniques for Examining Cluster Dynamics: A Systems Thinking Approach
Brown, R. C. & Smith, M. 2009 In : Local Economy. 24, 4, p. 283-298 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Selected other information

Ross is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Edinburgh Business School.