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Professor Martin Obschonka
Professor in Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Management
Discipline *
Business and Management, Psychology, Applied Economics
+61 7 3138 5319
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PhD (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Professional memberships
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Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE), QUT, Brisbane, Australia



Entrepreneurship, Personality, Motivation, Geography, Innovation, Psychological Well-Being, Entrepreneurial Success, Career Development, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



  • Martin Obschonka is a psychologist working in the research fields applied psychology, entrepreneurship, vocational behavior, economic culture, and social, economic, and technological change.                                                                                                
  • He is currently Director of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and Full Professor of Entrepreneurship in the QUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia (School of Management). In 2018 he was appointed as International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.                                                   
  • He is Chair of the Academic Committee of the annual ACERE conference (Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange).
  • He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, and Management Review Quarterly 


Short CV:


After completing an advanced vocational training as a wholesale and foreign trade manager in Germany, Martin earned a diploma in psychology (highest honors) from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a PhD (highest honors) and a habilitation in psychology from the University of Jena, Germany. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Pathways International Postdoc Programme, funded by the Jacobs Foundation. He was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Psychology at Saarland University, Germany. He is currently Full Professor of Entrepreneurship in the QUT Business School (School of ManagementAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research). In 2018 he was appointed as International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, USA.


Research topics

With his focus on person-environment interactions and transaction, his research aims at advancing the knowledge of psychological and economic factors and mechanisms relevant for human agency in context. His research involves projects on entrepreneurial development over the lifespan, entrepreneurial regions and culture, public policy, human capital, personality, geographical psychology, organisational behaviour, well-being and stress, and social and economic change. He has an interest in interdisciplinary projects, cross-cultural perspectives, innovative data and methods, and also in the practical application of new scientific knowledge.



He has published his research in psychology journals (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality, European Journal of Personality, Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Psychologist), entrepreneurship journals (e.g., Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & PracticeSmall Business Economics), economics journals (e.g., European Economic Review, Industrial and Corporate Change), economic geography journals (e.g., Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A), finance journals (Journal of Baning & Finance), and interdisciplinary journals (e.g., PLOS ONE).


Editorial and committee work

He works as Associate Editor of Small Business Economics and International Journal of Psychology. He worked in regional capacity building projects for the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and was a member of the Standing Committee for Publication and Communication (SCPC) of IUPsyS. He is Theme Leader “Entrepreneurship” in QUT’s new research centre Centre for Future Enterprise.


Media coverage

His research received international media attention (for example, studies in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Economic Review,   Small Business Economics, Journal of Personality, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights), with a Nr. 1 Altmetric score for media coverage in news outlets of all studies published in the top 20 innovation and entrepreneurship journals (Google Scholar journal ranking). Media outlets that covered his research include The Times (UK), Harvard Business Review, The Times of India, The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc. Magazine, The BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Huffington Post, Popular Science, Time Magazine, SpiegelOnline, FocusOnline, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Tagesspiegel.

Recently, Springer Nature selected his entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership study as one of 2018’s most influential studies published by Springer Nature.

In 2019, The Australian ranked him among the top performing 40 researchers in Australia who are less than 10 years into their research career (he is in the top five in the category: business, economics, management).

This information has been contributed by Professor Martin Obschonka.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Cognitive Flexibility and Entrepreneurship: An Experimental Approach
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Shane Mathews, Dr Charmaine Glavas
  • What influences consumers exchange of health data on health platforms
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Ozgur Dedehayir
  • Understanding the role of external enablers in overcoming barriers and creating sustainable entrepreneurship opportunities in the Australian Automotive industry
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Per Davidsson, Distinguished Professor Dietmar W Hutmacher
  • Entrepreneurial Learning in Business Incubators & Accelerators
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Colin Jones, Dr James Davis
  • Strategic Responses To Disruption By Established SMEs In A Declining Industry
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors:
  • Career outcomes for students and artists involved in student-run record labels
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kristina Kelman
  • Financial Performance in Family Firms: The impact of governance structure and human capital configurations
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Artemis Chang
  • From creative thinking to enterprising creativity: Experiences of Australian entrepreneurial education teachers
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr James Davis, Professor Hitendra Pillay