Ewald Kibler

Associate Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Ewald Kibler is Associate Professor at Aalto School of Business (BIZ) and serves as Academy of Finland Researcher. He received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Graz, Austria, and his Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of Turku, Finland.

Ewald’s research focus lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship, organization and regional development studies. He published over 20 articles in top-tier journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Human Relations and Journal of Economic Geography. Ewald was awarded the Researcher of the Year (2019) at Aalto BIZ and his work was featured at the Financial Times’ Top-100 list of Research with Social Impact and at several Best Papers proceedings of leading academic conferences.

Ewald is Editorial Review Board Member of the leading entrepreneurship journals Journal of Business Venturing, International Small Business Journal, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice for which he also received an Outstanding Reviewer Award. Further, he serves as peer-reviewer for the highest-ranked management journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review, and regularly collaborates with policy-makers, including advising ILO, the OECD, and the European Commission.

Full researcher profile
Postal address
Ekonominaukio 1 02150 Espoo Finland
Phone number

Honors and awards

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Awarded as Outstanding Reviewer of the year 2017 for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P), ranked as one of the leading FT50 Journal in the Field of Entrepreneurship Research.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Management Studies Jan 2017

Awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis at the Turku School of Economics and as one of the Best Five Doctoral Theses at the University of Turku in 2012

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Management Studies Sep 2013

Research groups

  • Sustainability in Business


Place in Entrepreneurial Storytelling: A Study of Cultural Entrepreneurship in a Deprived Context

Jonathan Kimmitt, Ewald Kibler, Henri Schildt, Päivi Oinas 2024 Journal of Management Studies

Unfolding dispositifs : Attempts at digital business education in North Korea

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Will Scott, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä 2024 Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space

The role of passion diversity, compassion, and self-compassion for team entrepreneurial passion

Bernadetta A. Ginting-Szczesny, Ewald Kibler, Melissa S. Cardon, Teemu Kautonen, Henri Hakala 2023 Small Business Economics

Transitions to entrepreneurship, self-realization, and prolonged working careers: Insights from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Teemu Kautonen, Cal Halvorsen, Maria Minniti, Ewald Kibler 2023 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Counternarrating entrepreneurship

Ewald Kibler, Lauri Laine 2023 Business History

All about that place: stories of entrepreneurship in Ghana

Jonathan Kimmitt, Ewald Kibler, Henri Schildt, Päivi Oinas 2023

Scaling the right answers – Creating and maintaining hope through social entrepreneurship in light of humanitarian crises

Andreas Kuckertz, Alexander Bernhard, Elisabeth S.C. Berger, Ondřej Dvouletý, Rainer Harms, Sarah Jack, Ewald Kibler 2023 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

How does late-career entrepreneurship relate to innovation?

Martin Murmann, Virva Salmivaara, Ewald Kibler 2023 Research Policy

Job burnout and work engagement in entrepreneurs: How the psychological utility of entrepreneurship drives healthy engagement

Martin Obschonka, Ignacio Pavez, Teemu Kautonen, Ewald Kibler, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Joakim Wincent 2023 Journal of Business Venturing

Unpacking “Sense of Place” and “Place-making” in Organization Studies: A Toolkit for Place-sensitive Research

Mélodie Cartel, Ewald Kibler, M. Tina Dacin 2022 Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

Collective intentionality in entrepreneurship-as-practice

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler 2022 Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship as Practice

Envisioning Entrepreneurial Engagement in North Korea

Ewald Kibler, Bernadetta Ginting-Szczesny, Eero Vaara, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä 2022 Academy of Management Discoveries

The Social Imaginary of Emancipation in Entrepreneurship

Lauri Laine, Ewald Kibler 2022 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Local entrepreneurial ecosystems as configural narratives: A new way of seeing and evaluating antecedents and outcomes

Pablo Muñoz, Ewald Kibler, Vesna Mandakovic, José Ernesto Amorós 2022 Research Policy

Social enterprise crowdfunding in an acute crisis

Mohamed Farhoud, Sheeza Shah, Pekka Stenholm, Ewald Kibler, Maija Renko, Siri Terjesen 2021 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

North Korean Entrepreneurial Dreamers

Ewald Kibler, Bernadetta Ginting-Szczesny, Eero Vaara, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä 2021 Academy of Management Insights

Post-failure impression management: A typology of entrepreneurs’ public narratives after business closure

Ewald Kibler, Christoph Mandl, Steffen Farny, Virva Salmivaara 2021 Human Relations

Social entrepreneurship in context and as practice

Ewald Kibler, Pablo Muñoz 2020 Regional Studies

What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Community?

