Siri A. Terjesen

  • Current position:
    Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway; Chair, Entrepreneurship, Kogod School of Business, American University, USA
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Short Term Consultant, World Bank (2016); Director, Female Entrepreneurship Index, Global Entrepreneurship Development Institute (2015–present); Visiting Scholar, Catalyst, USA (2015–present); Research Fellow, Ratio Institute, Sweden (2014–present)
  • Research interest:
    Strategic entrepreneurship, international management, gender in management (corporate boards, entrepreneurship)
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  • Affiliations:
    Norwegian School of Economics, Norway, and American University, USA
  • Past positions:
    Visiting Fellow, Lund University; Visiting Fellow, Entrepreneurship, Growth, & Public Policy, Max Planck Institute of Economics; Post-doctoral Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Management, Cranfield University, UK, 2006
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I’m delighted to share the results from the ongoing research on individual and environment factors which support high-potential female entrepreneurs. World of Labor is a great outlet for policymakers and academics to dialogue about important policy issues such as how to help women start more innovative, market-expanding, and export-oriented ventures
  • Selected publications:
    • “Comparative international entrepreneurship: A review and research agenda.” Journal of Management 42:1 (2016): 299–344 (with J. Hessels and D. Li).
    • “Advancing public policy for high-growth, female, and social entrepreneurs.” Public Administration Review 76:2 (2016): 230–239 (with N. Bosma and E. Stam).
    • “Board diversity: Moving the field forward.” Corporate Governance: An International Review 23:2 (2015): 77–82 (with R. Adams, J. de Haan, and H. van Ees).
    • “Legislating a woman’s seat on the board: Institutional factors driving gender quotas for boards of directors.” Journal of Business Ethics 128:2 (2015): 233–251 (with R. Aguilera and R. Lorenz).
    • “Designing a global standardized methodology for measuring social entrepreneurship activity: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor social entrepreneurship study.” Small Business Economics 40:3 (2013): 693–714 (with J. Lepoutre, R. Justo, and N. Bosma).
  • Articles

Conditions for high-potential female entrepreneurship

Individual and environmental factors can lead women to start innovative market-expanding and export-oriented ventures—or block them

April 2016

10.15185/izawol.255 255

by Siri A. Terjesen Terjesen, S

Female-led ventures that are market-expanding, export-oriented, and innovative contribute substantially to local and national economic development, as well as to the female entrepreneur’s economic welfare. Female-led ventures also serve as models that can encourage other high-potential female entrepreneurs. The supply of high-potential entrepreneurial ventures is driven by individuals’ entrepreneurial attitudes and institutional factors associated with a country’s conditions for entrepreneurial expansion. A systematic assessment of those factors can show policymakers the strengths and weaknesses of the environment for high-potential female entrepreneurship.