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Professor Dr. Christian Schwens

Herbert-Lewin-Str. 2
50931 Cologne

Building: 211, Floor: 3, Room: 3.12a

Phone: +49 (0)221-470 76270

Curriculum Vitae

Prof Dr. Christian Schwens is chair of the Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany. After obtaining his university degree in business administration at the University of Paderborn and the University of Stockholm, he was a PhD student and later a post doc at the University of Gießen and a visiting professor at the University of Trier. From 2012 to spring 2018, he was full professor for the Chair of Business Administration: Management at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany. In 2006, he was visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and in 2016 he was visiting scholar at the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

His research has been presented at various national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), Journal of World Business (JWB), International Business Review (IBR), Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) and many more. He is a Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business (JWB) (with responsibilities in the areas of “Entrepreneuship, Technology, and Internationalization”) and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Management Review Quarterly.

Research Interests

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Hybrid Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship and Well-Being

Selected Publications

  • Fourné, S.P.L., Zschoche, M., Schwens, C., & Kotha, R. (Forthcoming). Multinational family firms’ internationalization depth and breadth following the global financial crisis. Journal of World Business (JWB).
  • Runge, S., Schwens, C, & Schulz, M. (2022). The invention performance implications of coopetition: How technological, geographical, and product market overlaps shape learning and competitive tension in R&D alliances. Strategic Management Journal (SMJ). Vol.43(2), 266-294.
  • Gänser-Stickler, G., Schulz, M., & Schwens, C. (2022): Sitting on the Fence – Untangling the Role of Uncertainty In Entrepreneurship and Paid Employment for Hybrid Entry. Journal of Business Venturing (JBV). Vol. 37(2), 106-176.
  • Chakravarty, S., Cumming, D., Murtinu, S., Scalera, V., & Schwens, C. (2021). Exploring the next generation of international entrepreneurship. Journal of World Business (JWB). Volume 56(5).
  • Schulz, M., Schwens, C. & Fisch, C. (2021). Bankruptcy regulation and self-employment entry: the moderating roles of income share, parenthood, and hybrid entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP).Vol.45(6), 1522-1549.
  • Schwens, C., Zapkau, F., Brouthers, K.D. & Hollender, L. (2018). Limits to International Entry Mode Learning in SMEs. Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).Vol. 49(7), 809-831.
  • Schwens, C., Zapkau, F.B., Bierwerth, M., Isidor, R., Knight, G., & Kabst, R. (2018). International Entrepreneurship: A Meta-Analysis on the Internationalization and Performance Relationship. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P). Vol.42(5), 734-768.
  • Klier, H., Schwens, C., Zapkau, F. B. & Dikova, D. (2017). Which Resources Matter How and Where? A Meta-Analysis on Firms' Foreign Establishment Mode Choice. Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Vol. 54(3): 304-339.
  • Baum, M., Schwens, C. & Kabst, R. A (2015). Latent Class Analysis of Small Firms' Internationalization Patterns. Journal of World Business (JWB). Vol 50(4), 754-768.
  • Engelen, A., Neumann, C. & Schwens, C. (2015). "Of Course I Can": The Effect of CEO Overconfidence on Entrepreneurially Oriented Firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P). Vol. 39(5), 1137-1160.
  • Maekelburger, B., Schwens, C. & Kabst, R. (2012). Asset Specificity and Foreign Market Entry Mode Choice of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Moderating Influence of Knowledge Safeguards and Institutional Safeguards.Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Vol 43(5), 458-476.
  • Schwens, C., Eiche, J. & Kabst, R. (2011). The Moderating Impact of Informal Institutional Distance and Formal Institutional Risk on SME Entry-Mode Selection. Journal of Management Studies (JMS). Vol. 48(2), 330-351.