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Prof. David Smallbone

Kingston University, UK


I am Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Associate Director of the Small Business Research Centre. I am a Past President of both the International Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ICSB) and also the ECSB. I am a fellow of the ECSB and a Wilfred Whyte Fellow of ICSB. I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.

I have been involved in research relating to SMEs and entrepreneurship since the late 1980s. One of my main research interests is entrepreneurship in transition economies. Indeed in 2005 I received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lodz in recognition of my contribution to the study of entrepreneurship in transition economies. Much of my research has been conducted in partnership with researchers in other international centres, much of it policy oriented.


Areas of specialism

  • Entrepreneurship and small business development in transition economies

  • Internationalisation and small business development

  • Small enterprise development in rural areas

  • Immigrant and ethnic minority enterprise

  • Sources of innovation for SMEs in transition and developing countries

  • Entrepreneurship and small business policy in different national and regional contexts


Courses taught


Business PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)


Professional membership

Member of the International Council for Small business and entrepreneurship (ICSB).

Life membership of the European Council for Small business and entrepreneurship (ECSB).



All of my research is concerned with entrepreneurship and SME development, much of it with an applied policy orientation. Entrepreneurship in transition economies is a particular specialism and I have undertaken research throughout the central European countries that are now members of the EU; in many of the former Soviet republics; and also in China. Conceptually much of this research has been analysed through an institutionalist frame and more recently relating to the current emphasis on context in entrepreneurial studies. Almost all of my international research has been conducted in partnership with colleagues in the countries being studied. Other research themes have included enterprise development in rural areas; ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship; sources of innovation and innovation processes in SMEs; entrepreneurship and social inclusion; and internationalisation.