Professor Dr. Ute Stephan


Universities & Institutions

  • Aston Business School
  • King’s Business School
  • KU Leuven

Expertise & Research

  • Relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial motivation and well-being

Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s Business School, Honorary Professor at UCL’s Department of Psychology and at Aston Business School, a Visiting Fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium) and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

She is an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, a Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies, and the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review.

She publishes in leading journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP), Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Academy of Management Perspectives.

Ute serves on the editorial boards of JIBS, JBV and ETP. Her research has been featured in the media including the Financial Times and Bloomberg, has won multiple international awards and attracted over GBP 3 million of funding from the European Commission, the UK Government, UK research councils, charities and German government institutions. Ute is an elected board member of the GLOBE project (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness project) and of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Ute has worked with and led projects commissioned by UK Government Departments including the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit.

These included revising the methodology for identifying social enterprises in the UK  which fed into the Longitudinal Small Business Survey, and understanding the multi- facetted nature of  entrepreneurial motivation.  She is a lead investigator of the 10-country Social Enterprises as a Force for Inclusive and Innovative Societies (SEFORIS) project and its predecessor the SELUSI project.

Ute has contributed to European Parliament and joint OCED-European Commission reports via these two European Commission funded projects. Previously Ute was at Aston Business School, the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Work Psychology, the London School of Economics, KU Leuven, Belgium and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden in Germany.

Ute holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg, is a certified social skills trainer, and worked as a consultant and trainer for private, public and third sector organisations.

See a selection of work by this Author