dr. K. Zalewska (Katarzyna)

Assistant Professor

About Me

During her career, Kasia has accumulated substantial experience and knowledge in areas such as: high-tech entrepreneurship, strategy, business models (incl. social entrepreneurship and shared economy), and inter-organizational collaboration. 

Her research programme is focused on University-Industry Interactions, specifically focusing on the Academic and Student Entrepreneurship, as well as Entrepreneurship Education. Kasia is also interested in putting her academic knowledge into practice and developing business models for new technologies. She is part of a ChipSense project financed by NWO-TTW together with Optical Science group, where she is responsible for knowledge transfer to industry, market research and designing a business model for new technology on early detection of diabetes.

Kasia serves as a reviewer for the following journals: Research Policy, Higher Education Policy, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Technology Forecasting and Social Change Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management

Received grants

2011 EU-SPRI grant for organising an international Early Career Researcher Conference on university-society interactions, ‘New perspectives on enduring research questions in university-society interaction? Towards an emerging multi‑disciplinary research agenda for knowledge exchange and co-creation within science, research and innovation policy studies’

2012 UTStichting Universiteitsfonds to support a Campus Event

2014UT Ambassadors’ Network UT Aspasia Fond

2016 Tech4People grant financing a 3-year PhD student

2016 NWO-TTW (STW) grant for Knowledge transfer within the project Advanced fully integrated on-chip optical sensors for the early diagnosis of diseases with Optical Sciences (dr. Sonia Garcia Blanco)



Social Sciences
Social Sciences


Kasia's research programme is focused on University-Industry Interactions, specifically focusing on the Academic and Student Entrepreneurship, as well as Entrepreneurship Education. Kasia's main project (together with Igors Skute (PhD student), Isabella Hatak, and Petra de Weerd Nederhof) is focused on detecting early success factors of valorisation grants/ business plans of academic entrepreneurs. This project requires text mining of valorisation grants/business plans and development of a machine learning algorithm to analyse valorisation grants (business plans).


Dos SantosFernandez Costa, S., Zalewska-Kurek, K., Frederiks, A., & Hatak, I. (2018). Understanding Students' Ability to Recognize Entrepreneurial Opportunities: The Role of Need for Autonomy and Passion for Inventing. Paper presented at 3E Conference – ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference 2018, Enschede, Netherlands.
Skute, I., Zalewska-Kurek, K., Hatak, I., & de Weerd-Nederhof, P. C. (2017). University-Industry Collaboration: Detecting Research Patterns and Exploring Future Avenues. Paper presented at 25th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Englis, P. D., Englis, B., Groen, A. J., Heuven, J. M. J., & Zalewska-Kurek, K. (2017). The Predictive Ability of Business Panel Assessments and Start-up Firm Survival. 16589. Paper presented at 77th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, Atlanta, United States.DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.16589abstract
Zalewska-Kurek, K., Janßen, B., & Harms, R. (2016). Research partnerships between management researchers and university. -. Paper presented at The University-Industry Interaction Conference (UIIN 2016), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Englis, B. G., Englis-Danskin, P., Zalewska-Kurek, K., & Groen, A. J. (2016). Business Panel Prediction of Nascent Entrepreneurs Success. In Proceedings of the High Technology Small Firms (HTSF) Conference on Technology Based Entrepreneurship (pp. -). Liverpool, England.

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  • I am responsible for designing a new curriculum for Entrepreneurship Pillar in the new Master’s programme: Interaction Technology (responsible for architecting a bundle of courses for students with different entrepreneurial background)
  • Participated in developing and launching Nikos/UT MOOC on Entrepreneurship (forthcoming in September on www.futurelearn.com)
  • Designed curricula, created and taught courses on business modelling, strategic management, strategic alliances management, and innovative entrepreneurship for Business Administration, Industrial Engineering & Management, and Creative Technology.
  • Designed a teaching curriculum and taught research management to PhD students in the Twente Graduate School as a follow-up of my PhD project.
  • Supervised approximately 70 masters and 50 bachelor students in the fields of: market research, innovation of business models, entrepreneurship, strategic alliances, marketing, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions to name a few. These projects were carried out at both SMEs (e.g. high-tech start-ups, software companies, recruitment agencies, car wholesalers) and large (e.g. large Dutch newspaper publisher, national Dutch bank) companies and resulted in recommendations and advise.


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2105
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2105
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands