Dr René Bakker

René Bakker

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


I am an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, and Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing. 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, Journal of Business Venturing, and Academy of Management Review.

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. Recently, I wrote Strategy in 3D: Essential tools to diagnose, decide, and deliver (published by Oxford University Press) together with Greg Fisher and John Wisneski, which captures our unique approach to strategy teaching.

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.

Besides my work as a field editor, I am a member of the editorial board of Organization Studies.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


Key Publications (8)

  • M.S. Wood, R.M. Bakker & G. Fisher (2020). Back to the future: A time-calibrated theory of entrepreneurial action. Academy of Management Review. [go to publisher's site]
  • G. Fisher, J.W. Wisneski & R.M. Bakker (2020). Strategy in 3D: Essential tools to diagnose, decide, and deliver. New York City, NY: Oxford University Press
  • J. Knoben & R.M. Bakker (2019). The Guppy and the whale: Relational pluralism and start-ups’ expropriation dilemma in partnership formation. Journal of Business Venturing, 34 (1), 103-121. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.05.008
  • 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.


Editorial positions (2)

  • Journal of Business Venturing

    Member Editorial Board

  • Organization Studies

    Member Editorial Board


Media item

  • Tijdelijk Algemeen Dagblad

    Algemeen Dagblad has mentioned René Bakker in an article, who will soon start as a Professor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at RSM.

Discovery item

Navigating alliances with bigger partners

Start-ups face many life-and-death choices as they grow. One of the most crucial is how to work with larger partners.


Strategisch Management

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BPA1013
  • ECTS: 3

Past courses


  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BKB2020
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Pre-master