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Professor of Entrepreneurship, King's College London

Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King's College London, Transcampus Professor of Organizational Psychology at TU Dresden, Germany, Honorary Professor at UCL's Department of Psychology and at Aston University Birmingham, as well as a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Ute is an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and consulting editor at the Journal of International Business Studies. From 2015-2019, Ute was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Ute holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany) and was previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the London School of Economics (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), and TU Dresden (Germany).

Ute’s research explores (1) culture and institutions, (2) social entrepreneurship, and (3) entrepreneurial well-being. 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.

Her research has been featured in the media including the Guardian, Financial Times, WIRED, 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 (BEIS), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit (GIEU). 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 SEFORIS project which stands for Social Enterprises as a Force for Inclusive and Innovative Societies 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.


  • 2018–present
    Professor of Entrepreneurship, King's College London
  • –present
    Professor of Entrepreneurship, Aston University