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Professor Martin Obschonka
Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research
QUT Business School,
Professor in Entrepreneurship
QUT Business School,
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Business and Management
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PhD (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

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


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



  • Martin Obschonka is a psychologist working in the research fields vocational development, entrepreneurship, economic culture, social and economic change, and applied personality psychology.                                                                                                
  • 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, Cambridge, MA, USA.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • He is Chair of the Academic Committee of the annual ACERE conference (Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange) and Associated Editor of Small Business Economics and International Journal of Psychology.


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 Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the QUT Business School (School of ManagementAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research) and International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, USA.


Research topics

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 data collection 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 (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 chair of the Research & Development Committee of the School of Management, QUT.


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.

The Australian ranks 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.


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