Dean's Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship, American University

Dr. Siri Terjesen is a Dean’s Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at American University’s Kogod School of Business and Director of the AU Center for Innovation (AUCI). AUCI was recently designated by the AACSB as one of the world’s top 20 university-based entrepreneurship centers to spotlight and has recently obtained status as a NSF I-Corps site (one of 70 university-based sites across the country). Concurrently she is a Professor .2 at the Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole: NHH) in Bergen, Norway ( Siri received her undergraduate education at the University of Richmond (1997), her Masters at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway (2002) as a Fulbright Scholar, and PhD at Cranfield University in the UK (2006). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (2006-7).

Her research on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy has been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and Strategic Management Journal, and featured in leading media including Bloomberg, US News & World Report, the Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC. In total, she has published over 65 refereed journal articles, 23 book chapters, 2 books, and 6 manuscript white papers (for organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation, World Bank, and U.S. Small Business Administration). Google Scholar:

Dr. Terjesen is an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education, Small Business Economics, and Industry & Innovation, and a member of the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Corporate Governance: International Review.
Dr. Terjesen is also an affiliated researcher with Catalyst (New York: and the Ratio Institute (Stockholm: and Membership Chair of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship division.

She has received numerous teaching awards from both student organizations and national associations, most recently from American University's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as Outstanding Faculty Member for 2017 and the Kogod School of Business as “Excellent” in Teaching (given to 15 faculty/year), as well as from Indiana University’s Alpha Kappa Psi chapter in 2014, 2015, and 2016 (given to 10 faculty/year).

Prior to her academic career, Dr. Terjesen was a management consultant with Accenture, on projects in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Berlin, Germany. She was also a competitive ultradistance runner, representing the United States, England, and Queensland (Australia) in international competitions. USATF bio:

She is a co-author of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s Social Entrepreneurship report on the prevalence of social entrepreneurship in 53 countries around the world and concurrently the Project Director for the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute’s Female Entrepreneurship Index (

Since 2016, she is a member of the board of directors at Strata.

LinkedIn bio:


  • –present
    Dean's Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Director, American University