Dr Susan Schwarz

 

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Susan Schwarz

Susan joined Aston Business School in September 2016, and received a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She spent more than three years at Nottingham’s China campus conducting research and teaching in the Departments of Entrepreneurship and International Business Management. Previously, she spent four years at Harvard University, completing a Master’s degree and holding research posts at Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative and the Center for International Development. Before returning to academia, she was a senior manager with a large agency focused on sustainability and SME development and directed a start-up consultancy firm.Her research focuses on international and comparative entrepreneurship, social networks, and the psychology of entrepreneurs. Her research has been published in top journals including the Journal of Vocational Behaviour and International Small Business Journal. She is an editorial review board member at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and served as special issue editor at International Small Business Journal. Her sole-authored paper was chosen for ‘Best Paper Proceedings’ at the 2018 Academy of Management.

Position: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship  
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3240
Email:  s.schwarz@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW911B

  • PhD, International Business and Management, University of Nottingham 
  • MPA, Harvard University 
  • MSc, University of Washington

Prior to Aston, Susan pursued PhD studies and worked as a teaching fellow at Nottingham University, including their China campus. Previously, she spent four years at Harvard University, completing a Master’s degree and holding research posts at Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative and the Center for International Development. Before returning to academia, she was a senior manager with a large agency focused on sustainability and SME development and directed a start-up consultancy firm. 

  • BSM 980 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • BSM 945 Economics of Governance and Organisations
  • BEE 930/950 Entrepreneurial Strategies
Entrepreneurship in emerging, transition and developed economies; social networks; psychological capital
  • First Place, Dissertation Proposal Grant, 2013: International Association for Chinese Management Research
  • Travel/Conference Grants, 2013-2014: Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies
  • Research Grant, 2014: University Meets Microfinance, EU-based NGO sponsored by European Commission, PlaNet Finance, and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Currently supervising three PhD / DBA students in entrepreneurship, international business, and strategy
  • I would be interested to supervise students interested in entrepreneurship in emerging, transition, or developed economies.
  • Academy of Management
  • International Association for Chinese Management Research
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Global Finance
  • Graduate Fellow, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies
  • Editorial Review Board
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Academy of Management
  • International Association for Chinese Management Research
  • Graduate Fellow, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

Published Work

  • Schwarz, S. 2018. Effect of psychological capital on venture growth and entrepreneurs' use of human and social capital. Best Paper Proceedings of the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
  • Newman, A., Obschonka, M., Schwarz, S., Cohen, M., and Nielsen, I. 2018. Entrepreneurial self-efficacy: A systematic review of the literature on ESE antecedents and outcomes, and an agenda for future research. Journal of Vocational Behavior. In press.
  • Newman, A., Schwarz, S., and Ahlstrom, D. 2017. Microfinance and entrepreneurship: An introduction to the special issue. International Small Business Journal, 35 (7): 787-792.
  • Newman, A. Schwarz, S., Borgia, D., and Wu, W. 2017. Institutional influences on development of microfinance in emerging economies, in Y. Dong (ed.), Microfinance: Developments and Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shahriar, A., Schwarz, S., and Newman, A. 2016. Profit orientation of microfinance institutions and provision of financial capital to business start-ups. International Small Business Journal, 34(4): 532-552.

Journal Articles

  • Guest Editor with David Ahlstrom and Alex Newman, Special Issue, International Small Business Journal, 2016-2017
  • Newman, A., Schwarz, S., and Borgia, D. 2014. “How Does Microfinance Enhance Entrepreneurial Outcomes in Emerging Economies? The Mediating Mechanisms of Psychological and Social Capital”, International Small Business Journal, 32(2): 158-179. (ABS-3)
  • Shahriar, A., Schwarz, S., and Newman, A. 2016. “Profit Orientation of Microfinance Institutions and Provision of Financial Capital to Business Start-Ups”, International Small Business Journal. (ABS-3)

Working Papers

  • “Strong Ties, Weak Ties, No Ties: The Up Side and Down Side of Business Advice Networks Among Entrepreneurs in China”.  
  • “Informal Business Support: Entrepreneurial Learning as Joint Sequential Bricolage Between Micro-Entrepreneurs and Lenders”. 
  • Rangan, V. K., Leonard, H., and (Schwarz) McDonald, S. 2008. “The Future of Social Enterprise”, Harvard Business School Working Paper Series, among Top 10 HBS Working Papers of the Year. 

Book Chapters

  • Schwarz, S., Borgia, D., and Newman, A. “Institutional Influences on the Development of Microfinance in Emerging Economies”, in Y. Dong (ed.), Microfinance: Developments and Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan.
Editorial Activity and News Media
  • Reviewer, International Small Business Journal
  • Reviewer, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • With Zhang, A. 2012. “Profiting the Poor: Social Entrepreneurship Takes Root in China.” Shanghai Business Review, Interviewed for cover feature article.

Editorial Leadership

  • Editorial Review Board, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Special Issue Editor, International Small Business Journal Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Small Business Journal

Conference Presentations

  • August 2014: “Human, Social, and Psychological Capital: How Do Entrepreneurs Mobilize Resources in Constrained Environments?” 74th Academy of Management Meeting, (Philadelphia, USA).
  • June 2014: “The Influence of Formal and Informal Institutions on Microcredit: Creating Fair Markets for Inclusive Finance”, 18th Symposium on Ethics, Business & Society, IESE (Barcelona, Spain). 
  • December 2012: “Human Capital for Microfinance: Lender Relationships & Business Support”, Special issue conference Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asia & Poverty (Shanghai, China). 
  • Academy of Management Meeting, USA, 2018: Effect of psychological capital on growth and entrepreneurs’ use of human capital and social capital, Entrepreneurship Division, Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Academy of Management Meeting, USA, 2018: Entrepreneurial self-efficacy: Antecedents, outcomes, and agenda for future research, Entrepreneurship Division.
  • Academy of Management Meeting, USA, 2014, How do entrepreneurs mobilize resources in constrained environments?
  • Entrepreneurship Division.Symposium on Ethics, Business & Society, IESE, Spain. 2014, The influence of formal and informal institutions on microcredit: Creating fair markets for inclusive finance.
  • Asia & Poverty special issue conference, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, China, 2012, Human capital for microfinance: Lender relationships and business support.