Inge Hill

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Research Interests

SME growth and strategy

Practice theory applications to business development

International business

Nascent Entrepreneurship

Creative industries





Vision Statement

I believe every student should learn skills needed to start a new venture or launch a new service / product for an employer. I passionately believe that academics need to create knowledge that enriches business practice and informs practices by policy makers and business people. Thus, my knowledge creation as researcher is developed with all stakeholders, including beneficiaries. Consequently, my teaching is practice and research informed to prepare students for a successful career.


Dr. Inge Hill, is currently Senior Lecturer Business Strategy of the School at Strategy and Leadership at Coventry University. Inge’s unique research contributions lie in offering theoretical underpinning for everyday business processes. Currently, her publications are on strategic management of nascent entrepreneurial processes and social enterprise. 

Research interests: start-up / nascent entrepreneurship; SME strategy development; expatriate entrepreneurship; social enterprise / entrepreneurship.

Her research is rooted in the process relational approach, and currently apploies practice theory lens to strategy and entrepreneurship phenomena; her most recent conceptual paper with an applied theoretical framework for social positioning (Hill, 2018) in 3* RABS journal ERD is on the recommended reading list of the international Entrepreneurship as Practice research cluster

Inge is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK. She is Chair of the Strategy Special Interest Group for the British Academy of Management and Director at Enterprise Educators UK, the leading UK social enterprise on enterprise education.  

Before coming to Coventry University, she was a strategic innovator in the area of employability and enterprise: she co-developed a Master’s in Management and Entrepreneurship, for which she became Course Director, and led it through re-validation. She innovated several practice-led new modules for entrepreneurship education to increase students’ employability. She created a vertical link and pathway for entrepreneurship modules at Bimringham City University Business School, a pioneering approach.

She was employability lead for her previous department for four years and quality lead for a year.. During that time, she effectively influenced new programmes and degrees to consider employability and enterprise in an integrated way.

To implement her vision of enterprising as a citizenship skill, Inge founded a university wide Community of Practice at Birmingham City University on integrating enterprise into the curriculum and a JISC discussion list on linking enterprise educators, careers advisers and academic staff to discuss insights on new venture creation and start-ups with international members from New Zealand to the US.

A former award winning serial entrepreneur, Inge founded two successful service businesses, including a research and strategy consultancy. Clients included large corporates such as Amy Plc., small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises. During this time she won three awards, including a Build-It-Grant from UnLtd. - HEFCE to start a third organisation, a social enterprise. Inge supported hundreds of small businesses as freelance adviser for Business Link in marketing strategy and wider strategy development.

Inge started her academic career in the UK at the London School of Economics (1999-2003), held Senior Lectureships at Kingston and Oxford Brookes Universities before starting her businesses. 

Education/Academic qualification

Social Sciences, Doctorate

External positions

Chair Strategy Special Interest Group, British Academy of Management

1 Sep 2018 → …

Director, Enterprise Educators UK

1 Jul 2017 → …

Non-executive director, Access2Business

1 Dec 201431 Dec 2017


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Business Start-Up
  • Business growth strategy
  • Social enterprise
  • Business support
  • SMEs
  • Strategic Management
  • Practice Theory
  • Bourdieu
  • Enterprise Education

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Inge Hill is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

life situation Social Sciences
living conditions Social Sciences
credibility Social Sciences
housing Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
entrepreneurship Social Sciences
Nascent entrepreneurs Business & Economics

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Research Output 1996 2019

Business modelling - a practice by nascent entrepreneurs?

Hill, I., 3 Sep 2019, BAM2019 Proceedings. British Academy of Management, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Business modeling
Business model
Nascent entrepreneurs
Practice theory

Birmingham City University. Using EntreComp to bring credibility to practical entrepreneurial learning activities.

Hill, I., Mar 2018, 2 p. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.

Research output: Other contribution

team sports
community work

Book review: A research agenda for entrepreneurship and context

Hill, I., 23 Jul 2018, In : International Small Business Journal. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Embedding emotional resilience and reflection in the curriculum – pop-up shops as a tool to learn and reflect on enterprise

Hill, I., Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) Employable scholars in Higher Education: Challenges and choices in times of austerity. Diver, A. (ed.). Berlin / New York: Springer, Vol. (in press). p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Entrepreneurial process
Strategic fit

Activities 2014 2019

Embedding enterprise education across the curriculum

Inge Hill (Speaker)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Why do we need to consider the body in entrepreneurship?

Inge Hill (Keynote speaker)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Journal)

Inge Hill (Peer Reviewer)
Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Industry and Higher Education (Journal)

Inge Hill (Peer Reviewer)
May 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference 2018

Inge Hill (Speaker)
5 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference