Assoc Prof Martin Obschonka


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Incoming Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

PhD (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Summary:

  • Martin Obschonka is a psychologist working in the research fields vocational development, entrepreneurship, economic culture, social and economic change, and applied personality psychology.

Short CV:

Education/positions

After completing an advanced vocational training as a wholesale and foreign trade manager in Germany, Martin earned a diploma in psychology (highest honors) from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a PhD (highest honors) and a habilitation in psychology from the University of Jena, Germany. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Pathways International Postdoc Programme, funded by the Jacobs Foundation. Until recently, he was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Psychology at Saarland University, Germany. He was a member of the “SaarLorLux Greater Region Consortium for Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.

Research topics

His research involves projects on entrepreneurial development over the lifespan, entrepreneurial regions  and culture, public policy, human capital, personality, organisational behaviour, well-being and stress, and  social and economic change. He has an interest in interdisciplinary projects, cross-cultural perspectives,  innovative data and data collection methods, and also in the practical application of new scientific knowledge.

Publications

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

Editorial and committee work

He works as Associate Editor of Small Business Economics and International Journal of Psychology. He worked in regional capacity building projects for the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and was a member of the Standing Committee for Publication and Communication (SCPC) of IUPsyS. He is chair of the Research & Development Committee of the School of Management, QUT.

Media coverage

His research received international media attention, with Altmetric attention scores for his first-authored studies currently ranking in the top 20 of four journals (European Journal of Personality, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Small Business Economics and Journal of Business Venturing Insights), with a Nr. 1 Altmetric score for media coverage in news outlets of all studies published in the top 20 innovation and entrepreneurship journals (Google Scholar journal ranking). Media outlets that covered his research include The Times (UK), Harvard Business Review, The Times of India, The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc. Magazine, The BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Huffington Post, Popular Science, SpiegelOnline, FocusOnline, Handelsblatt, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Tagesspiegel.

Recently, Springer Nature selected his entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership study as one of 2018′s most influential studies published by Springer Nature.