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Martina Battisti


Professor to department Management & Technology
Doktorat (DE) , Psychology, Innsbruck University

Areas of expertise

  • Cognition and Innovation
  • New Venture Growth
  • Strategic Development of SME's
  • Entrepreneurship

Prior to joining GEM, Martina was Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Portsmouth (UK) where she also served as Impact Director for the Faculty of Business and Law and PhD Director for Business and Management. She held Visiting Professor appointments at Turku School of Economics (Finland), Hitotsubashi University (Japan), University of Bergamo (Italy), University of Innsbruck (Austria) and University of Waikato (New Zealand). Since 2018,Martina has been accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy as Senior Fellow and since 2020, she is a Research Fellow at the Institut fuer Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn.

Martina currently serves on the board of the European Council of Small Business (ECSB). In the past, she served on the board of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ), the Research Committee of the UK Chartered Association of Business Schools, as well as a number of government advisory boards. 

Since 2014, she is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and since 2020 of the International Small Business Journal.

Martina has undertaken commissioned research and consultancy for a number of government agencies in Europe and the wider Asia Pacific region including the European Commission, the OECD, the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Her current research is at the intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology with a particular focus on emotional and cognitive microfoundations of entrepreneurial behaviour as well as drivers and outcomes of entrepreneurial wellbeing and health. Beyond that, she is interested in topics related to startups, SMEs and entrepreneurship more widely. Her work has been published in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, British Journal of Management, International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Research and Industrial Marketing Management.

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