Ute Stephan


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    Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s College London. Her research explores (1) entrepreneurial well-being, stress and health, (2) culture and institutions, and (3) social entrepreneurship. Ute is recognized as a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology and a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research fellow. She publishes in leading journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP), Journal of Management, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology & Organizational Behavior (AROPOB), Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Management Science, and others. Ute serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, JBV and ETP

    Ute currently serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Management and Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.  From 2015-2019 she was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review, and from 2019-2022 Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies.

    Her research has won multiple international awards, attracted over GBP 3 million of funding from the European Commission, the UK Government, UK Research councils, Charities and German Government Institutions; and has being featured in the media including the Guardian, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, the Times, Al Jazeera, Forbes, Bloomberg, WIRED, Inc., BBC news, medium, and others. 

    Ute led projects commissioned by UK Government Departments on social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial aspirations. She currently leads a 30 country study on Entrepreneurship & Covid-19, and was a lead investigator of the 10-country SEFORIS project which stands for Social Enterprises as a Force for Inclusive and Innovative Societies, and its predecessor the SELUSI project. She is an elected board member of the GLOBE project (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness project) and of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and a Strategic Advisor to the Founder Mental Health Pledge, a global coalition of startup investors, founders, and leaders to destigmatize and encourage mental healthcare for founders as a business imperative.  

    Link to Personal webpage | Google Scholar Profile | Research Gate


    Key publications:

    Well-being, Health & Entrepreneurship

    • Stephan, U., Rauch, A. & Hatak, I. (2023). Happy Entrepreneurs? Everywhere? A Meta-Analysis of Entrepreneurship and Wellbeing. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 47(2), 553-593. free download
    • Stephan, U. (2018). Entrepreneurs' Mental Health and Well-Being: A Review and Research Agenda. Academy of Management Perspectives, 32(3), 290-322. link
    • Stephan, U., Tavares, S., Carvalho, H., Ramalho, J., Santos, S., & Van Veldhoven, M. (2020). Self-Employment and Eudaimonic Well-being: Energized by Meaning, Enabled by Societal Legitimacy. Journal of Business Venturing, 35(6), 106047. link free download
    • Williamson, A. J., Gish, J. J., & Stephan, U. (2021). Let’s focus on solutions to entrepreneurial ill-being: Recovery interventions to enhance entrepreneurial well-being. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 45(6): 1307-1338. here
    • 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. link

    Culture and Entrepreneurship

    • Stephan, U. (2022). Cross-cultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 9, 277-308. link to free copy
    • Stephan, U. & Pathak, S. (2016). Beyond cultural values? Cultural leadership ideals and entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 31, 505–523. link
    • Stephan, U. & Uhlaner, L. (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. link
    • Estrin, S., Mickiewicz, T. & Stephan, U. (2013). Entrepreneurship, Social Capital, and Institutions: Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship across Nations. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37(3), 479-504. link

    Social Entrepreneurship

    • 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. link
    • 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. link
    • Estrin, S., Mickiewicz, T. & Stephan, U. (2016). Human Capital in Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 31(4), 449-467. link
    • Stephan, U., Andries, P. & Daou, A. (2019). Goal Multiplicity and Innovation: How Social and Economic Goals Affect Open Innovation and Innovation Performance. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 36(6), 721-743. link 


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    External positions

    Strategic Advisor, Founder Mental Health Pledge

    Sept 2023 → …

    Associate Editor, Journal of Management

    1 Jul 2023 → …

    Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Bayreuth Germany

    10 Feb 2022 → …


    Jul 2020Jul 2022

    IfM Research Fellow, IfM Bonn - Institute fuer Mittelstandsforschung Bonn

    2020 → …

    Consulting Editor, Journal of International Business Studies

    Sept 2019Dec 2022

    Editor, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

    Mar 2019 → …

    Honorary Professor, University College London

    Feb 20192022

    Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship, Aston University

    1 Sept 2018 → …

    Board member, International Association of Applied Psychology

    Jun 2018 → …

    Board member, Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) project

    2018 → …

    Editor-in-Chief, Applied Psychology: An international Review

    Aug 2015Aug 2019


    • BF Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Work Psychology
    • Organizational Psychology
    • Business Studies
    • Management
    • Entrepreneurship


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