Department of Management Studies

Research in Entrepreneurship

Cutting-edge research – but not just for the ivory tower
Visual and creative representation of entrepreneurship unit

Our research can be broadly characterised as endeavouring to understand the complexity of entrepreneurship as a multifaceted socio-economic phenomenon. It is pronouncedly multi-disciplinary, applying theories and methods from economics, geography, psychology and sociology to diverse entrepreneurial phenomena. Much of our research is applied, with relevance for public policy.

Some of our current research projects include:

  • entrepreneurship and population ageing
  • psychological processes underlying entrepreneurial actions
  • regional and institutional embeddedness of entrepreneurship
  • social and sustainable business venturing
  • trust in small firms' financial relationships


We can confidently state that our research meets the highest quality standards. Our team has not only published in the top entrepreneurship and management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies and adjacent disciplines (Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies), but we have also won significant paper awards (Academy of Management, ISBE) and prestigious research funding (Academy of Finland, Tekes).

Some of our research serves the sole purpose of advancing entrepreneurship theory. But much of what we do bears significant policy relevance. For this reason we continue to be active in the policy community, advising policy makers within and beyond the Finnish borders. We have completed consultancy assignments for example for ministries in Finland and Germany as well as the EU and the OECD.


Our editorial activities

In addition to our own research, we also contribute to scholarly debates through our editorial activities.

Our team members are regular ad hoc reviewers for journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Small Business Management and Regional Studies.

Professor Teemu Kautonen and Associate Professor Ewald Kibler are Editorial Review Board Members of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS4*, Impact Factor: 6.193) and the Review Board of the Journal of Business Venturing (ABS4*, Impact Factor: 6.333). Teemu Kautonen is also in the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Small Business Journal (ABS3*, Impact Factor: 4.650). Further, Assistant Professor Arne Kröger is Associate Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship (Impact Factor 1.610).

Contact Information

Kauppakorkeakoulu, jonka edustalla istuu neljä opiskelijaa. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto

School of Business

Ekonominaukio 1


Postal address

Department of Management Studies

Aalto University School of Business
P.O. Box 21230


Head of the Department: Johanna Moisander

Unit Coordinator: Ewald Kibler
Secretary: Tiia Melander

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