Prof Matthias Fink


Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Management

Location: Cambridge

Matthias’s area of expertise is in entrepreneurship and innovation. He takes an interdisciplinary perspective, combining management studies with psychology, sociology and philosophy.


Matthias Fink is a Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Institute for International Management Practice at ARU Cambridge and head of the Institute for Innovation Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Matthias holds a PhD and a post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. He previously worked as a Professor for International Small Business Management and Innovation at Leuphana University Lüneburg Germany and was Head of the Research Institute for Liberal Professions at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. Matthias was a Visiting Professor at several universities e.g. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and University of Twente, The Netherlands.

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

van Gelderen, M., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M. From entrepreneurial intentions to actions: Self-control versus action-level doubt, fear, and aversion. Journal of Business Venturing, accepted for publication.

Moro, A., Fink, M. & Maresch, D. Symmetry of Information and Credit Access for SMEs. Journal of Financial Research, accepted for publication.

Fink, M., Frank, H., Gundolf, K. & Kailer N., 2015. Management of qualitative change in small and medium-sized enterprises: a kaleidoscope of theoretical and empirical research. Review of Managerial Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11846-014-0153-5.

Hatak, I., Fink, M., Frank, H., 2014. Business Freedom, Corruption and the Performance of Trusting Cooperation Partners: Empirical Findings from Six European Countries. Review of Managerial Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11846-014-0127-7

Kibler, E., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M., 2014. Regional Social Legitimacy of Entrepreneurship: Implications for Entrepreneurial Intention and Start-up Behaviour, Regional Studies, 48(6), p.995-1015.

Hatak, I., Harms, R. & Fink, M., 2014. Age, job identification, and entrepreneurial intention. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30(1), p.38-53.

Lundström, A., Vikström, P., Fink, M., Crijns, H., Głodek, P., Storey, D. & Kroksgård, A., 2014. International Comparisons of the Costs and Coverage of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy: Sweden, Poland, Austria, UK and the Flanders Region of Belgium. Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 38(4), p.941-957.

Kautonen, T., M. van Gelderen & Fink, M., 2013. Robustness of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting entrepreneurial intentions and actions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1111/etap.12056.

Moro, A. & Fink, M., 2013. Loan managers’ trust and credit access for SMEs. Journal of Banking and Finance 37: 927-936.

Kautonen, T., Moro, A. & Fink, M., 2013. How do banks assess entrepreneurial competence? The role of voluntary information disclosure. International Small Business Journal , 32(4), p.525-544.

Fink, M., Lang, R. & Harms, R., 2013. Local responses to global technological change. Contrasting restructuring practices in two rural communities in Austria. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(2), p.243-252.

Lang, R. Kibler, E. & Fink, M., 2013. Understanding Place-Based Entrepreneurship in Rural Central Europe – A Comparative Institutional Analysis. International Small Business Journal, 32(2), p.204-227.

Fink, M., Harms, R. & Hatak, I., 2012. The Role of Regulation Versus Self-Commitment in Shaping Researchers' Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 109(4), p.569-581.

Fink, M. & Harms, R., 2012. Contextualizing the relationship between self-commitment and performance: Environmental and behavioural uncertainty in (cross-border) alliances of SMEs. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 24(3-4), p.161-179.

Fink, M. & Keßler, A., 2010. Cooperation, Trust and Performance, British Journal of Management 21(2), p.469-483.