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.
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
ERC Annual Reports
Published: 13 June 2015
The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was launched in January 2013 to deepen understanding in the UK of the factors affecting small and medium sized business
investment, performance and growth. The Centre is a collaborative venture between five University Business Schools: Warwick,Aston, Imperial, Strathclyde and Birmingham. ERC aims to build long term research capability
which will act as a focal point for world-class research on SMEs in the UK and internationally. Our work informs stronger SME strategy and policy development in the UK by developing and
drawing on the evidence base and providing commentary, evaluation and challenge to policy makers and those serving small and medium sized firms.
The ERC’s research programme is distinctive in that it aims to place SMEs in their operating context recognising that:
growth is strongly influenced, both positively and negatively, by the business eco-system;
growth depends significantly on the role of SME leadership and capability;
different SMEs have very different ways of growing – organically or by acquisition – and the barriers and enablers of each type of growth, and in each type of firm, may be very different.
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Does Entrepreneurship Make You Wealthy? Research Paper No 25
Published: 10 March 2015
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.
The Financing of Diverse Enterprises: Evidence from the SME Finance Monitor .Research Paper No 18.
Published: 19 May 2014
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.
Entrepreneurial Families and Households . Research Paper No 10.
Published: 1 October 2013
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.
Diversity and SMEs. White Paper No 3.
Published: 3 April 2013
This paper explores the existing evidence, complexity and policy tensions that exists for diverse groups operating SMEs in the UK.