Ewald Kibler, Pablo Munoz 2020 Academy of Management Discoveries

“Rhetoric Mix” of Argumentations

Virva Salmivaara, Ewald Kibler 2020 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Situated Institutions: The Role of Place, Space and Embeddedness in Institutional Dynamics

Tina Dacin, Tammar Zilber, Paul Tracey, Peter Dacin, Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Eva Boxenbaum, Dean Shepherd, Barbara Grey, Linda Putnam, Silviya Svejenova, Robin Canniford 2019

Collective Emotions in Institutional Creation Work

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Simon Down 2019 Academy of Management Journal

How social entrepreneurs can build institutions through mobilizing collective emotions following natural disasters

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Simon Down 2019 Public blog of the American Sociological Association (ASA) "Work-in-Progress: Sociology on the economy, work and inequality" (http://www.wipsociology.org/)

Volunteer Retention in Prosocial Venturing: The Role of Emotional Connectivity

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Solange Hai, Paolo Landoni 2019 Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Mindfulness and taking action to start a new business

Marco Van Gelderen, Ewald Kibler, Teemu Kautonen, Pablo Muñoz, Joakim Wincent 2019 Journal of Small Business Management

Can prosocial motivation harm entrepreneurs' subjective well-being?

Ewald Kibler, Joakim Wincent, Teemu Kautonen, Gabriella Cacciotti, Martin Obschonka 2019 Journal of Business Venturing

Living on the slopes: entrepreneurial preparedness in a context under continuous threat

Pablo Muñoz, Jonathan Kimmitt, Ewald Kibler, Steffen Farny 2019 Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Enterprises for Sustainable Development

Virva Salmivaara, Ewald Kibler 2019

Getting Emotional: Theorizing About and From Data at the Intersection of Emotions and Institutions

Madeline Toubiana, Maxim Voronov, Tammar Zilber, Ewald Kibler, Lee Charles Jarvis, Derek Harmon, Trish Ruebottom 2019

The evaluative legitimacy of social entrepreneurship in capitalist welfare systems

Ewald Kibler, Virva Salmivaara, Pekka Stenholm, Siri Terjesen 2018 Journal of World Business

Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out

Ewald Kibler, Joakin Wincent, Teemu Kautonen, Gabriella Cacciotti, Martin Obschonka 2018 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Towards a mythic process philosophy of entrepreneurship

Lauri Laine, Ewald Kibler 2018 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Elite entrepreneurship education

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä, Simon Down 2018 Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space

Pro-Social Business Venturing, Volunteerism and Emotions

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Solange Hai, Paolo Landoni 2017 21th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mindfulness and Taking Entrepreneurial Action

Marco Van Gelderen, Ewald Kibler, Teemu Kautonen, Joakim Wincent, Pablo Muñoz 2017

Late-career entrepreneurship, income and quality of life

Teemu Kautonen, Ewald Kibler, Maria Minniti Koppl 2017 Journal of Business Venturing

Attributes of legitimate venture failure impressions

Ewald Kibler, Christoph Mandl, Teemu Kautonen, Elisabeth S. C. Berger 2017 Journal of Business Venturing

Starting a Business Can Increase Older Workers’ Quality of Life (Even When It Doesn’t Pay Well)

Maria Minniti Koppl, Teemu Kautonen, Ewald Kibler 2017 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Collective pro-social venturing

Steffen Farny, Ewald Kibler, Paolo Landoni, Solange Hai 2016

The moral legitimacy of entrepreneurs: An analysis of early-stage entrepreneurship across 26 countries

Ewald Kibler, Teemu Kautonen 2016 International Small Business Journal

Institutional complexity and social entrepreneurship

Pablo Muñoz, Ewald Kibler 2016 Journal of Business Research

Emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour: The role of age-based self-image

Teemu Kautonen, Isabella Hatak, Ewald Kibler, Thomas Wainwright 2015 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY

Can social exclusion against "older entrepreneurs" be managed?

Ewald Kibler, Thomas Wainwright, Teemu Kautonen, Robert Blackburn 2015 Journal of Small Business Management

Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey

Ewald Kibler, Matthias Fink, Richard Lang, Pablo Muñoz 2015 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

One size does not fit all

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Teemu Kautonen, Robert Blackburn 2015 Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Retirement

Understanding place-based entrepreneurship in rural Central Europe: a comparative institutional analysis

Richard Lang, Matthias Fink, Ewald Kibler 2014 International Small Business Journal

Beyond financialization: older entrepreneurship and retirement planning

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler 2014 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

Entrepreneurial intentions in the third age

Teemu Kautonen, Erno T. Tornikoski, Ewald Kibler 2011 Small Business Economics