Elco van Burg

Elco van Burg
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Schoool of Business and Economics

PhD

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Introduction
Elco van Burg is full professor of Organizational Theory at the School of Business and Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on processes at the intersection of organization theory and entrepreneurship. He studies primarily the following topics: social networks and interorganizational collaboration, managerial imagination and decision-making, design perspectives on organizing, organizing for the public good, and organizational trends such as lean and agile.

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In this paper, we investigate how interorganizational networks and interpersonal networks interact over time. We present a retrospective longitudinal case study of the network system that developed a novel aircraft material and analyze change episodes from a structurationist perspective. We identify five types of episodes in which interpersonal and...
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To develop a body of evidence-based knowledge on entrepreneurship, findings and contributions from the positivist, narrative and design research traditions in this area need to be combined. Therefore, a framework for research synthesis in terms of social mechanisms, contextual conditions and outcome patterns is developed in this paper. Subsequently...
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Network studies in the entrepreneurship domain suffer from an incomplete theorization of how the content of social capital relates to network relationships and structures in which entrepreneurs are embedded or embed themselves. This study presents a systematic review of the various ways in which the interaction between content (e.g. cognition and r...
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We examine how entrepreneurs rework the temporal commitments implicated in their venture ideas when they persevere or pivot upon confronting unexpected events. To gain a deeper understanding of how entrepreneurs recalibrate temporal positioning, length, and ordering of actions and milestones, we systematically analyzed 22 episodes across five ventu...
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This editorial aims to advance the use of qualitative research methods when studying entrepreneurship. First, it outlines four characteristics of the domain of entrepreneurship that qualitative research is uniquely placed to address. In studying these characteristics, we urge researchers to leverage the plurality of different qualitative approaches...
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Motivated by the need to reflect upon the role of entrepreneurship in the economy and society, we seek to understand entrepreneurship as having the potential to ‘produce’ new possibilities for living when departing from a critical awareness. We consider existing critical entrepreneurship research as necessary but insufficient in adequately bringing...
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Social enterprises combine elements from for-profit and non-profit organizational forms to address societal challenges such as the elimination of poverty, reduction of inequality, and the transition towards more responsible consumption and production processes. We lack insights, however, into how social enterprises can influence other stakeholders...
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To provide ongoing support for vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, social care organizations had to shift abruptly to e-health solutions. Qualitative data from three cases illustrate that, more than a year into the pandemic, those adoptions of digital technologies developed differently; the current study aims to shed light on the proces...
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A central theme of university entrepreneurship-including the generation and commercialization of university-invented research-is academic patenting (referring to patenting by university scientists). This study explores organizational-, individual-and patent-level factors and their respective relationship with academic patenting. Based on a thorough...
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Small Business Economics, Call for Papers "Entrepreneurship and Religion". Submission of extended abstracts/proposals before December 1, 2021. Submission of full papers before June 1, 2022. For more information: https://www.springer.com/journal/11187/updates/19347968 Guest editors: Frank Janssen, Université catholique de Louvain; Brigitte Hoogendo...
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Given the scarcity of resources in new ventures, a key challenge for entrepreneurs is the mobilization of external resources from their social networks to combine with already available internal resources in their attempts to develop and exploit opportunities. Prior research has been insightful in providing explanations on how mobilizing external r...
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Entrepreneurs benefit from their social network positions. In this chapter, we question how entrepreneurs get those benefits. We distinguish two broad perspectives on the way networks are conceptualized—namely, the entrepreneur’s business network perspective and the social network perspective . The business network perspective, with strong links to...
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The literature often has assumed, explicitly or implicitly, that entrepreneurs use networks to develop opportunity, access resources, and gain legitimacy in order to perform and achieve success. Entrepreneurs’ networks have become a powerful explanation of success and performance in academia, in the business world, and in the popular press. However...
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This chapter presents an entrepreneurship-as-networking perspective on new venture legitimacy. New ventures are more likely to survive and perform when various audiences and stakeholders perceive their activities as legitimate. This is especially true when new ventures are pursuing something novel and innovative. Therefore, it is crucial for new ve...
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This chapter introduces the entrepreneurship-as-networking perspective. The authors argue that a focus on the social-interactive aspects and action orientation of entrepreneurship is needed. They contribute an integrated account in which the entrepreneur’s agency is combined with a greater emphasis on the social environment. The importance of socia...
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Throughout this book, based on several literatures, the authors have developed the entrepreneurship-as-networking perspective. That is, networking among entrepreneurs—in their attempts to develop opportunity, mobilize resource, and obtain legitimacy—is the key and primary component of entrepreneurial action. Entrepreneurship always involves network...
