Pekka Stenholm profile picture
Senior Research Fellow, Entrepreneurship
D. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Senior Research Fellow


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Areas of expertise

Nascent entrepreneurship
emotions, identity, and entrepreneurship
formation of new business ideas
institutions and entrepreneurship
disruptive forces and organizational renewal


Before and after defending my doctoral thesis in marketing in 2004 I focused in investigating entrepreneurship at the individual, firm, and societal levels. Already during that very period of time I worked as a researcher/senior researcher at the Entrepreneurship Unit, School of Economics at the University of Turku. In 2007-2009 I worked as a visiting research scholar at the George Mason University (VA, USA), and between 2018-2019 I worked as an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Pori Unit at the University of Turku.

Currently, I work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. In my current research endeavors I focus on entrepreneurial, decision making, behavior, and nascent venturing. I was involved in our DISCE-project (funded by EU H2020) which focused among other things on earning logics and entrepreneurial behavior in creative and cultural sectors and professionals. Currently, I'm involved in ECOCRIN-projected (funded by Business Finland), in which we investigate how public policies could support ‘unleashing’ the potential of creative sectors for innovation, growth and internationalisation.


I "teach" entrepreneurship at University of Turku, School of Economics. I really do not teach, as teaching is more about co-creating a learning enviroment that supports curiosity through which students use their entrepreneurial me.  

Most rewarding teaching load has been our star, Startup! course, during which students from the University of Turku, University of Applied Sciences, University of Human Applied Sciences and Åbo Akademi, are exposed to entrepreneurial behavior, idea validation and similar magic. It was awared as the most entrepreneurial act at the University of Turku in 2016. In this course, I have been mentoring over hundred student-based startup teams in their early stages. Nice.

I have also had a privilege to participate in planning and conducting the innovation process for the Business Innovation Camps organized by Turku School of Economics' CCR, and in teaching University of Turku's Graduage School's courses and TSE exe's MBA-education. Eat failure for breakfast!


Well, it varies, but currently I investigate among others why successful entrepreneurs contribute their succes to luck, agency and emotions in entrepreneurship education, and the dimensions of and relationships between different entrepreneurial motivations, to name a few. 


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