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Wouter Stam is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of VU University Amsterdam. He is also Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). Professor Stam holds a Master in International Business Studies, specializing in finance, from Maastricht University and received his PhD (with cum laude distinction) from VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, with a thesis examining the impact of social capital on the performance of entrepreneurial firms. During 2009-2015, he was a faculty member at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he taught courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD programs and received a prestigious GRF research grant from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2006-2007), and RSM Erasmus University (2014).


His research examines the management challenges surrounding the creation and growth of entrepreneurial ventures, with a special emphasis on the strategic dilemmas faced by innovative entrepreneurs who operate in emerging industries. He is currently leading several research projects that consider how social capital and inequality influence entrepreneurial activity and performance. His other work focuses on the contextual underpinnings of entrepreneurial decision-making, with projects examining how networks shape the cognitive biases of entrepreneurs in areas such as risk-taking, planning, and time management.

Wouter Stam has received several research and teaching awards, including the Karen Legge Prize from the Journal of Management Studies, the Emerald Citations of Excellence Award, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards from Academy of Management Journal and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His research has been published in top tier academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Research Policy. He currently serves as editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a leading journal in the field of entrepreneurship research that is listed in the Financial Times’ Journal List, and is a member of the editorial boards of several top tier journals, including the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies.

Selected publications

Maula, M. & Stam, W. In press. Enhancing rigor in quantitative entrepreneurship research. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Van Wijk, J., van Wijk, J., Drost, S., & Stam, W. In press. Challenges in building robust interventions in contexts of poverty: Insights from an NGO-driven multi-stakeholder network in Ethiopia. Organization Studies.

Frankenberger, K., Stam, W. In Press. Entrepreneurial copycats: A resource orchestration perspective on the link between business model imitation and new venture growth. Long Range Planning, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2019.02.005.

Glaser, L., Stam, W., Takeuchi, R. 2016. Managing the risks of proactivity: A multilevel study of initiative and performance in the middle management context. Academy of Management Journal, 59: 1339-1360.

Stam, W., Arzlanian, S., Elfring, T., 2014. Social capital of entrepreneurs and small firm performance: A meta-analysis of theoretical and contextual moderators. Journal of Business Venturing, 29: 152-173.

Van Wijk, J., Stam, W., Elfring, T., Zietsma, C., Den Hond, F. 2013. Activists and incumbents structuring change: The interplay of agency, culture and networks on field evolution. Academy of Management Journal, 56: 358-386.

Stam, W., 2010. Industry event participation and network brokerage among entrepreneurial ventures. Journal of Management Studies, 47: 625-653.

Stam, W., 2009. When does community participation enhance the financial and innovative performance of open source companies? Research Policy, 38: 1288-1299.

Stam, W., Elfring, T. 2008. Entrepreneurial orientation and the performance of high-technology ventures: The moderating role of intra- and extraindustry social capital. Academy of Management Journal, 51: 97-111.


Professor Stam currently teaches courses on new venture creation and corporate entrepreneurship in SBE's undergraduate and master programs as well as the joint Master in Entrepreneurship, which is offered in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. He also contributes to the Amsterdam Business Research Institute’s (ABRI) full-time and part-time PhD programs and the executive programs of the VU School of Management.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Research Output 2006 2016

Managing the risks of proactivity: A multilevel study of initiative and performance in the middle management context

Glaser, L., Stam, W. & Takeuchi, R., 2016, In : Academy of Management Journal. 59, 4, p. 1339-1360

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Decision making
Risk propensity

When brokerage is not enough: A multilevel investigation of middle managers' initiative

Glaser, L., Stam, W., Elfring, T. & Fourné, S. P. L., 2015, 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015. Academy of Management, p. 551-556 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Social Capital of entrepreneurs and small firm performance: A meta-analysis of temporal and contextual contingencies

Stam, W., Arzlanian, S. & Elfring, T., 2014, In : Journal of Business Venturing. 29, 1, p. 152-173

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Firm performance
Social capital

Social Networks and Firm Performance: Examining the Relation between Dimensions of Social Capital, Social Network Perception and Firm Performance

Arzlanian, S., 2014, Amsterdam: ABRI. 300 p.

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

Open Access

Activists and incumbents structuring change: The interplay of agency, culture, and networks in field evolution

van Wijk, J. J., Stam, W., Elfring, T., Zietsma, C. & den Hond, F., 2013, In : Academy of Management Journal. 56, 2, p. 358-386

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2008 2015

  • 9 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Editorial work

Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (Journal)

Wouter Stam (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2015 → …

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

Organizational opposing demands: Middle managers initiatives and performance

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Entrepreneurial initiative and brokerage: The moderating role of the organizational context.

L. Glaser (Speaker), W. Stam (Speaker), T. Elfring (Speaker)
3 Aug 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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


NWO Kiem Grant

Wouter Stam (Recipient) & J.J. Ebbers (Recipient), 2016


Firm performance
Creative industries
Project network