Professor Laura Galloway is a Professor of Business and Enterprise at Edinburgh Business School.

 She leads the entrepreneurship and leadership teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities in the School. Professor Galloway has developed courses and programmes in entrepreneurship & enterprise throughout her career, and has worked at University of Edinburgh, University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University.

She was Director of Learning & Teaching in Heriot-Watt’s School of Social Sciences from 2010-2013 and was Dean of the University for Art Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2017. She joined Edinburgh Business School in 2017.

Professor Galloway sits on the cross-party group on Women in Business at the Scottish Parliament and is a trustee on the board of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the UK’s largest entrepreneurship policy and research body. Her own research focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship in peripheral contexts, both regionally and demographically, including minority entrepreneurship and the role of enterprise in reducing social and economic disadvantage. She also has research interests in the use and impact of ICT in small firms and entrepreneurship education.

She has conducted research on these topics internationally, and current projects include investigations of SME behaviour in UAE and in New Zealand, survivalist entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa, and of course, ongoing studies in Scotland and the wider UK. Professor Galloway publishes regularly in journals and books and has edited special issues of journals on topics such as minority entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in engineering, and entrepreneurship education. 


2004 – PGCert Academic Practice, Heriot-Watt University
1998 – PhD, University of Edinburgh
1998 – PGCert Education, University of Strathclyde
1992 – MA(Hons), University of Edinburgh

Recent Publications

Smith, A., Galloway, L., Jackman, L., Danson, M. & Whittam, G. (forthcoming) Poverty, social exclusion and enterprise policy A study of UK policies’ effectiveness over 40 years. International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Ndiweni, E., Galloway, L. & Verhoeven, H. (forthcoming) Survivalism, collectivism and proud heritage: A study of informal arts and crafts entrepreneurship in rural Zimbabwe. South African Journal of Business Management.

Marks, A., Chillas, S., Galloway, L., & McLean, G. (2017) Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer? Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Stirzaker, R & Galloway, L. (2017) Ageing and redundancy and the silver lining of entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 18(2), pp. 105-114.

Galloway, L., Sanders, J. & Bensemann, J. (2016) ICT as a Strategic Enhancer in Small Firms: A study of New Zealand and Scotland, Strategic Change, 25(6) pp.247-257.

Kapasi, I. & Galloway, L. (2016) Rural home-based business: a study of motivations, challenges and outcomes in Scotland. Local Economy, 31 (3) pp.377-392.

Socratous, M., Galloway, L. & Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2016) Motherhood: An impediment to workplace progression? The case of Cyprus, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 35:5/6.

Galloway, L., Kapasi, I. & Sang, K. (2015) Entrepreneurship, leadership and the value of feminist approaches to understanding them. Journal of Small Business Management, 53(3), 693-692.

Chillas, S., Marks, A. & Galloway, L. (2015) Learning to Labour: an evaluation of internships and employability in the ICT sector. New Technology, Work and Employment, 30(1), 1-15.

Galloway, L. Kapasi, I. (2015) How not to do it!! A salutary lesson on longitudinal and qualitative research approaches for entrepreneurship researchers. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 21(3) 489-500.

Danson, M., Galloway, L., Cabras, I. & Beatty, C. (2015) Microbrewing and Entrepreneurship: The Origins, Development and Integration of Real Ale Breweries in Britain. International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 16(2), 135-144.

Kapasi, I. & Galloway, L. (2015) Work Life Balance in Home Based Businesses: a UK study. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 16(1), 33-42.

Galloway, L., Kapasi, I. & Whittam, G. (2015) Exploring ‘successful’ outcomes of entrepreneurship education. Industry and Higher Education 29(6), 505-516.

Galloway, L. & Haniff, A. (2015) Managing Projects in Architecture: A study of leadership in a creative industry. Open Economics and Management Journal, 2(1), 38-44.

Galloway, L., Marks, A., & Chillas, S. (2014). The use of internships to foster employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship in the IT sector. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 21(4), 653-667.