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Personal Statement

My research interests are firmly in the area of entrepreneurial cognition and mindset as antecedents to individual and team-level behaviour. I draw on a number of established theories of psychology (positive psychology, competence development psychology, personal constructs psychology, decision-making psychology, identity, etc.) in order to explain entrepreneurial behaviour in different settings, including but not limited to business start-up.

More recently I have developed a strong interest in entrepreneurial mindset as set of competences that enable individuals to fulfil their potential and to add value at the organisational and societal level. This work rests on the assumption that entrepreneurial mindsets can be taught and learned through dedicated intervention (based on principles of psychoeducation). 

I also have a strong interest in neurodiversity in entrepreneurship, on how minds that are wired dirrerently add value, the role of neurotypical assumptions around entrepreneurial activity and how we can create a neuroinclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

My current activities focus on the development of a series of teaching and research instruments for entrepreneurial mindset intervention to be applied through engaged scholarship in contexts such as leadership for inclusive and sustainable innovation. 

My research has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Business Review, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Small Business Management and other leading entrepreneurship and internationalisation outlets. I am also the author of a series of research and evaluation reports for Scottish Enterprise and Scottish EDGE, which have have helped develop ecosystem support for both start ups and internationally growing firms.



Research Interests

  • Cognitive processes in entrepreneurs 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Entrepreneurial competences for value creation
  • Neuro-inclusivity in entrepreneurship 
  • International Entrepreneurship

Industrial Relevance

I have been an independent advisor to the biggest funding competition in the UK, Scottish EDGE since 2018 ( In my advisory role, together with Dr Andrew MacLaren and Dr Tom Farrington, we have recommended and led on the implementation of continuous improvements to the award process (please see items 1, 2 and 3 on “Knowledge Exchange Reports” section below). 

Through my Internationalisation and Growth Lab and my International Entrepreneurship classes, I have led students’ consultancy projects for over 60 different Small and Medium Sized Businesses looking to plan for international growth every year. 

I have been an independent advisor for the Global Companies Development Programme run by Scottish Enterprise, the economic development agency for Scotland. The recommendations made in my reports have highlighted the implications of experiential bias in internationalisation decision making and blind spots in firm leaders. This has enabled Scottish Enterprise to incorporate decision making support tools in the training they provide to Scottish small and medium sized businesses looking to grow internationally.


Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD in Entrepreneurship and International Business -  University of Glasgow - Centre for Internationalisation and Enterprise Research (CIER)
  • M.Sc. Management Research Methods - University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School
  • M.A. (Hons), Business and Management - University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School

Expertise & Capabilities


  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Entrepreneurial cognition and action
  • Entrepreneurial decision making
  • Entrepreneurial identity
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization processes 
  • Qualitative process research and micro-dynamics research

Teaching Interests

In my teaching, as am passionate about the area of entrepreneurial mindset. We all have a mindset - a way of thinking that underpins the way we act. However, our mindsets are not always entrepreneurial. We may not be particularly creative or positive. We may not feel comfortable acting when the outcomes of our actions are unclear or uncertain. We may be afraid to try, to fail or to be judged. The good news is that mindsets can shift! My ambition is to coach students to conquer their mindset, make them more entrepreneurial. 

My other teaching passion is internationalisation of small firms. Some new and small businesses have offerings that may be appealing worldwide. In my classes, students work hands-on on an international market entry plan for local and national businesses. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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