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Prof Matthias Fink


Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Business Administration , Business Management , Enterprise
Research Supervision:

Matthias' area of expertise is in entrepreneurship and innovation. He takes an interdisciplinary perspective, combining management studies with psychology, sociology and philosophy. His current interests include entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation and change in regional contexts, entrepreneurial finance and ethical issues in business research.


Matthias Fink is vice head of the Institute of Innovation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and a Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ARU Cambridge, UK. In addition, he is academic director of two MBA programmes at LIMAK Austrian Business School. Matthias previously worked as a Professor for International Small Business Management and Innovation at Leuphana University Lüneburg Germany and was Researcher at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship as well as Head of the Research Institute for Liberal Professions at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. Matthias holds a PhD and a postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and was a Visiting Professor at several universities e.g. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and University of Twente, The Netherlands.

In research, Matthias’ focus is on the role of innovation in new venture creation and small business management. His current interests include entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation and change in regional contexts, entrepreneurial finance and ethical issues in business research. In his research designs, Matthias combines quantitative and qualitative methods. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Technological Forecasting and Social Change as well as Regional Studies. Additionally, he has published three monographs, two edited volumes and has guest edited several special issues to international journals.

Research interests

  • Physical and psychological wellbeing of entrepreneurs in the start-up phase
  • The role of trust in entrepreneurial finance
  • Technology assessment of disruptive technologies
  • Regional embeddedness of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Ethical behaviour in management research

Areas of research supervision

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Regional development


  • Habilitation, a post-doctoral qualification required for a tenured professorship in German-speaking countries. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (2010)
  • Dr. rer. oec. (PhD), WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (2004)
  • Master in International Business (2002) and Master studies in Management (2004), both at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board Member (International Small Business Journal, Review of Managerial Science, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing and Creativity and Innovation Management)
  • Associate Editor (Small Business Management & Family Business), Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship, (the leading entrepreneurship journal in German)
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • International Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Rencontres de St. Gall

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External policy advisor, Austrian government
  • Management Consulting, Austrian industry

Selected recent publications

Moro, A., Maresch, D., Fink, M., Ferrando, A. & Piga, C. (2020) Spillover effects of government initiatives fostering entrepreneurship on the access to bank credit for entrepreneurial firms in Europe, Journal of Corporate Finance, (accepted for publication/online first) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101603. (ABS 4*).

Gary, R.F., Fink, M., Belousova, O., Marinakis, Y., Tierney, R., & Walsh, S.T. (2020) An introduction to the field of abundant economic thought, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (accepted for publication/online first) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119796 (ABS 3*).

Maresch, D., Aschauer, E., & Fink, M. (2019) Competence trust, goodwill trust and negotiation power in auditor-client relationships. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. (accepted for publication/online first) (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/705054/.

Fink, M., Gusenbauer, M., Hatak, I. & Rosenbusch, N., Fink, M. (2018) A Meta-Analysis Of Innovation Offshoring And Firm Innovation Performance: Main And Moderating Effects. Journal of Management Studies 56(1): 203-233. (ABS 4*, listed as FT 50) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/703689/.

Rauch, A., Fink, M. & Hatak, I. (2018) Stress processes: an essential ingredient in the entrepreneurial process. Academy of Management Perspectives, 32(3): 340-357. (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/703393/.

Fink, M., Koller, M., Floh, A., Gartner, J., Harms, R. (2018) Effective entrepreneurial marketing on Facebook – A longitudinal study. Journal of Business Research (accepted for publication/online first) (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/703690/.

Lang, R., Fink, M. (2018) The role of social capital within and across institutional levels. Rural Studies 70(1): 155-168. (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/703390/.

Moro, A. Maresch, D. Fink, M. (2018) Loan Managers’ Decisions and Trust in Entrepreneurs in Different Institutional Contexts. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 30(1-2): 146-172. (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/702730/.

Aschauer, E., Fink, M., Moro, A., van Bakel-Auer, K. and Warming-Rasmussen, B. (2016): Interpersonal Trust and Professional Skepticism in the Relationship between Auditors and Clients – Overcoming the Dichotomy Myth. Behavioural Research in Accounting, 29(1): 19-42. (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701865/.

Maresch, D., Fink, M. and Harms, R. (2016) When Patents Matter: The Impact of Competition and Time and the Performance Contribution of Intellectual Property Rights Protection. Technovation, 57: 14-20. ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701866/.

Hatak, I., Kautonen, T., Fink, M., Kansikas, J. (2016): Innovativeness and Family-Firm Performance: The Moderating Effect of Family Commitment. Technological Forecast and Social Change, 102: 120-131. (ABS 3*).

van Gelderen, M., Kautonen, T. and Fink, M. (2015) From entrepreneurial intentions to actions: self-control and action-related doubt, fear, and aversion. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(5): 655-673 (ABS 4*, listed as FT 50) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/705055/.

Moro, A., Fink, M. and Maresch, D. (2015) Reduction of Information Asymmetry and Credit Access for Small and Medium Sized Entreprises. Journal of Financial Research, 38(1): 121-143 (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701875/.

Hatak, I., Harms, R. & Fink, M. (2015): Age, job identification, and entrepreneurial intention. Journal of Managerial Psychology 30: 38-53 (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701877/.

Kibler, E. Fink, M., Lang, R., Muñoz, P. (2015) Place-Attachment and Social Legitimacy: Revisiting the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Journey. Journal of Business Venturing Insights 3: 24-29. (new journal).

Kautonen, T., M. van Gelderen & M. Fink (2014): Robustness of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting entrepreneurial intentions and actions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 39(3): 655-674 ABS 4*, listed as FT 50) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701875/.

Kibler, E., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M. (2014) Regional Social Legitimacy of Entrepreneurship: Implications for Entrepreneurial Intention and Start-up Behaviour, Regional Studies, 48(6): 995-1015 (ABS 3*) https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/613003/.