Family and Small Enterprises Research Cluster

Working in collaboration with Scottish and UK Agencies, our mission is to promote growth, business development, learning and engagement with Scotland's family and smaller enterprises through research, policy and practice.

The Family and Small Enterprises research cluster exists to foster ideas and intellectual capital in relation to family business and smaller enterprises, including start-up businesses.  Our aims, therefore, are to develop excellent and internationally recognised research in the area of family, smaller and social enterprises and to use, promote and develop our research with businesses, social enterprises and policy makers to create impact within individual businesses, families and communities. 


Our objectives are to:

  • Provide family businesses, academics and policy makers with relevant innovative projects that support the growth, development and quality of family enterprises
  • Identify areas where business support can assist the development, growth and sustainability of family businesses in local and international markets - with the types of support that would be useful
  • Enhance links between family businesses, communities, researchers and policy makers


Our research and business engagement work is allied to:

  • Journal of Family Business Management (Emerald Publishing Limited)
  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for Family Business
  • Family Firm Institute Inc
  • International Family Enterprise Research Academy
  • British Academy of Management

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Professor Claire Seaman Business School Contact 0131 474 0000