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Prof. dr. M. (Martin) Obschonka

Faculty of Economics and Business
Section Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Photographer: UvA

Visiting address
  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
Postal address
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Prof. Obschonka is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Section Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation section in Amsterdam Business School. Previous to this role, he was the Director of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and Professor in Entrepreneurship at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Psychology at Saarland University in Germany. He had earned his PhD and Habilitation in entrepreneurship psychology from the University of Jena (Germany) and a Diploma in psychology from the University of Hamburg (Germany). In 2018, he was appointed as International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is Associated Editor of Small Business Economics and International Journal of Psychology. He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology.

     

    With his focus on person-environment interactions and transaction, his research aims at advancing the knowledge of psychological and economic factors and mechanisms relevant for human agency in context. His research involves projects on entrepreneurial development over the lifespan, entrepreneurial regions and culture, public policy, human capital, personality, geographical psychology, organizational behavior, well-being and stress, and social and economic change. He has an interest in interdisciplinary projects, cross-cultural perspectives, innovative data and methods, and also in the practical application of new scientific knowledge.

     

    He has published his research in psychology journals (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality, European Journal of Personality, Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Psychologist), entrepreneurship journals (e.g., Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Small Business Economics), economics journals (e.g., European Economic Review, Industrial and Corporate Change), economic geography journals (e.g., Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A), finance journals (Journal of Banking & Finance), and interdisciplinary journals (e.g., PLOS ONE).

     

    His research received international media attention. Springer Nature selected his study on entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership study as one of 2018's most influential studies published by Springer Nature. In 2019, The Australian ranked him among the top performing 40 researchers in Australia who are less than 10 years into their research career (in the top five in the category: business, economics, management).

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    2022

    • Ardianti, R., Obschonka, M., & Davidsson, P. (2022). Psychological well-being of hybrid entrepreneurs. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 17, [e00294]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2021.e00294 [details]
    • Mewes, L., Ebert, T., Obschonka, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Atof, J. P., & Gosling, S. D. (2022). Psychological Openness and the Emergence of Breakthrough vs. Incremental Innovations: A Regional Perspective. Economic Geography. https://doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2022.2049228
    • Newman, A., Obschonka, M., & Block, J. (2022). Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship in Times of Crises: The Renaissance of Entrepreneur-Focused Micro Perspectives. International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, 40(2), 119-129. https://doi.org/10.1177/02662426211063390 [details]
    • Obschonka, M., Cai, Q., Chan, A. C. Y., Marsalis, S., Basha, S. A. J., Lee, S. K., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2022). International psychological research addressing the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: A rapid scoping review and implications for global psychology. International Journal of Psychology, 57(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12823
    • Zarea Fazlelahi, F., Burgers, J. H., Obschonka, M., & Davidsson, P. (2022). Spinoffs’ alliance network growth beyond parental ties: performance diminishing, then performance enhancing. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-022-09804-1

    2021

    • Daly, M., Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Sutin, A. R., Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M., & Robinson, E. (2021). Neuroticism mediates the relationship between industrial history and modern-day regional obesity levels. Journal of Personality, 89(2), 276-287. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12581
    • Götz, F. M., Ebert, T., Gosling, S. D., Obschonka, M., Potter, J., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2021). Local Housing Market Dynamics Predict Rapid Shifts in Cultural Openness: A 9-Year Study Across 199 Cities. American Psychologist, 76(6), 947-961. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000812
    • Huggins, R., Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., & Thompson, P. (2021). Historical industrialisation, path dependence and contemporary culture: The lasting imprint of economic heritage on local communities. Journal of Economic Geography, 21(6), 841-867. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbab010
    • Kachlami, H., Davidsson, P., Obschonka, M., Yazdanfar, D., & Lundström, A. (2021). The regional employment effects of new social firm entry. Small Business Economics, 57(3), 1221-1241. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-020-00345-9
    • Krieger, A., Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2021). The growth of entrepreneurial human capital: origins and development of skill variety. Small Business Economics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-021-00555-9
    • Newman, A., Obschonka, M., Moeller, J., & Chandan, G. G. (2021). Entrepreneurial Passion: A Review, Synthesis, and Agenda for Future Research. Applied Psychology, 70(2), 816-860. https://doi.org/10.1111/apps.12236
    • Obschonka, M., Fritsch, M., & Stuetzer, M. (2021). The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology: Entrepreneurship Footprints series. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788973380
    • Obschonka, M., Gewirtz, A. H., & Zhu, L. (2021). Psychological implications of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world: Introduction to the special issue. International Journal of Psychology, 56(4), 493-497. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12793
    • Schilling, M., Roulin, N., Obschonka, M., & König, C. J. (2021). Do You Fake More Because of Your Neighbors? A Multi-level Study on Regional and Individual Predictors of Faking Intentions Across the USA. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36(2), 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-019-09664-5
    • Tavassoli, S., Obschonka, M., & Audretsch, D. B. (2021). Entrepreneurship in Cities. Research Policy, 50(7), [104255]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104255

