Siri A. Terjesen

Norwegian School of Economics, Norway, and American University, USA

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

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway; Chair, Entrepreneurship, Kogod School of Business, American University, USA

Research interest

Strategic entrepreneurship, international management, gender in management (corporate boards, entrepreneurship)

Positions/functions as a 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)

Past positions

Visiting Fellow, Lund University; Visiting Fellow, Entrepreneurship, Growth, & Public Policy, Max Planck Institute of Economics; Post-doctoral Fellow, Queensland University of Technology


PhD Management, Cranfield University, UK, 2006

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).