Bjol Frenkenberger

bjol frenkenberger


DPhil Student

St Antony's College

Thesis: Negotiating Speed - Future Growth, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Connection in Tokyo’s Start-ups

Research: My research focuses on the relatedness of VCs, founders, and employees in Tokyo's start-up ecosystem. I explore processes underlying entrepreneurial leadership, ethical practice and timescapes. I am interested in how local negotiations of entrepreneurial leadership are experienced differently by various actors within the start-up space and how this appears to underlie hopes of future growth within the context of employee retention and recruitment. My insights are derived from prior professional experience, ethnographic fieldwork, and semi-structured interviews. I am based at the Nissan Institute.

Research Interests: Critical leadership studies, ethical practice, phenomenological approaches in anthropology, political symbolism and nationalism in contemporary culture, ethnomusicological approaches in classical music, contemporary Japan

Previous education

MA in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, King’s College London (2017)
BA in Piano, University Mozarteum Salzburg (2015)