“Context always matters!” – DARE research seminar at the VU Amsterdam

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DARE seminar 2 Dec 2016, “ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CONTEXT”

Thank you for organizing the excellent DARE seminar yesterday. What a great turnout, program, and interaction!” was one of the reactions after the 10th DARE research seminar on December 2 at the VU Amsterdam. Indeed, an even higher than expected number of participants attended the event, and there was a splendid atmosphere for discussing research. The program was focused around the often-adduced theme: the context of entrepreneurship.

Neil Thompson (VU Amsterdam) chaired the session and addressed the importance of the topic. He started the seminar stating that scholars in general, and editors of influential journals in particular, pointed out the need for a more process-orientated approach to entrepreneurship. He introduced us to ‘practice oriented theory’ and we learned about the importance of activity, performance, and work in the creation and perpetuation of entrepreneurial practices.

Find the welcoming word here and the presentation here.

Second Katrin Smolka (Erasmus University Rotterdam) took us on an interesting journey in the world of drones. Within this context of a new and developing industry, regulation and conduct are still in development. The reciprocity between different actors in this context (e.g. businesses and legislators/authorities) is shaping the landscape and this is still an ongoing process. The need for more dynamic approaches to model these conditions was evident.

For the presentation please contact the author(s).

Next up was Nardo de Vries (Maastricht University) who introduced the context of ‘nano’ businesses for innovative processes. He dove into the vast and growing world of solo self-employment trying to distinguish the more Schumpetarian-type of entrepreneurs. Employing a resource based perspective he explained that the type of cooperation mattered for the way that innovative output was achieved.

Please click here for the presentation.

Carla Costa (Utrecht University) presented a more economic historical story about the emergence of a cluster. Investigating the particularities of a technological cluster in Portugal evolving around ‘metal molds’, she found that the entrepreneurial activity, manifested as a large number of spinoffs was very high. Contextual factors helped explaining these developments.

For the presentation please contact the author(s).

The last presentation was from Marco van Gelderen (VU Amsterdam). In his own witty style he was able to present us the peculiar contextual differences of entrepreneurship in Russia compared to the Netherlands. By using anecdotes from research conducted in both countries, he presented outcomes that among others stipulated context differences like particularism versus universalism; autonomy versus necessity; ‘survival of the fittest’ versus passionate etc.

For the presentation please contact the author(s).

The dissemination was ‘wrapped up’ and ‘placed in context’ by a panel discussion with involvement of the audience. Panel members Roy Thurik (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Davide Ianuzzi (VU University), and Michel Ehrenhard (University of Twente) discussed questions like: How important is context and technological development for entrepreneurship? And what (new) methods do we need to properly investigate the contextual aspects of entrepreneurship?

All in all this 10th DARE research seminar led to great insights and plenty of food for thought that hopefully opens up new avenues for research and collaboration, also within DARE! Perhaps this can already be witnessed during a next DARE event organized in collaboration with NIKOS, University of Twente in Spring 2016.

For questions, comments, requests for the presentations or any other input please contact us at ne.devries@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

See you again at the next DARE event!

 

DARE research seminar: ‘Entrepreneurship in context’, December 2, VU Amsterdam

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Dear members of DARE,

We cordially invite you to the 10th DARE research seminar “ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CONTEXT” on December 2 2016, 13:00-18:00 hours (including network drinks), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Call for papers:

Much of current research presents research results as if they are universally and timelessly valid. Entrepreneurship in Context draws attention to the idea that entrepreneurship is a context bound phenomenon. For entrepreneurship, the importance of context goes beyond gaining understanding and avoiding mistakes. The reciprocal influence exercised by the entrepreneurial venture and its corresponding context is at the very heart of the entrepreneur as an agent of change. As such, context is not the same as a static background upon which events happen, but intricately linked to the actions and outcomes of entrepreneurship.