    2020

    • Cooper, B., Eva, N., Zarea Fazlelahi, F., Newman, A., Lee, A., & Obschonka, M. (2020). Addressing common method variance and endogeneity in vocational behavior research: A review of the literature and suggestions for future research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 121, [103472]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103472
    • Levesque, M., Obschonka, M., & Nambisan, S. (2020). Pursuing Impactful Entrepreneurship Research Using Artificial Intelligence. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258720927369
    • Obschonka, M., & Audretsch, D. B. (2020). Artificial intelligence and big data in entrepreneurship: a new era has begun. Small Business Economics, 55(3), 529-539. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00202-4
    • Obschonka, M., Lee, N., Rodríguez-Pose, A., Eichstaedt, J. C., & Ebert, T. (2020). Big data methods, social media, and the psychology of entrepreneurial regions: capturing cross-county personality traits and their impact on entrepreneurship in the USA. Small Business Economics, 55(3), 567-588. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00204-2

    2019

    • Block, J. H., Fisch, C. O., Lau, J., Obschonka, M., & Presse, A. (2019). How Do Labor Market Institutions Influence the Preference to Work in Family Firms? A Multilevel Analysis Across 40 Countries. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 43(6), 1067-1093. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258718765163
    • Block, J. H., Fisch, C. O., Obschonka, M., & Sandner, P. G. (2019). A personality perspective on business angel syndication . Journal of Banking and Finance, 100, 306-327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2018.10.006
    • Ebert, T., Götz, F. M., Obschonka, M., Zmigrod, L., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2019). Regional variation in courage and entrepreneurship: The contrasting role of courage for the emergence and survival of start-ups in the United States. Journal of Personality, 87(5), 1039-1055. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12454
    • Fritsch, M., Obschonka, M., & Wyrwich, M. (2019). Historical roots of entrepreneurship-facilitating culture and innovation activity: an analysis for German regions. Regional Studies, 53(9), 1296-1307. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1580357
    • Kibler, E., Wincent, J., Kautonen, T., Cacciotti, G., & Obschonka, M. (2019). Can prosocial motivation harm entrepreneurs’ subjective well-being? Journal of Business Venturing, 34(4), 608-624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.10.003
    • Newman, A., Obschonka, M., Schwarz, S., Cohen, M., & Nielsen, I. (2019). Entrepreneurial self-efficacy: A systematic review of the literature on its theoretical foundations, measurement, antecedents, and outcomes, and an agenda for future research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110(B), 403-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.05.012
    • Obschonka, M. (2019). Off to new shores: Knowledge spillovers between economics and psychology or how i published with david audretsch in PLOS One. In From Industrial Organization to Entrepreneurship: A Tribute to David B. Audretsch (pp. 425-429). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25237-3_40
    • Obschonka, M., Moeller, J., & Goethner, M. (2019). Entrepreneurial passion and personality: The case of academic entrepreneurship. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, [2697]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02697
    • Obschonka, M., Wyrwich, M., Fritsch, M., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., & Potter, J. (2019). Von unterkühlten Norddeutschen, gemütlichen Süddeutschen und aufgeschlossenen Großstädtern: Regionale Persönlichkeitsunterschiede in Deutschland. Psychologische Rundschau, 70(3), 173-194. https://doi.org/10.1026/0033-3042/a000414
    • Obschonka, M., Zhou, M., Zhou, Y., Zhang, J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2019). “Confucian” traits, entrepreneurial personality, and entrepreneurship in China: a regional analysis. Small Business Economics, 53(4), 961-979. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0103-8
    • Schmitt-Rodermund, E., Schröder, E., & Obschonka, M. (2019). Studying entrepreneurial occupations in the Terman women. International Journal of Psychology, 54(2), 164-173. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12450
    • Zhou, M., Zhou, Y., Zhang, J., Obschonka, M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2019). Person–city personality fit and entrepreneurial success: An explorative study in China. International Journal of Psychology, 54(2), 155-163. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12451

