Prof. Dr. Michael Gielnik

21335 Lüneburg, Universitätsallee 1, C6.408
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Prof. Dr. Michael M. Gielnik is Professor of Psychology, in particular Entrepreneurship, at the Institute of Management and Organization (since 2014). He studied psychology at Justus Liebig University Giessen and received his doctorate from Leuphana University Lüneburg. During his academic career, he completed research stays at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) and the University of Sydney (Australia) and he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Business School (Singapore).

Michael Gielnik's research interests are entrepreneurship, in particular action-oriented entrepreneurship training, the entrepreneurial process, and sustainable entrepreneurial behavior. A special interest is entrepreneurship in developing countries. He has supervised and implemented a variety of research and practice projects in different countries in Africa and Asia, including "STEP - Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion". His research has been published in scholarly journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Professional and Academic Experience

  • since 02/2022: Professor (W3) of Psychology, in particular Entrepreneurship, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
  • 10/2020-02/2021: Parental leave
  • 01/2020-12/2022: Associate Editor Journal of Business Venturing (Field Editor Psychology and Entrepreneurship)
  • 03/2015-01/2022: Professor (W2) of HR development, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
  • 02/2014-02/2015: Junior professor (W1) of HR development, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
  • 10/2010-12/2013: Visiting Research Fellow, promoted to Visiting Senior Fellow, NUS Business School, Singapore, Department of Management and Organization
  • 05/2010-09/2010 Research Associate, Leuphana, Institute for Enterprise Development
  • 10/2006-04/2010: Research Associate, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 11/2005-09/2006: Marketing Research Executive, Research International GmbH & Co.KG, Germany


  • 09/2010 Doctor of Philosophy (summa cum laude), Leuphana: "Opportunity Identification and Exploitation: Psychological Factors for Start-up and Success in Entrepreneurship" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Frese), Finalist of the 2011 Academy of Management NFIB Dissertation Award of the Entrepreneurship Department
  • 10/2005 Diploma in Psychology, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Diploma Thesis: "The Relationship of Learning Opportunities and Subsequent Learning Behavior to Learning Outcomes and Success: A Study among South African Entrepreneurs" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Frese)

Review Boards

  • Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice