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Nadav Shir​

Affiliated Research Fellow

Nadav researches and teaches at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Since 2003 he is living in Sweden and in 2015 earned a Ph.D. degree on the topic entrepreneurship and well-being from SSE and in collaboration with New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. He is fluent in English, Swedish, and Hebrew.

He is the course developer and director for three SSES courses: Entrepreneurship – Personal Development, Negotiations for startups and Growth – Managing Your Firm, all taught at the Stockholm School of Economics. He has also given SSES workshops on topics of personal development and self-regulation.

The main part of his research and teaching concerns the link between entrepreneurship, ethics, and mental health. More specifically, he investigates how individuals’ well-being is related to entry and persistence in entrepreneurial activities and under what conditions entrepreneurship facilitates personal growth, development, and well-being. In this regard, he examines the self-organizing nature of entrepreneurship with respect to individuals’ innate psychological needs and life aspirations.

In 2010, Nadav initiated and designed the largest study ever conducted in Sweden, and across the globe, on the link between entrepreneurship and well-being. In 2013 his initiative was adopted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Consortium, the largest ongoing study of entrepreneurial dynamics in the world.

More recently, his research and proposed special issue on entrepreneurship and well-being have both been published in the Journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and in the Journal of Business Venturing, two of the world’s leading journals in management and business studies. Following these studies, Forbes magazine highlighted Nadav’s research and in 2020 the Financial Times ranked his research as a world leading example for its social impact (https://www.ft.com/content/5953739c-3b94-11ea-b84f-a62c46f39bc2)

Aside from academic work he also gives lectures, seminars, and workshops on how individuals and organizations can stimulate innovation and engagement in entrepreneurial tasks by supeporting motivation, self-regulation, and well-being at work.

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