Dr C.M. van Praag (b. 1967) has been appointed professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisation at the Faculty of Economics and Econometrcis of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The chair is part of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) as well of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS). Van Praag has also been appointed director of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), which has been founded with the foundation of this chair. The aim of ACE is to strengthen the entrepreneurial environment of the Netherlands by carrying out and communicating scholarly research, which is relevant for policy, on entrepreneurship. This way a gap is bridged between international scholarly exercise and Dutch business, policy makers and entrepreneurs/student entrepreneurs.
Mirjam van Praag carries out research in the field of entrepreneurship and organisation. In the field of entrepreneurship she studies individual factors contributing successful independent entrepreneurship, in particular the influence of human capital. She recently published the book Successful Entrepreneurship. Confronting Economic Theory with Empirical Practice. In the field of organisational economics Van Praag’s research focuses on the relationship between evaluation and reward of employees and administrators, and value creation. Van Praag will be combining these two research fields in studies of effective organisational structures for stimulating entrepreneurship within large companies.
Van Praag has been working at the UvA as senior university lecturer Organisational Economics since 1998. She is fellow at the Tinbergen Institute and associate editor of Small Business Economics. She previously worked at the bij The Boston Consulting Group as consultant.