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Maija Renko

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  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Office: 2215 UH
Phone: (312) 413-8237

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Education

  • PhD in Business Administration, Florida International University, 2008
  • D.Sc. in Business Administration, Turku School of Economics, Finland, 2006
  • M.Sc. in Economics & Business Administration, Turku School of Economics, Finland, 2000

Experience

  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, College of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013-Present 
  • Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, College of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007-2013 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, College of Business Administration, Florida International University, 2006-2007 
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Studies, 2004
  • Researcher, Turku School of Economics, Innomarket Unit, Finland, 1999-2002

Classes Taught

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning

Research & Publications

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurship with a focus on the early stages of business development and understanding what factors contribute to successful business start-ups; the role of entrepreneurship in bringing about social change.
Selected Recent Publications
  • Moss Todd, Block Emily, Renko Maija & Meyskens Moriah. Funding the Story of Hybrid Ventures: Crowdfunder Lending Preferences and Linguistic Hybridity. Forthcoming in the Journal of Business Venturing.

  • Renko Maija & Freeman Michael J. (2017) How Motivation Matters: Conceptual Alignment of Individual and Opportunity as a Predictor of Starting Up. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 8, November 2017, 56-63.

  • Parhankangas Annaleena & Renko Maija (2017) Linguistic Style and Crowdfunding Success among Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs. Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 32, No. 2, 215–236. 

  • Bullough Amanda & Renko Maija (2017) A Different Frame of Reference:  Entrepreneurship and Gender Differences in the Perception of Danger. Academy of Management Discoveries, Vol. 3, No. 1, 21-41.

  • Hechavarría Diana M., Terjesen Siri A., Ingram Amy E., Renko Maija, Justo Rachida, Elam Amanda (2017) Taking Care of Business: The Impact of Culture and Gender on Entrepreneurs’ Blended Value Creation Goals. Small Business Economics, Vol. 48, No. 1, 225–257.

  • Bullough Amanda, Renko Maija & Abdelzaher Dina (2017) Women’s Business Ownership: Operating within the Context of Institutional and In-Group Collectivism. Journal of Management, Vol. 43, No. 7, 2037-2064.
  • Stenholm Pekka & Renko Maija (2016) Passionate Bricoleurs and New Venture Survival.Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 31, No. 5, 595–611.

  • Renko Maija, Parker Harris Sarah & Caldwell Kate (2016) Entrepreneurial Entry by People with Disabilities.International Small Business Journal, Vol. 34, No. 5, 555-578.

  • Renko Maija, Kundu Sumit K., Shrader Rodney, Carsrud Alan L. & Parhankangas Annaleena (2016) Liabilities, Advantages, and Buffers of Newness: How Young Age Makes Internationalization Possible. Group & Organization Management, Vol. 41, No. 6, 786-822. 

  • Renko Maija, El Tarabishy Ayman, Carsrud Alan L. & Brännback Malin (2015) Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style." Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 53, No. 1, 54–74.  

Awards & Affiliations

  • Member of the Journal of Business Venturing review board.
  • Member of the Journal of Management review board. 
  • Member of the Small Business Economics review board.
  • Member of the International Small Business Journal review board.
  • Winner of the 2016 BCERC G. Dale Meyer Best Paper Award for the most relevant research in social entrepreneurship for the paper “Gender and Institutions in Prosocial Crowdfunding”, co-authored with Todd Moss and Moriah Meyskens.
  • Nominated for the 2016 Carolyn B. Dexter Award of the Academy of Management for a paper co-authored with Amanda Bullough and Saadat Saeed.
  • Co-Principal Investigator (together with Sarah Parker Harris, UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development) on a $300,000 grant awarded by the Coleman Foundation for The Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project. Funding period Jan 2015 – Dec 2016. (Featured in the Entrepreneur magazine
  • Recipient of Favorite MBA Professor Award, 2013
  • Principal Investigator on a $40,000 grant awarded from UIC Chancellor's Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Pilot Research for proposal "Participation through Innovation: Social entrepreneurship as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities". (Co-PI Sarah Parker Harris, UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development). Awarded June 2010.