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Professor Ross Brown

Dr Ross Brown

BA, MSc, PhD

Professor in Management

Director of Impact
Programme Director, Masters in International Business

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2202

Web link

Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance

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, Energy & Industrial Strategy. 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. This has resulted in widely cited OECD publications such as "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship."

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, Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, British Journal of Industrial Relations and International Small Business Journal.

Potential PhD applicants in the specific areas of my research interests outlined below are encouraged to contact me.

Research interests

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

Selected publications

Books

An empirical examination of discouraged borrowers in the UK
Brown, R. C., Wilson, J. O. S. & Linares Zegarra, J. M., 24 May 2018, Enterprise Research Centre. 51 p. (Enterprise Research Centre)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Theory and Practice of Financial Instrument for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Brown, R. C. & Lee, N., 20 Mar 2018, Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development. 42 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Reluctant borrowers? Examining the demand and supply of finance for high growth SMEs in the UK
Brown, R. C. & Lee, N., 19 Jul 2017, Edinburgh: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. 59 p.
Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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., 1 Jan 2014, Edinburgh: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. 65 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Chapters

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

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

 

Articles

Entrepreneurial ecosystems and public policy in action: a critique of the latest industrial policy blockbuster
Brown, R. & Mawson, S., 31 Aug 2019, In : Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Advance articles, 22 p., rsz011. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsz011
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Start-ups, entrepreneurial networks and equity crowdfunding: a processual perspective
Brown, R., Mawson, S. & Rowe, A., Jul 2019, In : Industrial Marketing Management. 80, p. 115-125 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.02.003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Strapped for cash? Funding for UK high growth SMEs since the global financial crisis
Brown, R. & Lee, N., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Business Research. 99, p. 37-45 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.02.001
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sticking it on plastic: credit card finance and small and medium sized enterprises in the UK
Brown, R., Liñares-Zegarra, J. & Wilson, J. O. S., 4 May 2019, In : Regional Studies. 53, 5, p. 630-643 https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2018.1490016
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The (potential) impact of Brexit on UK SMEs: regional evidence and public policy implications
Brown, R. C., Linares Zegarra, J. M. & Wilson, J. O. S., May 2019, In : Regional Studies. 53, 5, p. 761-770 https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1597267
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

More than a million UK small businesses see Brexit as major obstacle to success
Brown, R. & Wilson, J. O. S., 29 Mar 2019, The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Start-up factories, transnational entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystems: Unpacking the lure of start-up accelerator programmes
Brown, R. C., Mawson, S., Lee, N. & Peterson, L., 8 Mar 2019, In : European Planning Studies. Latest Articles https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1588858
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Buying into capitalism? Employee ownership in a disconnected era
Brown, R., McQuaid, R., Raeside, R., Dutton, M., Egdell, V. & Canduela, J., Mar 2019, In : British Journal of Industrial Relations. 57, 1, p. 62-85 https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12309
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Over a million UK businesses see Brexit as major obstacle to success
Brown, R. C. & Wilson, J. O. S., Mar 2019, The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Reappraising Scotland’s exports and their geographies: Brexit and beyond
Brown, R. C., 25 Sep 2018, In : Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary . 42, 3, p. 25-41 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Discouraged borrowers: measurement, determinants and impact
Brown, R. C., Linares Zegarra, J. M. & Wilson, J. O. S., Sep 2018, ERC State of the Art Review, 2.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Working the crowd: improvisational entrepreneurship and equity crowdfunding in nascent entrepreneurial ventures
Brown, R. C., Mawson, S., Rowe, A. & Mason, C., Mar 2018, In : International Small Business Journal. 36, 2, p. 169-193 25 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242617729743
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Brexit's impact on small businesses: the experts may be spot on after all
Brown, R. C. & Wilson, J. O. S., Jan 2018, The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Looking inside the spiky bits: a critical review and conceptualisation of entrepreneurial ecosystems
Brown, R. C. & Mason, C., Jun 2017, In : Small Business Economics. 49, 1, p. 11-30 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-017-9865-7
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., Jan 2017, In : Journal of Economic Geography. 17, 1, p. 233-260 28 p. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbw011
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Entrepreneurial acquisitions, open innovation and UK high growth SMEs
Mawson, S. & Brown, R. C., 2017, In : Industry and Innovation. 24, 4, p. 382-402 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2016.1244764
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Myth-busting and entrepreneurship policy: the case of high growth firms
Brown, R., Mawson, S. & Mason, C., 2017, In : Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 29, 5-6, p. 441-443 https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2017.1291762
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15614680
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15614152
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2014.985644
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 https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2016.1145575
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 https://doi.org/10.1080/0969160X.2015.1022196
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 https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu032
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2014.07.013
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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 https://doi.org/10.1108/14626001311326734
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 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

 

Papers

The Future of Funding for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the UK
Brown, R. C. & Lee, N., 20 Oct 2017, Financial Conduct Authority, p. 1, 22 p.
Research output: Working paper

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

 

Selected other information

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