Prof. Dr. Susan Müller

Profile

Prof. Dr. Susan Müller Forschungsprofessorin

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Business School
    Institut Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Brückenstrasse 73
    3005 Bern

Teaching

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Businessplan Challenge 2020

Research

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Innovations

  • Entrepreneurship Education

  • Entrepreneurs’ Actions

  • Business models of social enterprises

  • Design principles of social innovations

  • Impact of entrepreneurship education

  • The link between entrepreneurs’ actions and success

CV

  • Susan Müller is professor for entrepreneurship at Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) and research fellow at the Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KMU-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). Before taking on the position in Bern in August 2020, she was working at the KMU-HSG (2007 – 2012 and 2014 – 2020). Between her two stints in St. Gallen she led a research project on social innovations at EBS Business School (Germany). Susan worked as a consultant before moving to academia.

    Her research focuses on three major areas: social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and the link between entrepreneurs’ actions and success. She is currently heading an SNFS funded longitudinal research project on "Entrepreneurs’ Actions for Successful New Venture Creation" which tracks entrepreneurs’ actions over one year to understand behavioral patterns that increase the likelihood of early venture success. Susan, with colleagues from the KMU-HSG, co-authored the textbook "Entrepreneurship. Modelle – Umsetzung – Perspektiven" which is in its fifth edition from Springer Gabler in 2019.
  • Since 08/2020 Research professorship for Entrepreneurship Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 2015-2020 Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Gallen
  • 01/2015-04/2015 Lecturer for business ethics and social entrepreneurship «Semester at Sea»
  • 2012-2014 Project leader of the research project “Social Innovations in Germany” that was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany World Vision Center for Social Innovation, EBS Business School (Germany)
  • 2007-2012 Senior Research Associate Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Gallen
  • 04/2010-09/2010 Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship University of Hohenheim (Germany)
  • 04/2009-06/2009 Visiting Scholar Babson College (USA)
  • 2001-2007 Senior consultant rosenbaum nagy unternehmensberatung
  • 04/2001-10/2001 Knowledge manager Arthur Andersen Business Consulting
  • 05/2000-03/2001 Customer Relationship Manager Bioropa GmbH (Start-up)
  • 2003-2009 Dr. oec. HSG University of St. Gallen
  • 1998-2000 Master of Business Administration University of Pittsburgh
  • 1995-1998 Bachelor’s degree in business and computer sciences Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe

Projects

Publications

  • Müller, S., von Grone, J., Grégoire, D., Ucbasaran, D., Keim, J., Bird, B. (2022). Entrepreneurs’ Actions and Success: How Entrepreneurs Navigate Critical Events During the Startup-process. Accepted for presentation at the 2022 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), June, Waco, TX, USA.

  • Müller, S., Forsblom, L., Gutzwiller-Helfenfinger, E. (2022). Entrepreneurship Education and Negative Knowledge: Learning from Other People’s Failure. Accepted for presentation at the International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD), June, Lugano, Switzerland.

  • Müller, S., von Grone, J., Grégoire, D., Ucbasaran, D., Bird, B. (2020). Entrepreneurs’ Actions and Venture Success. Accepted for presentation at the 24th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs (G-Forum), Virtual Conference.

  • Jajjawi, N., Müller, S., Munzinger, A. (2020). The Case of Global Antimicrobial Resistance: The Need for Institutional Entrepreneurship and Reconsideration of Ethical Analysis. Accepted for presentation at the 24th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs (G-Forum), Virtual Conference.

  • Kirst, A., Müller, S., Bird, B., von Grone, J. (2018). Entrepreneurs’ Behavior and Success: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research. Accepted for presentation at the 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs (G-Forum), Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Müller, S. (2018). The Potential of Social Entrepreneurship to Rethink Entrepreneurship. Paper discussed at the Rencontres de St-Gall 2018, St. Gallen.

  • Oser, F., Müller, S., Forsblom, L. (2017). 4th Interdisciplinary (Post)Doc‐Colloquium, Transitions from School to Work, Solothurn (Switzerland).

  • Müller, S., Forsblom, L., and Oser, F. (2016). Learning from Failure and Corresponding Coping Strategies in Entrepreneurship. Research project presented at the EARLI SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development Conference 2016, Regensburg, Germany.

  • von Grone, J., Müller, S., Grégoire, D., and Volery, T. (2016). Developing and Validating a New Instrument for Measuring Regulatory Foci in Entrepreneurship. Accepted for presentation at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Bodø, Norway.

  • Mueller, S. (2015). The Potential of Social Entrepreneurship to Rethink Capitalism. Accepted for presentation at the 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Kassel, Germany.

  • Mueller, S. and Lurtz, K. (2014). Mechanisms of Value Creation in Social Entrepreneurship. Paper presented at the Rencontres de St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

  • Volery, T. and Mueller, S. (2014). Managing Paradoxes: A Key Element of Entrepreneurs’ Leadership Behaviour. Paper discussed at the Rencontres St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

  • Mueller, S., D’Intino R.S., and Walske, J. (2013). What's Holding Back Social Entrepreneurship? Removing the Impediments to Theoretical Advancement. Professional Development Workshop conducted at the Academy of Management 2013, Orlando, FL, USA.

  • Mueller, S., Nazarkina, L., and Neck, H. (2012). Distinctive Skills of Social Entrepreneurs: Implications for Social Entrepreneurship Education. Presentation at the 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference, Potsdam, Germany.

Awards

Award for the article «The Potential of Social Entrepreneurship to Rethink Capitalism», 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (G-Forum), October 2015

Awarded «Upcoming Scholar of the Year 2012» at EBS Business School for the co-authored paper «What Do Entrepreneurs Actually Do? An Observational Study of Entrepreneurs’ Everyday Behavior in the Start-Up and Growth Stages» which was published in the journal «Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice».

Best Paper Award at the Conference IntEnt 2008 - Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education and Training with the contribution: «Increasing Entrepreneurial Intention: Effective Entrepreneurship Course Characteristics»