Professor Lynn Martin

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Enterprise , Marketing

Research Supervision:Yes

Lynn Martin is a professor at the Faculty of Business and Law. She received her PhD in Human Capital Formation in Small Firms in 2000 from the University of Warwick (UK).
Twitter: @proflmartin
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Lynn Martin is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Faculty of Business & Law. She was appointed Academic Advisor for X-forces Enterprise, a high growth organisation providing enterprise training and support for all of the armed forces in the UK in May 2018. A previous president and current Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, she has also been a Fellow for the Economics and Social Science Research Council and a board member for Prowess and the CABS Small Business Charter Mark. She is also non-executive director for two start-ups and a mentor for 3 high growth technology firms.

Lynn's primary research interest involves identity work in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, with recent publications exploring gender and identity in innovation and entrepreneurship. She has also presented her work at numerous academic conferences, winning best paper awards at ISBE and BAM conferences and has variously served as Conference Chair and Track Chair. She has presented her research as a keynote speaker in India, China and Europe.

She also has experience in consulting and research projects for various public and private organisations, including European funds, three research councils and private sector sources such as the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Her recent research for the International Olympic Studies Centre (Geneva), Erasmus and Women in Science and Engineering Education reflects issues related to entrepreneurship and to female leadership in STEM innovation. She is also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, a reviewer for research bids overseas, e.g., in Eire and Australia and currently an external examiner for UCL and the University of Limerick.

Research interests

  • Identity work in innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in small firms and high growth firms through technology
  • Gender in entrepreneurship and innovation leadership

Areas of research supervision

  • Leadership and management in small and large firm entrepreneurship 
  • Gender, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in theory and practice
  • Knowledge exchange/knowledge transfer in technology firms
  • Culture, trust and open innovation
PhD supervision experience
  • Nine successful completions – Six PhD, three DBA
  • 63 viva examinations as external or internal examiner


Previously, Director of doctoral programmes; Teaching and  Course and Module leadership experience in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business Leadership and Management, Growth in small firms at Doctoral Postgraduate and Undergraduate level.


  • Doctoral Thesis (PhD) in Human Capital Formation in Small Firms, University of Warwick

Memberships, editorial boards

Editorial Boards:

  • International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
  • International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • Chair, Global Economic Oversight Committee, Washington
  • Fellow, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Scientific Council Member of The European Equitie group capital investment in women's business based in Paris, to explore and review levels of equity funding in Europe for women and overseas preparation of case studies for successful women

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Current projects

Principal investigator for a research project funded by Amazon UK to explore enablers for women in STEM  innovation, Inspiring Women in Innovation working in partnership with the Women in Science and Engineering initiative; May 2018-February 2019, with colleagues Dr Lucy Wright, Dr Estela Fernandez-Sabiote, Dr Congmin Peng and Dr Elisa Alt.

Principal investigator for a research project funded by the International Olympic Committee to explore how the Olympics can support enterprise especially in deprived areas– Youth entrepreneurship as a legacy for Olympic Cities (London and Rio de Janeiro) May 2018-May 2019, with Dr Mike Duignan, Coventry University.

Principal investigator for UK enterprise ecosystem research as part of the TETM EU fundedErasmus project, exploring excellence in start up support with national leaders in incubation and accelerators, MARCH 2019-2021

Previous projects

In the her last role, she led initiatives generating c £30 million+ to achieve faculty and university aims.  Her strategy generated 80% of all Knowledge Exchange and 42% of all research income for the faculty in the last measurement period.  Funding came from the private sector, e.g., the Goldman Sachs Foundation, European research and structural funds, research councils and regional capital funding.  Examples of these since  2008 include, as Principal Investigator:

AHRC, May 14 - Nov 14, 'Gut Feeling' in Designing and Developing New Products in Small Creative Companies, AHRC award to Manchester Metropolitan University and Lynn M Martin PI, AH/L013614/1, £39,375

ESRC, Jul 11 - Jul 12, Developing a cost benefit and social value framework in micro-provider contexts; third sector and university partnership. ESRC award to Manchester Metropolitan University and Lynn M Martin,  ES/I030239/1, £23,165

ESRC, Dec 12 - Feb 14, Sharing and building university and business perspectives of how to enable high growth in small firms, ESRC award to Manchester Metropolitan University and Lynn M Martin, ES/K000780/1, £60,809

ESRC, Feb 10 - Jul 10, Developing a business process approach to evaluate opportunities at Groundwork; energy efficiency, a case study in knowledge commercialisation, ESRC award to Manchester Metropolitan University and Lynn M Martin, £12,686

Selected recent publications

Since 2017:

Baines, S., Bull, M., Antcliff V. and Martin L.M., (2021), Good stories get lost in bureaucracy!, Douglesian Cultural Theory and information for co-production, Public Money and Management, CABS 2 Star, forthcoming

Martin, L.M., Jerrard R and Wright, L., (2020). Pubscape, innovation by design in the English pub, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 31(8), 33918-3036, CABS 3 Star

Martin, L.M., Jerrard R and Wright, L., (2020). Identity and Innovation in female-led creative enterprises, Gender Work and Organisation, 27(3), 310-326 CABS 3 star 

Martin L M and Ibbotson P, (2019), Boundary spanning as identity work in university knowledge exchange roles, Studies in Higher Education, pp1-13, 15 November, CABS 3 star

Martin, L.M., Lord, G. and Warren-Smith, I., (2018); Juggling hats, Academic roles and identity work in new apprenticeship programmes, Studies in Higher Education, 45(3), pp524-537, CABS 3 star

Martin, L.M. Warren-Smith I, Lord, G. (2018)., Enterprise Architecture and the entrepreneurial university, a work in progress, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research , earlycite July in print , 2019, vol 25 (2) 281-287, CABS 2 star

Martin, L.M., Lord, G. and Warren-Smith, I., (2018). Unseen and unheard? Women managers and organizational learning. The Learning Organization, 25(1), pp.40-50. CABS 1 star

Jerrard, B., Martin, L. M., and Wright, L., (2017). Gut Feeling in Small Design Consultancies. The Design Journal, 20(5), pp.577-594