Prof. Dr. h.c. Per Erik Lage Davidsson


Per Davidsson is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) since 1996. While retaining his affiliation with JIBS his current main affiliation is with Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he is professor and Research Director for the Faculty of Business.

His international assignments also include affiliations with Zhejiang University (China) and University of Louisville (US). Davidsson is elected officer and incoming Chair (2011) of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is Associate Editor of Small Business Economics and member of the editorial board of several other journals.

Professor Per Davidsson is Director Director and Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) in the QUT Business School (Management). Davidsson is especially known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of small firms as well as societal well-being and job creation effects of those activities.

Apart from many books, book chapters and research reports he has published over 50 peer reviewed articles in, e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Regional Studies, Journal of Management Studies,  Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Journal of Business Venturing, including the most cited articles ever published in the latter two journals.

He has also consulted for companies and international organizations. Per was an elected Officer of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for the 2007-12 period and served as its Chair in 2010/11. He is Field Editor of Journal of Business Venturing and serves on the  editorial boards for several other journals. He has led several major research programs including the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE) which attracted  the largest ARC Discovery grant awarded to business/economics in its year of application.

Memberships and associations

  • 2011: Appointed Field Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing
  • 2007: Elected Officer of the (US) Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division. This entails a five year commitment culminating with position as Chair of Division in 2011.
  • 2006: Appointed ‘Oz Reader’ for the Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2005: Appointed Ad Hoc Faculty, School of Business & Public Administration, University of Louisville, US.
  • 2004: Visiting Professor and Joint Director of the Human Resources and Entrepreneurship Research Center, Management College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Adjunct Professor, Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden
  • 2001: Elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA.
  • 1996: Member of the (US) Academy of Management

Selection of grants and projects

  • 2010: What Facilitates or Hinders the Discovery and Exploitation of Entrepreneurial Opportunities? A Systematic Comparison of the Independent and Corporate Contexts
  • 2007: Firm Early Development and Performance (FEDP): A Panel Study
  • 2006: Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE)