dr. R. Harms (Rainer)

Associate Professor

About Me

Technology Entrepreneurs leverage technology to solve world problems and achieve strong growth. At the same time, they face a lot of degree of market and technological uncertainty. My ambition in research and teaching is to contribute to understanding and solving the challenges of technology entrepreneurs.

Therefore, I am active in the Entrepreneurship & Technology Management section of the High Tech Business and Entrepreneurship Cluster at the BMS faculty, the University Twente. I am currently chairing the Smart Industry Research Orientation, the EIT Entrepreneurship Minor, and am active in entrepreneurship activities with NovelT.

Before joining UTwente, I obtained a PhD in Business Administration from WWU Münster, one of the leading universities on Business Administration in Germany, with a study on Entrepreneurial Orientation and Entrepreneurial Management (runner-up of best dissertation award at WWU Business&Economics). I defended my Habilitation in Business Administration from AAU Klagenfurt on a work on Complexity and Dynamics in new venture creation processes.

I enjoy the academic exchange and was visiting professor at prestigious universities such as WU Vienna (the largest business university in Europe), UAB Barcelona (e.g. 18th in young university rankings THE 2017), St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Monash Uni. I was a visiting researcher at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA, and at HSE Moscow.



Business & Economics
Business Incubators
Business Support
Entrepreneurial Intention
Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises (Smes)
Social Sciences


When we understand better how new technology based-firms (NTBF) start and develop, we can develop better tools and policies. Therefore it is my passion to understand the complexities of the development of NTBF. My current research topics include: 

  • Capabilities for early internationalization of technology-based ventures

  • The role of learning in the technology venture development process

  • Entrepreneurial learning of STEM students

Please find an overview of my research output at Google scholar and at Research gate.


Dranev, Y., Ochirova, E. , Harms, R., & Miriakov, M. (2023). Assessment of Interorganizational Technology Transfer Efficiency. Foresight and STI Governance, 17(3), 20-31. https://doi.org/10.17323/2500-2597.2023.3.20.31
Kuckertz, A., Bernard, A., Berger, E., Dvouletý, O. , Harms, R., Jack, S., & Kibler, E. (2023). Scaling the right answers – Creating and maintaining hope through social entrepreneurship in light of humanitarian crises. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 19, Article e00356. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2022.e00356
Bachmann, N. , Harms, R., Gundolf, K. , & Oukes, T. (2022). Data-Driven Business Model Innovation: Bibliometric Analysis of Past and New Research. Paper presented at 36th Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, RENT 2022, Naples, Italy.

UT Research Information System

Google Scholar Link


It is my passion to help students learn about technology entrepreneurship. I have taught at all levels at 10 universities in 8 countries. The 15ECTS Module “Innovation&Entrepreneurship” as well as the 4TU MOOC “Entrepreneurship for Engineers” received external recogition. My current teaching includes:

  • Business Development Lab for EIT I and II (Minor)

  • EIT Entrepreneurship Minor (Coordinator Utwente)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship module (Bachelor)

  • International Technology Entrepreneurship (Master)

  • MOOC “Entrepreneurship for Engineers”

  • Nanotechnology Design Project (Master)
  • Research Topics EIT

Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2109
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2109
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands