Eva de Mol

Strategy & Organisation + Organisational Behaviour  

Prof. dr. Tom Elfring & Dr. Svetlana Khapova


Matching Dynamic Resources in Entrepreneurial Teams
Choosing your cofounders and the formation of a founding team are some of the more daunting tasks for every starting entrepreneur. How should entrepreneurs assemble the right team of people needed to launch a successful start-up? Research suggests that the success of new ventures hinges, to a large extent, on the initial resource base of the co-founders. Considering the founders’ career capital – their individual resources in terms of motivation, prior experiences, and networks — can we effectively match entrepreneurs on the basis of their career capital? This research project aims to further develop the aforementioned ideas through a careful review of extant interdisciplinary literature. By applying a career perspective on entrepreneurial team formation, we propose a conceptual model which depicts the dynamic resource composition of co-founders over the different stages of nascent entrepreneurial activity. As a part of one of Eva’s PhD studies she contributed to the development of a matching website for entrepreneurs looking for a partner. The algorithm to match people effectively is based upon prior scientific research, and data collection through the website provides Eva with data to validate the proposed algorithm. Through this research we aim to contribute to the literature on strategic tie formation, social networks and entrepreneurial decision-making processes. Please visit the website for more information about the matchmaker: www.teamventure.nl.  A second study of Eva’s, for which the research methodology is currently being designed, focuses on entrepreneurial teams who participate in business plan competitions. The teams are being followed for a period of nine months, in which they receive formal training and education to increase team performance. Through a longitudinal monitoring we aim to research the effects of such training on knowledge integration within nascent entrepreneurial teams. Hence, with this study we contribute to the stream to research that explores the effects of team composition and training on new venture outcomes, such as performance and team satisfaction.

To learn more about Eva’s activities please visit www.ipos-vu.com

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Career Capital
  • Matching
  • Innovation
  • Technology Start-Ups
  • Decision-Making Processes

Educational activities

  • Careers and Organizations (MSc)
  • Business Research Methods (BSc)
  • Tutor (BSc)
  • Cross Cultural Management (MSc)

Professional Collaboration

  • Task Force Innovation Utrecht
  • University of Utrecht
  • Hogeschool Utrecht
  • New Venture Amsterdam

Brief résumé
Eva de Mol is a PhD Candidate within the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). Her research is in the area of Organizational Behavior and Strategic Entrepreneurship. She holds MA degree in European Policies Studies (Cum Laude), and a MSc degree in Business Studies (Cum Laude), both received from the University of Amsterdam. In addition to her degrees, Eva participated in international programs both in Italy – Universita degli Studi di Firenze, and in London – London School of Economics.

Papers and conference presentations
Mol de, E., Khapova, S.N., Elfring, T., Jansen, P.G.W. (2012). Dynamic compositions of entrepreneurial team resources: benefits for a venture at different stages of formation. Presented at Academy of Manegement Conference 2012, Boston. Working paper.

Mol de, E., Khapova, S.N., Elfring, T. (2012). Careers of firm founders and team success: blending theories and Perspectives. Presented at EGOS Conference, Helsinki. Working paper.

Mol de, E. (2011). Matching career capital of firm founders & success of newly founded firms: A conceptual model. (2011). The 4th Annual People and Organizations Conference. The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 2011.

Fleisher, C., Khapova, S.N., Mol de, E. (2011). What makes people proactively involved at work and outside of their work? The mediating role of career satisfaction. The 4th Annual People and Organizations Conference. The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 2011. Working paper.

Engel, Y., Khapova, S,N. Mol de, E. (2011). Firm founders’ career capital & new venture performance: A meta-analytic review. Strategic Management Annual Conference, Miami. March 2011.

Mol de, E. (2011). Stimulating job performance by reorganizing career structures in medical institutions. Case report. Cardiothoracic Surgery, Amsterdam Medical Center. Amsterdam, March 2011.

Mol de, E., Cullen, J. (2010). Measuring entrepreneurship and institutional transparency: the pitfall of corruption in economic policies. Working paper, University of Amsterdam, November 2010.

Mol de, E. & Maracz, L.M. (2010). ‘The effect of Western leadership on efficiency in Congolese business and public administrations. Working paper, University of Amsterdam, June 2010.

Mol de, E. (2009). The practical trade-offs of EU-accession; pitfalls and fallacies of Romanian EU-accession 2008 Final report of research group European Policies. University of Amsterdam, July 2008.