Prof Matthias Fink


Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business Administration , Business Management , Enterprise

Research Supervision:Yes

Matthias' area of expertise is in entrepreneurship and innovation. He takes an interdisciplinary perspective, combining management studies with psychology, sociology and philosophy. His current interests include entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation and change in regional contexts, entrepreneurial finance and ethical issues in business research.


Matthias Fink is vice head of the Institute of Innovation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and a Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ARU Cambridge, UK. In addition, he is academic director of two MBA programmes at LIMAK Austrian Business School. Matthias previously worked as a Professor for International Small Business Management and Innovation at Leuphana University Lüneburg Germany and was Researcher at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship as well as Head of the Research Institute for Liberal Professions at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. Matthias holds a PhD and a postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and was a Visiting Professor at several universities e.g. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and University of Twente, The Netherlands.

In research, Matthias’ focus is on the role of innovation in new venture creation and small business management. His current interests include entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation and change in regional contexts, entrepreneurial finance and ethical issues in business research. In his research designs, Matthias combines quantitative and qualitative methods. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Technological Forecasting and Social Change as well as Regional Studies. Additionally, he has published three monographs, two edited volumes and has guest edited several special issues to international journals.

Research interests

  • Physical and psychological wellbeing of entrepreneurs in the start-up phase
  • The role of trust in entrepreneurial finance
  • Technology assessment of disruptive technologies
  • Regional embeddedness of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Ethical behaviour in management research

Areas of research supervision

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Regional development


  • Habilitation, a post-doctoral qualification required for a tenured professorship in German-speaking countries. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (2010)
  • Dr. rer. oec. (PhD), WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (2004)
  • Master in International Business (2002) and Master studies in Management (2004), both at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board Member (International Small Business Journal, Review of Managerial Science, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing and Creativity and Innovation Management)
  • Associate Editor (Small Business Management & Family Business), Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship, (the leading entrepreneurship journal in German)
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • International Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Rencontres de St. Gall

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External policy advisor, Austrian government
  • Management Consulting, Austrian industry

Selected recent publications

Rosenbusch, N., Gusenbauer, M., Hatak, I., Fink, M., & Meyer, K. E., 2018. Innovation Offshoring, Institutional Context and Innovation Performance: A Meta‐Analysis. Journal of Management Studies. (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 4, listed as FT 45)

Rauch, A., Fink, M., & Hatak, I., 2018. Stress Processes: An Essential Ingredient in the Entrepreneurial Process. Academy of Management Perspectives (online first) (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 4)

Fink, M., Koller, M., Floh, A., Gartner, J. Effective entrepreneurial marketing on Facebook – A longitudinal study. Journal of Business Research (online first) (ABS 3)

Lang, R., Fink, M., 2018. The role of social capital within and across institutional levels. Rural Studies (online first) (ABS 3)

Nazrul, Islam, Marinakis, Yorgos, Majadillas, May Anne, Fink, Matthias, and Walsh, Steven., 2018. Here there be Dragons, a Pre-roadmap Construct for IoT service infrastructure. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (online first) (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 3)

Moro, A. Maresch, D. Fink, M., 2018. Loan Managers’ Decisions and Trust in Entrepreneurs in Different Institutional Contexts. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (online first) (ranked ABS 3)

Aschauer, E., Fink, M., Moro, A., van Bakel-Auer, K. and Warming-Rasmussen, B., 2016. Interpersonal Trust and Professional Skepticism in the Relationship between Auditors and Clients – Overcoming the Dichotomy Myth. Behavioural Research in Accounting, 29(1): 19-42. (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 3)

Maresch, D., Fink, M. and Harms, R., 2016. When Patents Matter: The Impact of Competition and Time and the Performance Contribution of Intellectual Property Rights Protection. Technovation, 57: 14-20. (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 3)

Hatak, I., Kautonen, T., Fink, M., Kansikas, J., 2016. Innovativeness and Family-Firm Performance: The Moderating Effect of Family Commitment. Technological Forecast and Social Change, 102: 120-131. (ranked SOM “very good”, ABS 3)

Van Gelderen, M., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M., 2015. From entrepreneurial intentions to actions: Self-control versus action-level doubt, fear, and aversion. Journal of Business Venturing, accepted for publication. (ranked SOM "top", ABS 4, listed as FT 45)

Moro, A., Fink, M. & Maresch, D., 2015. Reduction of Information Asymmetry and Credit Access for Small and Medium sized Enterprises. Journal of Financial Research, 38(1): 121-143. (ranked ABS 3)

Fink, M., Frank, H., Gundolf, K. & Kailer N., 2015. Management of qualitative change in small and medium-sized enterprises: a kaleidoscope of theoretical and empirical research.Review of Managerial Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11846-014-0153-5. (ranked SOM "top", ABS 4, listed as FT 45)

Hatak, I., Harms, R. & Fink, M., 2015. Age, job identification, and entrepreneurial intention. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30(1), p.38-53. (ranked ABS 3)

Hatak, I., Fink, M., Frank, H., 2014. Business Freedom, Corruption and the Performance of Trusting Cooperation Partners: Empirical Findings from Six European Countries. Review of Managerial Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11846-014-0127-7

Kibler, E., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M., 2014. Regional Social Legitimacy of Entrepreneurship: Implications for Entrepreneurial Intention and Start-up Behaviour, Regional Studies, 48(6), p.995-1015. (ranked SOM "very good", ABS 3)

Lundström, A., Vikström, P., Fink, M., Crijns, H., Głodek, P., Storey, D. & Kroksgård, A., 2014. International Comparisons of the Costs and Coverage of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy: Sweden, Poland, Austria, UK and the Flanders Region of Belgium. Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 38(4), p.941-957. (ranked SOM "top", ABS 4, listed as FT 45)

Kautonen, T., M. van Gelderen & Fink, M., 2014. Robustness of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting entrepreneurial intentions and actions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1111/etap.12056. (ranked SOM "top" ABS 4, listed as FT 45)

Moro, A. & Fink, M., 2013. Loan managers’ trust and credit access for SMEs. Journal of Banking and Finance 37: 927-936.

Kautonen, T., Moro, A. & Fink, M., 2013. How do banks assess entrepreneurial competence? The role of voluntary information disclosure. International Small Business Journal , 32(4), p.525-544. (ranked ABS 3)

Fink, M., Lang, R. & Harms, R., 2013. Local responses to global technological change. Contrasting restructuring practices in two rural communities in Austria. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(2), p.243-252. (ranked SOM "very good", ABS 3)

Lang, R. Kibler, E. & Fink, M., 2013. Understanding Place-Based Entrepreneurship in Rural Central Europe – A Comparative Institutional Analysis. International Small Business Journal, 32(2), p.204-227. (ranked ABS 3)

Fink, M., Harms, R. & Hatak, I., 2012. The Role of Regulation Versus Self-Commitment in Shaping Researchers' Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 109(4), p.569-581. (ranked SOM "very good", ABS 3)

Fink, M. & Harms, R., 2012. Contextualizing the relationship between self-commitment and performance: Environmental and behavioural uncertainty in (cross-border) alliances of SMEs. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 24(3-4), p.161-179. (ranked ABS 3)

Zauner, A., Fink, M., Maresch, D., & Aschauer, E., 2012. Community marketing in social media - can marketers leverage Facebook groups of celebrities?. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 16(4): 406-421. (ranked ABS 3)

Fink, M. & Keßler, A., 2010. Cooperation, Trust and Performance, British Journal of Management 21(2), p.469-483.