Dr Ute Stephan

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Dr Ute Stephan

Ute Stephan is a Professor at Aston Business School and the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB). Ute is also the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review(AP:IR) Previously Ute was at the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Work Psychology, the London School of Economics, the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden in Germany. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany), is a certified social skills trainer, and worked as a consultant and trainer for private, public and third sector organisations.

Ute’s research focuses on the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, both social and commercial entrepreneurship. Other research interests include social innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and motivation. Her work is published in leading journals such as the Journal of Management Management Science,  Journal of International Business Studies,  Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology. She is also a member of the editorial review board of the  Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing  and  Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team and the GLOBE project.

Position: Professor of Entrepreneurship
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3183
Email: u.stephan@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW916         


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I hold a PhD with distinction in Natural Sciences/Work Psychology from the University of Marburg, Germany and an MSc and BSc in Psychology from the Dresden University of Technology. 


  • Professor, Aston University (August 2014 - Present)
  • Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Aston University (November 4, 2013 - August 2014)
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Sheffield, Institute of Work Psychology (2011 - 2013)
  • Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics & Political Science (2010 - 2011)
  • Senior Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium (2008 - 2011)
  • Lecturer & PhD Student, University of Marburg (2005 - 2008)
  • Research Manager, Dresden University of Technology (2002 - 2005)


Ute has over 10 years’ experience working as a consultant and trainer, both independently for private, public and third sector organisations, as well as for Accenture in Germany and Cirrus Logic in Texas, USA.

I regularly lecture on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, and culture. In my approach to teaching, I combine the latest scientific evidence with practical professional experience and seek to engage students through experiential exercises and self-assessments.

At Aston I contribute to the MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business, MSc Strategy & International Business, and MSc International Business.

  • Culture, institutions and entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship and social change
  • Entrepreneurial motivation & well-being


  • European Commission, FP7, “Social Enterprise as a force for more inclusive and innovative societies - SEFORIS", principal investigator for UK, funding EUR 2.5 Mio. for consortium including KULeuven, Belgium, LUISS, Italy; Hertie School of Governance, Germany; Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; University Aveiro, Portugal; i-propeller and IALab, Belgium; CEFIR, Russia; NPI, China; NESST, Hungary; Unltd, UK; and as advisors Harvard Business School, the OECD, and EVPA)  January 2014 – April 2017.
  • Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & Government Inclusive Economy Unit, UK Government “Identifying Social Enterprise” Principal Investigator, with Dr Emma Folmer, Prof. Mark Hart, Paul Braidford, Steve Lomax & BMG Research, GBP 80,000 (2016-2017)
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills “The Sociology of Enterprise” Co- principal investigator with Prof. Mark Hart, Dr Nick Theodorakopoulos, Dr Gary Burke and Durham Policy research Institute, GBP 75,000 (2014-2015)
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills “Understanding Motivations for Entrepreneurship”, Co-principal investigator with Prof. Mark Hart and IFF Research, GBP 64,000 (2013-2015)
  • British Academy, “Regulatory, psychological and demographic influences on the hiring activity of owner-entrepreneurs” Co-PI with Prof Jason Heyes (PI) and Dr Tim Vorley, GBP 9780, commencing 09/2013. 
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Festival of Social Science, Funding for Dissemination of Research findings “Entrepreneurs as Employers”, with Tim Vorley (lead) and Prof Jason Heyes, GBP  1000, Nov.2013 
  • White Rose University Consortium Collaboration Fund funding for White Rose Centre for Employee Ownership (co-applicant for Sheffield with Prof Peter Marsh; lead Prof. Andrew Peddleton, University of York), GBP 11,750 
  • Network for Business Sustainability, NBS.net, Canada, “Systematic Review on Business-Driven Social Change” Principle Investigator, CAN$ 25,000, 01.2012-06.2013 
  • European Union Erasmus Intensive Program, ”Toward policy relevant entrepreneurship research from a psychological perspective: advanced research methods”, Co-PI , PI Prof Marjan Gorgievski, EUR 25,690, ongoing 
  • University of Sheffield Management School, Research Stimulation Fund, “Capturing network capital and capacity: Developing a mobile application based method to research networked behaviours” Principle investigator, Co-PI’s Dr Tim Vorley, Prof Colin Williams, GBP 9,380, 2013  
  • University of Sheffield Management School, Research Stimulation Fund, Co-Principle investigator for a project with Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Prof Jason Heyes and Dr Tim Vorley on “Psychological, Demographic and Regulatory Influences on the Hiring Activity of Owner-Entrepreneurs”, GBP 7,699, 2013 
  • European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP), Small Group Meeting Grant for international conference “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship”, joint with Dr. Marjan Gorgievski at Erasmus University Rotterdam, EUR 3,500, 2012 
  • University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences, Network Stimulation Fund, to host international keynote speaker at “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” conference, GBP 1,800, 2012 
  • University of Sheffield Management School, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, ca. GBP 41,000, 2012  
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Festival of Social Science, Funding for Dissemination of Research findings, Evening Business Session “Innovation at Work and in the Community” held on 3. Nov 2011, GBP 700  
  • University of Sheffield Management School, Research Stimulation Fund “Success factors of Social Enterprises in the UK and Europe – A panel study” , PI, GBP 5,054, 2011 
  • K.U.Leuven preparatory grant for European Research Project Proposal, EUR 2,083, 2010 
  • European Union Erasmus Intensive Program “Psychology of Entrepreneurship Research and Education”, Co-PI, PI Prof Martin Lukes, Prague University of Economics,  EUR 46,550, 2010-2011 
  • European Union Erasmus Intensive Program “Psychology of Entrepreneurship Research and Education”, Co-PI, Prof Juan Antonio Moriano,  EUR 78,000, 2006-2009 
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Project related personnel exchange with University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, EUR 26,000 2004-2007 
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Project related personnel exchange with Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, EUR 26,000, 2003-2006  
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Project related personnel exchange with University of Katowice, Poland, EUR 27,000, 2003-2006 

In addition, I have received scholarships totalling GBP 10,000 from the German Research Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Dresden University of Technology, the German Academic Exchange Service and e-fellows (McKinsey & Company, German Telekom AG, and Holtzbrinck publisher group). 

Current PhD/DBA students:

  • Muna Bu-gaith (PhD)
  • Sandrine Tunezerwe (PhD)
  • Susan Lanz (PhD)
  • Isabella Moore (DBA)
  • Muntasir Shami (PhD)        
  • Eva Weinberger (PhD, joint with Dresden University of Technology, Germany


I am available to supervise new PhD students who are interested in entrepreneurship and culture, social capital and psychological aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. There are opportunities for incoming PhD students to be involved in on-going research projects on social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs as employers. 

  • Editor-in-Chief, Applied Psychology: An International Review
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of International Business Studies
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Business Venturing
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
  • Special issue editor, Applied Psychology: An International Review (special issue on the Psychology of Entrepreneurship) 
Regular Reviewer for a range of management, entrepreneurship and psychology journals as well as for national and international funding agencies. 
  • Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, International Management)
  • Member of the Research Committee, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management
  • International Association of Applied Psychology  
  • German Psychological Association              

