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Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education

Adopting a critical approach in the classroom

One-day workshop at VU University Amsterdam

March 12, 2018


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

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


PhD project: Institutions and Entrepreneurship, Erasmus School of Economics

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:


Academic position in Entrepreneurship (KU Leuven)

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.


For more information please  please click here or contact prof. dr. Stijn Kelchtermans (, prof. dr. Vincent Molly (, prof. dr. Annabel Sels ( or prof. Dr. Bart Van Looy (


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

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 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

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

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.


Dear members of DARE,

We cordially invite you to the 11th DARE research seminar ‘ENTREPRENEURIAL BEHAVIOR: A NUANCED PERSONALITY LENS’ on May 12 2017, 10:15-17:30 hours (including lunch), University of Twente. The seminar will be held in The Gallery, zaal Erlenmeyer.

Call for papers:

Entrepreneurial behavior occurs at the nexus of the enterprising individual and the entrepreneurial opportunity. Thus, as any behavior, entrepreneurial action can be understood as a result of individual and situational factors – of both structure and agency. Consequently, a ‘personality’ lens draws attention to stable differences between individuals and can help to understand one of the key individual factors at play in entrepreneurial activity.

Several meta-analyses now provide robust evidence that the entrepreneurs’ positive characteristics such self-efficacy or need for achievement matter for business creation and success. However, the negative side of the entrepreneurial personality such as the dark triad (narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism), or traits and skills associated with mental disorders have largely been neglected by entrepreneurial behavior research – yet, it might be the focus on potential upsides of mental disorders, such as dyslexia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, or narcissistic personality disorder that generates relevant and interesting findings when it comes to explaining entrepreneurial behavior and success on the basis of personality.

Furthermore, previous research has focused on personality in terms of traits and skills, largely neglecting its underlying layers in terms of entrepreneurial motivations and identities. However, individuals engage in entrepreneurial activity for different reasons and with different motivations and can develop different social identities as entrepreneurs. It is likely that such differences in aspirations influence entrepreneurial behavior and success. A nuanced understanding of how entrepreneurial motivations and identities relate to the behaviors that individuals undertake as they explore and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities would not only add power to the adoption of personality as a lens, but can also lead to more adequate advice directed towards potential and actual entrepreneurs.

In this regard, the exploration of the linkages between nuanced entrepreneurship education that takes account of the personality of e.g. students and academics and entrepreneurial behavior gains importance.

In this DARE seminar, co-organized with the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS) at the University of Twente, we invite novel papers and presentations about research in which personality is brought into our understanding of entrepreneurial behavior in new ways. For example, we welcome proposals addressing the following questions:

  • How do entrepreneurial behavior and success vary depending on the motivation of the enterprising individual?
  • How do entrepreneurial behavior and success vary depending on the social identity of the enterprising individual?
  • How do entrepreneurial behavior and success vary depending on the ‘dark side’ personality characteristics of the enterprising individual (e.g., traits and skills associated with mental disorders, such as ADHD, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, or narcissistic personality disorder)?
  • How do ownership structure and associated values (family business versus non-family business) affect the linkages between personality and entrepreneurial behavior and success?
  • Which dimensions of personality need to be considered in entrepreneurship education, and how, to effectively stimulate entrepreneurial behavior and success among e.g., students and academics?


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 before 21 April, 2017. Unpublished work and work in progress are very welcome.

Please register by sending an email to: Danielle Boelen-Tanke at with your full name and name of the organization.

Organizing committee: Isabella Hatak, Kasia Zalewska-Kurek, Nardo de Vries, Ilse Matser (for the family firm perspective) & Petra de Weerd-Nederhof

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

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


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

See you again at the next DARE event!


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

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 before 15 November, 2016. Unpublished work and work in progress are welcomed.

Please register by sending an email to: Jessica van Gendt at 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!

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