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Hermann Frank

ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Hermann Frank
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Hermann Frank

Deputy Head of the Institute

Hermann Frank is head of the Research Institute for Family Business and an associate professor at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. After finishing his habilitation he was offered a chair for entrepreneurship at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and was ranked first for a chair for Innovation Management at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). In 1996 he was a visiting professor at the University of Halmstad, Sweden, and in 2000 at the University of Udine, Italy. From 2000 to 2006 he taught entrepreneurship at Krems University (Professional MBA). Before joining academia, he gained practical experience in the textile industry and still maintains an intensive exchange of experiences with practitioners, and in particular with leading Austrian family firms. He is also a member of the editorial board of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development as well as the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. Since winterterm 12/13 he is visiting professor for Family Business Management at Private University Witten/Herdecke, Germany.

For his research, Herman Frank received the Rudolf Salinger Award and several WU awards for excellence in research and publication.

Member of the FGF (Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung) executive committee. Member of the IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy) board.

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Research focus

  • SME development

  • Family business

  • Entrepreneurship and new venture creation

  • Corporate entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

Selection of recent publications

von Schlippe, Arist, Frank, Hermann. 2013. The Theory of Social Systems as a Framework for Understanding Family Businesses. Family Relations 63 (3): 384-398.

Frank, Hermann, Keßler, Alexander, Korunka, Christian. 2012. The impact of market orientation on family firm performance. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 16 (4): 372-384. (Details)

Frank, Hermann, Keßler, Alexander, Fink, Matthias. 2010. Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance - A Replication Study. Schmalenbach Business Review 62 (2): 175-198.

Frank, H. & Mitterer, G. 2009. Opportunity Recognition – State of the Art und Forschungsperspektiven, Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, 79: 367-406.

Keßler, A. & Frank, H. (2009): Nascent Entrepreneurship in a Longitudinal Perspective - The Impact of Person, Environment, Resources and the Founding Process on the Decision to Start Business Activities, International Small Business Journal, 27: in press.

Frank, H. & Keßler, A. 2008. A configurational analysis of growing SMEs: Entrepreneurial orientation, environmental dynamics and financial resources as predictors of growth, Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship, Special Issue 7: 107-122.

Ebner, M., Korunka, C.,Frank, H. & Lueger, M. (2008). Intrapreneurship in der beruflichen Erstausbildung: Versuch einer begrifflichen Klärung und Operationalisierung, Zeitschrift für Personalforschung, 22: 291-311.

Frank, H., Korunka, C. & Lueger, M. (2007): The significance of personality in business start-up intentions, start-up realization and business success, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 19: 227-251.

Frank, H. & Hasenzagl, R. (2005): Die Nachfolge in Familienunternehmen aus systemischer Sicht. Zeitschrift für Organisationsentwicklung, 24(4): 34-45

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