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Johan Gaddefors

Johan Gaddefors
Professor in Business Studies focusing Entrepreneurship in Rural areas, at the Department of Economics


Johan works with research, teaching and administration. He is the coordinator for EIS, a group of about ten researchers and teachers that works with research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable development. Johan's research interest is currently directed towards how entrepreneurship shapes the rural and how the rural shapes entrepreneurship.


Johan has for a long time run courses in organization, leadership, marketing and scientific methods. He is currently responsible for the master's course Leadership and sustainability.


Johan currently runs the Rural Keys, a Kamprad-funded research project on how rural entrepreneurship works. In recent years, his research has been about trying to better understand how entrepreneurship is related to the context.


Johan is engaged as PhD supervisor for seven doctoral students, four of them as the main supervisor.

Selected publications

Gaddefors, J., Korsgaard, S., & Ingstrup, M. B. (2020). Regional development through entrepreneurial exaptation: Epistemological displacement, affordances, and collective agency in rural regions. Journal of Rural Studies, 74, 244-256.

Gaddefors, J., & Anderson, A. R. (2019). Romancing the rural: Reconceptualizing rural entrepreneurship as engagement with context (s). The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20(3), 159-169.

Gaddefors, J. and Anderson, A. R. (2018). Context matters; entrepreneurial energy in the revival of place, in D. Higgins, P. Jones, and P. McGowan, ed., Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking through Multi voices, reflections on emerging debates, Bingley, UK: Emerald publishing, pp. 63-78

Gaddefors, J. and Anderson, A. (2017). Entrepreneursheep and context: when entrepreneurship is greater than entrepreneurs, accepted for publication in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 23(3).

Anderson, A. R., & Gaddefors, J. (2017). Entrepreneurship and context: Is entrepreneurship research out of context? Dilemmas with (non) contextualised views of entrepreneurship. Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, 13(4), 3-9.

Berglund, K., Gaddefors, J. and Lindgren, M. (2016). Provoking identities: entrepreneurship and emerging identity positions in rural development, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 28(1-2), pp. 76-96.

Korsgaard, S., Anderson, A., and Gaddefors, J. (2016). Entrepreneurship as re-sourcing: towards a new image of entrepreneurship in a time of financial, economic and socio-spatial crisis. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 10(2), pp.178-202.

Anderson, A.R. and Gaddefors, J. (2016). Entrepreneurship as a community phenomenon; reconnecting meanings and place. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 28(4), pp. 504-518.

Korsgaard, S., Ferguson, R. and Gaddefors, J. (2015). The best of both worlds: how rural entrepreneurs use placial embeddedness and strategic networks to create opportunities. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 27(9-10), pp. 574-598.

Gaddefors, J. and Cronsell, N. (2009). Returnees and local stakeholders co-producing the entrepreneurial region. European Planning Studies, 17(8), 1191-1203.

Gaddefors, J. and Anderson, A. R. (2008). Market creation – the epitome of entrepreneurial market practices. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, 10(1), pp. 19-39.

Gaddefors, J. (2007). Metaphor use in the entrepreneurial process. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 13(3), pp. 173-193.

Gaddefors, J. (2005). Creating context – entrepreneurial opportunities in a consumer market setting. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 13(3), pp. 197-222.


Professor at the Department of Economics; Entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability
Telephone: 018-671789