In this DARE seminar, co-organized with the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Department of Management and Organization Studies as the VU University Amsterdam, we invite novel papers and presentations about research in which context and history are brought into our understanding of entrepreneurship in new ways. For example, we welcome proposals addressing:

  • Alternative theoretical approaches to entrepreneurship, such as entrepreneurship as practice, process theory (entrepreneuring), or others, that bring context into focus
  • How, why and with what outcomes different practices and actions by entrepreneurs are interlinked with other practices and actions by others
  • How implicating context into entrepreneurship studies changes thinking about topics like entrepreneurial learning, skills, and competencies
  • The ways in which historical processes are implicated in entrepreneurship practices and effects
  • Useful methodological strategies to bring context into focus

This seminar aims to discuss, reflect on and further develop submitted papers. The program allows for a limited number of presentations; if you are interested in presenting your work, please submit a short abstract (max. 300 words) in a word-compatible format electronically to n.a.thompson@vu.nl before 15 November, 2016. Unpublished work and work in progress are welcomed.

Please register by sending an email to: Jessica van Gendt at j.van.gendt@vu.nl with your full name and name of the organization.

Organizing committee: Neil Thompson, Enno Masurel, & Nardo de Vries

We look forward to receiving your work and an inspiring DARE event!

Invitation to workshops at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Dear colleague,

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences is pleased to announce that two researchers from Stetson University are visiting this month. Ramachandran Subramanian has started at Windesheim the 9th of May, he was accepted for a scholarship and will be combining research and teaching. Ram’s academic background is in strategic management. In addition, he teaches courses in a variety of areas in the broad field of management including family business, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. Isabel Botero will arrive on the 24th of May and will be staying for one week. She is manager of the Family Enterprise Centre of Stetson University’s School of Business Administration. Isabel is also an educator, researcher and consultant in the areas of management and family enterprises.

We want to invite and welcome you to three interesting workshops. See the following link for details:

Invitation workshops Ram Subramian and Isabel Botero Stetson University Florida[3]

You can register yourself for the workshops by sending an e-mail to Karin Rozendal-de Groot: K.Rozendal-de-Groot@windesheim.nl

On behalf of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences,

Ilse Matser, Albertha Wielsma, Margré Heetebrij-van Dalfsen

Dag van de Overnemer

Ondernemerschap krijgt veel aandacht in onderwijs en onderzoek.
Het onderwijs beperkt zich vaak tot start-up ondernemers. Deze Dag van de Overnemer, die plaatsvindt op donderdag 2 juni, staat in het teken van impact ondernemerschap:
overnemers, opvolgers en franchise ondernemers. Een beperkt aantal hogescholen verzorgt al onderwijs op dit gebied. Het is nu tijd geworden deze kennis verder te verspreiden.

Zie voor details: http://www.dare-research.nl/pec-events/dag-van-de-overnemer/

Wanneer? Donderdag 2 juni 2016 van 09:30 tot 16:00.
Waar? Het Huis Utrecht, 107 Boorstraat in Utrecht.

Aanmelden via eventbrite.nl.

 

 

Gastcollege door toponderzoeker Pramodita Sharma

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Op 17 mei a.s. organiseert het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven een uniek gastcollege door professor Pramodita Sharma, dé internationale toponderzoeker van familiebedrijven.

Unieke gelegenheid
Professor Sharma komt naar Nederland en het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven heeft haar gevraagd een college te geven aan het bedrijfsleven. Dit is een unieke kans om haar te horen spreken. De titel van het college is ‘Entrepreneurial Family Firms: Growing the Family Business across generations’.

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Opgroeiend in een ondernemersgezin, heeft ze het bedrijf van haar vader uiteindelijk verlaten voor een carrière in onderwijs en onderzoek. Professor Sharma heeft een grote hoeveelheid aan boeken geschreven waarvan het boek Entrepreneurial Family Firms (2010, Prentice Hall) het meest bekend is. Daarnaast adviseert ze familiebedrijven wereldwijd. Ze is de redacteur van het meest bekende academische tijdschrift (Family Business Review). Het is een eer om haar te mogen verwelkomen bij ons expertisecentrum.

Van harte welkom!
Wij nodigen u van harte uit voor dit openbare (gratis) college op 17 mei a.s. van 9.00 – 11.00 uur.
Het college vindt plaats in het Auditorium van Windesheim (bij de hoofdingang).
Routebeschrijving en parkeermogelijkheden

Geïnteresseerd?
Aanvullende informatie over het programma volgt op onze website.
Inschrijven kan via onderstaande link.

