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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

Van Burg, J.C., Cornelissen, J.P., Stam, W., Jack, S.L. 2020. Advancing qualitative entrepreneurship research: Leveraging methodological plurality for achieving scholarly impact. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. In Press.

Maula, M. & Stam, W. 2020. Enhancing rigor in quantitative entrepreneurship research. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258719891388

Van Wijk, J., van Wijk, J., Drost, S., & Stam, W. 2020. Challenges in building robust interventions in contexts of poverty: Insights from an NGO-driven multi-stakeholder network in Ethiopia. Organization Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840619878468

Frankenberger, K., Stam, W. 2020. 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.

Special Issue Editorships

Crises and Coronavirus: A Special Issue on the Responses of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Organizations to Catastrophic Events

Leading the Digital Transformation of Incumbent Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective


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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Academic qualification

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 6 Jun 2008


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  • NWO Kiem Grant

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