Professor Mark Hart

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Mark Hart 2016

Professor Mark Hart leads the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.  He is also Deputy Director of the new national Enterprise Research Centre which is jointly hosted at Aston University and the University of Warwick which will focus on a various aspects of small business growth over the next three years.  It is funded jointly by the ESRC, BIS, BBB & Innovate UK. Over the last 35 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy.  He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project  in the UK and advises a number of UK Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations on enterprise issues. His work on High-Growth Firms (HGFs) at Aston has been influential in shaping policy discussions and actions in the UK and he is currently working for NESTA and the OECD on a  range of follow-up projects.  

Position: Professor in Entrepreneurship Phone:+44(0)121 204 3048
Room: ABS
  • Ph D, Queen's University, Belfast, 1985. Subject: Industrial and Urban Geography and Economics
  • BA, Queen's University, Belfast, 1978. Subject: Industrial and Urban Geography and Economics



  • Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School. (2008 - Present)
  • Professor of Small Business Research, Kingston University, UK. (1999 - 2008)
  • Lecturer, University of Ulster, UK. (1980 - 1999)
  • Reader, University of Ulster, UK. (1980 - 1999)
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Ulster, UK. (1980 - 1999)


Aston University

  • BEM903, Entrepreneurs for the World
  • BS3353, IBE/EAM Final Year Project
  • BS3357, Entrepreneurial Management
  • BSM911, Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • DISS1, Dissertation Part 1
  • DISS2, Dissertation Part 2
  • DR1SUP, Doctoral Supervision 1
  • DR2SUP, Doctoral Supervision 2
  • DR3SUP, Doctoral Supervision 3
  • MBAPROJA, MBA Project


Investigating the nature and scale of entreprenurial activity in the UK - co-manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK project:

  • CRC

  • BIS Media

  • LCR

  • Growth 

  • Director and Trustee, Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise. (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Academy of Learned Societies and Social Sciences. (2003 - Present)
  • Member, Regional Studies Association. (1979 - Present)
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. (2006 - Present)
  • Chair, Journals' Management Committee (Regional Studies Association). (2006 - 2009)


Journal Articles

Research Themes 

  • Private sector job creation and destruction in the UK (1998-2008)

  • UKTI R&D

  • Small firm growth and competitiveness: key trends and drivers