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June 2014

Professor George Saridakis and Dr John Kitching with colleagues from University of Winchester had a proposal for a Professional Development Workshop on 'Researching and Engaging with SMEs' accepted for the forthcoming British Academy of Management Conference.

The workshop aims to generate focused discussion on important themes of research in the area of SMEs: leadership, sustainability, economy and impact.

March 2014

The Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development has selected Professor Blackburn’s paper as the ‘Outstanding Paper of 2013’ it has been announced.

His paper entitled ‘Small business performance: business, strategy and owner-manager characteristics” focuses on acquiring a heightened understanding of factors that influence small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) performance and in particular, the growth of such companies.

The full paper can be found here.

March 2014

Foto María Jose

A senior lecturer in Finance from the University of Seville, María-José Palacín-Sánchez, has arrived for a six week stay to continue further research into a comparison of Spanish SMEs and their capital structure within different European countries including the UK.   Maria’s work has been previously published in the prestigious journal of ‘Small Business Economics’ and has presented her work at a number of conferences both in Spain and internationally.

Maria discussed her excitement at being with the SBRC, ‘It is a privilege to be able to continue my research in such a renowned Centre, particularly to do with the work done here focusing on SMEs as this is in direct connection with my own work. To be able to count experts such as Professor Blackburn and others in the SBRC, will help to further compare SMEs across Europe and I am truly excited to be here.’ Professor Blackburn added' We are delighted to host visiting overseas scholars of such high calibre as it helps stimulate an interesting and creative environment in the SBRC for staff and research students. We will be working with Maria to help her in her research focusing on the capital structure of SMEs in the UK.  A recent paper by Professor George Saridakis of the SBRC (co-authored with S. Marlow and D. Storey) has been published in one of the most prestigious journals in the field of entrepreneurship. 

 

March 2014

A recent paper by Professor George Saridakis of the SBRC (co-authored with S. Marlow and D. Storey) has been published in one of the most prestigious journals in the field of entrepreneurship. 

The paper leads the Volume 29 (Issue 3) of the Journal of Business Venturing and investigates an important research question “Do different factors explain male and female self-employment rates?”

The paper employs time-series techniques and offers new insights in the topic and the role of the social and economic factors on the entrepreneurial decision. The analysis challenges existing findings and provide useful information for policy makers. 

The full paper can be found here

 

February 2014

In its recent report An Entrepreneurial Profile of Young Enterprise Participants, Kingston University Small Business Research Centre asked 8,000 people aged 18-64 if they had taken part in programmes run by Young Enterprise – the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity – and what effect this had on their lives.

The study was carried out in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and concludes that its findings: “offer clear evidence that taking part in a programme at school or university does appear to have an impact on a set of attitudes which are associated with entrepreneurial potential.”

It goes on to say that the principal strengths of Young Enterprise are in developing enterprising skills, attitudes and capabilities that could be used in many situations, not just business. Read more about it here.

 

August 2013

Professor George Saridakis (pictured below), Director of the Doctoral Programmes, has been appointed as Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies.

Image of George Saridakis

 

May 2013

We are delighted to annouce that Dr John Kitching's journal article “Are freelancers a neglected form of small business?” published in Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013. Well done, John!

 

March 2013

Professor Audley Genus been appointed as visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University, initially for a period of three years from 1 March, 2013. It is hoped that he and the SBRC will develop collaborative projects with Anglia Ruskin staff in the newly established Institute for International Management Practice and in ARU's Global Sustainability Institute. The appointment also opens up the opportunity to develop collaboration on a broader footing between Kingston University and ARU.

 

November 2012

SBRC staff presented several papers at the ISBE 35th Annual Conference in Dublin in November. Eva Kasperova and John Kitching received an award for the ‘Best paper in Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship track’ for a paper entitled ‘(Dis) Embodied Entrepreneurs: A Critique of Entrepreneurial Identity Studies’.

