Dr Inge Hill

Biography 

I am a passionate, experienced and award winning scholarly researcher and academic teacher with over 25 years experience. I am Chair of the Strategy Research Special Interest group with the prestigious British Academy of Management. My research is rooted in practice theory, with particular appreciation of Bourdieu’s work and Giddens structuration theory; my research is published in books and journals, including Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. My publications are also listed on the core reading list for entrepreneurship-as-practice (https://www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com/). While I do quantitative research regularly, applying a survey strategy, my passion lies in qualitative research, with focus on employing ethnographic methods. As a former entrepreneur I empathise fully with the research and development needs of SMEs in the rural economy and the challenges the pandemic, Brexit and sustainability agenda pose.

I am a social change leader and an advocate of making entrepreneurship skills a fundamental citizenship skill for all (Hill, 2016, Foreword). I have influenced Higher Education enterprise / entrepreneurship education policy since 2003 by founding initiatives, writing a unique textbook (Hill, 2016), and by acting as an adviser to Policy Reports. My expertise on enterprise education and support is sought-after and leads to regular invitations to speak at national events, upcoming in 2021, as invited panel speaker at the Westminster Business Forum and an invited panel speaker at the Learning and Teaching Conference for the British Academy of Management 2021.

For the last three years I have actively influenced establishing entrepreneurship education as a professional career through my work as a Director of Enterprise Educators UK (https://www.enterprise.ac.uk/our-directors/). More recently, I have extended my passion for sustainable business to all my teaching and supervision, addressing the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/).

Through my 10 years of experience as a non-executive director for non-profits and director for SMEs (I ran my own start-ups for seven years) I have a wealth of experience to bring to my research, knowledge exchange, learning and teaching. I hold various practice accreditations in business consultancy/support, as well as Fellowship of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and of the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

As part of my role as Associate Head of Research, Enterprise Engagement and Knowledge Exchange I develop research staff to publish in REFable journals and run the Research Exchange Seminar Series.

Research 

Research interests

My particular research and knowledge exchange focuses on the processes of starting and developing businesses and makes a contribution to the ongoing shift to labour fragmentation and self-employment. This is the biggest change in reorganising labour markets in urban and rural areas in the last decade. My current passion is raising the profile and understanding for the socio-economic impact of creative cultural industries. I have secured over 320 K of external funding for research and knowledge exchange activities.

As elected Chair of the prestigious British Academy of Management Strategy Special Interest Group in 2018 I lead a dynamic team of academic colleagues working to serve our members with training in conducting research, getting published and gaining insights for knowledge exchange activities.

As a former business professional I fully understand the constraints and aspirations of rural enterprise and government. I can build on 10 years of supervising food and farming business related dissertations across the world - from the UK, to the EU, China and India. I am an experienced evaluator, and specialise in social impact and social value assessments.

I am the RAU lead for NICRE, the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise. The RAU is in partnership with the CCRI at Gloucester University, and we are part of a university consortium, lead by Newcastle University, collaborating also with Warwick University.

I seek to increase PhD supervision for the RAU in these topic areas:

  • The economic value of the creative cultural industry sector for the rural economy
  • Social enterprises’ impact for societal well-being and economic outputs in the rural economy
  • Sustainable business - myth, add on or the new way of doing business?
  • Rural businesses and their support needs

Further topics relate to new venture creation, creative cultural enterprises, SME growth, social enterprise, civic economy, sustainable business and development goals.

I am an active external PhD assessor, most recently as PhD rapporteur and defense committee member for an entrepreneurship-as-practice PhD at Toulouse Management School, Toulouse University.

Google Scholar: Google scholar profile  H-index 8                     

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Inge_Hill

Knowledge exchange

I am commited my research is relevant for society and businesses and ensure it has positive impact on society. I was humbled to have been appointed an evaluator for the Knowledge Exchange Concordat by Universities UK https://www.keconcordat.ac.uk/.

For this purpose, I have written more widely on my research (see example below).

