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 entrepreneurship (TE).

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. Since 2012, I am Associate Professor at University Twente. I have served as 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, and was visiting researcher at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA.


Business Incubators
Entrepreneurial Intention
Entrepreneurship Education


I have published in leading journals of the field, such as Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and others. I have published 50+ publications in scientific journals, edited 4 special issues of scientific journals of the field and have 100+ conference presentations at international conferences. My h-factor (GS) is at 20 (2017). Please find an overview of my research output at Google scholar and at Research gate. I also serve(d) as daily supervisor for 7 PhD theses, and served as examiner for 19 additional PhD theses in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Finland, and Spain. My current research topics include:

  • Capabilities for early internationalization of technology-based ventures

  • Antecedents to international sequencing strategies

  • The role of learning in the technology venture development process


Jie, S., & Harms, R. (2017). Cross-Cultural Competences and International Entrepreneurial Intention: A Study on Entrepreneurship Education. Paper presented at 25th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Mat, H., Filser, M., Harms, R., Kraus, S., Man-Ling, C., & Cheng-Feng, C. (2017). Family firm configurations for high performance: The role of entrepreneurship and ambidexterity. British journal of management. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12263
Koller, M., Floh, A., Gartner, J., Fink, M., & Harms, R. (2017). A longitudinal test of the effects of celebrity endorser credibility on brand image and purchase intention. Paper presented at 30th Global Research Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship 2017, San Fransisco, United States.
Filser, M., Mat, H., Kraus, S., Harms, R., & C.F., C. (2017). Entrepreneurial orientation, exploration, exploitation and family influence: A fsqca analysis of family firm performance. Paper presented at 6th Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2017, Melbourne, Australia.
Simon, F., Schiele, H., & Harms, R. (2017). NTBFs and corporate partners: Which factors influence the willingness of NTBF to collaborate with corporates?. Paper presented at 26th Annual IPSERA Conference 2017, Budapest/Balatonfured, Hungary.
Walsh, S. T., Marinakis, Y., & Harms, R. (2017). Sensors and Sensors Systems Technology Diffusion. Paper presented at PICMET 2017 Conference, Portland, United States.

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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:

  • MOOC “Entrepreneurship for Engineers”

  • EIT Entrepreneurship Minor (Coordinator Utwente)

  • International Technology Entrepreneurship (Master)

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship module (Bachelor)

  • Business Development Lab for EIT (Minor)

  • EIT thesis project (Minor)

  • Nanotechnology Design Project (Master)

  • Summer School “Entrepreneurship Research: New Horizons (all levels)



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