Journal Publications

*equal authorship: authors in alphabetical order

  • Weinberger, E., Wach, D., Stephan, U. & Wegge, J. (2018). Having a Creative Day: Understanding Entrepreneurs’ Daily Idea Generation through a Recovery Lens. Journal of Business Venturing, 33, 1-19.
  • *Andersson, O., Huysentruyt, M., Miettienen, T. & Stephan, U. (2017). Person-Organization Fit and Incentives: A Causal Test. Management Science, 63, 1, 73-96
  • *Andersson, O., Miettinen, T., Hytönen, K., Johannesson, M. & Stephan, U. (2017). Subliminal Influence on Generosity. Experimental Economics, 20, 3, 531–555. 
  • Gorgievski, M. J., Stephan, U., Laguna, M., & Moriano, J. A. (2017). Predicting entrepreneurial career intentions: Values and the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Career Assessment. 
  • Lukes, M. & Stephan, U. (2017). Measuring Employee Innovation: A Brief Review of Existing Scales and the Development of the Innovative Behavior and Innovation Support Inventories. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 23(1), 136–158. 
  • Stephan, U., Patterson, M., Kelly, C. & Mair, J. (2016). How organizations drive Positive Social Change: A Review and an Integrative Framework. Journal of Management, 42(5), 1250-1281. 
  • Stephan, U. & Pathak, S. (2016). Beyond cultural values? Cultural leadership ideals and entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 31, 505–523. 
  • *Gorgievski, M. & Stephan, U. (2016). Advancing the Psychology of Entrepreneurship: A Review of the Psychological Literature and an Introduction. Applied Psychology, 65 (3), 437–468. 
  • *Estrin, S., Mickiewicz, T. & Stephan, U. (2016). Human Capital, Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 31(4), 449-467. 
  • *Mickiewicz, T., Sauka, A. Stephan, U. (2016). On the compatibility of benevolence and self-interest:  Philanthropy and entrepreneurial orientation. International Small Business Journal, 3(3), 303-328. 
  • Wach, D., Stephan, U. & Gorgievski, M.J. (2016). More than money: Developing an integrative multi-dimensional measure of entrepreneurial success. International Small Business Journal, 34(8) 1098–1121. 
  • Reymen, I., *Andries, P., Berends, H. Mauer, R., Stephan, U. & van Burg, E. (2015). Understanding dynamics of strategic decision-making in venture creation: A process study of effectuation and causation. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 9(4), 351–379., *co-authors alphabetical
  • Stephan, U., Uhlaner, L.M. & Stride, C. (2015). Institutions and Social Entrepreneurship. The Role of Institutional Voids, Institutional Support and Institutional Configurations. Journal of International Business Studies, 46, 308–331. 
  • *Estrin, S., Mickiewicz, T. M., & Stephan, U. (2013). Entrepreneurship, social capital, and institutions: Social and commercial entrepreneurship across nations. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 37(3), 479–504. 
  • *Bergmann, H., & Stephan, U. (2013). Moving on From Nascent Entrepreneurship: Measuring Cross-National Differences in the Transition to New Business Ownership. Small Business Economics. 41(4), 945-959. 
  • *Hopp, C., & Stephan, U. (2012). The influence of socio-cultural environments on the performance of nascent entrepreneurs: Community culture, motivation, self-efficacy and start-up success. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, (9-10), 917-945. 
  • Monkhouse, L. L., Barnes, B. R., & Stephan, U. (2012). The Influence of Face and Group Orientation on the Perception of Luxury Goods: A Four Market Study of East Asian Consumers. International Marketing Review, 29(6), 647-672. 
  • Moriano, J. A., Gorgievski, M., Laguna, M., Stephan, U., & Zarafshani, K. (2012). A Cross-Cultural Approach to Understanding Entrepreneurial Intention. Journal of Career Development, 39(2), 162-185. 
  • Lukes, M., & Stephan, U. (2012). Nonprofit leaders and for-profit entrepreneurs: similar people with different motivation. Ceskoslovenska Psychologie, 56(1), 41-55. 
  • Gorgievski, M. J., Ascalon, M. E., & Stephan, U. (2011). Small Business Owners' Success Criteria, a Values Approach to Personal Differences. Journal of Small Business Management, 49(2), 207-232. 
  • Iakovleva, T., Kolvereid, L., & Stephan, U. (2011). Entrepreneurial intentions in developing and developed countries. Education and Training, 53(5), 353-370. 
  • Stephan, U., & Uhlaner, L. M. (2010). Performance-based vs socially supportive culture: A cross-national study of descriptive norms and entrepreneurship. Journal of International Business Studies, 41(8), 1347-1364. 
  • Stephan, U., & Roesler, U. (2010). Health of entrepreneurs versus employees in a national representative sample. Journal of Occupational & Organisational Psychology, 83(3), 717-738. 
  • Roesler, U., Gebele, N., Hoffmann, K., Morling, K., Mueller, A., Rau, R. & Stephan, U. (2010). Cortisol - ein geeigneter physiologischer Indikator fuer Belastungen am Arbeitsplatz? [Cortisol - a useful physiological parameter to measure work-related stress?] Zeitschrift fuer Arbeits- & Organisations-psychologie, 54(2), 68-82. 
  • Roesler, U., Stephan, U., Hoffmann, K., Morling, K., Mueller, A. & Rau, R. (2008). Psychosoziale Merkmale der Arbeit, Ueberforderungserleben und Depressivitaet [Job characteristics, excessive demands, and depression]. Zeitschrift fuer Arbeits- & Organisationspsychologie, 52(4), 191-203. 
  • Rau, R., Hoffmann, K., Metz, U., Richter, P.G., Roesler, U. & Stephan, U. (2008). Gesundheitsrisiken bei Unternehmern [Health risks of entrepreneurs]. Zeitschrift fuer Arbeits- & Organisationspsychologie, 52(3), 115-125. 


