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dr. M.L. Ehrenhard (Michel)

Associate Professor Entrepreneurial Leadership

About Me

Dr. Michel L. Ehrenhard FRSA holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organization Theory / Organizational Behavior) from the University of Twente, for which he received the 2010 Best Dissertation Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management – the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world. Previously, he obtained an MSc. in Public Administration from the University of Twente and completed the Dr. Hendrik Muller honors program of the Social Scientific Council (SWR), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Early 2018, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA). 

Since 2017, he is the program director for the BSc. and MSc. in (International) Business Administration. He primarily teaches in the MSc. in Business Administration and the Executive MSc. in Risk Management. Previously, he coordinated the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy specialization within the MSc. of Business Administration and the double degree MSc. program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability jointly offered by the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of Twente. Also, he chaired the Program Committee of the BSc. and MSc. in (International) Business Administration, the Institute Council of the university’s IGS research institute, and the Faculty Council of the School of Management & Governance. Next to academia, he obtained business experience in a food processing SME, a big four consultancy and a Dutch central government ministry.

His research is published in various outlets including the Journal of Business Venturing, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Social Science & Medicine, New Media & Society, Government Information Quarterly, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. Of the various Ph.D. students he co-supervised, three received their Ph.D. degree with distinction, of which one also received the 2017 Best Dissertation Award from the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management. He is part of the team that in 2014 received one of the first six awarded Twitter #datagrants for studying online cancer awareness campaigns such as #Movember. Furthermore, he was part of the team that received the best developmental paper in leadership award at the British Academy of Management conference. Since 2011, Michel is a visiting professor at the Leadership Center of the University of Texas at Dallas; and since his sabbatical in 2015 an affiliated research fellow at the SME department of the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Also, he has acted as an external reviewer for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Expertise

Entrepreneurship
Industry
Physician
Physicians
Physicians
Reviewing
Technology
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs
Experiments

Research

Why and how do managers and entrepreneurs create, sustain and resist disruptive social and organizational change? And, how are such strategic change processes enabled and constrained by (a) institutional and market pressures, (b) organizational culture and politics, and (c) organizational design and performance management? These key questions at the intersection of organization theory, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship drive both research and teaching.

This research can be labeled as ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership’ – basically encouraging initiative at all organizational levels in the long-term interest of the organization. More precisely, three key questions are central to research. First, how can organizations manage to stay ahead of, or even shape the Schumpeterian creative destruction cycle? Second, entrepreneurial leadership demands certain organizational characteristics and behaviors, how to implement and evoke these respectively, if not or only scarcely present, and, in which contexts are they most effective? Third and foremost, organizations have an ever-increasing role, and thus responsibility, in our societies due to the growth of entrepreneurial activity, a shift from the public to the private sector, and the emergence of global enterprises. Hence, how to act responsibly in relation to the embedding of organizations in their communities and society in general?

Michel has worked with organizations in a wide variety of sectors, but particularly in professional services (incl. government, finance, and nonprofits), information and communication technology, and (health) care.

 

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Entrepreneurial leadership and management of disruptive change
  • Institutional entrepreneurship, organizational politics, social movements
  • Entrepreneurial and managerial decision-making and cognition
  • Organizational design and performance management, including technology implementation

 

MOST RECENT JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (ALSO SEE GOOGLE SCHOLAR)

  • Frederiks, A.J., Englis, B.G., Ehrenhard, M.L. & Groen, A.J. (in press). Entrepreneurial cognition and the quality of new venture ideas: An experimental approach to comparing future-oriented cognitive processes. Journal of Business Venturing. [link]
  • Ehrenhard, M.L. & Fiorito, T.L. (2018). Corporate values of the 25 largest European banks: Exploring the ambiguous link with corporate scandals. Journal of Public Affairs, 18 (1). [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]
  • Nieuwenhuis, L.J.M., Ehrenhard, M.L. & Prause, L. (2018). The shift to Cloud computing: The impact of disruptive technology on the enterprise software business ecosystem. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 129, 308-313. [link]
  • Ehrenhard, M.L., Wijnhoven, A.B.J.M., Van den Broek, T.A. & Zinck Stagno, M. (2017). Unlocking how start-ups create business value with mobile applications: Development of an app-enabled business innovation cycle. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 115, 26-36. [link]

 

