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. Her teaching experience covers lectures and seminars in the area of entrepreneurship, technology- and innovation management, as wells as methods. She has teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, Ph.-D. and executive levels. In her research, Judith Behrens conducts studies in the area of entrepreneurship, decision making and innovation outcomes. For example, she looks at entrepreneurial thinking and cognition within established organizations and family firms, project and portfolio management in a corporate entrepreneurship setting and entrepreneurial decision making. As such, her work is of high interest and relevance to academics and practitioners alike. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in leading international academic journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theorie & Practice and Journal of Product Innovation Management. Judith Behrens was a Habilitand at TUM 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.

Publications with Double-Blind Review Process

Patzelt, H., Behrens, J., Wolfe, M., & Shepherd, D. (2018). Perceived project transition support and employees´ assessments of entrepreneurial project performance, Journal of Business Venturing,

Behrens, J., & Patzelt, H. (2017): Incentives, resources, and combinations of innovation radicalness and inno-vation speed, British Journal of Management,

Behrens, J., & Patzelt, H. (2016). Corporate entrepreneurship managers’ project terminations: Integrating portfo-lio-level, individual-level, and firm-level effects. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 40 (4), 2016, 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), 2016, 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 May 2, 2019