Professor Ute Stephan

Ute Stephan
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United Kingdom

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Ute Stephan is Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. She is also the director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB) and the Editor-in-Chief of 'Applied Psychology: An International Review'. Previously Ute was at the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Work Psychology, the London School of Economics, and the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. In the past, she worked as a certified social skills trainer and has over 10 years’ experience consulting private, public and third sector organisations. She holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Marburg (Germany).

Ute's research focuses on (1) the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, and (2) social entrepreneurship. Other work explores entrepreneurial motivation and entrepreneurs' well-being and health. Ute published in leading journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology among others. She is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. She is also a member of the UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the GLOBE teams. Her research on social entrepreneurship is funded by the European Commission (most recently for the SEFORIS project and the Network for Business Sustainability ( 

Research interests

  • culture and entrepreneurship, comparative entrepreneurship
  • social entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial motivation, health and well-being

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