dr. R.M. (René) Bakker

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2018

Rene Bakker https://www.linkedin.com/in/rm-bakker/ is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and Field Editor for the flagship journal in entrepreneurship, the Journal of Business Venturing.

Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (USA), and prior to that Rene worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in Brisbane, Australia. He received his Ph.D. from Tilburg University.

Rene’s research takes place at the cross-section of the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy. One of his main current research interests is in Inclusive Entrepreneurship, i.e., understanding whether and how entrepreneurship could form a pathway toward economic and social inclusion of often marginalized groups, including immigrants, township entrepreneurs in Africa, and entrepreneurs with a cognitive or physical impairment. Rene’s award-winning research has been published in the leading management journals in the field, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Business Venturing.

Rene enjoys consulting (particularly with small business and social ventures) and has extensive experience teaching at all levels. He currently teaches Entrepreneurship in the BA program, and Strategic Management in the Executive MBA, both at RSM.

He has won several awards for his teaching. Recently, he won the Best Teacher Award in the area of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and he was nominated for the RSM Student Representatives’ Professor of the Year Award by his students. Furthermore, Rene recently co-wrote the textbook Strategy in 3D: Essential Tools to Diagnose, Decide, and Deliver, published by Oxford University Press (2020).

Rene has obtained multiple competitive grants throughout the years, totalling well over $400k in external funding.


  • Academic (8)
    • Wood, MS., Bakker, R., & Fisher, G. (2021). Unreasoned, non-deliberative, or temporally uncertain? Elaborating time-calibrated entrepreneurial action. Academy of Management Review. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2020.0524

    • Wood, MS., Bakker, R., & Fisher, G. (2021). Back to the future: A time-calibrated theory of entrepreneurial action. Academy of Management Review, 46(1), 147-171. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2018.0060

    • Knoben, J., & Bakker, R. (2019). The Guppy and the whale: Relational pluralism and start-ups’ expropriation dilemma in partnership formation. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(1), 103-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.05.008

    • Bakker, R., & Josefy, M. (2018). More than just a number? The conceptualization and measurement of firm age in an era of temporary organizations. The Academy of Management Annals, 12(2), 510-536. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2017.0035

    • Bakker, R., & Shepherd, DA. (2017). Pull the plug or take the plunge: Multiple opportunities and the speed of venturing decisions in the Australian mining industry. Academy of Management Journal, 60(1), 1-26.

    • Bakker, R. M. (2016). Stepping in and stepping out: Strategic alliance partner reconfiguration and the unplanned termination of complex projects. Strategic Management Journal, 37(9), 1919-1941. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2429

    • Bakker, R., DeFillippi, R., Schwab, A., & Sydow, J. (2016). Temporary organizing: Promises, processes, problems. Organization Studies, 37(12), 1703-1719.

    • Bakker, R., & Knoben, J. (2015). Built to last or meant to end: Intertemporal choice in strategic alliance portfolios. Organization Science, 26(1), 256-276.

  • Academic (1)
    • Fisher, G., Wisneski, JW., & Bakker, R. (2020). Strategy in 3D: Essential tools to diagnose, decide, and deliver. Oxford University Press. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/126632

  • Journal of Business Venturing (Journal)

    Editorial work (Academic)

Research Seminar
As: Coordinator
Research Seminar
As: Coordinator


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T07-23
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Postal address

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