Department of Business Studies

Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship group carries out research throughout the domain of entrepreneurship research, but with a particular focus on corporate entrepreneurship. The group was established in 2005 around The Anders Wall Chair in Entrepreneurship, financed and supported by Kjell och Märta Beijers Stiftelse, Anders Walls Stiftelser, Sparbanksstiftelsen Upland, Svensk Handel (Stiftelsen NÖDFOR), and Uppsala University. The research is headed by professor Ivo Zander.

Our research

Our research vision is to explore the unexplored through creative theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of entrepreneurship. Current major research projects address issues such as:

  • opportunity recognition in large multinational corporations
  • the effects of economic crises on corporate technological renewal
  • how new entrants into the world economy affect the organisation and strategy of today’s well-established multinational corporations.

Other projects explore boundary change in high technology new ventures, the determinants of the survival of corporate new ventures, how the framing of new projects affects the likelihood of securing external funding on the cultural arena, and research at the intersection of entrepreneurship, philosophy and art. During 2017, the group will launch the Intrapreneurship Monitor, a project aimed at measuring the intrapreneurial climate in Swedish companies.

In our teaching, we want to offer a broad range of entrepreneurship courses that prepare and inspire future generations of entrepreneurs to live their dreams. Our entrepreneurship courses are offered at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD level. Current teaching ranges from introductory entrepreneurship courses designed to inspire students to become engaged in new business ventures to a full-time, one-year Master Programme in Entrepreneurship.