Welcome...

dr. M.L. Ehrenhard (Michel)

Associate Professor Strategic Entrepreneurship

About Me

I study institutions and am especially intrigued by (the management of) strategic change processes in complex environments. Within strategic entrepreneurship, my specific research expertise lies in the study of strategic choice for prosocial organizing aided by technology. As an engaged scholar, most of my research projects are externally funded and executed in interdisciplinary teams often including practitioners. This teamwork has resulted in over 1,5M EUR acquired research funding for the university, several research awards, and publications in (interdisciplinary) journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Business VenturingTechnological Forecasting & Social Change, Social Science & Medicine and Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

I have (co-)designed, coordinated, and provided education at all levels on topics such as Innovation & Entrepreneurship, (Qualitative) Research Methodology, and Enterprising Skills, and for multiple UT programmes, including the executive masterclass on Change Management & Leadership. Since I started mid-2017 as programme director of the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration, we sharpened the profiles of our (I)BA programmes, involved and supported lecturers in teaching innovation and continuous improvement, and build relations with strategic partners both in-and outside the university. This led to improved student satisfaction, increased student inflow, larger company involvement, and two new double degrees with international partner universities WWU Münster and the University of Trento.

Cooperation is key in academia and I contribute in this respect by involvement in various internal and external committees, outreach activities, and reviewing for academic journals and funding agencies. Examples are my membership of the UT Minor Committee and the editorial board of Technological Forecasting & Social Change. In recognition of my contribution to the BMS faculty, I received the faculty Cooperation Award early 2022. Since 2018, I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA).

 

Expertise

Social Sciences
Computer-Mediated Communication
Donation
Entrepreneurship
Fundraising
Physician
Business & Economics
Entrepreneurial Cognition
Entrepreneurs
New Venture Idea

Research

I study institutions and am especially intrigued by (the management of) strategic change processes in complex environments. Within strategic entrepreneurship, my specific research expertise lies in the study of strategic choice for prosocial organizing aided by technology. In other words, organizational leaders need to chose how to best balance current economic demands with societal pressures and future opportunities. In such complex societal contexts, technology is often an enabler for change (e.g., social media, AI/data science, regtech) or a market opportunity (e.g., smart homes, digital platforms, cleantech).

As an engaged scholar, most of my research projects are externally funded, e,g, EIB-EIF SFIDE and Horizon2020 dRural projects, and executed in interdisciplinary teams often including PhD students and practitioners. This teamwork has resulted in over 1,5M EUR in research funding for the university and a Twitter #datagrant, several research awards including two best dissertation awards from the Academy of Management, and publications in (interdisciplinary) journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Social Science & Medicine and Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

I have worked with organisations in a large variety of sectors such as IT, finance, health, government/nonprofit, manufacturing, and cleantech. Also, I was a visiting scholar at for example the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Minnesota, and the University of St. Andrews. Finally, I developed the Organisational Change Sketch (Dutch version here), in an effort to provide some practical help and structure to often messy change processes.


RESEARCH LINES

  • Strategic Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Strategic Choice, Managerial Cognition, and Organizational Design
  • Pro-social Organizing, Market Failures, Responsible Enterprise, and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Market Adoption of Disruptive Technology, (Hightech) Start-ups, and Online Collective Action


HIGHLY RANKED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
(AI ≥90 AND/OR UK-ABS ≥4 RATING)

