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Mini Workshop on “Entrepreneurs, Firms and the Platform Economy” 12 September 2019, Utrecht University

This mini- workshop is hosted by Utrecht University, Innovation Studies Group, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development in collaboration with Professor Karl Wennberg, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
Location: Academiegebouw Utrecht, Opzoomerkamer

Call for Papers and Participants
The ‘platform economy’ – enabling economic exchange via internet-based platforms – is revolutionizing the often stationary operation of our traditional economy. With offer and demand meeting online, the platform economy implies a genuine globalization of economic interaction: Information, advice, service providers, and goods to share (to give just some examples) are accessible for professionals and private individuals around the world. At the same time, platforms allow for major efficiency increases in local service markets notably taxi, food delivery and domestic cleaning. The socio-economic consequences of the platform economy are thus massive.
Interestingly, though, existing research chiefly investigates the impact of the gig economy on individuals. Accordingly, we start to have a better understanding of – for example – the types, motives, reviews, trust-relationships, income levels, and socio-economic conditions of gig workers, asset sharers, and crowd workers. Strikingly, though, the impact of the gig economy on the corporate world remains largely unexplored. Accordingly, we know little about the types and motives of incumbent firms that make
use of the platform economy. While it is widely acknowledge that the gig economy offers ample entrepreneurial opportunities (both for platform start-ups and platform users), we know virtually nothing about how and to what extent the platform economy facilitates entrepreneurship. Are their
distinct types of platform entrepreneurs? And what about the platform companies themselves, their revenue models, competitive strategies, and co-development with incumbent firms?

This mini workshop aims to address such and similar questions on the link between “entrepreneurs, firms, and the platform economy”. Through research presentations on these topics, we will learn from our peers and help them to further improve their work. This mini workshop therefore explicitly calls for the presentation of research ideas from different disciplines, which are still ‘work in progress’ that benefits from the input of fellow researchers. Colleagues who are interested to participate and/or to present a paper, please register by email to For logistical reasons, this workshop is limited to 20 participants who will be admitted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

DARE Seminar at Leiden University a Success

Dear DARE members,

Thank you for joining the recent DARE seminar in Leiden. According to us, it was a great success. We hope you have enjoyed the program as much as we did.


Werner Liebregts opened the afternoon with a few words on the history, the organization and aims of DARE. Recently, he and Neil Thompson took over from Nardo de Vries as secretaries of DARE. Please contact Werner ( any question you may have about the seminars, and Neil ( in case you have anything relevant to share (e.g., via the DARE website). Werner’s slides can be accessed via this link.

Subsequently, Peter van der Zwan welcomed all seminar participants at the Department of Business Studies of Leiden University. The seminar took place in the Grotiuszaal, named after Hugo de Groot, of the Kamerlingh Onnes Building, named after one of Leiden University’s Nobel prize winners. He also introduced the theme of the day, viz. Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World. Peter’s slides can be accessed via this link.

The program included four full paper presentations and a keynote speech. The first presenter, Marcus Dejardin, focused on how causation and effectuation together relate to the innovation performance of SMEs. Second, Marina van Geenhuizen focused on the relationship between founding team and network diversity on the one hand, and university spinoffs’ performance on the other hand.

After a short break, Taghi Zadeh explained the role of industry and cultural distance between portfolio firms in the performance of corporate venture capital (CVC) investors. Subsequently, Wim Naudé discussed the possible reasons behind the decline in Schumpeterian entrepreneurship. Finally, Jan Adriaanse elaborated on how several topics within the theme of entrepreneurial dynamism can be approached from a legal perspective. Jan’s slides can be accessed via this link.

Roy Thurik, the chair of DARE, was responsible for the wrap-up of the afternoon. During the drinks afterwards there were ample opportunities to reflect on the afternoon and to interact with each other!

Please save the date for the next DARE seminar, which will take place in the afternoon of November 14, 2019. The location and theme of the seminar are yet to be announced. We will keep you updated on this via our website and Twitter account. We hope to see you there (again)!


Kind regards,

Werner Liebregts, Neil Thompson and Peter van der Zwan

Invitation to Roads Ahead for Entrepreneurship Education (RAFEE) Wednesday, April 17th

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and do you want to know the latest trends and developments regarding entrepreneurship education in Amsterdam? We have something interesting for you!
Please save the date for an interactive, inspirational seminar entitled ‘’Roads Ahead for Entrepreneurship Education’’ on Wednesday, April 17th.
The program:

13.00 – 14.00
Doors open – presentation of the current state of the IXA Education Measures (Cases in Entrepreneurship, Mentor Pool, Interface, Post-Experience Programme, Pilots in Blended Learning)

14.00 – 14.15
Welcome / Introduction

14.15 – 14.45
Keynote by Bart van Grevenhof (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

14.45 – 15.15
Keynote by Marco van Gelderen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

15.15 – 15.45
Keynote by Martin Lackeús (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg)

15.45 – 16.00

16.00 – 17.00
Panel discussion (moderator: Ingrid Wakkee, Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

17.00 – 18.00
Drinks and Networking

Location is The Startup Village at the Amsterdam Science Park (Amsterdam Science Park 608, 1098 XH Amsterdam).
Curious? For more information please contact: See you on Wednesday April 17th!

Invitation to join seminars with Melissa Cardon

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
T +31 20 59 89001 | | WORKING DAYS: Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr
MAILING AND VISITING ADDRESS: De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Twitter: @n_a_thompson


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

Innovate Faster! Join the How To Get There summit and Get In The Ring

How to Get There Summit (

Join innovation leaders and meet 200+ promising Dutch startups during the How To Get There Summit on 19 November in the Rotterdam Science Tower organized by the Erasmus Centre For Entrepreneurship (ECE). With this summit, StartupDelta aims to bring the worlds of corporate innovators, startups and innovation hubs closer in order to innovate faster together.

Among our experts and speakers are Harold Goddijn (CEO TomTom), Daan Roosegaarde (Inventor/Entrepreneur), Neelie Kroes (StartupDelta), Stephen Gold (CMO IBM Watson Group), Prof. Michael Shanks (Stanford), Henk Kamp (Minister of Economics Affairs), Ben Verwaayen (former CEO British Telecom) and many more. Check out


Dutch Finals Get in the Ring (

We’re closing off the day with the Dutch Finals of Get in the Ring, the world’s greatest startup competition. Do you want to know which startups will be crowned the Dutch champions of Get in the Ring 2015 and will represent the Netherlands at the European final in London? Come and see the show! Get your ticket at Are you a startup? You can still apply! Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th of November in the Rotterdam Science Tower!