Main Affiliations

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management


Main research Interests

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management


Technische Universität München, Habilitation

WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Dr. rer. pol.

Universität Witten Herdecke, Diplom Ökonomin

Deutsche Bank AG, Bank Clerk


Judith Behrens is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

In her research, Judith Behrens conducts studies in the areas of entrepreneurship, decision making and innovation outcomes. For example, she looks at entrepreneurial thinking and cognition within organizations, project and portfolio management and digital entrepreneurship. The aim of her work is to conduct management research that explains how organizations and start-ups can strategically shape change in an increasingly digitalized world. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in leading international academic journals. She is in the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theorie & Practice and Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Her teaching experience covers lectures and seminars in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology- and innovation management, as wells as methods. She teaches in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs offering different formats from large-group lectures and research-focused seminars to hands-on workshops.

Judith Behrens was a Habilitand at Technische Universität München and a visiting scholar at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She did her Ph.D. at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. She studied economics at Universität Witten Herdecke and general management at Stockholm University - School of Business. Before starting in academia, she worked several years in the banking sector at Deutsche Bank AG and American Mortgage Express, USA.

Selected Publications

Patzelt, H., Behrens, J., Wolfe, M., & Shepherd, D. (in press): Perceived project transition support and employees´ assessments of entrepreneurial project performance, Journal of Business Venturing,

Baierl, R., Behrens, J., & Brem, A. (Eds.): Digital Entrepreneurship: Interfaces Between Digital Technologies and Entrepreneurship, FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship, ISBN: 978-3-030-20137-1 (2019).

Behrens, J., & Patzelt, H. (2017): Incentives, resources, and combinations of innovation radicalness and innovation speed, British Journal of Management, 29 (4), 691-842.

Behrens, J., & Patzelt, H. (2016): Corporate entrepreneurship managers’ project terminations: Integrating portfolio-level, individual-level, and firm-level effects, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 40 (4), 815-842.

Behrens, J.: A Lack of Insight (2016): An experimental analysis of R&D managers’ decision making in innovation portfolio management, Creativity and Innovation Management, 25 (2), 239-250.

Domurath, A., Behrens, J., & Patzelt, H. (2015): Scientists´ commitment to underperforming research projects: Linking past success and social environment, R&D Management, 45 (5), 569-588.

Behrens, J., Ernst, H., & Shepherd, D. A. (2014): The decision to exploit an R&D project: Divergent thinking across middle and senior managers, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31 (1), 144-158.

Behrens, J., & Ernst, H. (2014): What keeps managers away from a losing course of action? Go/Stop decisions in new product development. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31 (2), 361-374.

Behrens, J., Patzelt, H., Schweizer, L., & Bürger, R. (2012): Specific managerial human capital, firm age, and venture capital financing of biopharmaceutical ventures: A contingency approach, Journal of High Technology Management Research, 23 (2), 112-121.

Patzelt, H., Schweizer, L., & Behrens, J. (2012): Biotechnology entrepreneurship, Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 8 (2), 63-140.

Teaching Examples

Gest 421 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

GEST 568 Social Entrepreneurship

Gest 565 Business Planning


Updated on October 21, 2019