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Professor Mark Hart

Economics & Strategy Group

Mark Hart

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, BBA and the TSB.   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. 

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Email: mark.hart@aston.ac.uk Phone:+44(0)121 204 3048
Room: SW920

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

Academic

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)

Refereed Journal Articles

Kitching, J., Hart, M., Wilson, N. (2013). Burden or benefit? Regulation as a dynamic influence on small business performance. International small business journal, N/A, N/A.

Saal, D., Mole, K., Hart, M., Roper, S. (2011). Broader or deeper?  Exploring the most effective intervention profile for public small business support. Environment and Planning A, 43(1), 87-105.

Levie, J., Hart, M. (2011). Business and Social Entrepreneurs in the UK: gender, context and commitment. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 3(3).

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., Lenihan, H. (2011). New business formation in a rapidly growing economy: The Irish experience. Small Business Economics, 36, 503-516.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., Lenihan, H. (2011). New business formation in a rapidly growing economy: the Irish experience. Small Business Economics, 36(4), 503-516.

Levie, J., Hart, M., Anyadike-Danes, M. (2010). The effect of business or enterprise training on opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial skills of graduates and non-graduates in the UK. Frontiers in Entrepreneurial Research (FER).

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2010). Who creates the jobs?. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), 05-Sep.

Mole, K., Hart, M., Roper, S., Saal, D. (2009). Assessing the effectiveness of business support services in England: Evidence from a theory based evaluation. International Small Business Journal, 27(5), 557-582.

Lynch, N., Lenihan, H., Hart, M. (2009). Developing a framework to evaluate business networks: The case of Ireland's Industry-Led Network Initiative. Policy Studies, 30(2), 163-180.

Mole, K., Hart, M., Roper, S., Saal, D. (2008). Differential gains from Business Link support and advice: a treatment effects approach. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26(5), 315-334.

Hart, M. (2007). Evaluating EU regional policy. Policy Studies, 28(4), 295-308.

Lenihan, H., Hart, M., Roper, S. (2007). Industrial policy evaluation: Theoretical foundations and empirical innovations: new wine in new bottles. International Review of Applied Economics, 21(3), 313-319.

Lenihan, H., Hart, M., Roper, S. (2007). Industrial policy evaluation: Theoretical foundations and empirical innovations: New Wine in New Bottles", International Review of Applied Economics, July Guest Editorial for Special Issue on Industrial Evaluation. (with Lenihan and Roper S) July 2007.. Policy Studies, 28(4).

Hart, M., Lenihan, H. (2006). Estimating additionality and leverage: the interplay between public and private sector equity finance. International Journal of Venture Capital, 8(4), 331-351.

Hart, M. (2006). Evaluating EU regional policy: How might we understand the causal connections between interventions and outcomes more effectively?. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 24.

Hart, M., Lenihan, H. (2006). Maximising the additionality of public sector assistance to Irish firms: A question of ownership?. Policy Studies, 27(2).

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M. (2006). The impact of sector, specialization and space on business birth rates in the United Kingdom: a challenge for policy?. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 24, 815-826.

Lenihan, H., Hart, M., Roper, S. (2005). Developing an evaluative framework for industrial policy in Ireland: Fulfilling the audit trail or an aid to policy development. ESRI Quarterly Commentary, 69-86.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M., Mason, C. (2005). High-growth firms and direct employment creation in the UK. Small Business Economics, 25(4), 319-332.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., O'Reilly, M. (2005). Watch that space!  The county hierarchy in firm births and deaths in the UK, 1980-1999. Small Business Economics, 25, 273-292.

McGuiness, S., Hart, M. (2004). Mixing the grant cocktail: Towards an understanding of the outcomes of financial support to small firms. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 22, 841-857.

Lenihan, H., Hart, M. (2004). The use of counterfactual scenarios as a means to assess policy deadweight: an Irish case study. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 22, 817-839.

Authored Books

Hart, M., Lenihan, H., O'Callaghan, A. (2010). SMEs in a Globalised World. Edward Elgar.

Book Chapters

Hart, M., Levie (2011). The contribution of migrants and ethnic minorities to entrepreneurship in the UK. Dynamics of Entrepreneurship. Oxford University Press.

