Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Hans Landström



Professor (Chair in Business Administration, special in Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance)

I presented my thesis in 1987 at the Department of Industrial Management, Lund Institute of Technology, in Sweden. The thesis was a qualitative study of ten new technology-based firms and I analyzed the entrepreneurial behaviour with a particular focus on the financial decisions made by the entrepreneurs. Since then my interest in entrepreneurial finance has remained, and I have focused my research interests on venture capital in early stage ventures, formal as well as informal venture capital. In the 1990s I was active at Halmstad University College where I, together with Professor Bengt Johannisson at Växjö University, founded Scandinavian Institute for Research on Entrepreneurship (SIRE) in which about 20 researchers were involved. At Halmstad University College I was also responsible for the master’s programme in Innovation Management. For a couple of years in the 1990s, I was the President of the Europan Council for Small Business (ECSB). Since 2001 I hold a Chair in Business Administration at Lund University. I am founding member and member of the Executive Group of the Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) as well as the founding member of the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE). My research interest in entrepreneurial finance has continued but I have also been more and more interested in the history of entrepreneurship as a research field and education (learning) in entrepreneurship.

Research interests

  • Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Entrepreneurship theory
  • History of entrepreneurship research
  • Entrepreneurship education and teaching

Courses taught

  • Entrepreneurial finance (ENTN03)
  • Small Business Economics, Regional Development and Entrepreneurship (EKHM23)
  • Master’s thesis (FEKP01)

Selection of publications


Intellectual Roots of Entrepreneurship Research (edited book together with Franz Lohrke) (2012, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Handbook of Research on Venture Capital – Volume 2 (edited book together with Colin Mason) (2012, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research (edited book together with Franz Lohrke) (2010, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Entreprenörskap och företagsetablering (edited textbook together with Marie Löwegren) (2009, Lund: Studentlitteratur).

Handbook of Research on Venture Capital – Volume 1 (edited book) (2007, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Pioneers in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research (2005, New York: Springer).

Entreprenörskapets rötter (2005, Lund: Studentlitteratur).

Peer-Review articles

Exploring the emerging knowledge base of the knowledge society” (together with Jan Fagerberg and Ben Martin), Research Policy, 2012, 41, 1121–31.

Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Knowledge Base” (together with Gouya Harirchi and Fredrik Åström), Research Policy, 2012, 41, 1154–81.

Enacting entrepreneurship research in a pioneering provocative and participative way” (together with Chris Steyaert), Small Business Economics, 2011, 36, 123–34.

What do we mean when we talk about business angels? Some reflections on definitions and sampling” (together with Sofia Avdeitchikova and Nils Månsson),Venture Capital, 2009, 10:4, 371–94.

“Entrepreneurial Studies: The Dynamic Research Front of a Developing Social Science” (together with Barbara Cornelius and Olle Persson), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2006, 3:3, 375–98.

Venture capitalists decision to syndicate” (together with Sophie Manigart et al.), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2006, 30:2, 131–53.

Business Angels in a Changing Economy: The Case of Sweden” (together with Nils Månsson), Venture Capital, 2006, 8:4, 281–301.

How venture capitalists respond to unmet expectations” (together with Annaleena Parhankangas), Journal of Business Venturing, 2005, 22, 773–801.

Contact information

Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Lund University School of Economics and Management
PO Box 7080, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address
Scheelevägen 15 B

+46 46 222 7844 (office)
+46 70 333 7544 (mobile)



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