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I am an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

My research interest is at the nexus of network strategy and entrepreneurship, and I focus on how network resources affect venture outcomes. My recent projects focus on (1) inter-organizational networks of the venture capital industry, (2) entrepreneurial ecosystems, and (3) high-growth IPO firms. My research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Research Policy. I hold a Doctor of Science Degree in Technology (with distinction) from Aalto University, Finland.  

My teaching interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and global strategy. I have taught a variety of courses across different RSM programs at the executive (Executive MBA), graduate (MSc.), and undergraduate  (IBA) levels. In 2018, I was awarded the "Teacher of the Year" for my outstanding teaching at the MSc Entrepreneurship program. 

I serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for many top management and entrepreneurship journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Long Range Planning, and Research Policy.


Academic (3)
  • Xu, L., Yang, S., Liu, Y., Newbert, S. L., & Boal, K. (2023). Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Exploring the Impact of Inter- and Intra-Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Embeddedness on New Venture Creation. Academy of Management Journal, 66(6), 1954-1982.

  • Liu, Y., & Maula, M. (2021). Contextual status effects: The performance effects of host-country network status and regulatory institutions in cross-border venture capital. Research Policy, 50(5).

  • Liu, Y., & Maula, M. (2016). Local Partnering in Foreign Ventures: Uncertainty, Experiential Learning, and Syndication in Cross-Border Venture Capital Investments. Academy of Management Journal, 59(4), 1407-1429.


IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024, 2022/2023
  • Code: BM-IM-RC
  • Level: Master

Block seminar

  • Study year: 2023/2024
  • Code: BM-IMBS
  • Level: Master

Research Clinic

  • Study year: 2023/2024
  • Code: BMRCSE-SM
  • Level: Master

Start Up & Growth

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMSE02
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BT1207
  • Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Past courses

Strategic Management

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BT2114
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 3, Pre-master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BAB28
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Causal Inference

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BERMAMC021
  • Level: Master

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMME117
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BT1107
  • Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Start Up & Growth

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BM02SE
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BERMASC027
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master