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Werner Liebregts is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Data Entrepreneurship (DE) Unit of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands). JADS is a joint initiative of Tilburg University (TiU) and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Werner is also a secretary of the Dutch Academy of Research in Entrepreneurship (DARE). He obtained his PhD in Economics with a focus on intrapreneurship from Utrecht University in March 2018. He previously held several positions as a quantitative researcher at (applied) scientific research institutes in the Netherlands, viz. EIM Business and Policy Research and TNO.

With his research, he aims to find answers to a variety of questions, but the following broadly formulated research question reflects his principal interest: How can entrepreneurial talent in society be channeled into directions of entrepreneurial activity that are most productive to themselves, the organization(s) that they belong to (if any) and/or the society at large?

Given that he belongs to the entrepreneurship research group of a data science institute, his research increasingly combines the two disciplines. This can be interpreted in the following two ways: (1) Investigating how and why data science enables entrepreneurs in becoming (more) successful, and (2) applying contemporary data science techniques to better address conventional entrepreneurship research questions. In other words, Werner is intrigued by how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship scholars can leverage data science for new value and new knowledge creation, respectively.

Werner also coordinates courses on, amongst others, corporate entrepreneurship, independent entrepreneurship and startups, both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level. Finally, he supervises a substantial number of Bachelor and Master theses related to his own interests and expertise each academic year.


  • 2017-today: Assistant Professor at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, ('s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands)
  • 2013-2017: Doctoral Candidate at the Utrecht University School of Economics (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  • 2012-2013: Junior Researcher at TNO (Hoofddorp, the Netherlands)
  • 2012: Trainee at Panteia (Zoetermeer, the Netherlands)
  • 2010-2012: Student Assistant Quantitative Economist/Econometrician at EIM (Zoetermeer, the Netherlands)
  • 2010: Trainee at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (The Hague, the Netherlands)

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  • Institutional Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Innovation
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Behavior


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