DISSERTATION

  • Ehrenhard, M.L. (2009) The Structuration of Managing for Results: A Practice Perspective on Middle Managers in the Dutch Central Government, Enschede: University of Twente – PhD thesis, ISBN#978-90-365-2819-1, 376p. [http://dx.doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036528191]

    Publications

    Recent
    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, United States.
    van den Broek, T., Langley, D., & Ehrenhard, M. (2017). Activist versus slacktivist: A dual path model of online protest mobilization. In 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015 (pp. 1386-1391). (Academy of Management proceedings; Vol. 2015, No. 1). Academy of Management. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2015.166
    Costa, S. F., Ehrenhard, M. L., Caetano, A., & Santos, S. C. (2016). The Role of Different Opportunities in the Activation and Use of the Business Opportunity Prototype. Creativity and innovation management, 25(1), 58-72. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12160
    Priante, A., Hiemstra, D., van den Broek, T. A., Saeed, A., Ehrenhard, M. L., & Need, A. (2016). #WhoAmI in 160 characters? Classifying social identities based on Twitter profile descriptions. In Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science: NLP+CSS, EMNLP (pp. 55-65). Austin, Texas: Association for Computational Linguistics. DOI: 10.18653/v1/W16-5608
    Koers-Stuiver, D. M., Groen, A. J., & Ehrenhard, M. L. (2015). Reviewing the literature: from user innovator to social user entrepreneur. Paper presented at 23rd Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2015, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Mueller, S., D'Intino, R. S., Walske, J., Ehrenhard, M. L., Newbert, S. L., Robinson, J. A., & Senjem, J. C. (2015). What's Holding Back Social Entrepreneurship? Removing the Impediments to Theoretical Advancement. Journal of social entrepreneurship, 6(3), 245-256. DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2014.954259
    Stienstra, M. R., Singaram, R., & Ehrenhard, M. L. (2015). One Size Fits All? The Role of Cognitive Styles in Teaching Entrepreneurial Decision-making for Novices. -. Paper presented at Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, BCERC 2015, Wellesley, United States.
    Frederiks, A., Ehrenhard, M. L., & Groen, A. J. (2015). Using Imagination to Create Better Business Opportunities? An Experimental Study. -. Paper presented at Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, BCERC 2015, Wellesley, United States.
    Nguyen, D-P., van den Broek, T. A., Hauff, C., Hiemstra, D., & Ehrenhard, M. L. (2015). #SupportTheCause: Identifying Motivations to Participate in Online Health Campaigns. In Proceedings of the 2015 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, EMNLP 2015 (pp. 2570-2576). New York, USA: Association for Computational Linguistics.
    van der Veen, H., Hiemstra, D., van den Broek, T. A., Ehrenhard, M. L., & Need, A. (2015). Determine the User Country of a Tweet. (CTIT Technical Report Series; No. TR-CTIT-15-05). Enschede: Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).
    Other Contributions
    OUTREACH ACTIVITIES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
    • Reviewer for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2018
    • Reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2018
    • Member of BMS Resilience Research program committee, faculty of BMS, 2017-
    • Program director Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Administration, 2017-
    • Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), 2017
    • Member of a DARE research seminar panel on "Bringing in context and generalizing results - a paradox or antidote" together with Roy Thurik (Erasmus University) and Davide Ianuzzi (VU University), December 2, 2016, VU University, Amsterdam
    • Member editorial board Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 2016-
    • Member editorial board PSU Research Review, 2016-
    • Ad-hoc reviewer: e.g., Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, British Journal of Management, Technovation, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, BMC Health Services Research, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of HRM, Journal of Public Affairs, SAGE Open
    • Co-organizer of a 2016 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop “Teaching Sustainability to Managers: Reframing as an Effective Pedagogical Tool” with Bhutiani, P. Nair, Groen, Dess, Farber and Belousova
    • Co-chair (with Dilek Cetindamar, Sabanci University) of a 2016 R&D Management conference track titled “Social Innovation”
    • Member evaluation committee 2nd round Tech4People investment scheme, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, 2016
    • Co-organizer of the 2016 “#SupportTheCause” symposium (with Tijs van den Broek, Ariana Need, Anna Priante (BMS), Djoerd Hiemstra and Dong Nguyen (EWI)) on online protest and advocacy campaigns with speakers from academia and industry, incl. Twitter and Sanquin representatives.
    • Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy track (incl. the Innovative Entrepreneurship profile) within the MSc in Business Administration, 2015-2016
    • Co-organizer of a 2015 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop “Teaching Sustainable Strategies to Managers: Science, Practice and Philosophy” with Bhutiani, P. Nair (organizers), Haugh, Dess, Merchant, Stubbs, Groen, Love, Burke (discussants), Bhutiani, P. Nair, Hicks, B. Nair, Ogbanufe (presenters)
    • Chair of the Program Committee (OLC) BSc and MSc (International) Business Administration, 2015-2016
    • Co-organizer of the 2015 “Innoveren en Veranderen door Sociaal Ondernemen” symposium for SMEs on Inclusive Entrepreneurship, jointly organized by Extend MVO / Soweco and NIKOS / University of Twente
    • Member Program Committee (OLC) BSc Advanced Technology, 2014-
    • Member of NIKOS management board, 2014-
    • Member (Chair since May 2015) of the Institute Council of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), 2014-
    • Coordinator of the MSc double degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Berlin Institute of Technology, 2012-
    • Member of Faculty Advisory Committee for appointment of new dean for School of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences, 2014
    • Member of steering committee for merger School of Management and Governance and School of Behavioral Sciences, 2013-2014
    • Member as employee representative (Chair since Sept. 2011) of the Faculty Council of the School of Management and Governance (since mid 2014 co-chair due to merger of School of Management and Governance and School of Behavioral Sciences), University of Twente, 2010-2015
    • Member 2014 Best dissertation award committee (with Robert Christensen (chair) and Amanda Girth), Public and Nonprofit division, Academy of Management
    • Reviewer for the 2014 Postacademic Researchers International Mobility Experience program of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    • Member 2013 Best dissertation award committee (with Matthew Liao-Troth (chair) and Margaret Taylor), Public and Nonprofit division, Academy of Management
    • Presenter and roundtable host at a 2013 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop titled: “What’s Holding Back Social Entrepreneurship? Removing the Impediments to Theoretical Advancement” with Susan Mueller, Bob D’Intino, Jennifer Walske (organizers), Tina Dacin, Scott Newbert, Jeffrey Robinson, Felipe Santos, Jason Senjem (presenters and roundtable hosts)
    • Co-organizer (with Padmakumar Nair and Jeff Hicks, both University of Texas at Dallas) of a 2010 Academy of Management conference caucus titled: “Entrepreneurial Passion: Powering an Economic Recovery?” with panelists Gregg Dess (University of Texas at Dallas), Aard Groen and Shaker Zahra (University of Minnesota)
    • Member of the jury for ‘Best PhD-student poster’ at the 2009 and 2011 Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies research day
    • Initiator and co-convened with Shaker Zahra (University of Minnesota) and Jeroen Kraaijenbrink the 2009 EGOS colloquium sub-theme 25: “Energizing Entrepreneurship: The Role of Industry Knowledge Structures in Creating, Assessing, and Embedding New Business Ventures
    • Co-organizer of the 8th NOBEM “PhD Conference on Business Economics, Management and Organization Science”, Amersfoort, the Netherlands

