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Home | People | Wouter Stam

Wouter Stam


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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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).

Wouter Stam's 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.

Key publications


van Wijk, J., van Wijk, J., Drost, S. and Stam, W. (2020). Challenges in Building Robust Interventions in Contexts of Poverty: Insights from an NGO-driven multi-stakeholder network in Ethiopia Organization Studies, 41(10):1391--1415.

Glaser, L., Stam, W. and 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(4):1339--1360.

Stam, W., Arzlanian, S. and Elfring, T. (2014). Social Capital of entrepreneurs and small firm performance: A meta-analysis of temporal and contextual contingencies Journal of Business Venturing, 29(1):152--173.

van Wijk, J.J., Stam, W., Elfring, T., Zietsma, C. and den Hond, F. (2013). Activists and incumbents structuring change: The interplay of agency, culture, and networks in field evolution Academy of Management Journal, 56(2):358--386.

Stam, W. (2010). Industry event participation and network brokerage among entrepreneurial ventures Journal of Management Studies, 47(4):625--653.

Stam, W. (2009). When does community participation enhance the performance of open source software companies? Research Policy, 38(8):1288--1299.

Stam, W. and Elfring, T. (2008). Entrepreneurial orientation and new venture performance: The moderating role of intra- and extraindustry social capital Academy of Management Journal, 51(1):97--111.