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Matthias Fink


Professor to department Management & Technology
Doctorat , Social Sciences and Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Areas of expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Strategic Management

Matthias Fink is a professor of strategy at Grenoble Ecole de Management and a professor of innovation management at JKU Linz, Austria. Matthias previously had professorial roles at ARU Cambridge (UK), Leuphana University Lueneburg (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 Ph.D. and a postdoctoral qualification (habilitation) from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and was a visiting professor at several universities e.g., University of Sydney (Australia), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), and University of Twente (The Netherlands). His research concerns Strategy as Practice (SAP) in the context of innovation (generation of novel processes and valuable market offerings), socio-technical transformation (interplay between social change, technological progress and business models) and business venturing (in new and established organizations). His emphasis is on three underlying challenges (1) overcoming behavioural uncertainty with interpersonal trust, (2) bridging the gap between intention and action, and (3) responsibility of socially, regionally and temporally embedded actors. Matthias addresses these challenges with a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods with the aim to generate impact on theory, practice and policy.

His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Banking and Finance, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Regional Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, as well as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Additionally, he has published four monographs, two edited volumes and has guest edited several special issues to international journals. He serves as an associate editor for Technology Forecasting and Social Change.