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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.

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Research Output 2011 2019

15 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Dynamics of resource slack and constraints : resource positions in action

Dolmans, S. A. M., Burg, van, J. C., Reymen, I. M. M. J. & Romme, A. G. L., 2014, In : Organization Studies. 35, 4, p. 511-549 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Decision making
Resource constraints
13 Citations (Scopus)
257 Downloads (Pure)

Academic entrepreneurship : which inventors do technology licensing officers prefer for spinoffs?

Shane, S., Dolmans, S. A. M., Jankowski, J., Reymen, I. M. M. J. & Romme, A. G. L., 2015, In : The Journal of Technology Transfer. 40, 2, p. 273-292 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Patents and inventions
Academic entrepreneurship
Technology licensing
3 Citations (Scopus)
48 Downloads (Pure)

Down to earth: popularisation of geo-information services in the Netherlands

Kerstens, N. M. J. M., Giannopapa, C. G., Dolmans, S. A. M. & Reymen, I. M. M. J., 1 Aug 2017, In : Space Policy. 41, p. 12-19 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
information service
9 Downloads (Pure)

The evaluation of university inventions: Judging a book by its cover?

Dolmans, S. A. M., Shane, S., Jankowski, J., Reymen, I. M. M. J. & Romme, A. G. L., Nov 2016, In : Journal of Business Research. 69, 11, p. 4998-5001 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Technology licensing

Effectuation 10 year waypoint

Read, S. & Dolmans, S. A. M., 2012, In : International Review of Entrepreneurship. 10, 1, p. 25-46 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review



Best Master thesis of IE&IS department award

Niels van Stijn (Recipient), Bob Walrave (Recipient) & Sharon A.M. Dolmans (Recipient), 27 Sep 2019

Prize: TU/eOtherScientific



Entrepreneurial finance

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Methodology for IE Research

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Student theses

Business models for the Entrepreneurial University of the future: the case of the Eindhoven University of Technology

Author: Seerden, M., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Reymen, I. (Supervisor 1) & Dolmans, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Co-creating integrated solutions: how selling firms should co-create integrated solitutions during bidding

Author: Kraaijeveld, J., 30 Nov 2015

Supervisor: van der Borgh, W. (Supervisor 1) & Dolmans, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Exploring blockchain business models with the customer as a key supplier

Author: Rensen, B., 28 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Walrave, B. (Supervisor 1), Dolmans, S. (Supervisor 2) & Schepers, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master