I am an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. Previously, I was Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and prior to that I worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in Brisbane, Australia. I received my Ph.D. from Tilburg University.
My research takes place at the cross-section of the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy. I am broadly interested in the question how, in an age of increasing uncertainty and organizational fluidity, entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and gain prominence. I look at joint projects and strategic alliances with other firms as two avenues by which they may do so. I believe the concept of time is critical to this topic, and trying to understand its role is a common thread through all of my work. My research has been published in leading journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science,Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Business Venturing.
I enjoy teaching at all levels, having previously taught courses in organization theory, project management, and strategy, amongst others. I am particularly passionate about the training of strategic thinking, which is an analytic capability that I fundamentally believe is useful to managers at all levels as well as entrepreneurs.
I have obtained multiple competitive grants throughout the years, the most prominent of which allowed me to undertake a unique longitudinal study of the Australian mineral mining industry.
I am a member of the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing and Organization Studies.
Erasmus University Rotterdam RSM - Rotterdam School of Management Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
R.M. Bakker & M. Josefy (2018). More than just a number? The conceptualization and measurement of firm age in an era of temporary organizations. The Academy of Management Annals, 12 (2), 510-536. doi: 10.5465/annals.2017.0035
R.M. Bakker & D.A. Shepherd (2017). Pull the plug or take the plunge: Multiple opportunities and the speed of venturing decisions in the Australian mining industry. Academy of Management Journal, 60 (1), 1-26.
R.M. Bakker (2016). Stepping in and stepping out: Strategic alliance partner re-configuration and the unplanned termination of complex projects. Strategic Management Journal, 37 (9), 1919-1941.
R.M. Bakker, R. DeFillippi, A. Schwab & J. Sydow (2016). Temporary organizing: Promises, processes, problems. Organization Studies, 37 (12), 1703-1719.
R.M. Bakker & J. Knoben (2015). Built to last or meant to end: Intertemporal choice in strategic alliance portfolios. Organization Science, 26 (1), 256-276.