Erik Stam is Professor of Strategy, Organisation & 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 held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany), and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He has been visiting professor or scholar at institutes such as the University of Cambridge, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), Indiana University at Bloomington, Institute of Industrial Economics Stockholm, Leibniz Universität Hannover, University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University, University of Turku, and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou).
He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. His broader research interests cover the societal and organisational contexts of entrepreneurship and the relation between entrepreneurship and economic development. 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. He is editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 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 organisations.