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Dr. Karen Verduijn is employed by the School of Business and Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Department of Management and Organization). Her research projects revolve around understanding the intricacies and politicality of entrepreneurial everyday life.

She has published in such journals as OrganizationEntrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of Management Inquiry, International Small Business Journal, the International Review of Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Enterprising Communities.

She is Editor-in-Chief with the Scandinavian Journal of Management, a board member of the Entrepreneurship Studies Network (special interest group of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship), and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.


Current research activities include:

The co-editing of a Special Issue for Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy on ‘Unsettling Entrepreneurship Education’, with Karin Berglund, Ulla Hytti and Marco van Gelderen

Collaboration in Research Project called ‘Regional’ (collective of local food artisans)

Selected publications include:

Berglund, K., & Verduyn, K. (Eds.) (2018). Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education. Adopting a Critical Approach in the Classroom. New York: Routledge. 

Essers, C., Dey, P., Tedmanson, D., & Verduyn, K. (2016). Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship. Challenging Dominant Discourses. New York: Routledge.

Verduyn, K. (2015). Entrepreneuring and process. A Lefebvrian perspective. International Small Business Journal, 33(6), p. 638-648.

Tedmanson, D., Essers, C., Dey, P., & Verduyn, K. (2015). An uncommon wealth… Transforming the commons with purpose, for people and not for profit! Journal of Management Inquiry, 24(4), p. 439-444.  

Verduyn, K., P. Dey, D. Tedmanson & C. Essers (2014). Emancipation and/or Oppression? Conceptualizing Dimensions of Criticality in Entrepreneurship Studies. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 20(2), p. 98-107.

Verduyn, K. & Essers, C. (2013). Questioning dominant entrepreneurship assumptions. The case of female ethnic minority entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 25(7-8), p. 612-630.

Tedmanson, D., K. Verduyn, C. Essers & W.B. Gartner (2012). Critical Perspectives of Entrepreneurship Research. Organization, 19(5), p. 531-541.


Chair of Faculty Examination Board

Supervising of various (Master’s & PhD) theses.

Project leader of “Pilots in Blended Learning” – part of the IXANext Programme on (advancing) Entrepreneurship Education in Amsterdam.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Critical theory

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