AANMELDEN

Graag tot ziens,
Ilse Matser.

Call for papers: DARE seminar on ‟Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation”, Eindhoven May 19

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SAVE THE DATE:

19 May 2016, 13:00-18:00 hours (including network drinks), Eindhoven University of Technology

Call for papers:

In the academic literature as well as business practice, the entrepreneurship, innovation and design perspectives are increasingly interacting and complementing each other. In this DARE seminar, co-organized with the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group of TU/e, we invite papers and presentations about research in which these different perspectives feed on each other. For example, we welcome proposals addressing:

  • empirical studies of design knowledge used by entrepreneurs (e.g. bricolage, effectuation, improvisation);
  • how incubation systems and ecosystems for new business creation are designed and developed;
  • design (science) driven work on any other entrepreneurial phenomenon;
  • entrepreneurial processes and outcomes in the context of innovation and renewal efforts by OEM’s and SME’s;
  • how interactions and collaborations between entrepreneurs, firms and government agencies shape processes and outcomes related to entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • collaborative work between scholars and practitioners in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation and/or design.

This seminar aims to discuss, reflect on and further develop submitted papers. The program allows for a limited number of presentations; if you are interested in presenting your work, please submit a short abstract (max. 300 words) in a word-compatible format electronically to a.g.l.romme@tue.nl before April 22, 2016. Unpublished work and work in progress are welcomed.

Organizing committee: Sharon Dolmans, Isabelle Reymen, Nardo de Vries & Sjoerd Romme

We look forward to receiving your work and an inspiring DARE event!

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Masterclass Family Business on Internationalization & Innovation: The Case of Weekamp Deuren B.V.

‘We schrijven al 30 jaar een spannend jongensboek.’ Zo opende Johan Weekamp op 14 december 2015 de masterclass over Innovatie en Internationalisering. Een volle klas met ruim 30 belangstellenden was te gast op het hoofdkantoor van Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart. De masterclass was de laatste in een reeks van vier die werd georganiseerd door het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven van Hogeschool Windesheim in samenwerking met BDO, Dommerholt Advocaten en de Rabobank.

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Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart

Na een inleiding door Lector Familiebedrijven en DARE-fellow Ilse Matser, leidde Johan Weekamp zijn publiek van ondernemers en onderzoekers door de geschiedenis van het bedrijf. Gezeten tussen voordeuren in allerlei stijlen die de wanden versieren, luisterden de aanwezigen aandachtig naar het verhaal over de twee broers die al op jonge leeftijd het bedrijfsdeel van hun vader overnamen en het bedrijf samen met hun oom wisten uit te bouwen tot een grote, internationale onderneming met vestigingen in Indonesië en Tsjechië. Wat aan bod kwam was het succes van de huidige, internationale bedrijfsvoering, maar ook wat daaraan voorafgegaan was: de strategische keuze om de productie volledig te outsourcen, de zoektocht naar geschikte locaties, de aanpassing aan andere culturen, wetten en werkwijzen, de tegenslagen veroorzaakt door acties van plaatselijke milities maar ook door bijvoorbeeld corruptie van lokale machthebbers. En midden in die ontwikkeling was er nog de economische crisis waar het bedrijf doorheen geloodst moest worden en waarvoor – onder meer- gesnoeid moest worden in het personeelsbestand. Het werd een internationaliseringsverhaal van ups en downs. Wél een succesverhaal waarvoor – zoveel werd de aanwezigen wel duidelijk – ambitie, lef en daadkracht nodig is, maar ook geduld, voorzichtigheid en gewoon veel gezond verstand, want ‘Hoe mooi die gouden bergen in het buitenland er ook uitzien, de praktijk is altijd anders.’

Voor meer informatie over het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven, klik hier.

Albertha Wielsma, onderzoeker Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven

Launch of CRSE: a new international think tank on self-employment and its impact on the economy

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A new think tank devoted to research on self-employment and freelancing was launched on 26 November with a memorable celebration at the iconic National Gallery London. The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is a pioneering venture and will be the leading think tank working to improve the understanding of self-employment and its impact on the economy.

