Smart leadership in smaller businesses can make a transformational impact on their companies and the global economy, argues DR TIFFANY BUSSEY. Her doctoral thesis at Heriot-Watt is helping to inform dynamic and diverse start-ups in Atlanta. Report by Kenny Kemp.

Small might be beautiful, but it can be transformational too. While the major corporate companies dominate the business headlines and the ticker-tape news channels, it is the world’s smaller, high-performing businesses that have the potential to change the world.

Dr Tiffany Bussey is an academic deeply interested in exploring the links between strategic change and leadership in dynamic businesses, including high-growth start-ups. She is the founding Director of Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center in Atlanta, where she is a leading authority on developing leadership in small and medium size enterprises. She successfully gained her DBA doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2013, entitled An Exploratory Study of Leadership Behaviour and Strategic Change in Small, Highperforming, US Technology Firms.

Dr Bussey recently kicked off a new initiative to connect minority entrepreneurs with much-needed resources to launch, grow, and scale their start-ups in Atlanta. Ascend2020 is a national programme spearheaded by JPMorgan Chase, which partners with business schools across the United States to create a supportive ecosystem for untapped entrepreneurs. The inaugural 2017 cohort comprises 30 start-ups.

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