Author Archives: Nardo de Vries

Invitation to join seminars with Melissa Cardon

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Dear DARE/entrepreneurship research colleagues,

 

Melissa Cardon, Nestlé Professor of Business Administration at University of Tennessee, will be coming to visit the Management and Organization department (SBE) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the first week of October (1-5). Melissa’s research focuses on unleashing human potential within entrepreneurial firms, including a dual interest in HR practices that maximize employee potential, and the emotional, relational, and cognitive aspects of entrepreneurs that contribute to optimizing their behavior and performance. Her recent work is on entrepreneurial passion and how entrepreneurs as individuals and within teams can unleash their passion to get the best results for themselves and their organizations. She is also the Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing and on the Editorial Boards of Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, and Human Resource Management Review.

 

Given this great opportunity, I’m putting out an invitation to join sessions with Melissa during this week.

 

First, I invite you to a ‘Meet the Editor’ session with Melissa from 12.00-14.00 on 1 October (location @VU). This session will give an opportunity to staff from VU as well as from other universities to ask questions about writing and discuss publishing opportunities. Please let me know if you plan to join this session.

 

Second, on the 4th, I invite you to a lunch seminar (12.00-13.00) in which Melissa will present about her current research (location @VU). This session will be open to everyone and include lunch. Please let me know if you would like to join.

 

Really looking forward to this very valuable visit by Melissa and hope to see you all at one or more events.

 

 

Dr. Neil Aaron Thompson
Assistant Professor, Management and Organisation

School Economics and Business
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Website: www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com; www.entrepreneurshipblues.com

Entrepreneurship: Behavioral and Cognitive Approaches Workshop

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13 – 14 September 2018 – School of Management, University of Bath

The School of Management, University of Bath is pleased to be hosting the second annual workshop on behavioral and cognitive approaches in entrepreneurship.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 14th June 2018.

This follows the very successful inaugural workshop that took place at the University of Strasbourg in November 2017.  See details here.

The workshop aims to bring together all researchers working on any behavioral or cognitive aspect of entrepreneurship.

The workshop will take place in the School of Management Suite in The Edge, a purpose built events venue at the University of Bath campus.  The campus is based minutes away from the centre of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The workshop will be built around different sessions types:

  • Full paper sessions
  • Research project, work in progress sessions
  • PHD sessions
  • Roundtables : on methodological issues, financing research, network building, etc

The organizing committee is led by Dr Richard Fairchild.

Contact: researchoffice@management.bath.ac.uk

Creative entrepreneurship conference, April 13, JADS in Den Bosch

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For the past four years, the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab has conducted research into entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industry. During this project, funded by the Dutch Council for Scientific Research (NWO) and creative industries labour union the Kunstenbond, we studied how different aspects of creative entrepreneurship, such as creativity, cooperation, strategy, and results, are interrelated. This has been followed over the course of multiple years. In total, 22.000 entrepreneurs joined this research into creative entrepreneurship and the chances and challenges of this empirical setting.

On the 13th of April, we organize a conference, to discuss the results and additional research questions of this research project. We would like to invite you for the day, and especially for the morning program, which is aimed at academics. In addition, we plan to conduct an annual study, the so-called ‘creative entrepreneurship monitor’, in which several countries participate. We would like to use the occasion of this conference to start discussing this research opportunity with you, as well as the other international scholars in attendance. So far, Joris Ebbers, Simone Ferriani and Doris Ruth Eikhof have confirmed their presence. With this creative entrepreneurship monitor, we aim to study the attitude, identity, ambitions, organization and business outcomes of creative entrepreneurs.

The location is Jheronimus Academy for Data Science (JADS), Sint Janssingel 92, located in the beautiful medieval city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The morning program looks like this:

Time: Activity: Topic:
09.00 – 09.30 Walk-in and coffee
09.30 – 10.30 Keynotes:
Candace Jones – Chaired Professor of Global Creative Enterprise, University of Edinburgh General questions around creative entrepreneurship
Arjen van Witteloostuijn – Head of research of the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab. Topic: Conceptual model and introduction in our research.
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10.45 – 12.00 Presentation of relevant research: (15 min + 5 min questions for each presenter)
Anne Spanjer – Former PhD student of the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab. Experiential diversity of entrepreneurs and their performance
Boukje Cnossen – Former PhD student of the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab. Boundaries on the move: shape-shifting creative organizations
Richard Haans – Former PhD student of the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab. Complex nature of research in the creative industry
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

During the afternoon program, there will be a discussion hosted by our post-doctoral researcher Pourya Darnihamedani, on the development of a European Creative Entrepreneurship Survey. If you are interested to join the conference please send an email to p.darnihamedani@uvt.nl.

Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education

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Adopting a critical approach in the classroom

One-day workshop at VU University Amsterdam

March 12, 2018

Organizers:

Karin Berglund, Stockholm Business School, Sweden

Karen Verduijn, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Confirmed keynote speaker:

Tara Fenwick, Emeritus Professor, University of Stirling

Workshop description:

The workshop explores issues Entrepreneurship Education (EE) faces in contemporary society. By experimenting with pedagogical purposes, approaches and content, we set out to find ways to evoke and address relevant questions, so as to move beyond narrow understandings of entrepreneurship, as students and as educators. The workshop celebrates and builds on the publication of the Routledge edited volume on ‘Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education’ (see book flyer attached).

Workshop fee: 150 euro’s, including lunch

Registration through karen.verduijn@vu.nl

There is a limited number of spaces available, so please don’t wait too long with registering!

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PhD project: Institutions and Entrepreneurship, Erasmus School of Economics

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Do you have the drive and ambition to become an excellent researcher? Do you want to join our team of researchers in the field of Applied Economics in Entrepreneurship and Strategy? This is your chance: Erasmus School of Economics is hiring PhD. candidates! The goal of this PhD project is to investigate and understand the impact of institutions on the decision of special target groups to start their own business as well as on their performance and wellbeing.

Potential research question may concern: What makes self-employment a good career choice for these special groups, if at all? What formal and informal institutions enhance a good environment-fit for entrepreneurship for special groups? To what extent does a good environment- fit enhance entrepreneurial outcomes in terms of performance, wellbeing and satisfaction? Is there a link between institutions, type of special group and the type of business such as in terms of societal goals and relevance? Potential datasets you may be working with may include: the longitudinal US Health and Retirement Study, the German Socio-Economic Panel data (SOEP), English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Dutch Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social sciences (LISS).

See for more information: https://www.erim.eur.nl/doctoral-programme/phd-in-management/phd-projects/detail/1429-institutions-and-entrepreneurship/

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Academic position in Entrepreneurship (KU Leuven)

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The Faculty of Economics and Business of the KU Leuven has a vacant full-time academic position in the field of Entrepreneurship. We are looking for motivated candidates with an excellent or highly promising research record and demonstrable teaching skills in the field. We offer a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment.

This fulltime position asks for a clear commitment to the study programs offered on the Brussels campus of the FEB, where you will be based. Depending on your profile and preferences, and taking into account the specific teaching requirements, you can also take up a teaching assignment on the Leuven or Antwerp campus. We offer a stimulating environment characterized by frequent collaboration with the colleagues on the Leuven and Antwerp campuses of the FEB.

The vacancy is open to both junior and senior researchers. PhD students in the final phase of their studies may also apply.

Interested?

For more information please  please click here or contact prof. dr. Stijn Kelchtermans (stijn.kelchtermans@kuleuven.be), prof. dr. Vincent Molly (vincent.molly@kuleuven.be), prof. dr. Annabel Sels (annabel.sels@kuleuven.be) or prof. Dr. Bart Van Looy (bart.vanlooy@kuleuven.be).

ARJAN FREDERIKS AWARDED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS HEIZER DISSERTATION AWARD

Nikos PhD alumnus Arjan Frederiks was awarded the prestigious Heizer Dissertation Award by the AOM Entrepreneurship division at their 77th annual meeting.

The Award honours outstanding doctoral research that deals with the founding, management, growth and development of high potential new ventures, with venture capital, or with corporate entrepreneurship. Frederiks received the Award for his thesis titled ‘On the use of Imagination by Entrepreneurs’, defended Cum Laude at the University of Twente in January 2016.

How exactly do entrepreneurs use imagination to successfully run their businesses?

