PhD defence of Pourya Darnihamedani on Friday 9 September 2016

On Friday 9 September 2016 Pourya will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Individual Characteristics, Contextual Factors and Entrepreneurial Behavior'. Supervisor is Professor Roy Thurik and the co-supervisor is Dr. Jolanda Hessels (both from Erasmus School of Economics). Other members of the Doctoral Committee are Professor Enrico Pennings (Erasmus School of Economics), Professor Jörn Block (Trier University) and Professor Wim Naudé (Maastricht School of Management).

Pourya Darnihamedani (1985) completed a bachelor in industrial engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2007. He did a master in international business at Maastricht University and, subsequently, a research master in strategic management at Rotterdam School of Manage-ment, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Pourya worked as a business consultant for more than a year in Amsterdam before coming back to academia. In July 2012, he started his PhD journey at the department of Applied Economics, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam under the supervision of Professor Roy Thurik and Doctor Jolanda Hessels.

His research focuses on determinants of entrepreneurship at various levels, antecedents of business growth and launching an innovative venture. Pourya presented his work in a number of prestigious entrepreneurship conferences such as Babson College Entrepreneurship Conference and RENT. He is an adhoc reviewer of several entrepreneurship journals and management conferences such as Small Business Economics and Academy of Management Meetings. During his PhD, he served as the treasurer of ERIM PhD Council for one year period. Pourya is continuing his career as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation management at NEOMA Business School, France.

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Darnihamedani's PhD research project is conducted within the Erasmus Doctoral Programme organized by Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

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