Tilburg Young Academy

Werner Liebregts

An Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).

Can you introduce yourself?

Sure! My name is Werner Liebregts and I am 33 years old (born in 1988). I am an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) for a little over 4 years now (since December 2017). JADS is a unique ‘s-Hertogenbosch-based initiative of both Tilburg University and the Eindhoven University of Technology, bringing together social and technical sciences. Feel free to visit our beautiful Mariënburg campus once! I live in Vught, together with my wife Marlous and our lovely 1-year-old daughter Josephine.

Werner Liebregts

Research and education are two important pillars of academia. What do they mean to you?

Wow, not sure whether I can answer this question in just a few lines! To me, research and education are – and they will always remain – the two most important pillars, even though there is more to academia than that (like valorisation).

In terms of research, I am very much intrigued by how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship scholars (like myself) can leverage data science for new value and new knowledge creation, respectively. Generally speaking, I see scientific research as a means to accumulate new knowledge, and so, a single (empirical) study can only alter the balance of the available evidence, not establish that we know something with certainty. I fully agree with recent calls to enhance rigor in quantitative, theory-testing entrepreneurship research, for example by applying modern data science methods and techniques involving AI and/or big data.

Regarding education, I enjoy bringing across my passion for entrepreneurship, and always hope to exceed students’ expectations that they had beforehand. Seeing student teams that continue building their data-driven startup with increased entrepreneurial self-efficacy once my course has ended, is what truly inspires me. Hopefully, many student startups founded at JADS will become (and remain) successful. When teaching, I typically advocate evidence-based entrepreneurship, meaning that state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in the field should form the basis of any major business-related decision.

I am sure you all have topics that are important to you. What is your main focus in the TYA?

Together with my colleague Claudia Zucca, I will represent JADS, one of the university’s special Schools. I am particularly interested in talent development and the current modernization of the Recognition & Rewards system within (Dutch) academia. Let us create (more) room for everyone's talent! I will also strongly advocate clarity, consistency and transparency in the university's policies. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to provide me with input on any of these topics. I would be happy to discuss them in more detail with you.

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