Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler
Aalto University · Department of Management Studies

BA, MA, PhD

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Introduction
Ewald Kibler is Associate Professor at Aalto University, School of Business, Department of Management Studies, and serves as Academy of Finland Research Fellow. His also the Head of the Entrepreneurship Unit and the Head of Doctoral Studies in Entrepreneurship at the Business School. He completed his MA in Sociology at the University of Graz, Austria, and his PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Turku, Finland.
Education
February 2010 - December 2012
University of Turku
Field of study
  • Social Geography
October 2003 - July 2009
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (65)
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Triggered by the Russo-Ukrainian war starting early in 2022 and the subsequent movement of refugees toward various European countries, this rapid response paper provides five reflections on the role of social entrepreneurship in light of humanitarian crises. We validate two problems with the help of a problem owner from social entrepreneurial pract...
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Schumpeter envisioned entrepreneurship research as a way to examine and understand how capitalism changes. This notwithstanding, contemporary entrepreneurship studies predominantly explore the emergence and growth of new business firms, thus adopting a view that assumes a positive macro-level role for entrepreneurship in society even as it neglects...
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Avant-garde entrepreneurship studies have contributed to organization theory through a strong process ontology on the creation of new potentialities for organizing; however, this has also further diminished scholarly attention to organizations as objects. It follows that the core entities of organization theory-real organizations-matter very little...
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This paper develops and applies a new evaluative approach to local entrepreneurial ecosystems, as configural narratives. We examine how configurations of local entrepreneurial ecosystem attributes, as evaluated by local experts, support or hinder the emergence of new and innovative firms. Drawing on sociology of place, we present a novel configurat...
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What is the real value of entrepreneurship? We propose a framework of psychological utility by integrating Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) theory with a recovery approach from a personal agency perspective. We hypothesize that personal agency together with the positive JD-R pattern of entrepreneurship generates outstanding psychological utility, which...
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The design of a bankruptcy regime can influence the risk perception of entrepreneurs, impacting their growth ambitions as well as their very decision whether to become entrepreneurs. The relationship between bankruptcy legislation and entrepreneurship, therefore, should be of interest to policymakers and entrepreneurs alike. In this paper, we make...
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Following principles of practice theory, entrepreneurship-as-practice (EAP) argues that entrepreneuring is a genuinely collective phenomenon. EAP seeks to overcome the dominant investigative focus on individual entrepreneurs and instead studies people’s shared understandings. In response, we develop the theoretical underpinnings of collective inten...
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There is increasing interest in organizational scholarship in the role of place. To support these developments, we offer a framework for place-sensitive research in organizational analysis. The notion of place refers to a unique location (either geographical or digital), endowed with a material from (either crafted by nature or by humans) and a soc...
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This article contributes to the research agenda of emancipatory entrepreneurship by developing the understanding of emancipation as a social imaginary in entrepreneurship. In particular, we draw on fiction and philosophical hermeneutics to generate three ideal types of the social imaginary of emancipation in entrepreneurship theorising. Building on...
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Entrepreneurship research has long been interested in the emergence of new business activities in various geographical and institutional contexts. However, these studies have largely focused on market and transition economies at the expense of planned economies. To address this limitation, our study focuses on an extreme case: how people envision t...
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What are the strategies entrepreneurs apply to present business closure to public audiences? Most entrepreneurs choose to communicate venture failure publicly so as to foster a favorable impression of failure, in effect engaging in impression management to maintain and/or repair their professional reputation for future career actions. To date, howe...
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Social enterprises can play a pivotal role in mitigating the negative effects of major crises if these ventures are able to attract enough funding for their activities. Our research reflects on the experiences of a UK-based crowdfunding platform, UpEffect, to develop understanding of the key challenges for social enterprise crowdfunding at the time...
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Policy-makers increasingly demand private enterprises to help solve social and ecological challenges faced by nations worldwide. In this paper, we use Toulmin’s rhetoric model to explain how European Union policy rhetoric articulates the meaning of entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Our findings demonstrate a ‘rhetoric mix’ of argumentat...
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In this book review essay, we reflect on some critical issues for advancing location-sensitive research and theorizing of social entrepreneurship. Our review essay is inspired by the book 'Social entrepreneurship and innovation in rural Europe' by Ralph Richter, Matthias Fink, Richard Lang and Daniela Maresch, Routledge, New York, 2019. 226 + iv pp...
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Mindfulness, meaning a receptive attention to and awareness of present events and experience, is reported to have a wide range of benefits, but it has been suggested that it could prove costly in terms of task performance. This article analyzes how dispositional mindfulness relates to taking entrepreneurial action. Based on two waves of survey data...
