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Sharon Dolmans is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Sharon’s main research interests revolve around technology commercialization in public and private contexts. Technology commercialization processes involve transforming new technologies into economic output - for example by tech startups - thereby creating economic value and societal welfare. Her research activities aim to enhance our understanding of these processes as well as key challenges, by drawing on insights from organization science, sociology, entrepreneurship and strategic management. To that end, she combines her fascination for technology with her passion for qualitative research to generate new theoretical insights that also prove valuable to practitioners and policymakers.


Besides taking pleasure in working with other scholars (both within the TU/e and internationally), she enjoys collaborating with industry and government by co-creating unique and innovative research projects that aim to advance science and support industry. In this respect, Sharon currently collaborates with the European Space Agency, Netherlands Space Office, Heijmans and others. Sharon’s teaching expertise includes technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, R&D valuation and real options analysis.

Academic background

Sharon Dolmans holds a BSc in Business and a MSc in Finance from Tilburg University, a premaster in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a PhD in Technology Commercialization from TU/e (2013). In 2011, she spent six months as a visiting researcher at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In 2016 she visited Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management in Salem, Oregon.

Sharon's work has appeared in Organization Studies, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Business Research, Space Policy, Journal of Economics, Management & Trade, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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