Johan Wiklund

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Room: 531

PhD, Jönköping International Business School

Johan Wiklund is the Al Berg Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA and professor at Lund University, Sweden, and Nordland University, Norway. His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the performance, growth, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 50 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals. He is editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and previously editor for Journal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics. Wiklund has conducted research for European governments and the OECD and was a board member of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.

Research Topics

  • Entrepreneurship and mental health
  • The performance
  • Growth
  • Exit
  • And failure of entrepreneurial firms.

Professor Wiklund's research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the performance, growth, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms.

Selected Recent Publications:

Brannon, D.L. & Wiklund, J. (forthcoming). An Analysis of Business Models: Firm characteristics, innovation and performance. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal.

Nason R. & Wiklund J. (forthcoming). An assessment of resource-based theorizing on firm growth and suggestions for the future. Journal of Management.

Deb, P. & Wiklund, J. (Forthcoming). The Effects of CEO Founder Status and Stock Ownership on Entrepreneurial Orientation in Small Firms. Journal of Small Business Management

Hsu, D. K., Wiklund, J., & Cotton, R. D. (2015). Success, Failure, and Entrepreneurial Reentry: An Experimental Assessment of the Veracity of Self-Efficacy and Prospect Theory. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Söderblom, A., Samuelsson, M., Wiklund, J., & Sandberg, R. (2015). Inside the black box of outcome additionality: Effects of early-stage government subsidies on resource accumulation and new venture performance. Research Policy, 44(8), 1501-1512.

Frese, M., Rousseau, D. M. & Wiklund, J. (2014) The emergence of evidence–based entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 38(2): 209-216.

Jenkins, A., Wiklund, J. & Brundin, E. (2014) Individual responses to firm failure: Appraisals, grief, and the influence of prior failure experience. Journal of Business Venturing. 29(1): 17-33.

Simmons, S., Wiklund, J., & Levie, J. (2014) Stigma and business failure: Implications for entrepreneurs’ career choices. Small Business Economics. 42(3): 485-505.

Wales, W., Wiklund, J., & McKelvie, A. (2013). What about new entry? Examining the theorized role of new entry in the entrepreneurial orientation–performance relationship. International Small Business Journal. doi:10.1177/0266242613506023

Wiklund, J., Nordqvist, M., Hellerstedt, K. & Bird, M. (2013). Internal versus external ownership transitions in family firms: An embeddedness perspective. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 37(6): 1319–1340

Amezcua, A., Grimes, M., Bradley, S., & Wiklund, J. (2013). Organizational Sponsorship and Founding Environments: A Contingency View on the Survival of Business Incubated Firms, 1994-2007. Academy of Management Journal. 56:6 1628-1654.



Selected Publications
  • "Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance: Cumulative Empirical Evidence", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming, (Freese, M., Rauch, A., Lumpkin, T.,)
  • "Moving Forward: Balancing the Financial and Emotional Costs of Business Failure", Journal of Business Venturing, 2008, (Shepherd, D. A., Haynie, J. M)
  • "Portfolio Entrepreneurship: Habitual and Novice Founders, New Entry and Mode of Organizing", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming, (Shepherd, D. A.)
  • "The Role of Human Capital in Loan Officers' Decision Policies", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming, (with Bruns, V., Holland, D., Shepherd, D. A. )
  • "The Effect of Small Business Managers' Growth Motivation on Firm Growth: A Longitudinal Study", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming, (with Delmar F. )
  • "Reconceptualizing entrepreneurial exit: Divergent exit routes and their drivers", Journal of Business Venturing, forthcoming, (Wennberg, K., DeTienne, D., Cardon, M. )
  • "Organic and Acquisitive Growth: Re-examining, Testing and Extending Penrose’s Growth Theory", Journal of Management Studies, forthcoming, (with Lockett, Davidsson, Girma)
  • "The Importance of Slack for Organizations Facing Tough Environments", Journal of Management Studies, forthcoming, (with Bradley, S. and Shepherd, S.)
  • "Advancing Firm Growth Research: A Focus on Growth Mode Instead of Growth Rate", Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 34(2): 261-288, 2010
  • "Where to from Here: EO-as-Experimentation, Failure, and Distribution of Outcomes", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming, (with Shepherd, D.)
  • "Measuring the Newness of New Ventures", Journal of Business Venturing, forthcoming, (with Dahlqvist, J/)