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This book presents entrepreneurship as networking as a perspective. Persistent problems around the dominant “individual-opportunity” approach in the entrepreneurship field motivated the authors to focus on the social-interactive aspects and action orientation of entrepreneurship. The work promises to address the challenge of providing a more integr...
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This chapter presents an entrepreneurship-as-networking perspective on opportunity perception, evaluation, and action. Entrepreneurial opportunities are seen as relationally constituted; thus, social networks are a fundamental aspect of all opportunity-related processes. The network ties upon which entrepreneurs can draw largely influence their opp...
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This article reviews the literature on non-profit volunteering to argue that the concept of ‘work calling’ is critical to broadening our understanding of volunteer motivation and retention. As an emerging concept, work calling is generally used to explain how individuals satisfy their calling by doing meaningful work. This concept is introduced to...
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Crowdfunding has quickly gained popularity in recent years, providing an additional way for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations (creators) to attract funds for their projects. Scholars have been interested in predicting the success of crowdfunding campaigns, by relating campaign characteristics to the actual success of these campaigns. We...
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Scholars have advocated the development of entrepreneurship as a design science. One foundational challenge in a design science is to identify design principles. We argue that a particular field can draw on a design knowledge from different design sciences to develop design principles. In particular, we show that entrepreneurship research can learn...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant challenges for healthcare infrastructure for countries of all development and resource levels. Low-and-middle resource countries face even larger challenges, as their resources are stretched and often insufficient under normal circumstances. A village in the Papuan highlands of Indonesia; sma...
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Religious organizations have an important role in development aid. For a long time, this role was not acknowledged by the main players in the development arena, but this has changed over the last few decades. Yet, this role is not without tensions, as in particular western donors hold secular perspectives on development and find it hard to deal wit...
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has been the main programmatic and industrial capacities development organisation of the European space sector since its establishment in the early 1970s. Understanding the national policies of its member states is crucial for the future development of a coherent European space policy. Over the last years, ESA has de...
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Organizations and policy makers seek to support business and entrepreneurship through facilitating new product and service development, for instance in business incubators. Taking stock of existing research and combining this with practitioner’s insights, this study aims to identify a comprehensive set of design principles for incubation practices...
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We study initial entrepreneurial networking, and describe it as a process of initiating, reacting, and evaluating networking. Our study of student entrepreneurs’ weekly diaries particularly points at the interaction of networking actions and cognitive evaluations. We introduce the concept of network momentum, which refers to the entrepreneur’s perc...
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The phenomenon of fiduciary risk has been identified as the cause of the low achievement of program objectives. This paper explores the fiduciary risk environment of the Special Autonomy Fund (SAF) in the Papua Province. By explaining the fiduciary risk environment, the Special Autonomy researchers can assess the causes of the program’s failure. We...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between entrepreneurs’ personal values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) orientations among small- and medium-sized enterprises in a developing country, Zambia. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected through questionnaires. Two linear regression models were used to t...
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This paper employs the institutional logics perspective to understand how space policies and regulations influences entrepreneurship and innovation. We conducted interviews with entrepreneurs, ESA policy makers and governmental representatives in Austria and identified six prevailing institutional practices: geographical return, the SME-initiatives...
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To enhance innovative output and societal spillover of the European space sector, the open innovation approach is becoming popular. Yet, open innovation, referring to innovation practices that cross borders of individual firms, faces constraints. To explore these constraints and identify opportunities, this study performs interviews with government...
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This study builds a grounded model of how careers shape entrepreneurs’ preference for causal and effectual decision logics when starting new ventures. Using both verbal protocol analysis and interviews, we adopt a qualitative research approach to induct career management practices germane to entrepreneurial decision making. Based on our empirical f...
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This paper examines the motivations of different forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in an under-researched Sub-Saharan African country, Zambia. The results show that internal motivations (financial motivation and moral and ethical motivation) are the reasons why SMEs adopt community-CSR and e...
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This study uses the model of Patzelt and Shepherd (2011) to examine the factors influencing the identification of sustainable opportunities among SMEs in a developing country, Zambia. The factors under investigation include knowledge of the natural/social environment, perception of threats to the natural/social environment, altruism towards others...
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Why some small and medium sized grow, while others do not, is a key question that largely remains unanswered in entrepreneurship research. In this paper, we develop a new opportunity-centric framework explaining the growth, stagnation and collapse of SMEs as well as the processes by which these changes occur. The framework is grounded in three in-d...
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Why some SMEs grow, and others do not is one of the key questions that largely remains unanswered in entrepreneurship research. We develop a new opportunity-centric process theory that seeks to explain the growth, stagnation and collapse of a firm as well as the processes by which these changes occur. We draw on case studies of three fast-growing S...
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The process of new venture creation is characterized by the need to decide and take action in the face of uncertainty. Especially in the context of technology-based ventures uncertainty is substantial, posing difficulties for strategic decision-making based on prediction and planning. As alternative, more flexible and adaptive decision-making logic...
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In spite of substantial advances, entrepreneurship research on affect and cognition remains characterized by a multiplicity of theoretical approaches, methods, variables and measures. Although this multiplicity affords a lot of richness, it also poses potential risks – from the lack of a coherent knowledge base to the dangers of an atomistic evolut...
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Religious beliefs are known to correlate with a wide range of socio-economic behaviours. The aim of this study is to investigate the relation between religious beliefs and entrepreneurship. Empirical evidence that entrepreneurship rates differ among religions suggests that religious beliefs influence the pursuit of entrepreneurship. However, how an...
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This article explains how and why organizational actors’ decisions about interorganizational knowledge transfer might change over time. We find that organizational actors’ framing of future innovation developments, as either an opportunity or a threat, motivates them to engage or disengage in interorganizational knowledge transfer activities. Shift...
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Previous studies of the effects of resource slack and constraints on creativity and performance offer contradictory findings. To resolve this debate, some authors operationalize resource slack and constraints in ways that actually may have concealed their underlying complexity and dynamics. This study seeks to demonstrate how perceived resource pos...
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We studied trends in genetic patent applications in order to identify the trends in the commercialization of research findings in genetics. To define genetic patent applications, the European version (ECLA) of the International Patent Classification (IPC) codes was used. Genetic patent applications data from the PATSTAT database from 1990 until 200...
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Entrepreneurs can make an impact on reducing environmental and societal problems. This study empirically explores when entrepreneurs become more likely to identify sustainable opportunities. How do their existing business arrangements enable or constrain the identification of sustainable opportunities and how is this influenced by interactions in t...
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Technology entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth, though entrepreneurs must maintain cooperative ties with the owners of any technology they hope to bring to market. Existing studies show that fairness perceptions have a great influence on this cooperation, but no research investigates its precise mechanisms or dynamic patterns...
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For entrepreneurs who intend to exploit university-owned technologies, a cooperative relationship with the university is critical. This study aims to better understand this entrepreneur-university cooperation. A key factor influencing the quality of this cooperation is the fairness perception of the entrepreneur. However, little is known about how...
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Previous studies show that resource constraints have mixed effects on innovation and opportunity identification by entrepreneurs. Sometimes, resource constraints lead to identifying more opportunities, whereas in other cases, entre-preneurs see fewer opportunities. This study explores a new approach to reconcile this inconsistency. Using a sample o...
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Corporate venturing has become a well-known approach toward new business development and strategic renewal for established technology firms. However, without an effectively designed process for aligning and integrating a corporate venture in the established business, the firm increases the risk of venture failure. This paper provides a process pers...
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This paper analyzes to what extent opportunity identification in small and medium sized firms (SMEs) is influenced by financial and other resource constraints that these firms experience. We approach the debate on the positive or negative role of constraints by distinguishing between different types of financial (liquid) and non-financial (sticky)...
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Dit hoofdstuk geeft een overzicht geven van kwaliteitscriteria voor onderzoek in het algemeen. Daarna volgt de specifieke invulling van deze kwaliteitscriteria voor ontwerpgericht onderzoek en worden ook specifieke maatregelen geïntroduceerd om de kwaliteit van het onderzoek te waarborgen. In het laatste deel van dit hoofdstuk volgt een illustratie...
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Founded in 2000 as a Short Message Service (SMS) marketing company for discos (clubs), CM evolved into a technology provider for SMS services. By 2008, CM was market leader in The Netherlands, a position won by offering high quality services at low prices. In 2010, the founders of the company were looking for different growth opportunities. Should...
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In 2001, the Dutch company ThreeFive Photonics was founded by telecom professional Wouter Deelman and PhD student Chretien Herben attached to Delft University of Technology. The founders set out to develop revolutionary opto-electronic chips with the potential to change the telecom industry. That year, venture capital firms invested 7 million euros...
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Following a design science approach, this paper develops a framework of policy design principles for fostering technology entrepreneurship in a region. These principles are grounded in research findings and describe the factors and causal mechanisms that explain the founding and success rates of both corporate and academic spin-offs. We differentia...
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Academic entrepreneurship by means of university spin-offs commercializes technological breakthroughs, which may otherwise remain unexploited. However, many universities face difficulties in creating spin-offs. This article adopts a science-based design approach to connect scholarly research with the pragmatics of effectively creating university sp...
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This report describes the results of a study on entrepreneurship in the Indonesian province Papua. The study was performed for Oikonomos Foundation to help evaluating the current entrepreneurship support programs and to identify future challenges.

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