• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- 'Hidden Champions' in a globally disrupted world: Leveraging innovation, strategy, and firm performance
- The impact of digital capabilities on SME international performance
- Barriers to female entrepreneurship in South Africa


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

My key research interests are as follows:

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Firm Internationalisation
  • Export Performance and Strategy of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and International New Ventures (INVs)


Dr. Stephan Gerschewski is Associate Professor in Strategy & Enterprise at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK, where he teaches and researches international business topics. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Genos Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

Dr. Gerschewski is Visiting Professor of International Business at University of Tübingen, Germany.

Dr. Gerschewski is also the Associate Editor for International Business & Management at European Management Journal (EMJ), a leading academic publication in his field.

With over 15 years of experience in the education sector, Dr. Gerschewski has worked and collaborated with institutions and organisations in Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, and the UK. His research interests include international entrepreneurship (IE), born global firms, export performance, firm internationalisation, and cross-cultural management. He has published multiple papers in prestigious journals, such as Journal of World Business (JWB) and International Business Review (IBR), and he received the Emerald Literati Award for the Most Outstanding Paper in 2017. 

In addition, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of an artisan candlemaker that offers organic, handmade, and scented products. Dr. Gerschewski is passionate about creating value and joy for his customers, students, and colleagues.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Göttingen

1 Apr 2024 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Tübingen

1 Apr 2020 → …


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