Ewald Kibler

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    Ewald Kibler BA, MA, PhD

    Ewald Kibler serves as Visiting Professor at the Institute of Innovation Management (IFI). Ewald is Professor (Associate) and the Head of the Entrepreneurship Unit and Doctoral Studies at Aalto School of Business (BIZ). He also serves as Academy of Finland Researcher (until 2023). He received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Graz, Austria, and his Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of Turku, Finland. Ewald’s research combines quantitative and qualitative methods and is pronouncedly multi-disciplinary, applying theories from psychology, sociology, and geography.

    His research interests include, for instance, new venture formation and legitimation; entrepreneurial imagination and failure; social and sustainable business venturing, regional and institutional embeddedness of entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship in crisis and extreme settings, late-career entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial wellbeing; entrepreneurial discourse and narratives; cultural entrepreneurship and institutional work. Ewald’s research has been published in a number of top-tier academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries; Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Human Relations, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, Regional Studies, and Journal of Economic Geography. Ewald was awarded the Researcher of the Year (2019) at Aalto BIZ and his work was featured at the Financial Times’ Top-100 list of Research with Social Impact and at several Best Papers proceedings of academic conferences (e.g. AoM, Babson).

    Ewald is Editorial Review Board Member of the leading entrepreneurship journals Journal of Business Venturing, International Small Business Journal, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice for which he also received an Outstanding Reviewer Award. He also regularly serves as peer-reviewer for established management journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies, and frequently collaborates with policy-makers, including advising ILO, the OECD, and the European Commission on entrepreneurship matters.


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    Johannes Kepler University Linz
    Altenberger Straße 69
    4040 Linz, Austria

    Institute of Innovation Management (IFI)
    Managementzentrum, 3rd floor
    Room: MZ 302B

    e-mail: ewald.kibler@jku.at

    Aalto University, School of Business
    Department of Management Studies / Entrepreneurship
    PO Box 21230, FI-0076 Aalto, Finland

    e-mail: ewald.kibler@aalto.fi

Publications: Ewald Kibler

Contributions to peer reviewed journals

  • Kautonen, T., Kibler, E., Minnitti, M. (2017) Late-career entrepreneurship, income and quality of life. Journal of Business Venturing.32(3), 318–333.
  • Kibler, E., Mandl, E., Kautonen, T., & Berger, E. (2017). Attributes of legitimate venture failure impressions. Journal of Business Venturing. 32(2), 145-161.
  •  Muñoz, P. and Kibler, E. (2016) Institutional Complexity and Social Entrepreneurship: A Fuzzy-Set Approach. Journal of Business Research, 3: 24-29.
  •  Kibler, E. and Kautonen, T. (2016) The moral legitimacy of entrepreneurs: An analysis of early-stage entrepreneurship across 26 countries. International Small Business Journal. 34(1): 34-50.
  •  Kibler, E., Wainwright, T., Kautonen, T., Blackburn, R. (2015) Can social exclusion against ‘older entrepreneurs’ be managed? Journal of Small Business Management, 53(S1): 193–208.
  •  Kautonen, T., Hatak, I., Kibler, E., Wainwright, T. (2015) Emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour: The role of age-based self-image. Journal of Economic Psychology, 50: 41-51.
  •  Kibler, E., Fink, M., Lang, R., Muñoz, P. (2015) Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 3: 24-30.
  •  Wainwright, T. and Kibler, E. (2014) Beyond financialization: Older entrepreneurship and retirement planning. Journal of Economic Geography, 14 (4): 849-864.
  •  Kibler, E., Kautonen, T. and Fink, M. (2014) Regional social legitimacy of entrepreneurship: Implications for entrepreneurial intention and start-up behaviour. Regional Studies, 48(6): 995-1015.
  •  Lang, R., Fink, M. and Kibler, E. (2014) Understanding place-based entrepreneurship in rural Central Europe: A comparative institutional analysis. International Small Business Journal, 32(2): 204-227.
  •  Kibler, E. (2013) Formation of entrepreneurial intentions in a regional context. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 25(3-4): 293-323.
  •  Kautonen, T., Tornikoski, E. and Kibler, E. (2011) Entrepreneurial intentions in the third age: The impact of perceived age norms. Small Business Economics, 37(2): 219-234.