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PhD subject group - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Our research combines the highest quality academic support and supervision within the context of practical engagement with entrepreneurial ventures and innovative corporate activity.

The Haydn Green Institute (HGI) for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s research critically analyses issues of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, innovation and an understanding of the commercialisation of research as new venture creation.

In recognition of our outstanding provision of enterprise and innovation education, the HGI has recently been accredited through the government’s Small Business Charter award.

The HGI is fully integrated within the Business School but has also benefitted from endowed support from the family of a local entrepreneur, Haydn Green. The Green family continues their son’s legacy by promoting all forms of research, engagement, knowledge exchange and transfer relating to entrepreneurship and innovation. This ambition is reflected in the Institute’s approach to encouraging and supporting top quality doctoral researchers.

We welcome interest from potential students seeking to advance understanding and knowledge of innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour in society.

Research expertise and interests linked to entrepreneurship and innovation include:

  • new venture creation
  • business incubation
  • business growth
  • social enterprise
  • gender issues
  • creativity
  • entrepreneurship education
  • media influences upon entrepreneurial behaviour
  • regulation
  • finance and international entrepreneurship

In addition to academic expertise, the HGI has well-established contacts with many large corporate organisations such as:

  • Unilever
  • Syngenta
  • GSK and with many small and medium-sized enterprises.

It also has strong links with the University’s campus sites in China and Malaysia which helps inform research focused on international entrepreneurship and innovation.


The HGI team and our doctoral students have full access to the Ingenuity Centre business incubator which offers empirical access to business creation and growth processes.

From 2016 the Ingenuity Centre will be part of the University Enterprise Zone where research activity will be encouraged to examine the emerging community of technology entrepreneurs, academic entrepreneurs and social enterprise. Our doctoral candidates also benefit from access to our distinguished international visiting professors, industry fellows and successful entrepreneurs who share their academic, policy and practical expertise.

For prospective doctoral candidates with a desire to critically engage with the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, the HGI offers expert support and guidance from leading academics to develop analytical excellence in a context of practical application and engagement.

The HGI also offers excellent access to our community of practice through research seminars which attract leading academics. This creates the opportunity to engage with colleagues across other management disciplines and attend our public seminars with leading speakers from the private and public sector.

Priority research areas

  • innovation and creativity in larger organisations
  • innovative management of change in the public sector
  • international entrepreneurship
  • gender and entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship Education
  • media influences upon entrepreneurial activity
  • social entrepreneurship
  • small firm finance



Susan Marlow - Divisional Research Director (Management)


Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6602
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6667