Revolving Doors: Entrepreneurial Survival and Exit



Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing (ESHIP)
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University
27-28 November 2008
Location: Erasmus University, Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Rooms JB-49/50
Entrepreneurial ventures are subject to great risk of failure, often exiting the market soon after they startup. At the same time, well-planned exit strategies can be the root of entrepreneurial success. The aim of the workshop is to highlight the multiple aspects of exit as part of the entrepreneurial process. The workshop brings together leading scholars from Europe and the USA to share ideas about the frontiers of research in the area.
The workshop is organized by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Since its inception in 2003, the Centre has become the largest program on entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The Centre’s research focuses on entrepreneurial orientation and learning, innovation and firm evolution, high technology entrepreneurship and networks.
Research areas covered by the workshop include: the entrepreneurial exit (e.g. intentions, human capital), firm capabilities and survival, exit strategies, the role of institutions and networks in preventing failure.
Invited speakers:
  • Erkko Autio (Imperial College London)
  • Pontus Braunerhjelm (The Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm)
  • Andrew Burke (Cranfield School of Management)
  • Martin Carree (Universiteit Maastricht)
  • Gino Cattani (NYU Stern)
  • Michael Dahl (Aalborg University)
  • Isabel Grilo (Catholic University of Louvain)
  • Sophie Manigart (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)
  • Silviano Esteve-Perez (University of Valencia)
  • Enrico Santarelli (University of Bologna)
  • Erik Stam (Utrecht University)
  • Karl Wennberg (Stockholm School of Economics)
  • Paul Westhead (Durham Business School)
  • Arjen van Witteloostuijn (University of Antwerp)
Organizing committee:
  • Orietta Marsili, ESHIP Center, RMS Erasmus University
  • Luca Berchicci, ESHIP Center, RSM Erasmus University
  • Elena Cefis, Bergamo University and T.C.Koopmans Institute, Utrecht University
Participation in the workshop is free but only a limited number of places are available. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to Janneke Suijker-Post ( before Friday November 14th.