Jonathan Levie

Professor, NUI Galway

Jonathan leads ERC's research theme exploring the impact of Entrepreneurial Ambition in SME growth. His research interests include venture growth, business model change and entrepreneurship policy.

Contact Details

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Research Themes

  • Entrepreneurship


Jonathan Levie is a Professor at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, where he is Director of Knowledge Exchange. He has developed the “innovation confidence index”, a demand-side measure of innovation, for the Institute for Innovation & Information Productivity. The “IIIP Innovation Confidence Index” started with twelve countries in 2007 and was reported by hundreds of news and technology websites across the world in January and February 2008, following an interview with the New York Times. Innovation confidence continues to be measured in many countries across the world, by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) national teams.

Professor Levie was Associate Coordinator of GEM in its founding year and has served as an elected member of the board of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA). He currently is a member of GERA’s Research and Innovation Committee and project manages a major grant from the EC DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion for the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association. He also co-directs GEM in the UK with Professor Mark Hart of Aston Business School. He is also a co-investigator at the UK’s Enterprise Research Centre, where he is engaged in research on ambition and venture growth. His other current research interests include the role of intrapreneurship in innovation outputs, business model change, and the role of entrepreneurial capital in university spinout performance.

Professor Levie is currently a member of an EC DG Employment expert panel on entrepreneurship and social exclusion and an EC DG Education and Culture expert panel on data and indicators on entrepreneurial learning. He is currently the Scottish universities representative on Scotland’s MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) core team, which aims to engage stakeholders nationwide in a collective impact approach to enhancing the innovation-based entrepreneurship ecosystem in Scotland.

With Sharon Ballard, a US-based entrepreneur, he developed “Super-coaching the Entrepreneur”: a set of coaching tools and techniques for coaching first-time entrepreneurs, and has coached entrepreneurs in a wide range of sectors from agri-tourism to high technology in the US, Europe, and the Middle and Far East.

His most recent articles have appeared in Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Small Business Economics and Family Business Review, among others.

Research Paper

Explaining the US-UK Ambition Gap

ERC Insight Paper

White Paper

Growth and Growth Intentions

ERC White Paper No 1