Alistair Anderson
Title: Professor
First Name: Alistair
Surname: Anderson
Position: Professor of Entrepreneurship
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263883

Duties and Responsibilities

Professor Alistair Anderson is Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Research Interests

Professor Anderson is theme leader for the Business and Enterprise research theme within Aberdeen Business School. His research interests are primarily in the areas of:

  • Entrepreneurship and small business
  • Social aspects of entrepreneurship and SMEs


The British Council has funded a collaboration between ABS and Peshawar University to explore social enterprise. The funding runs for 3 years from 2015.

Federation of Small Business Professor of Small Business (2008-2010)

External / Professional Roles

Editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development; Editorial Board member of 13 other journals
Rapporteur and reviewer for ESRC
Peer Reviewer for European Science Foundation
Member of the Peer Review College of the Danish Council for Strategic Research
External Peer reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
External Peer reviewer for The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Honorary Professor at Aberdeen University; honorary fellow at Lancaster University

Professor Anderson also holds visiting positions at a number of universities including University of Sousse (Tunisia), City College (Greece), University of Limerick (Ireland) and Aarhus Business School (Denmark).


MCKEEVER, E., JACK, S. and ANDERSON, A., 2015. Embedded entrepreneurship in the creative re-construction of place. Journal of Business Venturing, 30 (1), pp. 50-65.

ANDERSON, A.R., 2015. The economic reification of entrepreneurship: re-engaging with the social. In: A. FAYOLLE and P. RIOT, Rethinking entrepreneurship: debating research orientations. pp.44-56.  Routledge. 

ANDERSON, A.R., WALLACE, C. and TOWNSEND, L., 2015. Great expectations or small country living? Enabling small rural creative businesses with ICT.Sociologia Ruralis. In press. 

RANDERSON, K., BETTINELLI, C., FAYOLLE, A. and ANDERSON, A., 2015. Family entrepreneurship as a field of research: exploring its contours and contents.Journal of Family Business Strategy. 

MCDONALD, S., GAN, B.C., FRASER, S.S., OKE, A. and ANDERSON, A.R., 2015. A review of research methods in entrepreneurship 1985-2013. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 21(3), pp.291-315.   

ANDERSON, A.R., 2015. Conceptualising entrepreneurship as economic 'explanation' and the consequent loss of 'understanding. International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 14(2), pp.145-157.

KARATAS-OZKAN, M., ANDERSON, A.R., FAYOLLE, A., HOWELLS, J. and CONDOR, R., 2014. Understanding entrepreneurship: challenging dominant perspectives and theorizing entrepreneurship though new postpositivist epistemologies. Journal of Small Business Management, 52(4), pp.589-593.  

ANDERSON, A.R. and ULLAH, F., 2014. The condition of smallness: how what it means to be small deters firms from getting bigger. Management Decision, 52(2), pp.326 – 349.. DOI 10.1108/MD-10-2012-0734

HARBI, S., ANDERSON, A.R. and AMAMOU, M., 2014. Innovation culture in small Tunisian ICT firms. Journal of Small Business Enterprise and Development. 21(1), pp.132-151. 

MCKEEVER, E., ANDERSON, A. and JACK, S., 2014. Social embeddedness in entrepreneurship research: the importance of context and community. In: E. Chell and M. Karatas-Ozkan, Handbook of research on small business and entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar. ISBN 978 1 84980 923 8 

ANDERSON, A.R., BRAHEM, M. and EL HARBI, S., 2014. Globalization, internationalization and the entrepreneurial responses of Tunisian clothing firms. In:

THAI, M.T.T. and TURKINA, E., eds. Internationalization of firms from economies in transition; the effects of a politico-economic paradigm shift. Edward Elgar. July. Chapter 12. ISBN 978 1 78347 469 1

MUELLER, S. and ANDERSON, A. R., 2014. Understanding the entrepreneurial learning process and its impact on students’ personal development: a European perspective. International Journal of Management Education, 12 (3), pp. 500-511. 

ANDERSON, A.R., HARDWICK, J.Y. and CRUICKSHANK, D., 2013.  Trust formation processes in innovative collaborations: networking as knowledge building practices. European Journal of Innovation Management, 16(1), pp. 4-21. 

DRAKOPOULOU DODD,  S.,  ANDERSON, A.R and JACK, S.,  2013. From admiration to abhorrence: the contentious appeal of entrepreneurship across Europe. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 25(1-2), pp.69-89.

DRAKOPOULOU DODD, S., ANDERSON, A. and JACK, S., 2013. Being in time and the family owned firm. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29(1), pp.35-47. 

ANDERSON, A., EL HARBI, S. and BRAHEM, M., 2013. Enacting entrepreneurship in “informal” businesses. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 14(3), pp.137-149. 6882

ULLAH, F. and ANDERSON, A.R. (2012?) The condition of smallness; how being small deters firms from getting bigger? Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

ANDERSON, A. R., DODD, S. D. and JACK, S. L., 2012. Entrepreneurship as connecting: some implications for theorising and practice. Management Decision, 50(5), pp.958-971. 

