Professor Sara Carter

Associate Director

Sara is Deputy Principal at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. At the ERC Sara leads the research on under represented groups in enterprise. Her research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy, gender, entrepreneurship and finance; and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household.

Biography

Professor Sara Carter is Deputy Principal at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. At the ERC Sara leads the research on under represented groups in enterprise. Her research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy, gender, entrepreneurship and finance; and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the field of entrepreneurship and small business including ETP, SBE, ISBJ and BJM (some in collaboration with Ram – CI, De Montfort) and is currently senior editor of ETP. She has extensive experience of managing large-scale research projects – many using secondary data sources. She directed four FSB biennial surveys Barriers to Business Growth (2000 – 2006), the largest UK business surveys (19,000 respondents), and has held research grants from funders such as the ESRC, Small Business Service and Scottish Enterprise.

Sara’s research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy. Her work includes studies of agriculture and rural economic development; gender, entrepreneurship and finance and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household.

She was a member of the UK Government’s Women’s Enterprise Task Force (2007 – 2009), recipient of the Prowess ‘Women’s Enterprise Researcher of the Year’ Prize, and awarded OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008. She is the author of Women as Entrepreneurs (Academic Press, 1992), co-editor of Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development (Edward Elgar, 2010) and Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy (FT Prentice Hall, 3rd edition 2012) and editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2006-2012). Sara is a Visiting Professor at the Nordland Research Institute, Norway

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Research Paper

Does Entrepreneurship Make You Wealthy? Research Paper No 25

There is growing interest in entrepreneurial earnings; however prior studies have typically focused on incomes derived from business ownership - a highly problematic measure, which fails to fully capture the rewards of entrepreneurship. In contrast, wealth comprises a stock of accumulated assets providing a more robust measure of relative success and economic well-being over the life-course of the business and the individual entrepreneur.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity
Research Paper

The Financing of Diverse Enterprises: Evidence from the SME Finance Monitor .Research Paper No 18.

This paper contributes to our understanding of the finance issues currently facing diverse SMEs by presenting a new analysis of the SME Finance Monitor. While prior studies have contributed substantial evidence regarding the effects of either gender or ethnicity on finance outcomes, these analyses have typically focused on either women-owned or ethnic minority owned enterprises. This study considers the experiences and outcomes of both women-owned and ethnic minority-owned enterprises, including the interaction effects of ethnicity and gender.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity
Research Paper

Entrepreneurial Families and Households . Research Paper No 10.

The role of Households and Families in influencing entrepreneurship has long been underestimated. This paper explores the intricate relationship between the Household and the enterprise including the role it plays in identifying business opportunities and providing resources to new and existing ventures.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity
White Paper

Diversity and SMEs. White Paper No 3.

This paper explores the existing evidence, complexity and policy tensions that exists for diverse groups operating SMEs in the UK.

Associated Themes
  • Diversity