Research Affiliate

Wim Naudé

Wim Naudé is Research Affiliate at ISDC, Professor of Economics at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland. He is also a Visiting Professor in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany. In addition, he is a Fellow of the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

His research is concerned with entrepreneurship, technological innovation, trade and sustainable development. Herein, he has focused on the relationship between entrepreneurship and sustainable development, for instance in studying entrepreneurship and violent conflict (Journal of Conflict Resolution, special issue 2013), the role of business in genocides and mass atrocities (Oxford University Press, 2016), entrepreneurship and happiness (Small Business Economics, 2014), industrialization and climate change (Sustainability, 2011; IDR 2016), climate tech entrepreneurship (UNFCCC, 2018) and inclusive industrialization and growth (Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2018). He has also founded a start-up, AEXI Advanced Export Intelligence B.V., which is an Amsterdam and Aachen based new venture that is supported by the EU’s Climate KIC program, and which provided data-driven solutions for sustainable trade and exporting of environmental products.

Recent funded projects (Volkswagen Stiftung) are on the Modelling of Artificial Intelligence in Economics (forthcoming in the Journal of Labour Market Research, 2022); the use of Artificial Intelligence for sustainable trade (Irish Research Council); the decline in innovation and entrepreneurship in Germany and the West (published in Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2022); and the consequences of Digital Platform Capitalism for late industrializing countries.

He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and have edited five volumes for Oxford University Press on entrepreneurship, industrialization, fragile states and structural change.

He regularly contributes to The Conversation and also writes on Medium.

Recent scientific articles include:

1. From the Entrepreneurial to the Ossified Economy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2022, 46 (1): 105-131. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beab042
2. Artificial Intelligence: Neither Utopian nor Apocalyptic Impacts Soon, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2021, 30(1): 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/10438599.2020.1839173
3. Data Deprivations, Data Gaps and Digital Divides: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Big Data & Society, 2021, 19 August, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F20539517211025545 (with Vinuesa, R.).
4. Extreme Events, Entrepreneurial Start-Ups, and Innovation: Theoretical Conjectures, Economics of Disasters & Climate Change, 2021, 5(3): 329-353. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41885-021-00089-0 (with Gries, T.).
5. Entrepreneurship and Subjective Well-Being: Does the Motivation to Start-Up a Firm Matter? Journal of Business Research, 2021, 127: 389-398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.11.044 (with Amorós, E. and Cristi, O.).
6. Export-Led Growth after COVID-19: The Case of Portugal, Notas Económicas, 2021, 52(1): 7- 53. https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/notaseconomicas/article/view/9787 (with Cameron, M.).
7. Refugee Entrepreneurship: Context and Directions for Future Research, Small Business Economics, 2021, 56: 933-945. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00310-1 (with Desai, S. and Stel, N.)
8. Intelligente Eindämmungsstrategien gegen COVID-19: Die Rolle von KI und großen Daten, Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 2020, 21(3): 311-322. https://doi.org/10.1515/pwp-2020-0021
9. Artificial Intelligence vs COVID-19: Limitations, Constraints and Pitfalls, AI & Society, 2020, 35 (3): 761-765. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-00978-0
10. The Race for an Artificial General Intelligence: Implications for Public Policy, AI & Society, 2020, 35 (2): 367–379. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-019-00887-x (with Dimitri, N.)
11. Reorienting Entrepreneurial Support Infrastructure to Tackle a Social Crisis: A Rapid Response, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2020, 14: e00181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2020.e00181 (with Munoz, P., Williams, T. and Rodrigo, F.)
12. How do Role Conflict Intensity and Coping Strategies affect the Success of Women Entrepreneurs in Africa? Evidence from Ethiopia, Journal of Small Business Management, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2020.1756121 (with Hundera, M., Duysters, G. & Dijkhuizen, J.)
13. Unboxing Entrepreneurial Motivations in Tanzania: Business-related and Personal-related Factors, Journal of African Business, 2020, July, https://doi.org/10.1080/15228916.2020.1785236 (with Abdullah, G., Masurel, E. and Eijdenberg, E.)
14. The Intersection of the Fields of Entrepreneurship and Development Economics: A Review Towards a New View, Journal of Economic Surveys, 2019, 33 (2): 389-403, https://doi.org/10.1111/joes.12286 (with Hessels, J.)
15. Brilliant Technologies and Brave Entrepreneurs: A New Narrative for Africa Manufacturing, Journal of International Affairs, 2018, 72 (1): 143-158. https://doi.org/10.2307/26588350
16. Migration, Entrepreneurship and Development: Critical Questions, IZA Journal of Migration, 2017, 6:5, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40176-016-0077-8 (with Marchand, K. and Siegel, M.)
17. Non-Farm Enterprises in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: New Empirical Evidence, Food Policy, 2017, 67: 175-19, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.09.019 (with Nagler, P.)


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