Laura Galloway

MA Hons (Edinburgh), PGCE (Strathclyde), PhD (Edinburgh), PGCap (Heriot-Watt)

Dean of the University (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and Professor of Business and Enterprise

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Roles and responsibilities

Professor Galloway's teaching focuses on the economic impacts of entrepreneurship, knowledge and issues associated with leadership, entrepreneurship and enterprise in a variety of economic contexts, and the practice of business creation and development. She has authored several chapters and sections in the textbook Entrepreneurship and Small Firms by Deakins and Freel, the most popular textbook for entrepreneurship studies for university-level students.

Professor Galloway has also supervised PhD candidates working on Entrepreneurship Education, Project Management, Intrapreneurship and Employment and Economic Equality. Topics of interest include those that concern the SME sector, business creation and growth, entrepreneurship amongst marginalised or peripheral groups, international entrepreneurship, and enterprise skills and education. 


Professor Galloway's background is in research into entrepreneurship and small business start-up and growth. Much of this research focuses on peripherality both regionally and demographically including examination of minority composition, their entrepreneurship-based economic contribution and the role of entrepreneurship in reducing social and economic barriers for peripheral groups. She has research interests also in the use and impact of ICT in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. Dr Galloway has publications in peer reviewed journals and specialist books

Professor Galloway is a trustee on the board of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the UK's largest network of specialists in SME and entrepreneurship research, support and policy formation, delivery and evaluation. She also sits on the editorial boards of the International Journal of E-entrepreneurship and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

Selected publications

(2009) Identifying Entrepreneurial Potential?  An Investigation of the Identifiers and Features of Entrepreneurship,  International Review of Entrepreneurship (formerly International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education) ISSN - 2009-2822  

(2010) Kollmann, Kuckertz; Stockmann (eds) Internet Portals in Rural Areas:  An investigation of their provision in rural Scotland, E-Entrepreneurship and ICT-Ventures: Strategy, Organization and Technology IGI-Global. ISBN - 978-1-61520-597-4

(2010) How effective are Internet portals for rural business owners:  a study of rural firms in Scotland E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization Thomas, B.; Simmons, G. IGI-Global 978-1-60566-988-4

(2009) A study of methods used for teaching applied entrepreneurship to large classes, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. pp.342-360    ISSN - 1476-1297   

(2008) Zhao, F. (eds) The Relationship between Internet entrepreneurs, idea generation and Porter`s generic strategies, Information Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation  IGI-Global. ISBN - 978-1-59904-901-4    

(2009) Deakins, D.; Freel, M. (eds) Information and communications technologies and e-business, Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (5th Ed.)  pp.155-176. McGraw-Hill. ISBN - 978-0-07712-162-4  

(2009) Deakins, D.; Freel, M. (eds) Diversity in entrepreneurship:  the role of women and ethnic minorities,  Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (5th Ed.)  McGraw-Hill. ISBN - 978-0-07712-162-4  

(2009) Michaels, J.E.; Piraro, L.F. (eds) Leadership and growth in entrepreneurial firms Small Business: Innovation, Problems and Strategy  pp.45-57. ISBN - 978-1-60692-113-5  

(2007) ‘Entrepreneurship and the gay minority: Why the silence?’ International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 8(4), pp.271-280. 

(2007) ‘Can broadband access rescue the rural economy?’ Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 14(4), pp.641-653. 

GALLOWAY, L. & KEOGH, W. (2007) ‘Integrating enterprise education with science and engineering degrees: A case study.’ International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 4.