Kevin Curran is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Amsterdam Business School. He studies how changing cultural and social norms affect business and entrepreneurship.
In one stream, he focuses on why cultural significance is important to business: for example, how positive attributions from the media can alter perceptions and performance outcomes of both business leaders and organisations. He is currently leading projects looking at how successful organisations become hubristic; how the celebrity of firms in an industry can benefit those who compete against them; and how the press uses specific narrative practices to turn certain entrepreneurs into societal icons.
In a second stream, he is examining how broader societal trends such as status shifts of higher education organisations and changes in funding practices in the UK charity sector affect the organisations, and society as a whole. Kevin uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in his work.
Kevin was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford prior to joining the University of Amsterdam. He gained his PhD from Cass Business School in London in 2018. During his studies, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Georgia in 2016 and 2017. Prior to doing his PhD, he worked as a facilitator for start-up digital entrepreneurs and as a freelance journalist in Ireland.