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Professor Susan Marlow

BA (University of Warwick), MA (University of Warwick), PhD (De Montfort University)
Professor of Entrepreneurship

Division: Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Centre/Institute: The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9515257
Location: B27 (South Building, Jubilee Campus)

Susan Marlow FRSA, is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Haydn Green Institution of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Nottingham; she is a holder of the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion, was Editor of the International Small Business Journal (2009 - 2016), and Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Susan has been a Visiting Professor at several North American universities, University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Vienna. Her research interests lie in the broad area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviours with a particular focus upon the influence of gender upon entrepreneuring, high technology business incubation, identity work, human resource management in small firms and business closure/failure.

Susan Marlow is the author and co author of numerous peer reviewed academic articles in leading UK and North American Journals and the editor of several books focused upon entrepreneurship and small business management

Research Interests
Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behaviour with a particular interest in gender and human resource management.

Administrative Roles
Divisional Research Director (HGI)
Current Research Activities
Entrepreneurship, Gender, Business Failure, Employment Relations, Intersectionality.
I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Rachael Claire Lamb
Samantha Louise Hicks

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Hoyte, C.; Noke, H.; Mosey, S.; Marlow, S. (2019), "From Venture Idea to Venture Formation: The Role of Sensemaking, Sensegiving & Sense Receiving", International Small Business Journal, forthcoming 2019.

Marlow, S and Martinez-Dy, M, (2018), "Is it time to rethink the gender agenda in entrepreneurship research?", International Small Business Journal, Vol.36 (1), 3-22, forthcoming 2018.

Martinez-Dy, Marlow, Martin, (2018), "Emancipation through Digital Entrepreneurship: A critical realist analysis.", Organization, Vol.25 (5), pp. 585-608.

Swail, J and Marlow, S, (2018), "Embrace the masculine; attenuate the feminine- gender, identity work and entrepreneurial legitimation in the nascent context", Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol.30 (1/2), pp. 256-282.

Marlow, S., Greene, F. and Coad, C. (2017), "Advancing gendered analyses of entrepreneurship: a critical exploration of entrepreneurial activity among gay men and lesbian women", British Journal of Management, forthcoming 2017.

Dy, A, Marlow S, & Martin, L. (2016), "A Web of Opportunity or the Same Old Story? Women Digital Entrepreneurs and Intersectionality Theory", Human Relations, Vol.70 (3), pp. 286-311, forthcoming 2016.

Al Dajani, H.; Carter, S.; Marlow, S.; Shaw, E. (2015), "Entrepreneurship among the Displaced and Dispossessed: Exploring the Limits of Emancipatory Entrepreneuring", British Journal of Management, Vol.26 (4), pp. 713-730, doi/10.1111/1467-8551.12119.

Jayawarna, D.; Jones, O.; Marlow, S. (2015), "Resourcing New Business Ventures: The influence of gender upon social networks. A Comparison of Male-Female Social Networks", Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol.31 (3), pp. 316-329.

Marlow, S.; McAdam, M. (2015), "The influence of gender upon entrepreneurial legitimacy", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol.39 (4), pp. 719-995.

Dy, A.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. (2014), "Developing a Critical Realist Positional Approach to Intersectionality", Journal of Critical Realism, Vol.13 (5), pp. 447-466.

Dy, A.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. (2014), "Developing a critical realist positional account of intersectionality theory", Journal of Critical Realism, Vol.13 (5), pp. 447-466.

Marlow, S.; Swail, J. (2014), "Gender, Risk and Finance why can't a woman be more", Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol.26 (1-2), pp. 80-96.

Saridakis, G.; Marlow, S.; Storey, D.J. (2014), "Do different factors explain male and female self-employment rates?", Journal of Business Venturing, Vol.29 (3), pp. 345-362.

Greene, F.; Hong, L.; Marlow, S. (2013), "Like Mother - like daughter? Analysing maternal influences upon women's entrepreneurial propensity", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol.37 (4), pp. 687-711.

Marlow, S.; McAdam, M. (2013), "Gender and Entrepreneurship: Advancing debate and challenging myths; exploring the mystery of the under-performing female entrepreneur", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol.19 (1), pp. 114-124.

Marlow, S.; Ahl, H. (2012), "Exploring the dynamics of gender, feminism and entrepreneurship: advancing debate to escape a dead end", Organization, Vol.19 (5), pp. 543-562.

Marlow, S.; McAdam, M. (2012), "Analyzing the influence of gender upon high-technology venturing within the context of business incubation", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol.36 (4), pp. 655-676.

Wright, M.; Marlow, S. (2012), "Entrepreneurial Activity in the Venture Creation and Development Process", International Small Business Journal, Vol.30 (2), pp.PP. 107-114.

McAdam, M.; Marlow, S. (2011), "Sense and sensibility: the role of business incubator client advisors in assisting high technologu entrepreneurs to make sense of investment readiness status", Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol.23 (7-8), pp. 449-468.

Patton, D.; Marlow, S. (2011), "Learning New Entrepreneurial Firms: Learning to overcome liabilities of newness through university technology business incubator support", Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol.29 (5), pp. 911-926.

Al Dajani, H.; Marlow, S. (2010), "The impact of women's home based enterprise on marriage dynamics: Evidence from Jordon", International Small Business Journal, Vol.28 (5), pp. 360-378.

Marlow, S.; Taylor, S.; Thompson, A. (2010), "Informality and formality in medium-sized companies: contestation and synchronization", British Journal of Management, Vol.21 (4), pp. 954-967.

Marlow, S.; Henry, C.; Carter, S. (2009), "Exploring the impact of gender upon women's business ownership", International Small Business Journal, Vol.27 (2), pp. 139-149.

