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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

Teaching 2014-2015

  • 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. 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. I have also acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD.

My current research has been examining high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership and public policy to support entrepreneurship. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in journals such as Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics 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.

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

Targeted Support for High Growth Firms: Theoretical Constraints, Unintended Consequences and Future Policy Challenges
Brown, R. C. & Mawson, S. 2015 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy .
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Employee voice through open-book accounting: the benefits of informational transparency
Timming, A. R. & Brown, R. C. 2015 In : Social and Environmental Accountability Journal .
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2015.1022196
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

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
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu032
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

A post-mortem of regional innovation policy failure: Scotland's Intermediate Technology Initiative (ITI)
Brown, R. C. , Gregson, G. & Mason, C. 2015 In : Regional Studies . Early online , 13 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2014.985644
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

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.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2014.07.013
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Funding issues confronting high growth SMEs in the UK
Brown, R. C. & Lee, N. 24 Jun 2014 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland .
ISBN: 978-1-909883-05-5.
Research output : Book/Report Book

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 journal Article

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; 14/01).
Open access version: working_paper_increasing_the_vital_6_percent.pdf
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

The geography of job creation in high-growth firms: the implications of ‘growing abroad’
Brown, R. C. & Mawson, S. 2014 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy . forthcoming
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

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 journal Article

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
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14626001311326734
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

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 proceeding Chapter

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 journal Article

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 journal Article

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 proceeding Chapter

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 journal Article

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 journal Article

Selected other information

Ross is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Edinburgh Business School. He is also currently the Chairman of the Regional Studies Association in Scotland.