Through collaboration with a network of academics from around the world, the CRSE will deliver robust and multidisciplinary research into this now significant sector. The CRSE’s work will provide the basis for international comparisons and, ultimately, create a more informed and innovative library of knowledge on this topic. Another key function of the CRSE is to inform debate over regulatory issues which affect the self-employed. So far, at least three prominent members of DARE were invited to be involved in this think tank.

The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment
To coincide with the launch, the CRSE has published its first book, ‘The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment’. The Handbook includes contributions from leading international academics who, over thirteen chapters, explore a diverse set of topics surrounding freelancing and self-employment. For those who are interested in further reading, the book can be downloaded from the CRSE website at www.crse.co.uk

What’s to come…
The Handbook is the first step in developing an accessible single source for key research into this sector, and just the beginning of much more to come from the CRSE. In the coming months new publications into self-employment trends across Europe and the UK will be published in the CRSE Research Library. The library will also play host to a series of videos that showcase the research and expert perspectives of some of the leading minds in self-employment studies, which were filmed at the Global Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment held 26-27 November 2015 in London.

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is proud to support and be a catalyst in the development of the CRSE which is chaired by Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin.

Commenting on the launch, CRSE Chairman Prof. Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, Dublin, said: “The self-employed and freelancers are transforming business practices and career choice. Businesses are making greater use of freelancers to manage risk and drive growth through the adoption of more agile, flexible and innovative activities. We have come a long way from the situation in the last Century when freelancing was regarded as the domain of vulnerable workers. This new think tank brings together the world’s leading researchers in the field and engages them with industry in order to create a deeper knowledge of modern freelancing to better inform managers, entrepreneurs, public policy and those undertaking a freelance career.”

IPSE Chairman James Collings said: “In supporting the creation of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment, IPSE is striving to deepen our understanding of the people we represent. It is widely recognised that the self-employed have an important impact on modern economies, but they are a sector of the labour market that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. The CRSE will also play a key role in strengthening our ability to make evidence-based policy proposals to Government.“

DARE-fellow Erik Stam: State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands

DARE-Fellow Erik Stam gave a lecture on the State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands at the opening event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. If you look at the number of new firms and independent entrepreneurial activity in the Netherlands over the last decade, you can see a doubling of these numbers, elevating the Netherlands far beyond most of the European benchmark countries (including Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden). A miracle in itself, and one is tempted to say ‘the State of Entrepreneurship is Strong in the Netherlands’. However, there is some ambiguity if you delve more deeply into these numbers. The growth of entrepreneurship in the Netherlands is largely a growth of solo self-employed, and not of entrepreneurs with high growth ambitions. The devil is in the definition. The State of Entrepreneurship is Strong(er) in the Netherlands, but there is no reason to be satisfied: we can be a bit more ambitious. The State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands needs a second transition.

On November 23, public and private leaders and her Majesty the Queen Maxima gathered in The Hague to discuss the State of the SME sector (De Staat van het MKB) in the Netherlands. Here also the devil is in the definition: how do we define SMEs, and why do we think this is an important category in economy and society? Stam’s argument would be that entrepreneurship is the source of diversity in the economy, diversity that is a necessary element of economic progress. Much of this diversity finds its way into the economy via the ‘SME sector’: the generation, application and diffusion of new ideas. However, a substantial part of the SME sector is not involved in this game, and a lot of entrepreneurial action takes place within large enterprises (entrepreneurial employees) and in new coalitions of solopreneurs. So we need to go beyond the traditional focus on SMEs as the category of entrepreneurship, and both broaden and narrow our view on the State of Entrepreneurship.

New research report: The contributions of different types of entrepreneurs to various forms of value creation

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In this new report by Panteia the contribution of different types of entrepreneurs to economic and societal value creation in the Netherlands is investigated. The report uses theoretical literature about the different roles entrepreneurs play in economy and society, as well as empirical literature to establish the contributions of different types of entrepreneurs to different types of value creation. Finally, using various data sources, it is also investigated how the Netherlands perform on various types of entrepreneurship, relative to other highly developed economies.

To read more about the most prominent findings click here (in Dutch)

To download the full report click here (in English)

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