DARE Research Seminar 2021-1 – Save the Date and Call for Papers

Last year, all DARE research seminars were cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic. However, we now cordially invite you to attend and contribute to the first 2021 DARE Research Seminar. This online seminar with a condensed format will focus on “Entrepreneurship from a Psychology Perspective”, and will be organized in collaboration with the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

When:                               Thursday May 27, 2020 (15:00-17:00, with “drinks” afterwards)

Where:                              Online (link follows) / Hybrid (at Erasmus University Rotterdam, if possible)

Local committee:           Marjan Gorgievski (ESSB) and Niels Rietveld (ESE)

Theme: “Entrepreneurship from a Psychology Perspective

Psychology has made an important contribution to the development and legitimization of entrepreneurship research. The initial enthusiasm about the psychological approach to entrepreneurship following McClelland’s (1961) introduction of achievement motivation subsided when the early trait approaches to entrepreneurship failed to have sustained impact. However, cognitive and social psychology gained ground by making major contributions to the understanding of entrepreneurial decision making processes (Cooper, Folta & Woo, 1995) and social networking (Aldrich & Zimmer, 1986). Moreover, work and organizational psychology models fostered our understanding of important entrepreneurial outcomes such as burn-out and stress (Hessels, Rietveld & Van der Zwan, 2017).

The past two decades have witnessed a boost in publications on entrepreneurship drawing on different psychological perspectives (Gorgievski & Stephan, 2016). Important publications adopting the psychology approach appeared in leading journals in economics, management, and psychology, amongst other fields. The upcoming DARE Research Seminar aims to present new developments in the psychology of entrepreneurship. Next to an up-to-date keynote address, this DARE research seminar aims to showcase two (see schedule below) exemplary research projects adopting a psychology perspective that contribute significantly to our current understanding of entrepreneurial career choice and entrepreneurial success and wellbeing in its broadest sense. We welcome submissions of both theoretical and empirical papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship as a career choice and (outcomes of) entrepreneurial careers;
  • Cognitions, emotions and decision making in entrepreneurship;
  • Entrepreneurial leadership, motivation and self-regulation;
  • Goal setting, goal adjustment, goal disengagement;
  • Entrepreneurs’ work design, performance, wellbeing and work-life balance;
  • Network creation and support paths.

Call for Papers

Researchers who are interested in presenting their work at the upcoming DARE Research Seminar are kindly requested to submit an extended abstract or a full working paper to Marjan Gorgievski (gorgievski@essb.eur.nl) and Niels Rietveld (nrietveld@ese.eur.nl) no later than Friday April 30, 2021. We particularly welcome manuscripts that have not yet been published. Manuscripts will be selected based on quality and fit to the mission of the seminar.

Meeting schedule

Because of its online nature, the DARE seminar will have a condensed format:

15:00 – 15:10    Opening

15:10 – 15:30    Keynote

15:30 – 15:50    Paper presentation 1

15:50 – 16:00    Discussion

16:00 – 16:20    Break

16:20 – 16:40    Paper presentation 2

16:40 – 16:50    Discussion

16:50 – 17:00    Closing

17:00 – …           “Drinks”


We look forward to receiving your work and to your attendance on the 27th of May 2021!

More information about the exact program will follow in due course.