Teaching 

I am a dedicated, passionate and award winning academic teacher with over 25 years experience in Higher Education and a focus on creating the responsible impact aware future leaders. I am keen to prepare our future leaders that attend university for The Future of Work . I hold two Master’s in Education and a number of accreditations for learning and teaching:

  • Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)
  • Fellow with Enterprise Educator with Enterprise Educators UK
  • Certified Management and Business Educators

In 2020, my practice-lead teaching intervention ‘Pop-up shop programme’ was awarded the prestigious Management Education Practice Award for Experienced Teaching Practitioners by the British Academy of Management.

I am a strategic influencer of enterprise education, influencing enterprise policy since 2003. Most recently, as Director for Enterprise Educators UK, I dedicate time to saving academic teachers time by sharing resources on the ETCToolkit.

I am dedicated to providing the most relevant theoretically informed and pedagogically relevant enterprise and sustainability education. This includes teaching for sustainable business practices addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals relevant for creating future entrepreneurial leaders. Read one of my 2020 blogs below to learn more.

Current modules I teach include Master’s and MBA modules on sustainable business strategy and under-graduate modules on strategy for business and agriculture.

My direct employability impact led to the creation of over 25 start-ups and contributed to hundreds of other start-ups as academic teacher.

Teaching related publications

My teaching related publications are internationally renown and used, which is an achievement I am humbled by. These include:

  • Hill, I. And Scott, J. (10/2020). Business ethics and sustainable business. In: Deakins, D.  and Scott, J. (Eds), Entrepreneurship, A Contemporary and Global Approach, Chapter 9, pp. 200-227. London: Sage.
  • Hill, I., and Bass, T. (2019). Embedding emotional resilience and reflection in the curriculum – pop-up shops for comprehensive learning in times of austerity. In: Diver, A. (2019) Employable scholars in Higher Education: Challenges and choices in times of austerity. Chapter 26, pp. 415-428. Springer: Berlin / New York.
  • Hill, Inge. (2018) Birmingham City University. Using EntreComp to bring credibility to practical entrepreneurial learning activities, In: McCallum E., Weicht R., McMullan L., Price A., EntreComp into Action: get inspired, make it happen (M. Bacigalupo & W. O’Keeffe Eds.) , EUR 29105 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, pp. 86-87.
  • Hill, Inge. (2016). Start up. A Practice-led Guide to New Venture Creation. London: Palgrave MacMillan. https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/StartUp/?K=9781137425836

Blogs on learning and teaching - Director’s blogs Enterprise Educators UK

Publications 

My recent research is rooted in practice and process theory; most recently, I am focusing on Bourdieu’s theory of practice lens for my readings of business development. My passion is raising the profile and understanding for the socio-economic impact of creative cultural industries.

Please find below a selection of publications and research conference papers:

Special issue – call for papers: Scandinavian Journal of Management

Hill, I., Jones, P. And. Cyron, T. (2021) Special issue in Journal of Scandinavian Management. Relevant Practice-based Research on Entrepreneuring in Contexts.

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/scandinavian-journal-of-management/call-for-papers/relevant-practice-based-research-entrepreneuring-contexts