Shaw, E.; Marlow, S.; Lam, W.; Carter, S. (2009), "Gender and Entrepreneurial Capital: implications for firm performance", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol.1 (1), pp. 25-42.

Marlow, S.; Shaw, E.; Carter, S. (2008), "Constructing Female Entrepreneurship Policy in the UK: Is the USA a Relevant Role Model?", Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol.26 (1), pp. 335-351.


Henry, C.; Marlow, S. (2012), ed Masters Series in Entrepreneurship, Routledge.

Henry, C.; Marlow, S. (2012), ed Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research Emerald: London.

Wynarczyk, P.; Marlow, S. (2010), Innovating Women: Contributions to Technological Advancement, Emerald, London.

Chapters in Books

Dy, A.; Marlow, S. (2017), "Women entrepreneurs and their ventures: complicating categories and contextualising gender.", in C. Henry, T. Nelson, and K. Lewis (ed) The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship., (1), Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Al Dajani, H.; Marlow, S. (2015), "Critically evaluating contemporary entrepreneurship from a feminist perspective", in Essers, C (ed) Routledge Handbook of Critical Entrepreneurship Studies, Routledge.

Marlow, S.; Swail, J. (2015), "Re-evaluating Business Exit from a Gendered Perspective", in Dawn DeTienne, D.; Wennberg, K (ed) Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurial Exit, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Al Dajani, H.; Marlow, S. (2014), "Gender, Empowerment, Place and Entrepreneurship", in Baker, T and Welter, F. (ed) Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship, Routledge.

Marlow, S.; McAdam, M. (2014), "Women and Ethnic Minority-Owned Businesses: An overview of current research and future trends", in Newbert, Scott L., (ed) Small Business in a Global Economy: Creating and Managing Successful Organizations, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Kitching, J.; Marlow, S. (2013), "HR practices in small firms", in Saridakis, G and Cooper, C. (ed) How HR can drive growth, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Marlow, S. (2013), "Future possibilities for gender and entrepreneurship", in McAdam, M (ed) Gender and Entrepreneurship, Routledge.

Carter, S.; Marlow, S. (2012), "Gender and Entrepreneurship", in Carter, S and Jones Evans D. (ed) Firms and Enterprise Policy, London, Prentice Hall..

Henry, C.; Marlow, S. (2012), "Exploring the intersection of gender, feminism and entrepreneurship", in Fayolle, A (ed) Studies in Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Marlow, S. (2011), "Entrepreneurship and Feminist theory", in Mole, K. and Ram, M (ed) Perspectives in Entrepreneurship: A Course Text, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

McAdam, M.; Marlow, S. (2011), "Co-preneurship - Sectoral Segregation or Gendered Practices? The interstices of entrepreneurial roles and gender identities within Copreneurship", in Hughes, K and Jennings, J. (ed) Global Women\'s Entrepreneurship Research: Diverse Settings, Questions and Approaches, pp. 96 - 112, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Marlow, S.; Carter , R. (2010), "Establishing the terms and conditions of employment", in Beardwell, I., Holden,L. and Claydon, T (ed) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, (6th Edition), London, Prentice Hall, pp. 430 - 459.

Wynarczyk, P.; Marlow, S. (2010), "Setting the Scene: A Perspective on the Contribution of Women to Scientific and Technological Advancemen", in Wynarczyk, P. and Marlow, S. (ed) Innovating Women: Contributions to Technological Advancement: London, pp. 3-15.

McAdam, M.; Marlow, S. (2009), "Women and Small Business Entrepreneurship Success in the UK", in Fielden, S and Davidson, M (ed) International Research Handbook on Successful Women Entrepreneurs, pp. 66-78, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

McAdam, M.; Marlow, S. (2009), "All by myself- The female high technology entrepreneur", in Brush, C., de Bruin, A and Henry, C. (ed) Women's Entrepreneurship and Growth Influences: An International Perspective, pp. 72-85, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.


Greenman, A; Holstein, J; Marlow, S. 2018, "Future dialogue and projective entrepreneurial storytelling", in Academy of Management Proceedings, forthcoming 2018.

Hicks, S., Marlow, S. and Treanor, L. 2017, "Entrepreneurship and the male agenda: Gender Multiplicities and the Performance of Masculine Identities", in Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Treanor, L. and Marlow, S. 2017, "Neoliberal Feminism's Impact on Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Outcomes", in Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 40th Annual Conference.

Dy, A.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. 2015, "Unmasking the Internet: Deconstructing the Discourse of Digital Entrepreneurship.", at Critical Management Studies Conference, University of Leicester, July.

Lamb, R.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. 2015, "Creativity, social networks and the validation of ideas", at British Academy of Management proceedings, University of Portsmouth..

Treanor, L. and Marlow, S. 2015, "Work regulation and Professional Identities", in Global Equality and Diversity Conference.

Dy, A.; Marlow, S.; Martin, L. 2014, "Unmasking the Internet: Implications of Social Positioning on Women's Digital Entrepreneurship", in Diana International Research Conference, Stockholm..

Dy, A.; Marlow, S.; Martin, L. 2014, "Intersectionality and Internet Entrepreneurship:The Impact of Social Positioning on Selling Online", in 12th Annual Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) \"Europe and the crisis: Country perspectives on entrepreneurship\", University of Applied Sciences HTW, Chur, Switzerland..

Dy, A.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. 2013, "Advancing Intersectionality", at International Association of Critical Realism 16th Annual Conference. University of Nottingham..

Dy, A.; Martin, L.; Marlow, S. 2013, "Intersectionality and Internet Entrepreneurship", at ISBE conference, Cardiff University, 2013.



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