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This article has been published in the public sociology blog of the American Sociological Association (ASA) "Work-in-Progress: Sociology on the economy, work and inequality" (http://www.wipsociology.org/), 16 September 2019. NOTE: The authors’ blog article is based on and inspired by their published paper in the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ)...
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This study develops an understanding of the role of emotional connectivity for volunteer retention in prosocial business venturing. By embedding it in organizational ambivalence theory, our analysis of four volunteer-dependent community ventures reveals two mechanisms through which entrepreneurs strengthen volunteers’ emotional connectivity. We fir...
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Entrepreneurship research on prosocial motivation has outlined its positive impact on well-being, but still little is known about its overwhelming power, which under certain conditions may have deleterious personal consequences. In this study, we question whether prosocial motivation can harm entrepreneurs' subjective well-being when they run a com...
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In this paper, we explain how and why collective emotions enable institutional creation work. Based on an ethnography in Limonade, a Haitian community affected by the 2010 earthquake, we identify social practices that elicit collective emotions through the creation of new institutions across the three disaster recovery phases. Our study’s key insig...
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In this paper, we examine how entrepreneurs living in communities under continuous threat prepare themselves to continue with their enterprising activities or engage in new ones after the expected crisis occurs. Most of the crisis literature on disasters and entrepreneurship focuses on aftermath responses, but the antecedents of such entrepreneuria...
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Private businesses are increasingly expected to help solve the most challenging social problems of our times — health, poverty, and the promotion of sustainable development — in the absence of, or in conjunction with, government action. But what does this do to the employees who are tasked with turning these plans into reality? Research on entrepre...
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Social entrepreneurs start ventures to tackle social problems, and these ventures have the potential to outperform other social service providers in welfare states. We leverage theories of legitimacy and Varieties of Capitalism to examine national experts’ (N=361) assessments of the efficiency of social enterprises relative to state and civil socie...
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The recent geographies of education literature have drawn attention to the role of elite business education in circulating new ideas. Our paper presents an ethnography based in North Korea to examine the introduction of an international business education for young generations of North Korean elites (‘donjus’). Drawing on extant literature on trans...
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Drawing on the archetypal theory of the hero's journey, we present an analysis of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey to theorise on a primordial organisation of entrepreneurial processes. We conclude by discussing opportunities implied by a mythic-process approach in developing new meaning for the ‘beginnings’ and ‘ends’ in the proce...
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As a result of declining birth rates and increasing life expectancy, the average age of the global population is increasing. This demographic trend has important implications for the labor market. Aging individuals are not always able to find satisfactory outlets for their abilities. Moreover, finding sufficient funds to maintain the current level...
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This report was compiled for the conference Power from Statistics; Data, Information and Knowledge organized by EUROSTAT and European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). In this report, we argue that policy makers would benefit from official statistics that capture the contemporary forms of work in a more fine-grained manner than the employment versu...
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Late-career transitions to entrepreneurship are discussed as a promising way to address some of the problematic implications of population aging. By extending employment choice theory to simultaneously account for career stage and for non-monetary rewards from entrepreneurship, we investigate how late-career transitions from organizational employme...
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The current research investigates the effectiveness of impression management strategies available to entrepreneurs to foster social legitimacy with stakeholders following venture failure. We use a conjoint experiment to examine how different attributions of causes of failure influence the general public's legitimacy judgments. The most effective st...
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This article contributes to the business literature by examining the local institutional complexity involved in social entrepreneurship. We conduct a novel fuzzy-set analysis of 407 social entrepreneurs in the UK and identify five configurations of local institutional forces that collectively explain the confidence of social entrepreneurs in succes...
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Available at: http://www.oecd.org/employment/leed/rapid-assessment-Finland-Final.pdf Commissioned report.
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This study introduces an individual’s perception of their entrepreneurial potential in terms of their age (age-based self-image) to complement chronological age as a predictor of entrepreneurial behaviour. The principal hypothesis is that a positive age-based self-image enhances the likelihood of individuals turning their intention to start a busin...
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This paper revisits the sustainable entrepreneurship journey by introducing a ‘place-based’ sustainable venture path model. We suggest that distinguishing between emotional (‘caring about the place’) and instrumental (‘using the place’) place attachment of sustainable entrepreneurs deepens our understanding of how place-based challenges of sustaina...
