Dr. Susana Santos

LSI Faculty Affiliate/Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University
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Dr. Susana Santos

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B.S., University of Lisbon
Ph.D., ISCTE-IUL Business School, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Dr. Santos is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. from ISCTE-IUL Business School, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal and completed her post-doctoral work in the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Before joining JMC, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the School for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan University, where she also served as Associate Director of the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Santos has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. Her primary research interests focus on the intersection of entrepreneurship and adversity, in particular under conditions of poverty. Other research interests include social entrepreneurship, gender, entrepreneurship education, and individual and team level processes in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Santos’s work has been published in leading outlets including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights. She co-authored the book “Poverty and entrepreneurship in developed countries” and co-edited Volumes 5 and 6 of the “Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy”. Presently she serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship and Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business Management.

From 2019-2023 she served on Board of Directors of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the nation’s premier academic organization focused on advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship education. Dr. Santos is a founding member of the Global Partnership for Poverty and Entrepreneurship and an active member of the University of Notre Dame’s Urban Business and Poverty Initiative.

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Selected Journal Publications

Morris, M. H., Kuratko, D., F., Santos, S. C., & Soleimanof, S. (2023). Fear and the poverty entrepreneur: The paradox of failure and success. Business Horizons, 67(1), 41-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2023.07.002 

Santos, S. C., Caetano, A., & Brochado, A. (2023). Why am I so successful? Self-presentation and deliberative attributions of success in entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 19, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2023.e00396

Santos, S. C., Liguori, E. W., & Garvey, E. (2023). How digitalization reinvented entrepreneurial resilience during COVID-19. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2023.122398

Santos, S. C., Costa, S., & Morris, M. H. (2022). Entrepreneurship as a pathway into and out of poverty: A configuration perspective, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 34 (1-2), 82-109. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2022.2030413  

Santos, S. C., & Neumeyer, X. (2021). Gender, poverty and entrepreneurship: A systematic literature review and future research agenda. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 26(3), 2150018-1 - 2150018-31. https://doi.org/10.1142/S1084946721500187

Santos, S. C., Neumeyer, X., Caetano, A., & Liñan, F. (2021). Understanding how and when personal values foster entrepreneurial behavior: A humane perspective. Journal of Small Business Management, 59(3), 373-396.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2021.1888384

Morris, M. H., Kuratko, D. F., Audretsch, D. B., & Santos, S. C. (2022). Overcoming the liability of poorness: Disadvantage, fragility and the poverty entrepreneur. Small Business Economics, 58, 41–55.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-020-00409-w 

Stephan, U., Tavares, S. M., Carvalho, H., Ramalho, J. J. S., Santos, S. C., & van Veldhoven, M. (2020). Self-employment and eudaimonic well-being: Energized by meaning, enabled by Societal Legitimacy. Journal of Business Venturing, 35(6), 106047 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2020.106047

Santos, S. C. & Cardon, M. (2019). What’s love got to do with it? How team entrepreneurial passion influences performance in new venture teams. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 43(3), 475-504. doi.org/10.1177/1042258718812185 

Authored Books

Morris, M., Santos, S. C., & Neumeyer, X. (2018). Poverty and entrepreneurship in developed countries. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 978 1 78811 153 9

Edited Books

Matthews, C., & Santos, S. C. (2022). Annals of entrepreneurship education and pedagogy - 2023 Vol. 5 [Editors]. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Santos, S. C., Costa, S., & Junça-Silva, A. (2022). O que ainda se aprende com um Mestre: Tributo a António Caetano [Orgs.]. Publicação de autor.

Santos, S. C., Caetano, A., Mitchell, C., Landström, H. & Fayolle, A. (2017). The emergence of entrepreneurial behavior: Intention, education and orientation (Editors). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Selected Awards and Recognition

2023 Recipient of the USASBE Social Entrepreneurship Excellence in Scholarship – presented at the 2023 USASBE conference in Tallahassee, FL.

2023 Recipient of the ICSB’s Global Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Support

2022 Recipient of the Bright Idea Award– sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. Awarded by a panel of New Jersey deans who selected the paper “The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship Education: A Delphi Study on Dangers and Unintended Consequences “as having the greatest impact on business practice and/or advancing knowledge in the discipline.

2021 Recipient of the ICSB’s Ambassador Award for their work in advancing entrepreneurship as a mechanism for personal empowerment, especially in uplifting marginalized populations. Together with Rob Pidduck, Old Dominion University, USA; Dan Clark, Ivey Busines School, Canada; Xaver Neumeyer, UNC Wilmington, USA; Michael Morris, Notre Dame, USA.

2021 Recipient of the Bright Idea Award– sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. Awarded by a panel of New Jersey deans who selected the paper “Overcoming barriers of technology adoption in poverty entrepreneurship: The role of technology and digital literacy “as having the greatest impact on business practice and/or advancing knowledge in the discipline.

2020, 2021 Recipient of the Excellence in Online Learning Award – Rowan University

2019 Kauffman Foundation award for best paper in gender and diversity and entrepreneurship –GDO Division of the Academy of Management, Boston.

2018-2019 Alumni Advisory Council Scholarly Achievement Award – Rowan University, Rohrer College of Business.

2018 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida.

2015 Excellence in the Entrepreneurship Classroom Award -XVI Experiential Classroom, University of Florida.


Dr. Santos is the youngest of three siblings and her first nephew was born when she was only 8 years old, making her a very young aunt. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and in her home country of Portugal, which she maintains is the most beautiful European country.