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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!

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:

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:

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

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Gastcollege door toponderzoeker Pramodita Sharma

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’.

psharmaPramodita Sharma
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

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


Graag tot ziens,
Ilse Matser.

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


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 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!


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.

Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart

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

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