Eva Kasperova

 

Classroom entrepreneurs are likely to become the top entrepreneurs of the future - Dr Rosemary Athayde from the Small Business Research centre discovered the findings after conducting a series of in-depth surveys and interviews with 371 people who attended Young Enterprise programmes between 1962, when the charity was founded, and now. Read more about the findings on the Kingston University Website.

Prof Rob Blackburn and Dr Rosemary Athayde outside 10 Downing Street

September 2012

The SBRC Seminar series kicks off on the 24th of October. View the scheduled lectures below -

November 2011

Researchers from the SBRC have had success presenting their work at the ISBE 34th Annual Conference in Sheffield this year.

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Robert Blackburn and Teemu Kautonen were awarded the Best paper in ‘Business Creation, Resource Acquisition and Business Closure’ track for the paper entitled Who are you calling old?: revisiting notions of age and ability amongst older entrepreneurs.


(Dr Thomas Wainwright on the left and Professor Nigel Lockett, Source: ISBE, 2011)


John Kitching, David Smallbone, Mirela Xheneti and Eva Kasperova won the award for Best Paper in 'Business Sustainability, Development and Growth' track for their paper entitled Adapting to a Fragile Recovery: SME Responses to Recession and Post-Recession Performance.


(Dr John Kitching on the left and Professor Nigel Lockett, Source: ISBE, 2011)

 

Eva Kasperova was awarded the 'Best Doctoral Student Award' by the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) for her paper entitled Entrepreneurial Identity, Disability and Embodiment at the 25th Annual RENT Conference in Norway, 16-18 November. As part of the Award, Eva won a place on USASBE’s doctoral consortium which takes place in New Orleans in January 2012.

 

On the 1st of November, John Kitching presented findings from the study of the value of small company abbreviated accounts at the ICAS discussion event 'SME Reporting and Assurance: Regulatory Burden or Vital Requirement?' in Edinburgh.

 

October 2011

John Kitching presented a paper entitled Small company abbreviated accounts: A regulatory burden or a vital disclosure? to an invited audience of practitioners, policy makers and academics at the ICAS Discussion Event in London, 12 October 2011.

  

 

June 2011

John Kitching presented a paper entitled Small company abbreviated accounts: A regulatory burden or a vital disclosure? at the Brunel Accounting Symposium, 17 June 2011.

 

     

 

April 2011

The SBRC is delighted to announce that Professor Robert Blackburn, Director of the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University has been awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his outstanding achievements in promoting enterprise through research & scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Small Business. He will receive his award from Her Majesty The Queen during the summer. In response to news of Prof Blackburn's award, Professor David Smallbone, Associate Director of the SBRC and President of ICSB, said of Professor Blackburn:

"I have known Robert for over 20 years.  His drive, energy and commitment in researching small businesses and entrepreneurship has been outstanding.  He is without doubt one of the leading world authorities in the field and he has helped to raise our knowledge levels on understanding entrepreneurship, owner-managers and small firms.   I am delighted that Robert’s contribution has been recognised by this Queen’s Award and would like to add my personal congratulations to him for what is a well-deserved honour."

Asked to comment upon his receipt of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, Professor Blackburn said:

"I am truly delighted to receive this Award.  Although this is an individual award, doing excellent research is a team effort and I would like to thank all my colleagues, past and present, for their inspiration and support over the years.  I have to meet the Queen in July to formally collect the QAEP which should be interesting! I will keep you all posted.  In the meantime, there is plenty more research to be done."

 

 

March 2011

Between November 9-11 2011 will see the 8th SMEs in a Global Economy Conference 2011 held at the Nong Khai Campus, Khon Kaen University in Thailand. The event, entitled 'Rising to the Global Challenge:  Entrepreneurship and SME development in Asia' also sees Professor Robert Blackburn, Director of the Small Business Research Centre as a key note speaker.

Abstracts for the event are required by the 30th July 2011, with full paper submissions by the 31st August 2011. For more information visit the event website.

 

January 2011

‘Alan Sugar’ test aims to identify budding tycoons

 

November 2010

Faith in small businesses to drive economic recovery not misplaced 

 

October 2010

Graduate jobs on the rise in small businesses

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