Ewald Kibler

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship at Aalto University School of Business


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Aalto University School of Business

I am an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Master's Progamme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the Aalto University Business School. I received my PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Turku in Finland, and my MA and BA in Sociology from the University of Graz in Austria. I have held research and teaching positions in Finland, Austria and the UK. My entrepreneurship research is pronouncedly multi-disciplinary, applying theories from psychology, sociology and geography. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, my main research interests are: Social Legitimation of New Ventures and Venture Failure; Entrepreneurship Culture and Regional Development; Place Attachment in Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Venture Imagination and Everyday Enterprising in Adverse Contexts; Shared Emotions and Local Institutional Change; Wellbeing and Later Career Entrepreneurship. I am an Editorial Review Board Member of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the International Small Business Journal. I also act as peer-reviewer for academic outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and Regional Studies (overview of review contributions). In 2017, I have been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Further, I am on the Advisory Board of the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report and I am acting as Reviewer of Social Entrepreneurship Teaching Cases for Oikos International. My research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Economic Geography, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Research, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, and Regional Studies. My work has also been featured at the Best Papers proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference, ISBE Conference and the Frontiers for Entrepreneurship at the Babson Conference for Entrepreneurship. Besides being Director of the Master's Programme, I am currently responsible for five Master's -level courses: Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship & Society, Project Work, Researching Entrepreneurship and Master's Thesis Seminar. I am currently also responsible for around ten Entrepreneurship Master's thesis supervisions, and I am supervising three PhD students working in the following areas: Legitimation of Sustainable Enterprises, Business Venturing for Poverty Alleviation, and The Sketching of an Entrepreneurial Philosophy.

Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Journal article-refereed, Original research

Late-career entrepreneurship, income and quality of life

Kautonen, Teemu; Kibler, Ewald; Minniti Koppl, Maria
ISSN: 0883-9026

Attributes of legitimate venture failure impressions

Kibler, Ewald; Mandl, Christoph; Kautonen, Teemu; Berger, Elisabeth S. C.
ISSN: 0883-9026

Starting a Business Can Increase Older Workers’ Quality of Life (Even When It Doesn’t Pay Well)

Minniti Koppl, Maria; Kautonen, Teemu; Kibler, Ewald
2017 in HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW (Harvard Business School Publishing)
ISSN: 0017-8012

The moral legitimacy of entrepreneurs: An analysis of early-stage entrepreneurship across 26 countries

Kibler, Ewald; Kautonen, Teemu
2016 in International Small Business Journal (SAGE Publications Ltd)
ISSN: 0266-2426

Institutional complexity and social entrepreneurship A fuzzy-set approach

Muñoz, Pablo; Kibler, Ewald
ISSN: 0148-2963

Emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour: The role of age-based self-image

Kautonen, Teemu; Hatak, Isabella; Kibler, Ewald; Wainwright, Thomas
ISSN: 0167-4870

Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey

Kibler, Ewald; Fink, Matthias; Lang, Richard; Muñoz, Pablo
2015 in Journal of Business Venturing Insights (Elsevier Inc.)
ISSN: 2352-6734

Can social exclusion against "older entrepreneurs" be managed?

Kibler, Ewald; Wainwright, Thomas; Kautonen, Teemu; Blackburn, Robert
ISSN: 0047-2778

Regional social legitimacy of entrepreneurship: implications for entrepreneurial intention and start-up behaviour

Kibler, Ewald; Kautonen, Teemu; Fink, Matthias
2014 in REGIONAL STUDIES (Routledge)
ISSN: 0034-3404

Understanding place-based entrepreneurship in rural Central Europe: a comparative institutional analysis

Lang, Richard; Fink, Matthias; Kibler, Ewald
2014 in International Small Business Journal (SAGE Publications Ltd)
ISSN: 0266-2426

Beyond financialization: older entrepreneurship and retirement planning

Wainwright, Thomas; Kibler, Ewald
2014 in JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY (Oxford University Press)
ISSN: 1468-2702

Conference proceedings

Collective pro-social venturing The role of emotions

Farny, Steffen; Kibler, Ewald; Landoni, Paolo; Hai, Solange

Publications intended for professional communities

Article in professional conference proceedings

Mindfulness and Taking Entrepreneurial Action

Gelderen, Marco Van; Kibler, Ewald; Kautonen, Teemu; Wincent, Joakim; Muñoz, Pablo

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