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Professor Francis J. Greene

B.A. Hons, MPhil, PhD

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Chair in Entrepreneurship

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Phone: +44(0)131 6503789
Room: 3.13


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Background

Professor Francis Greene was appointed to a Chair position at Edinburgh University Business School in 2017.  Previously, he held positions at the Universities of Durham, Warwick and Birmingham. 

His business engagement work has seen him work for the OECD, the European Commission, the Federation of Small Business, some of the major banks in the UK, as well as individual and national governments.  This work has sought to practically improve understandings of entrepreneurship for individual businesses, and stakeholders such as the banks and national and international policy makers.

His research interests are focused on the start-up, growth and failure of entrepreneurial businesses.

Recent research has focused on learning among serial entrepreneurs, how birth order affects the likelihood of entrepreneurial activity, what role do hormones such as testosterone play in entrepreneurship, and how practically does business planning help entrepreneurs to create a viable new business.

His research also covers youth and graduate entrepreneurship, the role of entrepreneurship in regional economic development, small business finance and entrepreneurship policy.

He has held visiting positions at the economic consultancy ZEW in Germany, at Mannheim University and Swinburne University, taught at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, worked as a policy advisor to the New Zealand government, and worked at the SME research centre for one of the major UK banks.  He is a consulting editor for the International Small Business Journal.  His most recent textbook Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2010) will be replaced by a new textbook called Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

His work has appeared in a variety of national and international media outlets including local and national BBC radio, the Times and Sunday Times, and the Scotsman.

Professor Greene is happy to consider PhD candidates. However, applicants need to have a very strong background in econometrics as he only takes students who exclusively focus on a quantitative approach to small business and entrepreneurship in developed economies.

Research interest terms

  • Entrepreneurial finance

Research interests

  • Start-ups, Growth and Closure
  • Role of entrepreneurship, Economic Development
  • Entepreneruship Policy
  • Youth and Graduate Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Determinants
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Hormones and Entrepreneurship

Group membership

PhD Supervision

Francis is supervising 0 PhD students


Publications

Revisiting the influence of institutional forces on the written business plan: A replication study

Hopp, Greene, Honig, Karlsson and Samuelsson. (2018) Management Review Quarterly. 1-38.
Contribution to journal: Article

When should entrepreneurs write their business plans?

Greene and Hopp. (2018) Harvard Business Review.
Contribution to specialist publication: Article

In pursuit of Time: Business plan sequencing, duration and intraentrainment effects on new venture viability

Hopp and Greene. (2018) Journal of Management Studies 55 (2). 320-351.
Contribution to journal: Article

Advancing gendered analyses of entrepreneurship: A critical exploration of entrepreneurial activity among gay men and lesbian women

Marlow, Greene and Coad. (2018) British Journal of Management 29 (1). 118-135.
Contribution to journal: Article

Writing a business plan makes your startup more likely to succeed

Greene and Hopp. (2017) Harvard Business Review.
Contribution to specialist publication: Article

Bank market concentration, relationship banking, and small business liquidity

Han, Zhang and Greene. (2017) International Small Business Journal 35 (4). 365-384.
Contribution to journal: Article

Are formal planners more likely to achieve new venture viability?: A counterfactual model and analysis

Greene and Hopp. (2017) Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 11. 36-60.
Contribution to journal: Article

The impact of habitual entrepreneurial experience on firm closure outcomes

Gottschalk, Greene and Müller. (2017) Small Business Economics 48 (2). 303-321.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Are 'born to rebel' last-borns more likely to be self-employed?

Han and Greene. (2016) Personality and Individual Differences 101. 270-275.
Contribution to journal: Article
View / download (open access)

Queering the agenda? A critical evaluation of contemporary assumptions underpinning the influence of gender stereotypes upon entrepreneurial activity

Marlow, Greene and Coad, A. (2016).
Contribution to conference: Paper

When and for how long should formal planners plan their nascent venture

Greene and Hopp. (2015).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Testosterone is associated with self-employment among Australian men

Greene, Han, Martin, Zhang and Wittert. (2014) Economics & Human Biology 13. 76-84.
Contribution to journal: Article

Are habitual entrepreneurs more likely to be successful?: Evidence from German start-up panel data

Gottschalk, S., Greene and Muller, B. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

If you don't succeed, should you try again? The role of entrepreneurial experience in venture survival

