Erik Stam is Professor of Strategy, Organization & Entrepreneurship and Dean of the Utrecht University School of Economics. Next to this he is Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, and founding board member of the Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions for Open Societies. He has been affiliated to many institutes globally, including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany), Institute of Industrial Economics Stockholm, Indiana University at Bloomington, Tel Aviv University, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou).
He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is fascinated by entrepreneurship and its context. He has (co-)authored more than hundred books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of disciplines, including economics, geography, business/management and public administration. Next to his scientific work he often engages with governments, start-ups and corporates on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has served many Ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, the OECD, the G20, and the World Bank. He is on the advisory board of several public and private sector entrepreneurship organizations.