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Isabella Hatak is Associate Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship at NIKOS, University of Twente. She holds a postdoctoral qualification (venia legendi) and a Ph.D. from the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as a MSc in coaching and organizational development and a MA in international business studies.

Research interests

Isabella’s research focuses on the value-creating interplay of opportunity-seeking and advantage-seeking behaviors in the course of creating a new organization (e.g. mature entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial stress/burn-out) and within existing organizations (e.g. management innovation, trust-based interorganizational cooperation, entrepreneurial behavior in academia). The behavior of the individual entrepreneur and the influences upon that behavior are clearly at the heart of her research along the entrepreneurship process.

Isabella has published several contributions to peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Economic Psychology). For her research, she received several awards such as the JSBM Editor’s Choice Award, ICSB Best Paper Award, COMS Best Paper Award, WU Top-Journal Awards, and the Dr. Maria-Schaumayer-Prize.
Moreover, Isabella is an academically certified systemic coach, HR developer and organizational consultant.


Isabella has taught courses on business administration in general, and entrepreneurship and SME management in particular. She taught at bachelor-, master-, and PhD level at WU Vienna, JKU Linz and further Austrian universities. At the UT, she acts as coordinator of the (I)BA MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy (EIS) track and teaches, for example, the MSc course ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership & Responsible Organizational Design’.

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Research Output 2008 2018

Chemical activation

Mental Disorders in the Entrepreneurial Context: When Being Different Can Be an Advantage

Wiklund, J., Hatak, I., Patzelt, H. & Shepherd, D. 14 Mar 2018 In : Academy of Management Perspectives.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Mental disorders
Research agenda

Problematizing Socioemotional Wealth in Family Firms: A Systems-Theoretical Reframing

Hasenzagl, R., Hatak, I. & Frank, H. 2018 In : Entrepreneurship & regional development. 30, 1-2, p. 199-223

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Family firms
Family business
Critical reflection
Research productivity
Ethical decision making


Best Paper accepted by BCERC, Selection for Publications in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (Top 40 Paper, out of 637 submissions)

Isabella Hatak (Recipient), Andreas Rauch (Recipient), Matthias Fink (Recipient) & Andreas Baranyi (Recipient), 2016


Best Paper to be included in AoM Proceedings, selected by AoM International Management Division (Top 10% Paper)

Matthias Fink (Recipient), Michael Gusenbauer (Recipient), Isabella Hatak (Recipient) & Nina Rosenbusch (Recipient), 2017


Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

11th Dutch Academy of Research in Entrepreneurship Seminar

Hatak, I. (Organiser), Zalewska-Kurek, K. (Organiser), Nardo de Vries (Organiser), Ilse Matser (Organiser), de Weerd-Nederhof, P. C. (Organiser)
12 May 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

AoM Paper Development Workshop 'ADHD and Entrepreneurship'

Hatak, I. (Organiser), Phil Phan (Organiser), Ute Stephan (Organiser), Johan Wiklund (Organiser)
4 Aug 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

76th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016

Dimo Dimov (Organiser), Hatak, I. (Organiser), Phil Phan (Organiser), Johan Wiklund (Organiser)
5 Aug 2016

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...