  • Broek, T.A., Langley, D., Ehrenhard, M.L. & Groen, A.J. (in print). When Do Evaluators Publicly Express their Legitimacy Judgments? An Inquiry into the Role of Peer Endorsement and Evaluative Mode. Organization Science.
  • Machado, T.O., Grabow, J., Sayer, C., De Araújo, P.H., Ehrenhard, M.L., & Wurm, F.R. (2022). Biopolymer-based nanocarriers for sustained release of agrochemicals: A review on materials and social science perspectives for a sustainable future of agri-and horticulture. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 303, 1026-1045. [link]
  • Van den Broek, T.A., Need, A., Ehrenhard, M.L., Priante, A. & Hiemstra, D.J. (2019). The influence of network structure and prosocial cultural norms on charitable giving: A multilevel analysis of Movember's fundraising campaign in 24 countries. Social Networks. [link]
  • Frederiks, A.J., Englis, B.G., Ehrenhard, M.L. & Groen, A.J. (2019). Entrepreneurial cognition and the quality of new venture ideas: An experimental approach to comparing future-oriented cognitive processes. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(2), 327-347. [link]
  • Priante, A., Ehrenhard, M.L., Van den Broek, T.A. & Need, A. (2018). Identity and collective action via computer-mediated communication: A review and agenda for future research. New Media & Society, 20(7), 2647-2669. [link]
  • Koelewijn, W.T., Ehrenhard, M.L., Groen, A.J. & Van Harten (2014). Exploring personal interests of physicians in hospitals and specialty clinics. Social Science & Medicine, 100, 93-98. [link]
  • Koelewijn, W.T., Ehrenhard, M.L., Groen, A.J. & Van Harten (2012). Intra-organizational dynamics as drivers of entrepreneurship among physicians and managers in hospitals of western countries. Social Science & Medicine, 75(5), 795-800. [link]

See below for a list of recent publications (<5y) or for a complete overview Google scholar

 

RESEARCH AWARDS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Finalist best environmental and social practices paper award, Organisation and Management Theory division, Academy of Management, 2019; with Timo Fiorito
  • Best paper, Subtheme 20: Invisible/silent aspects of change, European Group for Organization Studies conference, 2016; with Raymond Loohuis
  • Best developmental paper award, Leadership and Leadership Development, British Academy of Management, 2015; with Johannes Rank, Anna Overath, Stella-Oriana Strüfing, Nadja Ebel, and Martin Funck
  • Twitter #datagrant for proposed research into cancer awareness campaigns such as Movember, 2014; with Tijs van den Broek, Djoerd Hiemstra, and Ariana Need
  • Best dissertation award, Public and Nonprofit Division, Academy of Management, 2010

    Publications

    Recent
    Loohuis, R. , Ehrenhard, M. , & Millar, C. (2021). Mobilizing Values and Action through Framing Strategies in Creating a Regional Bio-energy Niche. In K. April, & B. Zolfaghari (Eds.), Values-driven Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact: Setting the Agenda for Entrepreneuring Across (Southern) Africa (pp. 65-78)
    Fiorito, T. L. , Ehrenhard, M., & Hoff, R. J. (2020). Settle down or the struggle within? Exploring character and corporate responsibility in two financial enterprises. Paper presented at 80th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Fiorito, T. L. , & Ehrenhard, M. L. (2019). Understanding organizational integrity from an institutional perspective. Paper presented at 79th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.28
    Kuijpers, K. , & Ehrenhard, M. (2019). The Impact of Vertical Complexity on Inclusive Practice Adoption to Institutional Pressures. Paper presented at 79th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
    Kuijpers, K. , & Ehrenhard, M. (2019). Cross-National Institutional Pressures, Governance Structures and Inclusive Practice Adoption. Paper presented at 79th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
    Ehrenhard, M. L. , & Hatak, I. (2018). Leading Effectively in a VUCA World: Constellations of Leadership and Personality Characteristics. Paper presented at 78th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
    Stienstra, M. R. (2018). Does expertise drive the preference for effectuation over causation? A cross-nation study into the role of cognitive styles, national culture and education. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036545211

    UT Research Information System

    Google Scholar Link

    Education

    My teaching interests are related to strategy, change management and leadership - often from an entrepreneurial or organisation theory perspective, plus (qualitative) research methods. Currently, I teach in the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration and the Executive MSc in Risk Management. Previously, I have also taught in the BSc Advanced Technology and the BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management at the University of Twente, Innovation Management at TSM Business School, and Data Science for Business at the WWU Munster. I especially enjoy supervising bachelor and master thesis projects - over 300 so far.

