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Friederike Welter holds the chair for SME Management and Entrepreneurship at the University Siegen and she is President & Managing Director at the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn. From 2008-2012, she was Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Jönköping International Business School where she is still affiliated as visiting professor. From 1993-2006, she worked in the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI), a renowned policy research institute. She is visiting professor at the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University in Kingston, UK. In 2005, she was awarded the TeliaSonera Professorship of Entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia for her research on entrepreneurship in a transition context. From 2007-2009, she was President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and in 2011 she was appointed Fellow of ECSB. In 2014 she was appointed Wilford L. White Fellow.
Friederike Welter´s main research interests are related to small business development and entrepreneurial behaviour in different contexts, women´s entrepreneurship and generally SME and entrepreneurship policies. Friederike Welter is on the review board of several leading international academic journals, including Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and the International Small Business Journal. She also is Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a leading entrepreneurship journal.
Since 1993, Friederike Welter has been involved in over 30 SME and entrepreneurship-related research projects, funded by ministries, national research foundations and international organisations such as the EU, USAID, OECD or ILO. Moreover, Friederike Welter has wide experiences in applied policy-related research on SME and entrepreneurship development and acts as consultant on these issues, much of it in an international context for OECD and similar organisations.