Centre for Economic Transformation

Responsive Entrepreneurship & Learning in Metropolitan Areas

CAREM Research Programme 2015-2019

Specific emphasis in CAREM's 2015-2019 research agenda is focused on the concept of ‘responsive’ entrepreneurship: the notion of entrepreneurs and enterprises as entities that continuously act upon, react to and interact with their (metropolitan) context. The programme consists of four research lines. Three perspectives run through these four lines to create cohesion within the programme.

The four research lines are displayed in the left-hand menu. Each education programme is serviced most directly by a separate research line. Each research line also has a distinctly international component, to safeguard the link with the curriculum at the International Business School. The research themes are linked tightly to the available fields of expertise and scientific disciplines of the associated professors and their connected researchers.

The three perspectives that create cohesion within the programme as a whole are briefly outlined below:

  1. professional expertise and entrepreneurship,
  2. the role played by business models and
  3. the role of business networks.

Schools of applied sciences give centre stage to the skills of the professional. Students are the professionals of the future and they learn about developments in their future fields of profession during their studies, connecting insights from theory with the daily practice of the professional. We therefore actively involve them in the search for solutions to current practical dilemmas: research into daily practice is the best approach to explore relevant knowledge and insights.

The professorships of Differentiated HRM and Corporate Governance and Leadership most specifically start out from the perspective of the professional in their work environment.

Thinking in business models has gained a lot in popularity in the past years, since it allows systematic analysis of the various elements of an enterprise. The value proposition – what is the core business, what are its key objectives – is linked to financial policy, HR, commerce and all other aspects. The concept of the business model is an amalgam of multiple disciplines - as is also the case with the expertise of the professional. All professorships in the research programme have clear connections with enterprises and their business models. For the professorship Online Entrepreneurship the implications that digital developments have for business models is even the starting point for its research.

The perspective of business networks treats the role of companies as components in the ‘triple helix’ of enterprise, government and knowledge institutions. Entrepreneur participation is crucial – precisely the nexus between practice, policy and theory is of inestimable value to the effective economic innovation in the region. If companies are to stay successful, they must work together with various stakeholders from their ecosystem.

This outlook is most prominently present in research by the professorship Amsterdam Knowledge Economy, but the theme is also present in the other professorships and in other research lines. The professorship gHRM looks at the role of enterprises in the social fabric of a city district for example, while the professorship Online Entrepreneurship researches collective (online) marketing initiatives in shopping areas and the professorship Corporate Governance & Leadership delves into the relationship between leadership and institutional changes in the financial world.