Gottschalk, S., Greene and Muller, B. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

The Missing Entrepreneurs II, Paris

Greene. (2014).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Business support

Greene. (2014).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Like mother, like daughter? Analyzing maternal influences upon women's entrepreneurial propensity

Greene, Han and Marlow. (2013) Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 37 (4). 687-711.
Contribution to journal: Article

Enterprise 2050

Greene and Patel. (2013).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Santander town and city index

Greene. (2013).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Inclusive entrepreneurs

Greene. (2013).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Experience and firm success

Gottschalk, S., Greene and Muller, B. (2013).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Labour market discrimination, sorting and the propensity of sexual minorities towards choosing self-employment

Coad, A. and Greene. (2012) Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 32 (5).
Contribution to journal: Article

Should the focus of publicly provided business assistance be on startups or growth businesses?

Greene. (2012).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Helping micro-businesses weather the financial storm

Greene. (2012).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Background briefing paper for OECD on youth entrepreneurship

Greene. (2012).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Is there an association between business and entrepreneurship education and differing entrepreneurial groups in Australia? Evidence from GEM Australia

O’Connor and Greene. (2012) Small Enterprise Research 19 (1). 5-15.
Contribution to journal: Article

The ties that bind: The impact of regulation on micro-businesses

Greene. (2012).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Venture creation speed and subsequent growth: Evidence from South America

Capelleras, Greene, Kantis and Rabetino. (2010) Journal of Small Business Management 48 (3). 302-324.
Contribution to journal: Literature review

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Storey, D .J. and Greene. (2010) 1.
Book/Report: Book

Entrepreneurship and small business policy: Evaluating its role and purpose

Greene and Storey, D .J. (2010). 600-621.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The multiple effects of business planning on new venture performance

Burke, Fraser and Greene. (2009) Journal of Management Studies 47 (3). 391-415.
Contribution to journal: Article

The role of higher education skills and support in graduate self-employment

Greene and Saridakis. (2008) Studies in Higher Education 33 (6). 653-672.
Contribution to journal: Article

The determinants and growth implications of venture creation speed

Capelleras and Greene. (2008) Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 20 (4). 317-343.
Contribution to journal: Literature review

Do more heavily regulated economies have poorer performing new ventures? Evidence from Britain and Spain

Capelleras, Mole, Greene and Storey. (2008) Journal of International Business Studies 39 (4). 688-704.
Contribution to journal: Article

Three Decades of Enterprise Culture?: Entrepreneurship, Economic Regeneration and Public Policy

Storey, Greene and Mole. (2008).
Book/Report: Book

Recasting the city into city-regions: Place promotion, competitiveness benchmarking and the quest for urban supremacy

GREENE, FRANCIS .J., TRACEY, PAUL. and COWLING, MARC. (2007) Growth and Change 38 (1). 1-22.
Contribution to journal: Article

Understanding the Factors Influencing Graduate Entrepreneurship

Greene. (2007).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

The determinants of online loan applications from small businesses

Han and Greene. (2007) Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 14 (3). 478-486.
Contribution to journal: Article

Issues in evaluation: The case of Shell Livewire

Greene and Storey. (2007). 213-233.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

The effects of experience on entrepreneurial optimism and uncertainty

FRASER, STUART. and GREENE, FRANCIS .J. (2006) Economica 73 (290). 169-192.
Contribution to journal: Article

Evaluating youth entrepreneurship: The case of the Prince's Trust

Greene. (2005). 1-37.
Working paper: Working paper

A Review of Spatial Competitiveness

Greene. (2005).
Book/Report: Commissioned report

Tracking Euro preparations amongst UK SMEs

Greene and Mole. (2004) Applied Economics 36 (14). 1537-1546.
Contribution to journal: Article

Does more mean worse? Three decades of enterprise policy in the Tees Valley

Greene, Mole and Storey. (2004) Urban Studies 41 (7). 1207-1228.
Contribution to journal: Article

An assessment of a venture creation programme: The case of Shell LiveWIRE

Greene, F .J. and Storey, D .J. (2004) Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 16 (2). 145-159.
Contribution to journal: Article

Preparations for the euro by UK SMEs with trading links with the euro currency area

Greene and Travis. (2002) Small Business Economics 19 (4). 307-319.
Contribution to journal: Article