HARDWICK, J., CRUICKSHANK, D. and ANDERSON, A.R., 2012. Innovation in small business: comparing face-to-face with virtual networking. Journal of Business Strategy,33(5), pp.51-58..

CONNON, N., DONALDSON, B. and ANDERSON, A.R., 2012. Old fashioned or enlightened? Small retailers’ practices in e-procurement. International Journal of Technology Marketing,7(1), pp.47-62.

OH, K-Y., ANDERSON, A.R and CRUICKSHANK, D., 2012. Perceived barriers towards the use of e-trade processes by Korean SMEs. Business Process Management Journal,18(1), pp.43-57.

ANDERSON, A.R., HARBI, S.E. and BRAHEM, M., 2012. The Tunisian textile industry: local responses to internationalisation. European Journal of International Management, 6(5), pp. 525-541.

KORSGAARD, S. and ANDERSON, A.R., . 2011. Enacting entrepreneurship as social value creation. International Small Business Journal,29(2), April, pp.135-151. 

ANDERSON, A. R. and WARREN, L.. 2011. The entrepreneur as hero and jester: enacting the entrepreneurial discourse. International Small Business Journal, December, pp.598-609. 

EL HARBI, S., ANDERSON, A.R. and AMAMOU, M., 2011. Knowledge sharing processes in Tunisian small ICT firms. Library Review,60(1), pp.24-36. 

ANDERSON, A. R.  and RUSSELL, E. O., 2011. Self-regulation: a strategic alternative for small firms Journal of Business Strategy, 32(4), pp.42-47. 

ANDERSON, A. R., 2011. The university's role in developing Chinese entrepreneurship. Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, 3(3), pp.175-184. 

ANDERSON, A.R.,  BENAVIDES-ESPINOSA, M. and MOHEDANO-SUANES, A., 2011. Innovation in services through learning in a joint venture. Service Industries Journal, 31(12), pp.2019-2032. 

DIOCHON, M. and ANDERSON, A. R., 2011. Ambivalence and ambiguity in social enterprise: narratives about values in reconciling purpose and practices. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 7 (1), pp. 93-109. 

JACK, S., MOULT, S., ANDERSON, A.R. and DODD, S., 2010. An entrepreneurial network evolving: patterns of change. International Small Business Journal, 28(4), August, pp.315-337.

EL HARBI, S., ANDERSON, A.R. and AMMAR, S.H,  2010. Entrepreneurs and the environment: towards a typology of Tunisian ecopreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business,10(2), May, pp.181-204.

EL HARBI, S. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2010. Institutions and the shaping of different forms of entrepreneurship. Journal of Socio-economics,39(3), pp.436-444.Elsevier. ISSN:0001-253X. doi:10.1108/00012531111164969. 

ANDERSON, A. R., STEINERTE, E. and RUSSELL, E.O.,  2010. The nature of trust in virtual entrepreneurial networks. International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEEI),1(1), pp.1-21..

ANDERSON, A. R., DODD, S. D. and JACK, S., 2010. Network practices and entrepreneurial growth. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(2), pp.121-133. 

JACK, S., DRAKOPOULOU-DODD, S. and ANDERSON, A.R., 2010. The role of networking in the growth processes of family firms: an international study. In: Long Term Perspectives on Family Business: Theory, Practice, Policy ; IFERA Lancaster 2010: 10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference. Pp. 92 -. IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy)  

ANDERSON,A. R., OSSEICHUK, E.  and ILLINGWORTH, L., 2010. Rural small businesses in turbulent times: impacts of the economic downturn. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 11(1), pp.45-56. 

GUTHRIE, C.  and ANDERSON, A., 2010. Visitor narratives: researching and illuminating actual destination experience. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 13(2), pp.110-129. 

DIOCHON, M. and ANDERSON, A. R., 2010. Ambivalence and ambiguity in social enterprise: narratives about values in reconciling purpose and practices. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 7 (1), pp. 93-109. 

Anderson, A.R., Drakopoulou Dodd, S., Jack, S., 2009, Aggressors; winners; victims and outsiders, International Small Business Journal, 27 (1), 126-136

Anderson, A.R. Jack, S.L., 2008, Role Typologies for Enterprising Education: The professional artisan? Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 15(2) 259-273.

Jack, S., Dodd, S.D., Anderson, A.R. 2008, Change and the development of entrepreneurial networks over time: A processual perspective. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 20(2): 125-159.

Anderson, A.R., Park, J., Jack, S. 2007, Entrepreneurial Social Capital; Conceptualizing Social Capital in New High-tech Firms, International Small Business Journal, 25 (3) 243-267.

Anderson, A.R. Jack, S.L., 2002, The articulation of entrepreneurial social capital: Content and process. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 14(3): 193-210.

Jack, S., Anderson, A.R. 2002, The effects of embeddedness upon the entrepreneurial process. Journal of Business Venturing, 17, 1-22.

Anderson, A.R. 2000, Paradox in the periphery: An entrepreneurial reconstruction?, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 12(2) 91-109.

Jack, S.L., Anderson, A,R. 1999, Entrepreneurship Education Within the Enterprise Culture: Producing Reflective Practitioners, Journal of Entrepreneurial behaviour and Research, 5(3) 110-125.