  • Stephan, U., Braidford, P., Folmer, E, Lomax, S. & Hart, M. (2017). Social Enterprise: Market Trends 2017. London: Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Government Inclusive Economy Unit & Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
  • Stephan, U. (2017). Social enterprises, social inclusion and positive social change. European Policy Brief for European Commission. 
  • Stephan, U. & Folmer, E. (2017). Context and social enterprises: Which environments enable social entrepreneurship? European Policy Brief for European Commission.  
  • *Huysentruyt, M. & Stephan, U. (2017). Social enterprises, an economic force for building more inclusive societies?: Evidence from the SEFORїS study. European Policy Brief for European Commission.  
  • Stephan, U. & Drencheva, A. (2017). The person in social entrepreneurship: A systematic review of research on the social entrepreneurial personality. In G. Ahmetoglu, T. Chamorro-Premuzic, B. Klinger, & T. Karcisky (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Entrepreneurship. (pp. 205-230). Chichester: John Wiley.

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Member, Aston University Senate.
  • Director, Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Member, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee
  • Member, ABS Research Committee, School.
  • Module leader BSM980 Entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies, School. 


  • 2016 GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award for Stephan & Pathak ‘Beyond cultural values? Cultural leadership ideals and entrepreneurship’ published in 2016 in the Journal of Business Venturing (value $2500)
  • 2016 Best Paper Award ‘Public Policy’, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) and the Journal of Small Business Management for Folmer, Rebmann & Stephan: The welfare state and social entrepreneurship: insights from a multi-level study of European region 
  • 2015 GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award ‘Highly Commended’ for Stephan, Uhlaner, Stride (2015). “Institutions and Social Entrepreneurship: Role of Institutional Voids, institutional support, and institutional configurations” Journal of International Business Studies (46), 308-331.
  • 2014 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (US$ 500)
  • 2014 Distinguished Reviewer Award, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management
  • 2014 Excellence in Reviewing Award Journal of Business Venturing
  • 2014 Best paper award, Management Education Division, Academy of Management for Balwant, P., Stephan, U. & Birdi, K. Practice what you preach: Instructors as transformational leaders in higher education classrooms

Media Coverage

Ute’s research has been covered in the Financial Times, Forbes and The Economic Voice amongst others. Recent blogs on social entrepreneurship can be found at www.seforis.eu.