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FULL LIST | Universities that have produced the most dissertations over time

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Last week, ESBRI revealed which universities have delivered the most dissertations in innovation and entrepreneurship research in 2023. Now we also have the full list of the most ambitious universities over the last four years – with completely different universities at the top.

Between 2020 and 2023, a total of 159 PhDs were awarded in innovation and entrepreneurship research. The three universities that have completed the most dissertations are Lund University (19), Jönköping University (16) and Linköping University (13). The full list is below.

Lund University's Vice President Kristina Eneroth comments on Esbri's survey of dissertations.
Kristina Eneroth. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg.

– So glad to hear that Lund University leads the list! Innovation is a key theme in our strategic platform, and we have been investing in innovation for many years. “We are also good at collaborating with different types of organizations, which contributes to the fact that we produce so many theses that are linked to the field of innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Kristina Eneroth, Vice-Rector at Lund University.

Johan Klaesson, Dean of Jönköping International Business School, comments on the second place as follows:

Johan Klaesson. Photo: Jönköping University.

– It is a great honor to be so high on the list. Entrepreneurship research has been part of our focus for many years. To further strengthen our position for the future, we are strategically investing in our profile area called “Entrepreneurship in context”, which is about attracting talented researchers with different specialties but united by an interest in entrepreneurship.

LIST OF THE NUMBER OF DISSERTATIONS PER INSTITUTION IN THE YEARS 2020-2023

LOCATION #LESSONNUMBER OF DISSERTATIONS 2020-2023
(per institution)
1Lund University19
2Jönköping University16
3Linköping University13
4Luleå University of Technology
and
Stockholm University
12
5KTH11
6Swedish University of Agriculture10
7Chalmers
and
Stockholm School of Economics
9
8University of Gothenburg
and
Uppsala University
8
9Linnaeus University7
10Blekinge Institute of Technology
and
Örebro University
5
11Halmstad University4
12Umeå University3
13Karlstad University2
14University of Borås,
Dalarna University,
University of Gävle,
Malmö University,
Mid Sweden University
and
Södertörn University

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In 2023, the Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences topped the list of most dissertations in innovation and entrepreneurship. In this list, they are ranked 6th and 7th respectively. Source: Esbri.

Majority of researchers are women

Of the 159 doctoral students who received their doctorate in innovation and entrepreneurship research in the last four years (2020-2023), 90 are women and 69 are men. The biggest gender difference was in 2021, when twice as many women completed a thesis.

YEARWOMENMEN
20201619
20212211
20221918
20233321
TOTAL9069
Source: Esbri.

More about the list

The list is based on the doctoral theses in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and small business identified by the ESBRIS editorial team for 2020-2023. Esbri interviews the researchers and writes popular science articles that are usually published on esbri.se a few days before the defense.

Go to the list of universities that have delivered the most dissertations in 2023.

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