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Siri Terjesen, Ph.D. - Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL, US

Siri Terjesen, Ph.D. Siri Terjesen, Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Dean for Research and External Relations at FAU Business | Florida Atlantic University


Siri Terjesen is an expert in entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy.



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Siri Terjesen, New Faculty Member @FAUbusiness




Siri Terjesen, Ph.D., is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University.

Terjesen received her undergraduate education at the University of Richmond (1997), her master's degree at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway (2002) as a Fulbright Scholar, and Ph.D. at Cranfield University in the UK (2006). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (2006-7).

Her research on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy has been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and Strategic Management Journal, and featured in leading media including Bloomberg, US News & World Report, the Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC. In total, she has published more than 65 refereed journal articles, 23 book chapters, two books, and six manuscript white papers (for organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation, World Bank, and U.S. Small Business Administration).

Terjesen is an associate editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education, Small Business Economics, and Industry & Innovation, and a member of the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Corporate Governance: International Review. Terjesen is also an affiliated researcher with Catalyst and the Ratio Institute and Membership Chair of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship division.

She has received numerous teaching awards from both student organizations and national associations, most recently from American University's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as Outstanding Faculty Member for 2017 and the Kogod School of Business as “excellent” in teaching (given to 15 faculty/year), as well as from Indiana University’s Alpha Kappa Psi chapter in 2014, 2015, and 2016 (given to 10 faculty/year).

Prior to her academic career, Terjesen was a management consultant with Accenture, on projects in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Berlin, Germany. She was also a competitive ultradistance runner, representing the United States, England, and Queensland (Australia) in international competitions.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Strategic Management


Corporate Governance

Higher Education


Education (3)

Cranfield University: Ph.D., Strategy and Entrepreneurship 2006

Norwegian School of Economics: M.B.A., International Business 2002

University of Richmond: B.S., Marketing, Finance, International Business 1997

Selected Media Appearances (5)

Study Shows Strategies Key for Nonprofits Seeking a Connection with Donors During Coronavirus Pandemic

GlobeNewswire  online


“Nonprofits tend to focus on their messaging content, but not the linguistic style of delivery,” said Terjesen, a professor of management programs within FAU’s College of Business. “The potential funders receive numerous appeals for help, and their willingness to support a cause may simply depend on whether they ‘hear’ the ask.”

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Here’s how businesses are preparing for Black Friday in the midst of a pandemic

Sun Sentinel  online


The stakes are high as many businesses rely on Black Friday sales to make their holiday-season sales expectations, said Florida Atlantic University professor Siri Terjesen. “It’s critical for these retailers for making their fourth quarter forecasts,” Terjesen said. “I would think that Black Friday is important for local stores as well. The pop-up booths around the mall absolutely need the traffic as well.”

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These jobs could blossom in South Florida after the coronavirus pandemic

Sun Sentinel  online


“Companies will be looking for someone to do certain jobs instead of having people on staff," said Siri Terjesen, a professor at Florida Atlantic University with a focus on entrepreneurship. "Accounting, marketing, strategy development and implementation will take off in a way it didn’t before because it was typically was done in-house.”

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The new world of the coronavirus pandemic

CBS  online


The coronavirus pandemic is shaping a new world. On CBS12 News at 8, we talked to Siri Terjesen, the Associate Dean, OF Research AND External Relations with the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, for perspective.

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FAU Expert Insists New Business Opportunities Abound, Even During Coronavirus Crisis

GlobeNewswire  online


Starting a business during a pandemic? It’s not as ill-fated as you may think, said Siri Terjesen, Ph.D., a professor of management programs in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. While many entrepreneurs will be reluctant to take such a risk, firms founded in this period are likely to be resilient and able to pivot to identify the best opportunities, according to Terjesen. That’s one of the principles she identified in studying several recessions over the past century, publishing extensive findings on what entrepreneurial activity looks like coming into, during and moving out of economic downturns.

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Selected Articles (4)

Entrepreneurial Finance: Research, Practice, and Policy for Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery

Journal of Risk and Financial Management

Siri Terjesen

2021 This issue comprises nine highly downloaded and cited articles in the Journal of Risk and Financial Management. Taken together these original and novel empirical studies offer practical policy contributions to a myriad of challenges faced by firms all over the world. This article summarizes the main contributions of these articles, all of which were developed and published in a pre-COVID-19 era, and then offers further reflections on their implications for research, practice, and policy to guide economic recovery in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Male and female entrepreneurs’ employment growth ambitions: the contingent role of regulatory efficiency

Small Business Economics

Pourya Darnihamedani, Siri Terjesen

2020 Entrepreneurs start and grow their ventures in a widely varying set of institutional contexts. One differentiator is a country’s regulatory efficiency which encompasses the freedom to start and to run a business without excessive government interventions around registering, hiring, and firing employees, and price controls on currency. The efficiency of regulations varies substantially among countries and imposes additional costs and risks on entrepreneurs’ activities. We integrate insights from institutional theory and recent literature on gender and entrepreneurship to better understand how a country’s regulatory efficiency affects male and female entrepreneurs’ employment growth ambitions. We explore three aspects of regulatory efficiency: business freedom (e.g., to start, operate, and close a venture), labor freedom (e.g., laws around minimum wage, layoffs, severance), and monetary freedom (e.g., price stability) using data from over 47,000 entrepreneurs in 68 countries. We find that entrepreneurs’ growth ambitions are higher in countries with more efficient regulations, particularly those countries characterized by fewer labor law restrictions and greater monetary freedoms. These findings are further exacerbated by gender by such that, relative to their female counterparts, male entrepreneurs have significantly greater venture growth ambitions. Our paper contributes to the discussion on how formal institutions influence women and men entrepreneurs in distinct ways.

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All on board? New evidence on board gender diversity from a large panel of European firms☆

European Management Journal

Joanna Tyrowicz, Siri Terjesen, Jakub Mazurek

2020 Using a unique database of over 20 million firms over two decades, we examine industry sector and national institution drivers of the prevalence of women directors on supervisory and management boards in both public and private firms across 41 advanced and emerging European economies. We demonstrate that gender board diversity has generally increased, yet women remain rare in both boards of firms in Europe: approximately 70% have no women directors on their supervisory boards, and 60% have no women directors on management boards. We leverage institutional and resource dependency theoretical frameworks to demonstrate that few systematic factors are associated with greater gender diversity for both supervisory and management boards among both private and public firms: the same factor may exhibit a positive correlation to a management board, and a negative correlation to a supervisory board, or vice versa. We interpret these findings as evidence that country-level gender equality and cultural institutions exhibit differentiated correlations with the presence of women directors in management and supervisory boards. We also find little evidence that sector-level competition and innovativeness are systematically associated with the presence of women on either board in either group of firms.

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Women entrepreneurs thrive managing talented teams and balancing many investors

The Conversation

Richard A. Devine, Siri Terjesen

2019 Only a handful of the top companies in the U.S. are led by a woman. Efforts to change that and promote more women into positions of leadership have relied primarily on questions of equality. But is there also a business case for putting more women in charge?

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