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Tom Elfring is Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He was head of the Department of Management and Organization. He has a PhD in economics from Groningen University, has studied for a year in the United States and has done part of his doctoral work at the European Institute in Florence, Italy. Previously he worked at the Rotterdam School of Management and had a part-time chair in Innovative entrepreneurship at Wageningen University (1997-2002). He has been visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School (1996), at Mays Business School, University of Texas A&M (2006), at the Aarhus School of Business (2008), at University of Alabama (2010), and at University of Bologna (2011 and 2012).

His research has been funded by NWO, KNAW, WRR and ESF. His book Rethinking Strategy (with Henk Volberda at Sage) has won the ERIM best book award. Two recent Academy of Management conference papers have been awarded to be included in the Best Paper Proceedings. He received the Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award 2012 for article Stam & Elfring (2008)(among top 50 articles in 2008 terms of impact from the top 300 management journals).


His research interests include corporate entrepreneurship and venturing, networking in emerging organizations, strategic entrepreneurship, and managing service innovation. He has published over 40 international articles/book chapters in Journals, such as, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing,Journal of Business and Psychology,Long Range Planning, Organization Studies, Scandinavian Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Scientometrics and Small Business Economics. He has published seven books, the latest Corporate Entrepreneurship and Venturing (2005, Springer).

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Research Output 1989 2019

With a little help from my friends: A study of the development of social networks of student entrepreneurs over time during and after a venture creation program

Haring, M. J., 2019, 140 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Creating from within: A study on interpersonal networking approaches and intuition in task-related interaction

Kaandorp, M. S., 2017, 239 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

The role of interpersonal conflict between top and middle managers in top-down and bottom-up initiatives

Denekamp, H. R., 2017, 253 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Toward a dynamic process model of entrepreneurial networking under uncertainty

Engel, Y., Kaandorp, M. S. & Elfring, T., 2017, In : Journal of Business Venturing. 32, 1, p. 35-51

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Epistemic proximity and knowledge exchange among IT-entrepreneurs

Bahlmann, M. D., Huysman, M. H., Elfring, T. & Groenewegen, P., 2016, Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics. Boari, C., Elfring, T. & Molina-Morales, X. (eds.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. Ch. 8

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Activities 2008 2015

  • 9 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Editorial work

Journal of Management Studies (Journal)

T. Elfring (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Managerial network cognition in the context of 2014 Winter Olympic Games tender competitions

S. Arzlanian (Speaker), W. Stam (Speaker), T. Elfring (Speaker)
6 Oct 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Journal of Management Studies (Journal)

T. Elfring (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

A study of managerial network cognition among firms tendering for the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia

S. Arzlanian (Speaker), W. Stam (Speaker), T. Elfring (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Organizational opposing demands: Middle managers initiatives and performance

L. Glaser (Speaker), W. Stam (Speaker), T. Elfring (Speaker)
11 Oct 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic