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Christian Schwens

Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Management

Research focuses

International Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship & Well-Being, Strategic Alliances, Internationalization of Small- and Medium-Sized Firms

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Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2019 Scientific Director of the „Gateway Excellence Start-up Center“ – the startup incubator of the University of Cologne
  • Since 2018 Full Professor in Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Cologne
  • 2012-2018 Full Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Chair for Management at the University of Duesseldorf
  • 2016-2018 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Duesseldorf
  • 2011-2012 Interim Professor for Management at the University of Trier
  • 2009-2011 Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Giessen (Venia Docendi; Habilitation)
  • 2004-2008 Research Assistant at the University of Giessen (Ph.d.)
  • 2006/2016 Visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and at the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Since 2014: Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business (with responsibilities in the areas of “Entrepreneuship, Technology, and Internationalization”)
  • Member of the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Management Review Quarterly

Selected publications

  • Gänser-Stickler, G., Schulz, M., & Schwens, C. (Forthcoming): Sitting on the Fence – Untangling the Role of Uncertainty In Entrepreneurship and Paid Employment for Hybrid Entry. Journal of Business Venturing (JBV).
  • Runge, S., Schwens, C, & Schulz, M. (Forthcoming). The invention performance implications of coopetition: How technological, geographical, and product market overlaps shape learning and competitive tension in R&D alliances. Strategic Management Journal (SMJ).
  • Schulz, M., Schwens, C. & Fisch, C. (Forthcoming). Bankruptcy regulation and self-employment entry: the moderating roles of income share, parenthood, and hybrid entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP).
  • Schwens, C., Zapkau, F., Brouthers, K.D. & Hollender, L. (Forthcoming). Limits to International Entry Mode Learning in SMEs. Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).
  • Schwens, C., Zapkau, F.B., Bierwerth, M., Isidor, R., Knight, G., & Kabst, R. (2018). International Entrepreneurship: A Meta-Analysis on the Internationalization and Performance Relationship. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P).
  • Klier, H., Schwens, C., Zapkau, F. B. & Dikova, D. (2017). Which Resources Matter How and Where? A Meta-Analysis on Firms' Foreign Establishment Mode Choice. Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Vol. 54(3): 304-339.
  • Engelen, A., Neumann, C. & Schwens, C. (2015). "Of Course I Can": The Effect of CEO Overconfidence on Entrepreneurially Oriented Firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P). Vol. 39(5), 1137-1160.
  • Maekelburger, B., Schwens, C. & Kabst, R. (2012). Asset Specificity and Foreign Market Entry Mode Choice of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Moderating Influence of Knowledge Safeguards and Institutional Safeguards.Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Vol 43(5), 458-476.
  • Schwens, C., Eiche, J. & Kabst, R. (2011). The Moderating Impact of Informal Institutional Distance and Formal Institutional Risk on SME Entry-Mode Selection. Journal of Management Studies (JMS). Vol. 48(2), 330-351.