Steffen Farny


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Artistic and research interests

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the entrepreneurship research group, part of the Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. In my research, I mainly focus on social innovation, sustainable forms of entrepreneurship, the role of emotions, and institutional change. I apply predominantly qualitative research methods to study practices, affect and processes. As part of an EU-FP7 project, I investigated end-user innovation and entrepreneurship of sustainability-oriented enterprises. In a Finnish design-driven project on nanocellulose high-tech inventions, I have engaged with natural scientist and designers to co-create innovative venture ideas and investigated the creation of a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. My interest in challenging environments has motivated field research in Haiti after the 2010-earthquake, in a community in Southern Chile after a volcano eruption, and on several islands in the Caribbean affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. In addition to that I try to research and engage in the development of challenge-based entrepreneurship and innovation management education.  

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics, Aalto-yliopisto, Kauppakorkeakoulu

Professional Qualifications

  • BSc International Business & Management, University of Groningen, Netherlands,

  • Dr. (Econ) Entrepreneurship, Aalto University, Finland,

  • MSc Corporate Development, University of Cologne, Germany,


  • entrepreneurship, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Social innovation, emotions, Qualitative Research, institutional theory, disaster

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