Projects per year
Dr Samuel Mwaura is lecturer of entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde Business School. His main research interest is on the links between entrepreneurship, individual and household wellbeing, and wider socio-economic development.
Samuel’s recent work has focused on innovation and its impact on productivity, SME financing, the link between entrepreneurship and household wellbeing (including household wealth), and enterprise performance in developing economies and amongst ethnic minorities, migrants and women in the UK. Samuel is passionate about knowledge exchange and societal impact from his research.
Besides contributing to the academic discourse through international conferences and publications, Samuel’s research has been disseminated to various enterprise practitioners, policy-makers and the general public in the UK and beyond through consultancy reports, practioner workshops, policy hackathons, mass media and social media.
Expertise & Capabilities
Through my research, I have gained expertise in the following areas:
- Evaluation of SME performance and growth
- Enterprise finance
- Diversity (intersectionality) and entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship and household economic wellbeing
- Innovation and it's impact on firm performance
- Entrepreneurship in least developed countries
- Cultural and creative industries
- Social capital, networks, and industrial clusters
- Regional economic development policy
- Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Methodologically, I have expertise using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. I have used large datasets as well as designed and conducted surveys in my research. Analytically, I use various multi-variate regression techniques as well as GIS mapping. Qualitatively, I have also carried out and analysed in-depth interviews.
My research has generally been multi-disciplinary, collaborative (including with policymakers), and geared towards generating practical implications and impact on business practice and public policy. I therefore have experience interacting resourcefully with academic colleagues from other disciplines as well as policy-makers and the business community leading to informed changes in policy (e.g. regional development policy) and business strategy and practice. In addition, participation in a variety of public engagement events has allowed me to gain expertise in adaptable knowledge dissemination techniques, including radio and TV interviews.
I have experience teaching at all undergraduate levels as well as taught post-graduates programmes. Teaching areas include:
- Enterprise finance
- Start-up and small business management
- Innovation management
- Entrepreneurship and innovation policy
- SME finance, Ethnic Minority Enterprise, Enterprise in Developing countries, SME productivity, Innovation, Economics of entrepreneurship
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Professionalisation, entrepreneurial orientation and employee engagement in family and non family firms : a study of graduate employees in IndonesiaAuthor: Eko Suhartanto, E., 1 Oct 2016
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk