Dr C. Essers (Caroline)

Associate professor - Strategic Human Resource Management

Dr C. Essers (Caroline)
Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 141
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN

Postal address

Postbus 9108
6500 HK NIJMEGEN

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dr. Caroline Essers is an Associate Professor Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the department of Business Administration at Nijmegen School of Management (RU University). She is a research affiliate at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) @ VU, and a visiting scholar at the Birmingham Business School.

Her main research interests concern the identity constructions of entrepreneurs, and how they develop (identity) strategies in relation to their most important stakeholders in order to be successful. In this respect, she particularly focused on (female) migrant entrepreneurs. Her research contributes to the entrepreneurship literature, studies concerning gender and identity work within organizations and intersectionality studies.
New research projects concern further conceptually and empirically developing the field of Critical Entrepreneurship Studies, in which Dr. Essers for instance uses approaches such as postcolonial feminism. An important result of this project on CES is the publication of the book 'Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship', which was published by Routledge.
Other new research projects concern the application of intersectionality theory on refugee entrepreneurship in the Netherlands, and how this relates to opportunity structures, and Muslim women entrepreneurs and their identity work in the Arab world.