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Florian is an Assistant Professor of International Business at the School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before joining the VU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. Florian obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 2013. Prior to becoming a researcher, he co-founded a university startup firm.


Florian’s main research interests are International Business, Entrepreneurship, and International Entrepreneurship. More specifically, he focuses on firms’ strategic decisions in the internationalization process (such as the foreign market entry mode choice) and their performance implications. Florian’s research often has a particular lens on young firms and/or on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With regard to entrepreneurship, he is interested in the cognitive antecedents of individuals’ entrepreneurial intention.

His work appears in academic journals such as the Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice (ET&P), Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM), International Business Review (IBR), or Journal of Business Research (JBR). Florian frequently acts as a reviewer for journals such as JBV, ET&P, JWB, JSBM, SBE, IBR, or JVB. He is an editorial review board member of the Journal of World Business (JWB) and Management Review Quarterly (MRQ).


In the classroom, you will meet Florian in the course “Growth Strategies & Organizational Challenges” in the S&O master’s degree programme as well as in the “International Entrepreneurship” course in the IM master’s degree programme. Florian also serves as the master's thesis/internship coordinator for the IM programme. He also engages in executive teaching in the part-time Business Administration programme and in the part-time PhD programme. 

Ancillary activities

  • King's College | London | Visiting Research Fellow | 2019-02-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen


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International entrepreneurship Business & Economics
Small and medium-sized enterprises Business & Economics
Meta-analysis Business & Economics
Internationalization Business & Economics
Entrepreneurial process Business & Economics
International business Business & Economics
Entry mode Business & Economics
Experiential learning Business & Economics

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Research Output 2010 2018

International Entrepreneurship: A Meta-Analysis on the Internationalization and Performance Relationship

Schwens, C., Zapkau, F. B., Bierwerth, M., Isidor, R., Knight, G. & Kabst, R., 2018, In : Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. 42, 5, p. 734–768

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

International entrepreneurship
Firm performance
Empirical evidence

Limits to international entry mode learning in SMEs

Schwens, C., Zapkau, F. B., Brouthers, K. D. & Hollender, L., Sep 2018, In : Journal of International Business Studies. 49, 7, p. 809-831 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Entry mode
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Experiential learning
Problem-Based Learning
Mode choice

SME Foreign Market Entry Mode Choice and Foreign Venture Performance: The Moderating Effect of International Experience and Product Adaptation

Hollender, L., Zapkau, F. B. & Schwens, C., 2017, In : International Business Review. 26, 2, p. 250-263

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

The Role of Prior Entrepreneurial Exposure in the Entrepreneurial Process: A Review and Future Research Implications

Zapkau, F. B., Schwens, C. & Kabst, R., 2017, In : Journal of Small Business Management. 55, 1, p. 56-86

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Entrepreneurial process
Empirical research
Research directions
Entrepreneurial activity
Literature review

Which Resources Matter How and Where? A Meta-Analysis on Firms' Foreign Establishment Mode Choice

Klier, H., Schwens, C., Zapkau, F. B. & Dikova, D., 2017, In : Journal of Management Studies. 54, 3, p. 304-339

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Editorial work

Journal of World Business (Journal)

Florian Zapkau (Member of editorial board)
May 2019 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Management Review Quarterly (Journal)

Florian Zapkau (Member of editorial board)
Feb 2018 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic