Nadav Shir

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 in Business Administration from SSE. In the years 2012/2013 he visited New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business and studied at the Psychology Department at NYU. He is fluent in Hebrew, English, and Swedish.

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 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. Following the completion of his thesis in 2015, his research and proposed special issue on entrepreneurship and well-being have both been approved with a forthcoming publication at the beginning of 2019 in the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), one of the world’s leading journals in management and business studies.

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