Many scholars acknowledge that entrepreneurs use their imagination. What entrepreneurs use their imagination for is known. However, what imagination is, and how entrepreneurs can use their imagination most effectively remain unknown. The goal of this research is to increase our understanding of the use of imagination by entrepreneurs. We conceptualize, demarcate and define the concept of imagination based on social and cognitive psychology literature. Subsequently, we theorize how certain factors influence the effective use of imagination by entrepreneurs. Based on the literature and the interviews we conducted with entrepreneurs, we developed propositions that guide us in our research. We analyzed the use of imagination by entrepreneurs by studying their diaries and conducting experiments. Among other results, we find that prospective thinking, which is future-oriented imagination, is effective for entrepreneurs to identify business opportunities. Additionally, we find that counterfactual thinking, which is alternatives-oriented imagination, is effective for entrepreneurs to develop business strategies. Our research contributes to the entrepreneurship literature by offering a theoretical lens to study the use of imagination by entrepreneurs. Furthermore, our research informs practice by suggesting that entrepreneurs should train the use of their imagination and that entrepreneurship support organizations could include such trainings in their programs.

For more information please visit the NIKOS website

DARE RESEARCH SEMINAR: ‘Creative Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Creativity’, November 30, JADS Den Bosch

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Dear members of DARE,

We cordially invite you to the 12th DARE research seminar “Creative Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Creativity” on November 30 2017, 13:30-18:30 hours (including network drinks) at Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in Den Bosch.

Call for papers:
In the academic literature as well as business practice, entrepreneurship and creativity are two important hand-in-hand concepts. In this DARE seminar, co-organized with the Tilburg School of Governance (TSG), we invite studies and presentations in which these two important concepts feed onto each other. For example, we welcome submissions addressing:

  • studies of entrepreneurial behaviour and decisions in the creative industries (e.g. media, crafts, architecture, publishing, graphics, fashion design, IT, software);
  • and collaborations between creative individuals (entrepreneurs) with their stakeholders and with other members of their ecosystem;
  • how creativity can be nurtured by exploring and exploiting new technology, especially big data, among entrepreneurs;
  • designing and measuring policies that help creativity among entrepreneurs to flourish as a successful new venture;
  • collaborative work between scholars and practitioners in the area of creativity, design, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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 p.darnihamedani@uvt.nl before November 10, 2017. Unpublished work and work in progress are welcome
Organizing committee: Pourya Darnihamedani, Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Nardo de Vries & Arjan van den Born

Have a look at the preliminary program: Program JADS Nov 30!

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

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Understanding entrepreneurial behaviour – 11th DARE seminar at NIKOS, University of Twente

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The 11th DARE Seminar took place at the University of Twente, co-hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS). Entrepreneurship researchers from all over the Netherlands and even Spain were able to network, create memories, and discuss many important new research insights that are vital to a better understanding of entrepreneurial behavior. Some of these include the role of mindfulness for taking entrepreneurial action, next to the role of entrepreneurs’ motives and coping strategies as resources that strengthen or weaken the stress effect of working conditions in the start-up and exit context. Furthermore, the role of simplified prototype and imagination for opportunity recognition was explored – also in the context of entrepreneurship education – next to discussing the role of creative leadership and dark triad traits in the corporate entrepreneurship context. Finally, participants gained interesting insights into the differential effects of optimism and overconfidence on entrepreneurial intention and orientation, as well as the linkages between narcissism and entrepreneurship, and BIS/BAS psychophysiology and entrepreneurship. In sum, by bringing together renown researchers with connectable foci on entrepreneurial behavior, the 11th DARE Seminar stimulated further engagement in nuanced research at the nexus of the enterprising individual and the entrepreneurial behavior.

NIKOS is organising quite some interesting Venture Classes and lectures. For example, in December a ‘Meet-the-editor-session‘ will take place with Marc Gruber (EPFL), who will share his experience as Deputy Editor at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ).

Please have a look at the NIKOS event-calendar

On behalf of DARE and NIKOS we thank you for your interest.

Two seminars on entrepreneurship in May @ VU Amsterdam

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The VU Amsterdam will host two very interesting events in May. On the 29th of May a seminar is organized on on “the Entrepreneurial University”. The idea of the Entrepreneurial University is commonly associated with the commercialization of knowledge developed by academic scientists via patenting, licensing, university spin-off creation and university-industry partnerships, but other applications are also possible. The next day, on May 30, the VU will then host a seminar on Entrepreneurship Education with a variety of speakers and contributions, featuring different approaches, and different contexts.

As a special guest, Dr. Ulla Hytti from the University of Turku (Finland), is welcomed who will – amongst others – talk about Finnish research and strategies regarding the Entrepreneurial University. On the second event she will give a talk on academic entrepreneurship as a process.

Please have a look in the Event Calender if you are interested or try to contact the organizer Karen Verduijn from VU Amsterdam.

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