Kelly Smith

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Kelly Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She also holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has lead undergraduate-level Venture Creation Programmes at Coventry University and the University of Huddersfield, and student and graduate entrepreneurship initiatives across the West Midlands and Yorkshire.

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Research Themes

  • Entrepreneurship

Biography

Kelly Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She also holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has lead undergraduate-level Venture Creation Programmes at Coventry University and the University of Huddersfield, and student and graduate entrepreneurship initiatives across the West Midlands and Yorkshire. Her research interests include drivers and barriers to engagement with student and graduate business start-up, and the impact of enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Kelly is the current Co-Chair of ISBE’s Enterprise Education conference track, and a founding Co-Chair of the joint ISBE/EEUK Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest. She is a Fellow and an Honorary Life Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK, the national network of enterprise and entrepreneurship educators in Higher Education.

SOTA Review

Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education within Higher Education. SOTA Review No 33

A direct link between entrepreneurship education within Higher Education and business start-up and other economic growth measures is often assumed. The supporting literature on this is limited, however, with few studies looking at impact measures relating to actual venture creation. Where studies do exist, there is evidence of a generally positive relationship between engagement with entrepreneurship education programmes and outcomes such as entrepreneurial intent, acquisition of business-related skills and knowledge, actual business start-up, and company growth. Further research with an increased level of methodological rigour and which follows participants over a longer time period is needed, however, to confirm and better understand the situations in which the impacts important for economic growth can be created.

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  • Entrepreneurship