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    Education

    Michel's teaching is primarily on organization theory, organization change, leadership, entrepreneurship, and research design. Currently, he teaches in the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration and the Executive MSc in Risk Management. Previously, he has also taught in the BSc Advanced Technology and the BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management. Furthermore, he has provided guest lectures for a variety of other programs. Next to his work at the University of Twente, he has taught Innovation Management at TSM Business School. He has very much enjoyed successfully supervising over 200 bachelor and master thesis projects.

    Since 2017, Michel is the program director for the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration. Previously, he coordinated the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy specialization within the MSc of Business Administration and the double degree MSc program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability jointly offered by the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of Twente. Also, he chaired the Program Committee of the BSc and MSc in (International) Business Administration.

    Affiliated Study Programmes

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    Master

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    Projects

    Advisor for Ph.D. projects:

    • Timo Fiorito (ongoing): Responsibility and Integrity in the Dutch Financial Sector; with prof. dr. ir. Petra de Weerd-Nederhof
    • Koen Kuijpers (ongoing): Institutional Entrepreneurship for an Inclusive Labor Market; with prof. dr. Aard Groen
    • 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
    • Anna Priante (ongoing): #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
    • Ruud Koopman (ongoing): Coaching and Mentoring of Nascent Entrepreneurs; with prof. dr. Aard Groen
    • 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

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

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