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 deal with a high degree of market and technological uncertainty. My ambition in research and teaching is to contribute to understanding and solving the challenges of technology entrepreneurs.

Before working at 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 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 visiting researcher at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA, and at HSE Moscow.



Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises (Smes)
Business Incubators


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.

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


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