• The University of Western Australia (M263), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 152 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


Thierry Volery is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Head of the Marketing Discipline at the University of Western Australia Business School. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2002 until 2016, he was a Professor at the University of St. Gallen and Director of the Swiss Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was previously a Professor of entrepreneurship at the EM Lyon Business School, France, and a Senior Lecturer in entrepreneurship and international business at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.
Professor Volery served on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal, the Journal of Enterprising Culture, and the International Journal of Educational Management. He holds a doctorate in business economics and social sciences from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the co-author of "Visionäre, die sich durchsetzen" (Orell Füssli, 2006), “Entrepreneurship: Modelle, Umsetzung, Perspektiven” (Gabler Verlag, 2012), and “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: 4th Pacific Rim Edition” (John Wiley & Sons, 2014).
His research interests include entrepreneurial behaviour, new venture formation, and entrepreneurship education.

Funding overview

Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (2014-2015), Self-regulatory theory in entrepreneurship: Development and validation of an entrepreneurial promotion and prevention scale; joint project with Prof. Oser, University of Fribourg: CHF 234,000 (A$ 310,000). Project leader: Prof. Thierry Volery
Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (2012-2013), Sense of success and sense of failure in entrepreneurship: Concept definition and explorative study; joint project with Prof. Oser, University of Fribourg: CHF 169,130 (A$ 227,000). Project leader: Prof. Thierry Volery
Swiss Federal Office for Technology and Vocational Training (2009-2012), Intervention study to develop entrepreneurship education at upper-secondary level; joint project with Prof. Oser, University of Fribourg: CHF 432,964 (A$ 580,000)
Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, various projects (2006-2011): over CHF 150,000 (A$ 200,000)
Ernst & Young, various projects (2005-2009): over CHF 120,000 (A$ 160,000)
Swiss National Science Foundation (1995 -1996): CHF 37,000 (A$ 49,000)

Previous positions

Professor of Entrepreneurship (April 2002 - January 2016), University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and Director of the Swiss Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management (September 1999 – March 2002), EM Lyon Business School, France
Senior Lecturer (1999) and Lecturer (1996 – 1998) in Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Business Research Methods, School of Management, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
Visiting Fellow (March 1995 - February 1996), School of Management, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Post-doctoral scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation
Research and teaching assistant (January 1992 - February 1995) of Prof. Paul H. Dembinski, International Business Strategy and Finance, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Industrial relevance

He has conducted research and consulting projects with various organizations, including OSEC Business Network Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Vinci Capital and Ernst & Young.

Teaching overview

Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Small Business Management


New venture formation
Entrepreneurial behaviour
Entrepreneurship education
Entrepreneurship policy
Small business management and policy


Fluency in English
French and German both spoken and written


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2010 2018

  • 152 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
Social support

Managing paradoxes and tensions: a key element of entrepreneurs’ leadership behaviour

Volery, T. & Mueller, S., 2018, Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Harrison, R. T. & Leitch, C. M. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 133-155

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Leadership behavior

Organisational Factors, Anticipated Rents and Commercialisation in SMEs

Do, H., Mazzarol, T., Soutar, G., Volery, T. & Reboud, S., Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Innovation Management. 22, 2, p. 1 30 p., 1850018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Organizational factors

Rescue an Enterprise from Failure: An Innovative Assessment Tool for Simulated Performance

Oser, F., Mueller, S., Obex, T., Volery, T. J. & Shavelson, R., 2018, Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: Cross-National Comparisons and Perspectives. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Toepper, M., Pant, H. A., Lautenbach, C. & Kuhn, C. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler, p. 123-144 (Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Competition Law, Regulation and SMEs in the Asia- Pacific: Understanding the Small Business Perspective,

Volery, T. J., 2017, In : Journal of Marketing Channels. 24, 3-4, p. 211-212 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review