PhD defence of Brigitte Hoogendoorn on Thursday 6 October 2011

On Thursday 6 October 2011 Brigitte Hoogendoorn will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Social Entrepreneurship in the Modern Economy: Warm Glow, Cold Feet'. Supervisors are Professor Roy Thurik and Professor Enrico Pennings.

Time and location

The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam and will start at 15.30 hrs.

About the PhD thesis

This study tests and extends current knowledge on the causes of social entrepreneurship: a type of entrepreneurship that concerns the process of discovering, evaluating, and pursuing opportunities aimed at the creation of social value. In contrast to what is common in this research domain, this study applies a research design based on unique, large-scale and internationally comparable survey data. Various research themes are addressed such as the occurrence and drivers of social entrepreneurship at the macro-level, factors that influence the survival of social ventures at the firm level, and the differences and commonalities between social and commercial entrepreneurs at the individual level.

At the macro-level it is concluded that social entrepreneurship clearly is a global phenomenon with a prevailing role for the level of income in a country as one of the drivers of its occurrence. At the micro-level results indicate a deviating entrepreneurial profile for social entrepreneurs that tends to be, in some respects, less favorable compared to commercial entrepreneurs in terms of effort put into the organisation, self-confidence, ambition, funding and progression to more mature stages of the entrepreneurial process.

The results of this thesis are of particular interest for public policy-makers, private foundations, and support organizations who want to promote social entrepreneurship and improve the sector infrastructure. This study advocates taking account for this deviating entrepreneurial profile.

About Brigitte Hoogendoorn

Brigitte Hoogendoorn (1972) graduated in economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1996. Subsequently, she started her professional career as a consultant and trainer in the field of change management at the Dutch consultancy firm Pentascope. In 2001 she received an additional doctoral degree in information management and management of new media from the University of Amsterdam. Brigitte Hoogendoorn is (co-)author of several management books on implementation and change. In September 2008 she joined the Department of Applied Economics at the Erasmus School of Economics to write a Ph.D. thesis about social entrepreneurship. Her research interests are in the field of entrepreneurship, social innovation, and sustainability. Currently, she is assistant professor at the same department.

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For more information about this ceremony, please contact the Press Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam phone +31 10 408 1216, email

Publication date: 29 September 2011