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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
T +31 20 59 89001 | n.a.thompson@vu.nl | WORKING DAYS: Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr
MAILING AND VISITING ADDRESS: De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Twitter: @n_a_thompson
Website: www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com; www.entrepreneurshipblues.com

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

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

How to Get There Summit (htgt.nl)

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 htgt.nl


 

Dutch Finals Get in the Ring (gitr.nl)

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 gitr.nl. Are you a startup? You can still apply! Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th of November in the Rotterdam Science Tower!