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Personal profile

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

1 Citations
Open Access
Chemical activation

Individual Resilience and Innovative Work Behaviour after Personal Trauma

de Weerd, P., Caniëls, M. C. J., Hatak, I. & Kuijpers, J. C. 2 Jul 2018 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Work behavior
Knowledge workers

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

Wiklund, J., Hatak, I., Patzelt, H. & Shepherd, D. 13 Jun 2018 In : Academy of Management Perspectives. 32, 2, p. 182-206

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental disorders
Research agenda


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 2014 2018

  • 4 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 4 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership of network
  • 1 Oral presentation

International small business journal (Journal)

Hatak, I. (Member of editorial board)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work

Entrepreneurship : theory and practice (Journal)

Hatak, I. (Member of editorial board)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work

78th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018

Hatak, I. (Organiser), Nicos Nicolaou (Organiser), Phil Phan (Organiser), Johan Wiklund (Organiser)
10 Aug 2018

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, ...