Jörn Block

CeFEO Affiliated Professor

Professor of Management
Trier University


Professor Jörn Hendrich Block is Full Professor in Management at Universität Trier, Germany.

He is among the most renowned international scholars in the fields of family business, entrepreneurship and innovation management.

His research is mostly quantitative-empirical and investigates, amongst others, the effects of family and founder ownership on different types of innovation inputs and outputs, including sustainable and social innovation. His research spans different levels (individual-, firm-, regional-, and country levels) and covers not only the management discipline but also neighboring disciplines such as economics, finance, and regional studies.

He published in leading management, entrepreneurship, and innovation journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, collecting more than 13 000 citations. Moreover, he serves on the editorial boards of several leading entrepreneurship journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Management Review Quarterly, and past editor of Small Business Economics (2012–2017), and past associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy (2015–2017). Currently, he serves on the Editorial Review Board of Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Small Business Economics, Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

Prof. Block is Vice President of the Foundation for Start-Up Research (FGF), the leading and largest scientific association for entrepreneurship, innovation, and medium-sized companies in the D / A / CH area. Prof. Block is also a member of the Round Table for SMEs in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and he is active as a founder and advisory board member in the startup scene.