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Policymakers and scholars have increasingly drawn attention to the growing challenges emerging from the ageing of populations, particularly in advanced economies (OECD 2006; Finlayson 2009; Platman 2003; Weber and Shaper 2004; Wainwright and Kibler 2014). In the British context, one of the more visible policy interventions has been to increase the...
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This article investigates how sources of social exclusion and support emerge within an ‘older’ entrepreneur’s immediate environment, and how this affects the development of their small business. Based on 22 in-depth interviews in London, UK, we suggest how older entrepreneurs with different backgrounds are able to manage social exclusion, and ident...
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This article will develop our socio-cultural understanding of entrepreneurship by examining the influence of the moral legitimacy of entrepreneurs in society on an individual’s engagement in early-stage entrepreneurship. A multilevel analysis conducted across 26 countries shows that the higher the perceived degree of moral legitimacy, the more like...
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Research finds that entrepreneurship in society is often framed as an activity for younger individuals. Such stereotyping can mean that older workers do not finding starting a business as desirable or appropriate for their age, and it may also lead to subtle forms of ageism from family, friends, prospective clients and financiers. This paper examin...
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This article develops a new understanding of the role of regional culture in the emergence of business start-up behaviour. The focal construct is regional social legitimacy: the perception of the desirability and appropriateness of entrepreneurship in a region. The econometric analysis utilizes a combination of bespoke longitudinal survey data from...
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This article provides new insight into the local institutional embeddedness of entrepreneurial behaviour. By introducing a sociological institutional framework to place-based entrepreneurship, the study particularly adds to the knowledge of the role of regulative, normative and cognitive institutions for local entrepreneurial practices in rural Cen...
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Background In facing the challenges of reducing detrimental environmental and societal impacts created by unsustainable business practices, the development of innovations and entrepreneurship for sustainability has gained special attention. They are recognized as the engine in the transformation of current business processes and key factors in cre...
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Recent research in economic geography and management studies has scrutinized financialization and its permeation into ‘everyday’ life. In particular, studies have highlighted how government policy is transferring the responsibility of pension planning to individuals, where retirement income is funded from financial market returns. However, research...
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This paper deals with the impact of local institutional conditions on the formation of opportunity feasibility beliefs in social entrepreneurship. Embedded in the recent literature on entrepreneurial cognitions, institutions and social entrepreneurship, this study provides a systematic analysis of 776 social entrepreneurs in the UK to identify comb...
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This paper deals with the impact of local institutional conditions on the formation of opportunity feasibility beliefs in social entrepreneurship. Embedded in the recent literature on entrepreneurial cognitions, institutions and social entrepreneurship, this study provides a systematic analysis of 776 social entrepreneurs in the UK to identify comb...
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Research on the impact of the regional environment in the very early phase of the business start-up process is currently limited. This paper contributes to the literature by analysing the influence of regional factors on the formation of entrepreneurial intentions within the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) framework. The rationale is based on the...
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This article investigates the impact of perceived age norms on the formation of entrepreneurial intentions in the third age. Age norms refer to those social norms that determine whether establishing and running a business is considered appropriate behavior for a mature individual. A representative empirical analysis of 496 Finnish individuals aged...
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A considerable stream of literature is devoted to studying entrepreneurial intentions, which are seen as the first step in the process of new venture creation. However, this research lacks generalisability due to the widespread use of demographically limited samples. This article removes this limitation by applying the Theory of Planned Behaviour (...

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While research on entrepreneurship has multiplied during the last decades, theorists have failed to settle on a foundational definition and have instead ‘agreed to disagree’ about their common object of study. We think that this conceptual elusiveness makes entrepreneurship studies an interesting space for research. We have nominated this perplexing space as "metaentrepreneurship", with which we refer to the work of asking what entrepreneurship is, and an entrepreneurial approach to research, that is, aiming to produce emergent, innovative, creative and destructive literature around entrepreneurship, whatever it may turn out to be, or not.
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Inspired by the cultural entrepreneurship and organizational legitimacy perspective, this line of research seeks to develop understanding of how entrepreneurs apply social practices to develop and protect their venture/professional identity and legitimacy eg. after business failure, how different actors (e.g. investors, experts, policy-makers, the public audience) make legitimacy judgements on various forms of entrepreneurship, and how the interplay of entrepreneurs’ social practices and the judgements of significant and general others/stakeholders help explain the legitimation process of social, sustainable of commercial business ventures.
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This line of research aims to contribute to the development of our theoretical and empirical understanding of how 'places' - in the form of geographical locations, materiality and symbolic meanings - influence and are influenced by (pro-social) business venturing activities and community development practices.