dr. T. Oukes (Tamara)

Assistant Professor


Currently, Tamara is a postdoc researcher in an NWO-funded project (grant number: 438.17.901) which focuses on creating design principles for the development of sustainable collaborative business models in the field of inclusive innovations.

As a PhD researcher (2013-2018), Tamara researched how Inreda Diabetic B.V. initiated, maintained and developed business relationships. She served at the company two to three days per week, to do research and to assist the commercial director. She also studied how network position and related power influence the multipartner alliance performance. Her PhD was financed by PCDIAB, a research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (grant number: 305654).She published her research in the book Starting up in business networks: Why relationships matter in entrepreneurship and in scientific journals (IMP Journal and Industrial Marketing Management). She has also presented her research at conferences, such as the SMS Conference, the IMP conference and the PDMA’s annual Research Forum. 


Oukes, T., & von Raesfeld Meijer, A. M. (2017). Third actors initiating business relationships for a medical device start-up: effect on network embedding and venture creation processes. In L. Aaboen, A. la Rocca, F. Lind, A. Perna, & T. Shih (Eds.), Starting Up in Business Networks: Why Relationships Matter in Entrepreneurship (pp. 41-73). Palgrave Mac Millan.
Oukes, T., & von Raesfeld Meijer, A. M. (2015). Startups networking: how and when to act?. Paper presented at 31th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium, Kolding, Denmark.

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Since 2016, Tamara has been teaching courses such as Organization and Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Business Development in a Network Perspective. Also, she has been involved in the Bachelor program Creative Technology. Tamara supervised multiple student theses in International Business Administration (BSc) and Business Administration (MSc) on topics such as technology acceptance, business models, start-up networks, power asymmetry and entrepreneurship. In addition, she is the coordinator of the BA master track Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy (EIS) and the double degree Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES). Tamara also trains nascent entrepreneurs in identifying, evaluating and managing their networks at the University of Twente and VentureLab North.


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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2276
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2276
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands