The main topic of my dissertation is lead user based social entrepreneurship.
The objective of my research is to examine whether and how lead user innovators become social entrepreneurs and whether this process differs from other types of (social) entrepreneurs.
In extension, I am researching the influence of unmet personal needs caused by contextual factors (such as market and governmental failure, poverty and deprivation) on the opportunity recognition and business development processes of (latent) social entrepreneurs and refugee entrepreneurs.
I am conducting research into several entrepreneurial training programs/business (pre)-incubators targeting refugees and (latent) social entrepreneurs. Besides the research objectives mentioned above, I also conduct research into the effectiveness and impact of such entrepreneurial training programs on the entrepreneurial intentions of the participants.