    Since 2017, I am also the program director for the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration. Under my leadership, the programmes got reaccredited by NVAO, obtained the distinctive feature in enterprising, and the BSc obtained the ECA distinctive feature internationalisation. The BSc programme was twice evaluated as a TOP programme, a rare feat for Dutch business programmes. We also established two new double degrees, for the BSc with the WWU Münster, and for the International Management & Consultancy track with the University of Trento.

    Affiliated Study Programmes

    Bachelor

    Master

    Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

    Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
     

    Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

    Projects

    Advisor for Ph.D. projects:

    • Lisa Bakir (ongoing): customer participation in servitization with prof. dr. ir. Bart Nieuwenhuis and dr. Raymond Loohuis MBA
    • Justin Grabow (ongoing): Market Adoption of a Microtech Plant Medicin; with prof. dr. Frederik Wurm
    • Vidit Kundu (ongoing): Exploring the Spatial Diffusion and Knowledge Production Dynamics of the Clean Energy Sector and its Resilience to External Economic Shocks; with prof. dr. Karin Pfeffer and dr. Debraj Roy
    • Tina Hormann (ongoing): Impact Measurement of a Rural Service Marketplace for Europe; with prof. dr. ir. Bart Nieuwenhuis and prof. dr. Ariana Need
    • Franziska Koefer (ongoing): Strenghtening Financial Inclusing through Digitalisation in Europe; with prof. dr. ir. Bart Nieuwenhuis
    • Andres Camargo Benavides (ongoing): The Role of Colombian Print Industry Cooperatives in Supporting Member SMEs’ Exploration and Exploitation Activities; with prof. dr. ir. Petra de Weerd-Nederhof and dr. Matthias de Visser
    • Ruud Koopman (2021): Coaching and Mentoring of Nascent Entrepreneurs; with prof. dr. Aard Groen and prof dr. Paula Englis (Berry College, US)
    • Timo Fiorito (2021): Responsibility and Integrity in the Dutch Financial Sector; with prof. dr. ir. Petra de Weerd-Nederhof and dr. mr. ir. Richard Hoff (DNB)
    • Koen Kuijpers (2021): Institutional Entrepreneurship for an Inclusive Labor Market; with prof. dr. Aard Groen
    • Anna Priante (defended 2019): #Identity Projects of Social Movement Organizations against Cancer: A Multi-level Study of the Influence of Online Identities on Offline Behaviors; with dr. Tijs van der Broek, prof. dr. Ariana Need and dr. Djoerd Hiemstra
    • Martin Stienstra (defended 2018): A Cross-cultural Perspective on Entrepreneurial Processes; with prof. dr. Aard Groen
    • Tijs van den Broek (defended 2016 with distinction): When Slacktivism Matters: On the Organization and Outcomes of Online Protest Targeting Firms; with prof. dr. Aard Groen and dr. David Langley (TNO)
    • Arjan Frederiks (defended 2016 with distinction; winner of the 2017 Heizer dissertation award, Entrepreneurship division, Academy of Management): On the Use of Imagination by Entrepreneurs; with prof. dr. Aard Groen
    • Silvia Fernandes Costa (European PhD advisor, defended 2015 with distinction at ISCTE-IUL): Uncovering the Business Opportunity Prototype: Cognitive and Learning Aspects of Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition in Higher Education; with prof. dr. António Caetano (ISCTE-IUL)
    • Wout Koelewijn (defended 2014): Doctors in Business: A Study into What Drives Physicians’ Entrepreneurship; with prof. dr. Wim van Harten and prof. dr. Aard Groen

    Contact Details

    Visiting Address

    University of Twente
    Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
    Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2101
    Hallenweg 17
    7522NH  Enschede
    The Netherlands

    Navigate to location

    Mailing Address

    University of Twente
    Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
    Ravelijn  2101
    P.O. Box 217
    7500 AE Enschede
    The Netherlands

    Social Media