Submission of full manuscripts: 1-9–21

Academic Journal articles and Book Chapters

  • Lingham, S. Hill, I. and Manning, L. (2021/22) (forthcoming.) Artisan food production: Can artisan food be innovative and traditional at the same time? In Dana, L., Ramadani, V. and Palalic, R. (eds), Artisan Entrepreneurs, Springer.
  • Hill, I. (2021, forthcoming). Ethnographic methods for capturing the sociomateriality of entrepreneurial practices. In: Thompson, N., Byrne, O., Teague, B., Jenkins, A. (2021). Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship as Practice. Research Handbooks in Business and Management Series, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Hill, I. R. (2021), "Spotlight on UK artisan entrepreneurs' situated collaborations: through the lens of entrepreneurial capitals and their conversion", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 99-121, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-11-2019-0642
  • Hill, I. And Scott, J. (10/2020). Business ethics and sustainable business. In: Deakins, D.  and Scott, J. (Eds), Entrepreneurship, A Contemporary and Global Approach, Chapter 9, pp. 200-227. London: Sage.
  • Hill, I., and Bass, T. (2019). Embedding emotional resilience and reflection in the curriculum – pop-up shops for comprehensive learning in times of austerity. In: Diver, A. (2019) Employable scholars in Higher Education: Challenges and choices in times of austerity. Chapter 26, pp. 415-428. Springer: Berlin / New York.
  • Hill, I. (2018). How did you get up and running? Taking a Bourdieuan perspective towards a framework for negotiating strategic fit, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 30 (5-6), 662-696, cited 21 times (Google Scholar).                           
  • Impact through a blog making this theoretical article applicable for SMEs - https://smallbusinesscharter.org/business-advice/making-personal-credibility/
  • Hill, I. (2016). Selling a new service to prospective clients. Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal 1 (issue SI-ETC), 38-40.
  • Carey, C. and Hill, I. (2017). Part II: The Practice and Business Model of Social Enterprises: Mission, Structure, and Management of Social Entrepreneurial Organisations. In Social Entrepreneurship Teaching Materials, edt by ERASMUS+ BEST project. pp. 71-101. [BEST = Business Education for Sustainability: Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship for Local and Regional Development].
  • Carey, C. and Hill, I. (2016) Social enterprise in the UK. In Involvement of business in promoting sustainable development at the regional and local levels: Social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility in Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and the UK. Research Report. Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Edt.), pp. 24-34.
  • Parsons, D., Hill, I. et al. (2012) Impact of teaching development programmes in Higher Education. York: Higher Education Academy, York. (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/resources/hea_impact_teaching_development_prog.pdf).
  • Strüder, I. (2003) Self-employed Turkish speaking women in London – opportunities and constraints within and beyond the ethnic economy, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 4 (3): 185-195. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.5367/000000003101299555

Books

Other publications: conference presentations, blogs and reports for government offices

  • Hill, I. (2018) Birmingham City University. Using EntreComp to bring credibility to practical entrepreneurial learning activities, In: McCallum E., Weicht R., McMullan L., Price A., EntreComp into Action: get inspired, make it happen (M. Bacigalupo & W. O’Keeffe Eds.) , EUR 29105 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, pp. 86-87.

Reports for government offices and related organisations

  • National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) (2021). What is the contribution of rural enterprise to Levelling up, and how can this be further enabled? Briefing paper no 1, March 2021 https://www.ncl.ac.uk/mediav8/nicre/files/What%20is%20the%20contribution%20of%20rural%20enterprise%20to%20Levelling%20Up,%20and%20how%20can%20this%20be%20further%20enabled.pdf
  • Holland, J., Hill, I. and Tate, S. (2013) Codes of Practice as levers of change. Review of international good practice in better regulation. London: Department of Business and Innovation, Better Regulation Office.
  • Strüder, I. (2005) Business Priorities for women – Business Premises, Business Priorities for women – Information, Data, Research (published as part of large report without named authors). London: London Development Agency. Published.
  • Strüder, I. (2004) Women in Business – what do we know? A critical review of the academic and grey literature. London: Small Business Service with the Department of Trade and Industry (unpublished).

Blogs

Research related:

Teaching related:

Invited lectures, workshops and roundtables / session chair in the UK and abroad, selection:

  • Invited panel speaker - January 26, 2021 Westminter Business Forum - Priorities for supporting new businesses to start and scale up in the UK https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/WBF-Start-Ups-21
  • 04-09/2020 Invited participant in the Green Paper Action group on innovative Employer - University - collaborations, led by Professor Nick Petford, The future of employer-university collaboration — a vision for 2030. https://www.jisc.ac.uk/reports/the-future-of-employer-university-collaboration
  • Invited workshop leader on taking your market research online, European University Viadrina, Germany
  • September 2020 Strategy research papers in the cloud - co-organiser of live online paper presentations for British Academy of Management members of the Strategy Special Interest Group
  • September 2020 Workshop “Researching entrepreneurial practices: using interviews on- and offline.” 5th Entrepreneurship-as-Practice conference 2020, Amsterdam
  • September 2020 Reviewing and giving feedback to conference papers, 5th Entrepreneurship-as-Practice conference 2020, Amsterdam
  • September 2020 Reviewing and giving feedback to conference papers by PhD students, British Academy of Management In-the-cloud conference
  • May 2020 Chair and organiser for panel discussion ‘Covid19- pandemic reactions seen through the strategy lens’ - Online panel discussion with leading strategy academics, British Academy of Management Strategy Special Interest Group
  • January 2020 Salford University “Paper development workshop - getting published in high quality journals with strategy related articles” https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D3674%26amp%3Breset%3D1
  • June 2019 Keynote speaker on the State of Social Enterprise in the UK, University of Cantabria / Santander, Spain
  • February 2019 Keynote speaker for Royal Association of Business School conference, Staffordshire University: Practical initiatives to integrate enterprise teaching across the university. https://smallbusinesscharter.org/event/embedding-enterprise-entrepreneurship-across-whole-student-university-population/  
  • January 2019 Organiser and. Strategy as practice meets Entrepreneurship as Practice – mutual gains or competition? https://www.bam.ac.uk/news/strategy-practice-meets-entrepreneurship-prac...–-mutual-gains-or-competition-event-report
  • September 2018 IEEC conference Social Enterprise Track lead
  • May 2017 Invited lecture on the Business Model Cube (Hill, 2015) Stuttgart / Germany
  • October 2015 Keynote lecture on ‘Ethical principles for new leaders’, Helsinki Laureate University
  • November 2014 Invited keynote lecture on “Lessons for Germany from social enterprise in the UK’, Berlin, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • September 2014 IEEC – International Enterprise Educators Conference – invited to lead innovative Provocateur session facilitating staff exchange on learning and teaching enterprise / entrepreneurship
  • November 2004 Madrid, Women’s World Bank Meeting Legal and social conditions of self-employed women in the UK (lecture and roundtable)                        
  • July 2000 Researcher Roundtable on Women and Entrepreneurship at Downing Street No. 11

Conference papers, selection:

  • Hill, I. (2020) Presenting qualitative research findings on UK artisan entrepreneurs for publication, British Academy of Management In-the-cloud conference, Session Researching creative industries.
  • Hill, I. (2020). Sustainable Business Models - adding elements or Business Model, Innovation for Sustainability? A review of the literature and new research agenda. British Academy of Management Annual conference 2020 in-the-cloud.
  • Hill and Scott ‘Organizing entrepreneurship in context – craft and artisan entrepreneurs, European Group of Organisation Studies Colloquium "Organizing for a Sustainable Future: Responsibility, Renewal & Resistance" in Hamburg, Germany, July 2-4, 2020
  • Hill, I. And Vershinina, N. (2020). Business modelling as entrepreneurial practice? 5th Entre-preneurship-as-Practice conference and PhD Symposium 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Hill, I. (2019) Business modelling as a practice. British Academy of Management Annual conference, Aston University.
  • Hill, I. (2019) Materiality of entrepreneurial - Artisan entrepreneurs. International Conference Entrepreneurship-as-Practice 4, Nantes / France.
  • Hill, I. (2018) Older entrepreneurs creating new ventures. British Academy of Management annual conference in Bristol/UK.
  • Hill, I. (2018) Who cares about my age? International conference for Entrepreneurship-as-Practice 3 University of Linnae / Sweden.
  • Hill, I. and Kimbley, K. (2017) What is a social enterprise? ISBE 2017, Social Enterprise Track
  • Hill, I. (2016) Entrepreneuring baby steps - conference paper on Nascent Entrepreneurship of Young People, British Academy of Management, Newcastle University
  • Hill, I. (2015) Which factors have importance and impact on creating successful start-ups? British Academy of Management (2015) Portsmouth.

Roles of esteem

Reviewer for many journals including Scandinavian Journal of Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Journal of Strategy and Management, Industry and Higher Education.