Mole, K., Hart, M., Roper, S., Saal, D., Storey, D. (2010). Differential gains from Business Link support and advice: a treatment effects approach. Entrepreneuship and Public Policy. Edward Elgar.

Levie, J., Hart, M., Anyadike-Danes, M. (2009). The effect of business or enterprise training on opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial skills of graduates and non-graduates in the UK. Frontiers in Entrepreneurial Research (pp. 749-759). Babson.

Monographs

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., Lenihan, H. (2009). New business formation in a rapidly growing economy: The Irish experience. ERINI Research Monograph 40.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2009). Who creates the jobs?. ERINI Research Monograph 45.

Official Reports

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Drews, C.-C., Hart, M. (2014). Localisation of Industrial Activity across England’s LEPs: 2008 and 2012. ERC Research Paper No 15. ERC Research Paper No 15.

Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). Evaluation of Regional Selective Assistance in Scotland 2004/05 – 2010/11. Scottish Enterprise.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). Exploring the incidence and spatial distribution of high growth firms in the UK and their contribution to job creation. NESTA Working Paper 13/05 March.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). High-Growth Firms (HGFs) and their Contribution to Employment in the Leeds City Region. Leeds City Region LEP.

Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). Job Generation in Northern Ireland 2005-11: The Performance of Assisted and Non-Assisted Firms. Invest NI.

Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). Scottish Enterprise’s Account Management Programme Data Matching. Scottish Enterprise.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). London Business Demography Project. Greater London Assembly.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2013). Job Creation and Destruction in the Leeds City Region 1998-2010. Leeds City Region LEP.

Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2012). High-Growth Firms (HGFs) and Mid-Sized Businesses (MSBs) and their Contribution to Employment in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull (GBS) LEP. Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2012). Longitudinal Analysis of Invest NI Selective Financial Assistance (SFA) Using Longitudinal Business Survey Data 2007/08 – 2009/10. DETI.

Hart, M., Levie, J. (2011). Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: UK Report. GEM Global Website.

Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2011). High-Growth Firms (HGFs) and their Contribution to Employment in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2011). Job creation and destruction in the UK: 1998-2010. Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Bhaumik, S., Hart, M., Bonner, K., Gong, Y., Temouri, Y. (2011). Relationship between High Growth Firms and Internationalisation. UKTI.

Levie, J., Hart, M., Mohammed, K. (2011). Impact of media on entrepreneurial intentions and actions. BIS Website.

Hart, M., Driffield, N., Du, J., Love, D., Tapinos, E. (2010). A comparative evaluation of the impact of UK Trade & Investment's R&D programme and other UKTI support that impacts R&D. UKTI Research Report.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2010). Business Demography and Firm Performance in London: 1998-2008. LDA.

Hart, M., Driffield, N., Roper, S., Mole, K. (2010). Evaluation of selective financial assistance (SFA) in Northern Ireland, 1998-2004. DETI (NI).

Levie, J., Hart, M. (2009). Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Uk 2008: Monitoring Report.

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M., Mason, C. (2009). Measuring Business Growth: High-Growth Firms and their contribution to employment in the UK. ERINI Monographs (vol. 46).

Anyadike-Danes, M., Bonner, K., Hart, M., Mason, C. (2009). The Economic Impact of High-Growth Start-ups: Understanding the Challenge for Policy in the UK. London: NESTA Research Report.

Hart, M., Driffield, N., Roper, S., Mole, K. (2008). Evaluation of regional selective assistance (RSA) and selective finance for investment in England (SFIE) 2000-2004 Report for the DTI.

Saal, D., Mole, K., Roper, S., Hart, M., Storey, D. (2006). Economic impact study of Business Link local service. Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Practioner Publications

Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2010). Who creates jobs?. Significance.

Working Papers

Du, J., Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M. (2013). Firm dynamics and job creation in the UK.. ERC (Enterprise Research Centre) White Paper. http://enterpriseresearch.ac.uk/default/assets/File/ERC%20White%20Paper%20No_6%20Firm%20Dynamics%20final.pdf

Sena, V., Hart, M., Bonner, K. (2013). Innovation and UK High-growth Firms. NESTA Working Paper 13/12.

Bhaumik, S., Bonner, K., Hart, M. (2012). Investment efficiency among a cross-section of UK firms: implications for the debate on financing constraints. National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/Investmentefficiency.pdf

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

  • HGFs - UKTI; UKCES

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