H.W. (Henk) Volberda

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 1999

Innovative capabilities of creative enterprises

Agnieszka Genc

PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship_HWV

Emre Karali

Investigating Dynamic Capabilities for Innovation

Ying Feng

CEOs, Top Management Teams & Firm Strategic Renewal

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ying Feng
  • Time frame: 2011 -
Shiko Ben-Menahem

Strategic Timing and Proactiveness of Organizations

Sebastiaan van Doorn

Managing Entrepreneurial Orientation

Erik de Waard

Engaging Environmental Turbulence

Niels van der Weerdt

Organizational Flexibility for Hypercompetitive Markets

Tom Mom

Managers

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Tom Mom
  • Time frame: 2001 - 2006
Current courses

Organizational Antecedents and Consequences of Intrapreneurship

This research project is part of the INSCOPE NWO funded research program “Intrapreneurship – Enabling Talent for Innovation”. Besides Rotterdam School of Management, three other Universities (University of Utrecht, University Maastricht, University of Twente) and TNO participate in this research program as well as several external partners (DSM, Randstad, Port Authority Rotterdam, Calymount Technologies, Alliander, MVO, High Tech NL, Latexfalt, Forbo Flooring, Energy Academy, Vision Dynamic Group). This research program on intrapreneurship focuses on how human capital can be acquired and developed to stimulate bottom-up innovation and improve the performance of firms, regions, and top sectors. The term intrapreneurship is derived from a combination of “intra” internal (to the organization), and “entrepreneurship”: intrapreneurship involves the entrepreneurial activities of individuals within organizations. These activities aim at creating new businesses in established organizations through innovation (Zahra, 1991).

In this particular PhD project the focus is on the organizational antecedents and outcomes of intrapreneurship. Despite the importance of human capital and organizational antecedents as sources of competitive advantage (e.g., Birkinshaw et al., 2008; Unger et al., 2011; Volberda et al., 2013), research on such non-technological determinants of innovation is relatively limited compared to technological innovation (Crossan and Apaydin, 2010). In this research program we will analyse the prevalence of intrapreneurship and how intrapreneurship is enabled and constrained by management practices, organizational structures and the context of the organization. The aim of this research project is to provide new insights on how long and to what extent established medium-sized and large corporations can renew themselves through nurturing intrapreneurship.

The empirical research will consist of a mixed-method approach. The quantitative research will be partly based on the Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor: an existing survey instrument enabling panel data research. This will be complemented with comparative case studies within the participating companies, namely DSM, Port of Rotterdam Authorithy, Calymount Technologies, and Randstad Netherlands.

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PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University provides a strong research environment, with numerous faculty members and PhD students working across nearly all relevant fields of the wider strategic management field. Three characteristics make the Department an excellent environment for high-quality candidates to pursue a PhD.

  • First, we pride ourselves in our excellent PhD placement record, and our graduates routinely find placements in top schools worldwide. Recent placements include Kellogg (Northwestern), Judge (Cambridge), Desautels (McGill), HEC Paris, ETH Zurich, Otto Besheim (WHU), and Moore (University of South Carolina).
  • Second, the department hosts specialists in a wide variety of methodological traditions, including survey and archival data analysis, longitudinal econometric analysis, meta-analysis, case studies, grounded theory, and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis.
  • Third, our department is well-connected internationally. It structurally hosts visiting professors like Gerry George (Imperial) and Ed Zajac (Northwestern), and our own faculty have held visiting positions at schools like Imperial, Kellogg, MIT, and Wharton.

In short, the Department offers one of the most stimulating and productive environments for pursuing a PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in Europe.

PhD research in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group at the Rotterdam School of Management is expected to take place within one of four main research themes that represent currently ongoing research:

  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship
  2. Strategic Renewal
  3. Corporate Governance and Competitiveness
  4. Global Strategy

Although research that cuts across these four themes is encouraged, candidates are expected to express and explain their preferences for one or more research themes in the cover letter of their application.  This document provides short descriptions of these themes as well as exemplary research projects within and across these themes.

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