Michaela Hruskova

Research title

(Meta)Governance of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: The Case of Edinburgh

Research summary

Although the notion of ecosystem governance has been observed by practitioners, their accounts currently remain anecdotal and lack academic rigour. Indeed, despite the prominence of the concept of governance in social sciences, there have only been a handful of academic studies that have attempted to apply theories of governance to entrepreneurial ecosystems. Consequently, the conceptualisation of ecosystem governance has been mostly done on an ad hoc basis and remains chaotic and underdeveloped. In fact, so little is currently known about governance of entrepreneurial ecosystems that this important topic still remains a ‘black box’ and requires further research. This thesis therefore aims to further explore the topic of governance of entrepreneurial ecosystems, and does so through a network perspective in order to better understand how entrepreneurial ecosystems are governed and by whom. As a result, this research also contributes to the topical debates on entrepreneurial ecosystems and networks, with key implications for entrepreneurship policymakers and practitioners.


ESRC 1+3 Studentship


  • Poster presentation at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference & Doctoral Consortium 2018


• Lead Tutor for the Graduate Skills Programme since the 2013/14 academic year
• GTA for Entrepreneurship (MGT2014) and International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MGT5180) in semester 1 in the 2018/19 academic session
• Adam Smith Business School PhD Workshop: How Twitter Can Help Your Research in November 2018
• Researcher Development Programme course: First Year Workshop Session on Time & Project Management (RSDB/6086) in February 2019

Additional information

Michaela is a PhD researcher funded by the ESRC to undertake world-class research on entrepreneurial ecosystems. Prior to her PhD, Michaela undertook a Master's degree in research in management (MRes in Management) through which she received training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as the underlying research philosophies. Michaela’s MRes dissertation investigated and mapped entrepreneurship support organisations in Glasgow. Michaela also holds an MA with First Class Honours in Business & Management. In her undergraduate dissertation, she studied the role of gender in how business angels evaluate investment opportunities.

Alongside her studies, Michaela has worked for several entrepreneurship support organisations. In summary, she completed a placement at Scottish Development International, interned for and then consequently assisted with the coordination of the intern programme at the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, was selected as a 2015 Saltire Scholar by the Saltire Foundation, and helped deliver the prestigious Saltire Fellowship Programme at Entrepreneurial Scotland. Through her role at Entrepreneurial Scotland, she also had the opportunity to undertake a two-week entrepreneurship & leadership executive education programme at Babson College and participated in a learning journey to Silicon Valley.

Michaela also has several years of teaching experience which she obtained by delivering employability workshops to students in the College of Social Science through the Graduate Skills Programme and through her Graduate Teaching Assistant role for several entrepreneurship courses in the Adam Smith Business School.

Currently, Michaela is the Director of Startup Grind University of Glasgow, which aims to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurially-minded students, staff, and alumni, as well as the broader business community in Glasgow. She hosts monthly networking events where she interviews local entrepreneurs.