Last week I did a lot of reading for my third article and a I adjusted my research framework and my research questions. I also made a new version of my second article and sent it to my promotors. The will adjust it now in a way that it can be submitted to a journal. I also talked to the entrepreneurs that are subject of my study and they gave me permission to interview there employees for my third article.
So my research question will be this: “How do student entrepreneurs build trust and associability in order to make their employees use their social network to find resources for the company?”
This is the conceptual model I will use to build my third article around:
Last week I was busy with organizing and hosting an event for the EANET project We are working together with universities from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, to create Alumni entrepreneurs networks in these countries.
I interviewed three participants of each of the countries involved to hear what they liked the most about their trip to Amsterdam and the workshops we organized. The most populair workshop was hosted by Oscar Kneppers of Rockstart. The representants of the universities, the ministries and business liked the way he painted the startup scene in Amsterdam and the learnings he presented. The quote “Stop talking, start acting” was one I hope will inspire our participants to take new initiatives in their country.
It was a great experience to have all these representants (45) of these countries here and we think we helped them to think about the next steps they have to take to make their country more entrepreneurial.
This week I worked mostly on literature research for my third article and I had a conversation with my promotors about the work I delivered. I handed in the fifth version of my second article but according to my promotors still didn’t hit the nail on the head. I must be more specific about the contribution I’m making to the literature of social networks. So within two weeks I will deliver a new version in which I will put in some extra data to make a stronger case. My promotors will help me with the last step and contribute to the final version so that it can be published in a scientific journal.
Also my groundwork for my third article needs some work and I will look into the literature to make sure that the conceptual model I want to use is strong enough to build my research upon.
Last week I discussed my first research proposal about my third article with my supervisor. We came to the conclusion that it still needed some work. My focus was on the social network of the employees and not on the way student entrepreneurs make use of this network. So I worked on a new proposal and also did some new deskresearch using Vosviewer With this tool you are able to find the most quoted article on the topics your doing research in.
On 23th of February Pieter Bosschaart told a couple of students of the university of applied sciences how he started in 2011 his company during his bachelor study with Paul van Hattem.
Nowadays www.mrprezident.com is a global operating company working for mayor brands and situated in Amsterdam, New York and SIngapore.
This week I finished the design of my third article. It was fun to make it and I hope it will help to make a good start with the path to the next milestone of my thesis. I want to write about the way employees of companies started by student entrepreneurs use their social network in favor of the company they are working for.
My conceptual model deals with mechanisms of rewards and reciprocity, but also with the different kind of topics that are related to this topic e.g. introducing new employees, finding possible clients, information about competitors,…
I hope that three of my former students will give me access to their company to interview their employees.
This week I delivered a new version of my second article I was quite satisfied about the story line and the proposed contribution to the literature. I also started with making my design for the next article. I want to research the way employees contribute to their company by using their social network. I want to do a qualitative research in three former student companies. One company in het B2B sector, One company in the B2C sector and one company in the B2B-B2C sector. Next weeks I will tell you more about the design of the research and the research questions.
This week I ended my class Entrepreneurship Philosophy and the arts, 18 honours students of HvA attended this class and gave it an overall grade of 7,6. Evaluation
One of the topics of this class was the philosophy of Spinoza and especially the relationship between acting for your own good and acting for the common intrest. We applied these principals to a company that is acting in the common intrest of coffee farmers in Ethiopia and introduced the fair chain principle. So for the sake of my vlog I thaught it would be interesting to go to the statue of Spinoza in Amsterdam and talk about the developments of my thesis last week. Lees verder Vlog/blog10 working on my thesis and Spinoza→
This week I read an interesting article about incubators which helped me a lot regarding the way I have to write my second article. The article was about the way incubators should cope with their clients and how they should manage the expactations of participants. While I am a frequent visitor of the ACE-Venturelab location startupvillage I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts with you from this beautiful location. Have fun!