    2018

    • Carbonara, E., Santarelli, E., Obschonka, M., Tran, H. T., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2018). Agency culture, constitutional provisions and entrepreneurship: A cross-country analysis. Industrial and Corporate Change, 27(3), 507-524. https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtx047
    • Huggins, R., Thompson, P., & Obschonka, M. (2018). Human behaviour and economic growth: A psychocultural perspective on local and regional development. Environment and Planning A, 50(6), 1269-1289. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X18778035
    • Krause, A., Obschonka, M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2018). Perceived new demands associated with socioeconomic change: A challenge to job security? Time and Society, 27(1), 40-68. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463X15587834
    • Lechner, C. M., Sortheix, F. M., Obschonka, M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2018). What drives future business leaders? How work values and gender shape young adults' entrepreneurial and leadership aspirations. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 57-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.03.004
    • Obschonka, M., & Fisch, C. (2018). Entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership. Small Business Economics, 50(4), 851-869. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-017-9901-7
    • Obschonka, M., Hahn, E., & Bajwa, N. U. H. (2018). Personal agency in newly arrived refugees: The role of personality, entrepreneurial cognitions and intentions, and career adaptability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 105, 173-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.01.003
    • Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Lee, N., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2018). Fear, Populism, and the Geopolitical Landscape: The “Sleeper Effect” of Neurotic Personality Traits on Regional Voting Behavior in the 2016 Brexit and Trump Elections. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9(3), 285-298. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618755874
    • Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M., Silbereisen, R. K., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2018). In the shadow of coal: How large-scale industries contributed to present-day regional differences in personality and well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(5), 903-927. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000175
    • Stuetzer, M., Audretsch, D. B., Obschonka, M., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., & Potter, J. (2018). Entrepreneurship culture, knowledge spillovers and the growth of regions. Regional Studies, 52(5), 608-618. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2017.1294251

    2017

    • Audretsch, D. B., Obschonka, M., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (2017). A new perspective on entrepreneurial regions: linking cultural identity with latent and manifest entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 48(3), 681-697. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9787-9
    • Lechner, C. M., Obschonka, M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2017). Who Reaps the Benefits of Social Change? Exploration and Its Socioecological Boundaries. Journal of Personality, 85(2), 257-269. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12238
    • Obschonka, M. (2017). The quest for the entrepreneurial culture: psychological Big Data in entrepreneurship research. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 18, 69-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.07.014
    • Obschonka, M., & Stuetzer, M. (2017). Integrating psychological approaches to entrepreneurship: the Entrepreneurial Personality System (EPS). Small Business Economics, 49(1), 203-231. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9821-y
    • Obschonka, M., Fisch, C., & Boyd, R. (2017). Using digital footprints in entrepreneurship research: A Twitter-based personality analysis of superstar entrepreneurs and managers. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 8, 13-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2017.05.005
    • Obschonka, M., Hakkarainen, K., Lonka, K., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2017). Entrepreneurship as a twenty-first century skill: entrepreneurial alertness and intention in the transition to adulthood. Small Business Economics, 48(3), 487-501. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9798-6
    • Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2017). Did Strategic Bombing in the Second World War Lead to ‘German Angst’? A Large-scale Empirical Test Across 89 German Cities. European Journal of Personality, 31(3), 234-257. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2104

    2016

    • Block, J. H., Fisch, C. O., Lau, J., Obschonka, M., & Presse, A. (2016). Who prefers working in family firms? An exploratory study of individuals’ organizational preferences across 40 countries. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 7(2), 65-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfbs.2016.04.001
    • Huyghe, A., Knockaert, M., & Obschonka, M. (2016). Unraveling the "passion orchestra" in academia. Journal of Business Venturing, 31(3), 344-364. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2016.03.002
    • Minola, T., Criaco, G., & Obschonka, M. (2016). Age, culture, and self-employment motivation. Small Business Economics, 46(2), 187-213. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-015-9685-6
    • Obschonka, M. (2016). Adolescent Pathways to Entrepreneurship. Child Development Perspectives, 10(3), 196-201. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdep.12185
    • Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Audretsch, D. B., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2016). Macropsychological Factors Predict Regional Economic Resilience During a Major Economic Crisis. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(2), 95-104. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615608402
    • Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., Audretsch, D. B., Wyrwich, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Coombes, M., Shaw-Taylor, L., & Satchell, M. (2016). Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An empirical analysis using historical coalfields. European Economic Review, 86, 52-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2015.08.012

