Projects and activities
Our research outputs include leading-edge management tools and techniques and case studies illustrating best practice, as well as a wide range of research papers, publications and reports.
The highlight of research at the HCfE is the work of Professor Mark Casson. His research was the first successful attempt by any economic theorist to synthesise the mainstream economics approaches to competitive markets and entrepreneurship, developing what has become known as the 'Reading approach'. By any estimate the Reading approach to entrepreneurship has become enormously influential among scholars researching entrepreneurship, with Professor Casson alone now having 20,000 Google Scholar citations.
HCfE's impact is truly global, with several international higher education institutions using HCfE as a template for their own centres for entrepreneurship. Under the British Council's Creative Spark project, HCfE has worked with the British-Kazakh Technical University in Kazakhstan, the Business and Technology University in Georgia, the Corporacion Universidad de la Costa in Colombia and the Kyiv National Economic University in Ukraine. Research has explored the importance of incubators and entrepreneurship ecosystems on the local start-up communities, as well as the implementation of many of HCfE's student initiatives such as the Business Idea and Start-Up Clinic and the IDEAFEST Student Business Idea Competition.
Further HCfE research projects have been led in Nigeria's 'Nollywood' film industry, South Africa and China.