Sauka Arnis


Courses: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning,  Entrepreneurship Specialization and 

Faculty: Business and Management

Arnis Sauka joined SSE Riga as a research fellow back in 2005. Currently he teaches Entrepreneurship and is actively involved in various international projects concerned with entrepreneurship research. His research findings have been published in a number of peer reviewed books and journals and presented at numerous European and North American conferences. His main research interests include productive and unproductive entrepreneurship; business start-ups, growth and exits; entrepreneurship policy making; entrepreneurship in transition context. 

At the beginning of 2008 Arnis Sauka earned a PhD in Business Administration (magna cum laude) from the University of Siegen (Germany). Prior to that, Arnis was a visiting PhD candidate at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and a teaching fellow at SSEES/University College London (U.K.). He has also had extensive practical experience in business management and consultancy, including working as a senior consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. 


Productive and unproductive entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship policy making

Entrepreneurship and economic growth

Small and medium sized business start-ups, development and exit
Entrepreneurship in transition context


PhD in Business Administration, University of Siegen, School of Economic Disciplines, Germany (2008)

MSc in Business Administration, University of Latvia, Faculty of Economics and Management (2002)

B.A. in Business Administration, Vidzeme University College (2000)

Previous positions

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Consultant (Latvia, 2008).

Jönköping International Business School, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Management. Visiting PhD candidate (Sweden, 2004-2005).

University College London, Faculty of Social Sciences. Teaching Fellow (the United Kingdom, 2003-2004)

Lord’s & Co, JSC. Products manager/ member of the board (2000-2004)

Recent publications

Sauka, A. and F. Welter (2011: forthcoming). Mentalities and Mindsets - The Difficulties of Entrepreneurship Policies in the Latvian Context. In F. Welter and D. Smallbone (Eds.), Handbook of Entrepreneurship Policy Making in Transition Countries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Dainov, E. and A. Sauka (2010) Managers and Entrepreneurs in Creative and Knowledge- Intensive Industries: What Determines Their Location? Toulouse, Helsinki, Budapest, Riga and Sofia. In S. Musterd and A. Murie (Eds.) Making Competitive Cities. Wiley: Blackwell.

Sauka, A. (2008): Productive, unproductive and destructive entrepreneurship: a theoretical and empirical exploration. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH.

Sauka, A. and F. Welter (2008): Taking advantage of transition: the case of Safety Ltd. in Latvia, in Aidis, R.; Welter, F. (Eds.), The cutting edge: innovation and entrepreneurship in new Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Baltrušaitytė-Axelson, J., A. Sauka, and F. Welter (2008). Nascent Entrepreneurship in Latvia. Evidence from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics 1st wave. Riga: Dardedze.

Aidis, R. T. Mickiewitz and A. Sauka (2008). Why are optimistic entrepreneurs successful? An application of the regulatory focus theory. The William Davidson Institute Working Paper No 914.

Sauka, A. and F. Welter (2007): Productive, Unproductive and Destructive Entrepreneurship in an Advanced Transition Setting: The Example of Latvian Small Enterprises, in Michael Dowling and Jurgen Schmude (Eds.), Empirical Entrepreneurship in Europe’, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.