    2015

    • Obschonka, M., & Davidsson, P. (2015). The Development of Entrepreneurship: Person x Context Interactions: Special Section in the International Journal of Psychology: Call for Papers. International Journal of Psychology, 50(6), 479. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12232
    • Obschonka, M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2015). The effects of work-related demands associated with social and economic change on psychological well-being: A study of employed and self-employed individuals. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 14(1), 8-16. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000128
    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., Cantner, U., & Goethner, M. (2015). Entrepreneurial Self-Identity: Predictors and Effects Within the Theory of Planned Behavior Framework. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30(4), 773-794. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-014-9385-2
    • Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., Lamb, M. E., Potter, J., & Audretsch, D. B. (2015). Entrepreneurial regions: Do macro-psychological cultural characteristics of regions help solve the "knowledge paradox" of economics? PLoS ONE, 10(6), [e0129332]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0129332

    2014

    • Obschonka, M. (2014). Entrepreneurship as 21st century skill: Taking a developmental perspective. In Psycho-Social Career Meta-Capacities: Dynamics of Contemporary Career Development (pp. 293-306). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00645-1_16
    • Obschonka, M., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., & Terracciano, A. (2014). Personality and the gender gap in self-employment: A multi-nation study. PLoS ONE, 9(8), [e103805]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103805
    • Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., Brixy, U., Sternberg, R., & Cantner, U. (2014). Regional characteristics, opportunity perception and entrepreneurial activities. Small Business Economics, 42(2), 221-244. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-013-9488-6

    2013

    • Obschonka, M., Andersson, H., Silbereisen, R. K., & Sverke, M. (2013). Rule-breaking, crime, and entrepreneurship: A replication and extension study with 37-year longitudinal data. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83(3), 386-396. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2013.06.007
    • Obschonka, M., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., Silbereisen, R. K., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (2013). The Regional Distribution and Correlates of an Entrepreneurship-Prone Personality Profile in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom: A Socioecological Perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(1), 104-122. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0032275
    • Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2013). Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. Small Business Economics, 41(1), 93-114. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-012-9423-2

    2012

    • Goethner, M., Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Cantner, U. (2012). Scientists' transition to academic entrepreneurship: Economic and psychological determinants. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(3), 628-641. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2011.12.002
    • Obschonka, M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Entrepreneurship from a Developmental Science Perspective. International Journal of Developmental Sciences, 6(3-4), 107-115. https://doi.org/10.3233/DEV-2012-12105
    • Obschonka, M., Duckworth, K., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schoon, I. (2012). Social competencies in childhood and adolescence and entrepreneurship in young adulthood: A two-study analysis. International Journal of Developmental Sciences, 6(3-4), 137-150. https://doi.org/10.3233/DEV-2012-12108
    • Obschonka, M., Goethner, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Cantner, U. (2012). Social identity and the transition to entrepreneurship: The role of group identification with workplace peers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80(1), 137-147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2011.05.007
    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2012). Explaining entrepreneurial behavior: Dispositional personality traits, growth of personal entrepreneurial resources, and business idea generation. Career Development Quarterly, 60(2), 178-190. https://doi.org/10.1002/j.2161-0045.2012.00015.x
    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Wasilewski, J. (2012). Constellations of new demands concerning careers and jobs: Results from a two-country study on social and economic change. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80(1), 211-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2011.08.002

    2011

    • Kösters, S., & Obschonka, M. (2011). Public business advice in the founding process: An empirical evaluation of subjective and economic effects. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29(4), 577-604. https://doi.org/10.1068/c10126r
    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2011). Successful entrepreneurship as developmental outcome: A path model from a lifespan perspective of human development. European Psychologist, 16(3), 174-186. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000075
    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., & Stuetzer, M. (2011). Nascent entrepreneurship and the developing individual: Early entrepreneurial competence in adolescence and venture creation success during the career. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79(1), 121-133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2010.12.005

    2010

    • Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2010). Entrepreneurial intention as developmental outcome. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77(1), 63-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2010.02.008
    • Obschonka, M., Warns, M., Schulte-Markwort, M., & Barkmann, C. (2010). Psychische Belastung bei deutschsprachigen jugendlichen und heranwachsenden Inhaftierten in der Hafteingangssituation. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 59(2), 101-118. https://doi.org/10.13109/prkk.2010.59.2.101
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