Sam completed her Business Growth PhD in 2014 while working full time at an SME and completed her BSc in Psychology in 2008. During her PhD, Sam was employed as a Business Development Manager at a high technology SME where she undertook a multitude of tasks including project management, grant organisation, operations management and marketing. Prior to this, Sam worked in various NHS settings and in a large not-for-profit organisation.
Sqam’s research interests centre around encouraging and enabling small firms to achieve high growth and this is something that she feels passionately about, having worked in a small firm for many years being actively involved in its pursuit of growth. During this time, Sam interacted with many government departments and support policies which led to her keen interest in this area. However her research interests are holistic covering: SMEs, knowledge based firms, SME growth and support policy, innovation, high growth, entrepreneurship and occupational psychology. Sam considers her research to be holistic and multi-disciplinary and she is committed to high level research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Sam currently teaches modules relating to strategy, change management and marketing and is interested in supervising topics relating to SME growth, entrepreneurship and innovation. Sam’s conference papers have been published in Research in Entrepreneurship (RENT) and the British Academy of Management (BAM).