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Karl Wennberg

Visiting Professor

My research focuses broadly on entrepreneurship, organisational change, and their macro-level implications. Currently, I am researching on how demographic change shape new and established organizations, funded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters.

Entrepreneurship, Organisational Sociology and Regional Science

I am currently doing research on the demography and hiring practices in new firms, the demography of corporate boards, and the organisational dynamics of schools.

I am doing interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Entrepreneurship, Organisational Sociology and Regional Science. I currently pursue three major streams of research:

• Contextual influences on Entrepreneurship
• Meso- and Macro level implications of entrepreneurial activities
• Organisational dynamics (entry, exit, and growth of new organizations)

I am the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, books, reports and book chapters on these or related topics. Practical and policy implication of this research are often derived in the form of case studies, research notes, public policy papers and articles for public debate. 

I am on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Business Venturing Insights. I am also senior editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.



Vivek Kumar Sundriyal, Moren Lévesque, Karl Wennberg, Axel Norgren (2024) Dynamics of founding team diversity and venture outcomes: A simulation approach Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Continue to DOI
Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Ema Kristina Demir, Axel Norgren, Karl Wennberg (2024) Beyond the silver bullet: unveiling multiple pathways to school turnaround School Effectiveness and School Improvement Continue to DOI


Emanuel Wittberg, Gissur Ó Erlingsson, Karl Wennberg (2023) Does local government corruption inhibit entrepreneurship? Small Business Economics Continue to DOI
Erik Liss, Martin Korpi, Karl Wennberg (2023) Absolute income mobility and the effect of parent generation inequality: An extended decomposition approach European Economic Review, Vol. 152, Article 104359 Continue to DOI
Aliaksei Kazlou, Karl Wennberg (2023) How kinship resources alleviate structural disadvantage: self-employment duration among refugees and labor migrants Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 17, p. 16-45 Continue to DOI


Selected work

Three recent academic works


• Sebhatu, A., Wennberg, K., Arora-Jonsson, S., & Lindberg, S. I. 2020. Explaining the homogeneous diffusion of COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions across heterogeneous countries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
• Halvarsson, D., Korpi, M., & Wennberg, K. 2018. Entrepreneurship and income inequality. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 145: 275-293.
• Kim, P., Wennberg, K. & Crodieu, G. 2016.Meso-Level Mechanism of Entrepreneurial Activity in Societies. Academy of Management Perspectives. 30(3) 273-291.

Three often cited academic works

  • Autio, E. Pathak, S. & Wennberg, K. 2013. Consequences of Cultural Practices for Entrepreneurial Behaviors. Journal of International Business Studies 44(4): 334-362.
  • Folta, T. B., Delmar, F., & Wennberg, K. 2010. Hybrid Entrepreneurship.Management Science, 56(2): 253-269.
  • Wennberg, K., Wiklund, J., DeTienne, D.R., Cardon, M.S. 2010. Reconceptualizing entrepreneurial exit: Divergent exit routes and their drivers. Journal of Business Venturing, 25 (4), 361-375.

Three recently published books

  • Research Handbook of Entrepreneurial Exit. 
  • Inclusive Growth in Europe.
  • Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship.

My research activities