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Internationally renowned research within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation is conducted by our researchers, in cooperation with several partners.

We study how businesses form and operate as they are seen collectively by politicians and decision-makers as main contributors to the development of the economy and wealth creation in society.

The Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship conducts internationally renowned research within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. We study entrepreneurship at each stage in the entrepreneurial process, through the sub-processes of creation, becoming, growth and renewal. We study entrepreneurship in all its pretexts and various contexts, as well as appreciating the value-creating outcomes of entrepreneurship.

The research programmes have strong international and multi-disciplinary approaches. Part of the research is conducted in cooperation with CIRCLE, an interdisciplinary research centre.

The Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship


Community currencies

Community currencies, in common with other grassroots innovations, build on the idea that marginalised people hold the key to their own solutions. Accordingly, community currency initiatives focus on mobilising local resources and designing governance structures that empower the community. Communities are the driving force, not merely the target beneficiary.

Contact: Ester Barinaga

Entrepreneurial education and learning

From a few single entrepreneurship courses offered in the US in the 1980s, the supply has grown during the past decades and entrepreneurship is today a subject offered more or less at all major universities worldwide.

We build on our previous studies about enterprise education and entrepreneurial learning. Our research aims to contribute with scholarly knowledge that benefit both the international scholarly community as well as for developing our entrepreneurship education at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

Contact: Diamanto Politis

Immigrant entrepreneurship

Highlighting aspects of immigrant entrepreneurship in Sweden and thus building upon our knowledge base and understanding, is of utmost importance. The more we understand the more we can do to build upon and support the actions of these individuals, who are not only contributing to themselves and their communities but to the economy as a whole.

We start with what we know about immigrant entrepreneurship in Sweden and attempt to contextualise previous international findings into the Swedish milieu. We think that the research opportunities in this area are plentiful, and diverse and will prove to be valuable contributions to the field.

Contact: Craig Mitchell

New venture teams in an entrepreneurship process

We study how new venture teams progress from inception through the entrepreneurship process to established firms with lasting value to the economy and society. We want to add practical knowledge of how entrepreneurs in teams behave to develop new entrepreneurial activities. Such insights are also valuable for policy making. Ultimately, we hope our research will assist in supporting the growth of profitable and independent Swedish ventures in Sweden.

Contact: Anna Brattström

The roots of entrepreneurship research

History matters in entrepreneurship research. Why? Among other things, we have a lot of knowledge about entrepreneurship, but early contributions tend to be forgotten quickly or condensed into “obligatory” citations in contemporary studies. However, a thorough understanding of past contributions can help researchers to create a necessary knowledge accumulation within the field. History teaches us that what is best for one place and time will not always work in other contexts, and policies and practices need to change over time.

Contact: Hans Landström


Diamanto Politis
Professor, Centre Director

Craig Mitchell
Assistant head of department

Ester Barinaga