Erik Gustafsson

Senior Lecturer

Unit for Innovation and
Visiting address
Viktoriagatan 13
41125 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 625
40530 Göteborg

About Erik Gustafsson

I am currently working as a researcher, focusing on entrepreneurship in creative industries, especially fashion. I am interested in the importance of different knowledge bases and the role of artistic and creative knowledge for entrepreneurship in said industries.

In 2020, I received funding from the Broman Foundation for Research and Entrepreneurship to further develop results from my PhD dissertation. I am also one of the recipients of the Wallander scholarship 2020, awarded by the foundation Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse. The scholarship covers three years of full-time research and has been awarded for a project called Fashioning a sustainable future? In this project, I aim to further explore entrepreneurship in the fashion industry, and the role of the designer and artistic knowledge for sustainable development.

I defended my PhD dissertation, called Fashioning a Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneur? on November 12, 2019. In my dissertation, I used qualitative research methods to study fashion design graduates and the role creativity and creative knowledge plays for their future pathways, one of which is entrepreneurship. I used the theories of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship (KIE) and entrepreneurial intentions, contributing also to the research on entrepreneurship in creative industries and the role played by knowledge and access to other types of resources for these processes.

I have previously been teaching, mainly within the Master's programme in Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship as well as the Bachelor's course in innovation and entrepreneurship at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Research areas

  • Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship
  • Creative industries
    • Especially fashion
  • Entrepreneurial intentions

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