Dr Ross Brown

Lecturer.

Dr Ross Brown is a Lecturer in the School of Management, University of St Andrews. He is also a member of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews. His main research interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, funding issues for small businesses, innovation policy and regional development.

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Research Themes

  • Innovation and Exporting

Biography

Dr Ross Brown is a Lecturer in the School of Management, University of St Andrews.  He is also a member of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews.  His main research interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, funding issues for small businesses, innovation policy and regional development.  He recently advised the LEED programme within the OECD on policies to support high growth entrepreneurship. He has also published extensively in these areas in journals such as Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, Environment and Planning C and the Journal of Economic Geography.

Research Paper

An empirical examination of discouraged borrowers in the UK. Research Paper No 69

This paper investigates the differences between small and medium sized firms (SMEs) that apply for funding and those that are discouraged from applying for funding - so-called discouraged borrowers. The dynamics and determinants of borrower discouragement, together with its impact on the activities of SMEs are also investigated. Data from the Longitudinal Small Business Survey suggests that one in ten SMEs (9.3%) can be classified as being a discouraged borrower or as many as half a million UK SMEs could be discouraged borrowers.

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Research Paper

Modes of firm growth. Research Paper No 46

There is now a general consensus that high growth firms (HGFs) are economically important, and governments across the world have targeted resources to help firms achieve high growth. Yet while there is a large evidence base on the nature of HGFs, little research considers ‘how’ potential HGFs are trying to grow and ‘what’ is preventing firms from achieving sustained growth (i.e. the barriers firms face to sustain a longer period of rapid growth). This report aims to better understand the nature of growth processes within high growth firms (HGFs).

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