Ute Stephan

Professor Ute Stephan is the Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston University Birmingham (UK), the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB), and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Her research explores the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, both commercial and social entrepreneurship. Other interests include entrepreneurial motivation, leadership and the social engagement of mainstream business. Her work is published in leading management and business journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology among others.

Ute currently co-leads the EUR 2.5 Mio. European Commission funded SEFORIS project – Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Innovative and Inclusive Societies (www.seforis.eu). She also leads work package 8 of the SEFORIS project exploring how social enterprises thrive in different contexts and how they change their contexts to create positive social change. From 2008-2011, she was one of the lead researchers on the SELUSI project, the predecessor of SEFORIS. Other recent projects include ‘Identifying Social Enterprise’ funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Policy & Government Inclusive Economy Unit, UK, ‘Understanding Entrepreneurial Motivation’ funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and ‘Business-driven Social Change’ funded by the Network of Business Sustainability, Canada. She is also a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project and the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) study.

Ute holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany) and was previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the London School of Economics (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), and TU Dresden (Germany). She is a visiting senior researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Contact: u.stephan@aston.ac.uk