Martin Obschonka

I am Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Psychology at Saarland University, Germany since April 2014. I am also a research associate at Jena University Germany, studying the development of entrepreneurial spirit and psychological aspects of new venture creation. My research also deals with the individual consequences of today’s accelerated worldwide social and economic change, with a special focus on the world of work and entrepreneurship. My research applies a cross-national and biopsychosocial format that considers biological factors (e.g., genetic makeup, basic personality structure) as well as human agency, motivation, and contextual influences such as peer and family interactions.

 

Summary of Fellowship

I was a PATHWAYS Fellow from January 2011 to December 2012.  PATHWAYS has had a major impact on my research career. For example, the programme enabled me to work with unique longitudinal datasets covering the lives of children and adolescents well into adulthood. This allowed me to make the next step in my research by studying entrepreneurial development over the life course longitudinally in several countries. It further allowed me to make significant progress with regard to theory development, our Special Issue on entrepreneurship which featured the model of entrepreneurial development over the life course is just one example. The PATHWAYS programme with its wonderful resources also helped me a lot with regard to international networks and research collaborations. I think such systematic and sustainable support in the postdoctoral phase is crucial for progress and it has put my research on a higher level and provided me the skills, networks, and collaborations that build the basis for my current work and the next career steps. I thus consider PATHWAYS as an excellent programme that boosted both my research and my career.     

 

Beyond the Fellowship

I am currently a research associate at the Centre for Applied Development Science (CADS) in Jena. This position allows me to work on my habilitation thesis, to continue my research on entrepreneurship and social and economic change, to publish research articles in leading journals (see publication list), to work on project proposals, and to attend leading international conferences. Furthermore, I teach several courses in psychology and economics (e.g., on entrepreneurship, developmental diagnostics, or evaluation) at Jena University. The main goal in this new position is to finish my habilitation project, and then to work on a grant proposal for a DFG project (German Research Foundation) because successful fund raising is a crucial next step in my scientific career.  In April 2014, I accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Psychology at Saarland University, Germany.

 

Recent Media Impact

The darker side of entrepreneurs, BBC News, 3 September 2013

Bill Gates Mugshot Inspires Teenage Misfits to Lead, Bloomberg TV

Kids Who Get in Trouble Grow Up to Be Entrepreneurs, Bloomberg Business Week, 9 August 2013.

Why Troublemaker Kids Make Great Entrepreneurs, Small Business Center, Fox Business, 9 August 2013.

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says, Popular Science, 6 August 2013. (Press Release).

Entrepreneur, USA: Where Most Business Owners Come From, Small Business, Fox Business, 6 Jun 2013

Unternehmergeist müsste man haben, Die Welt, 31 May 2013

In Search of the Entrepreneurial Personalities of Specific Places, The Atlantic Cities, 30 May 2013

 

Publications

Special Issue

Obschonka, M. & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Special Issue: International Journal of Developmental Science.

Papers

Obschonka, M., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., Silbereisen, R. K., Gosling, S. D., and Potter, J. (2013). The regional distribution and correlates of an entrepreneurship-prone personality profile in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom: A socioecological perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(1), 104-122.

Obschonka, M., Andersson, H., Silbereisen, R., Sverke, M. (2013). Rule-breaking, crime, and entrepreneurship: A replication and extension study with 37-year longitudinal data. Journal of Vocational Behaviour TEXT

Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M. , Brixy, U., Sternberg, R.,Cantner,R.(2013). Regional characteristics, opportunity perception and entrepreneurial activities Small Business Economics

Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., Davidsson, P., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2013). Where do entrepreneurial skills come from. Applied Economics Letters, 20 (12), 1183-1186

Goethner, M., Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Cantner, U. (2012). Scientists’ transition to academic entrepreneurship: Economic and psychological determinants. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(3), 628-641. FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Wasilewski, J. (2012). Constellations of new demands concerning careers and jobs: Results from a two-country study on social and economic change. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 211-223. FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Goethner, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Cantner, U. (2012). Social identity and the transition to entrepreneurship: The role of group identification with workplace peers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 137-147. FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Duckworth, K., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schoon, I. (2012). Social competencies in childhood and adolescence and entrepreneurship in young adulthood: A two-study analysis. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6(3-4), 137-150.

Obschonka, M., Silbereisen R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2011). Successful entrepreneurship as developmental outcome: A path model from a life span perspective of human development. European Psychologist, 16(3), 174-186. FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., & Stuetzer, M. (2011). Nascent entrepreneurship and the developing individual: Early entrepreneurial competence in adolescence and venture creation success during the career. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 121-133 FULL TEXT

Kösters, S. & Obschonka, M. (2011). Public business advice in the founding process: An empirical evaluation of subjective and economic effects. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29, 577-604. FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2010). Enterpreneurial intentions as developmental outcomeJournal of Vocational Behavior, 77(1), 63-72 FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Wams, M., Schulte-Markwort, M., & Barkmann, C. (2010). Psychische Belastung bei deutschsprachigen jugendlichen und heranwachsenden Inhaftierten in der Hafteingangssituation [Psychological distress among German-speaking young prison inmates after imprisonment]. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 59(2), 101-118.

Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (in press). Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. Small Business Economics.doi: 10.1007/s11187-012-9423-2 FULL TEXT

Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (in press). Explaining entrepreneurial behavior: Dispositional personality traits, growth of personal entrepreneurial resources, and business idea generation. The Career Development Quarterly.

Obschonka, M., Schmitt-Rodermund, E., Silbereisen, R. K., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (in press). The regional distribution and correlates of an entrepreneurship-prone personality profile in the U.S., Germany, and the UK: A socioecological perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Reports

Kösters, S. & Obschonka, M. (2010). Building winners? An empirical evaluation of public business assistance in the founding process. Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-025.

 

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