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
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
Research & Publications
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.
Bullough Amanda, Renko Maija & Abdelzaher Dina. Women’s Business Ownership: Operating within the Context of Institutional and In-Group Collectivism. Forthcoming in the Journal of Management.
Renko Maija, El Tarabishy Ayman, Carsrud Alan L. & Brännback Malin.Understanding and measuring entrepreneurial leadership style. Forthcoming in the Journal of Small Business Management. DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12086
Bullough Amanda, Renko Maija & Myatt Tamara (2014) Danger zone entrepreneurs: the importance of resilience and self-efficacy for entrepreneurial intentions. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Vol. 38, No. 3, 473-499.
Renko Maija (2013) Early challenges of nascent social entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Vol. 37, No. 5, 1045–1069.
Parker Harris Sarah, Renko Maija & Caldwell Kate (2013) Accessing social entrepreneurship: perspectives of people with disabilities and key stakeholders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vol. 38, No. 1, 35–48.
Renko Maija, Bullough Amanda & Kroeck Galen (2012) Expectancy theory and nascent entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, Vol. 39, No. 3,667-684.
Awards & Affiliations
Recipient of Favorite MBA Professor Award, 2013
Member of the Journal of Business Venturing review board, invited in February 2013.
Senior Fellow of the Pino Entrepreneurship Center, Florida International University. Invited in February 2012 - ongoing
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.
Awarded $10,000 as the Principal Investigator by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for proposal Why does women's participation in entrepreneurship still lag that of men? An empirical study of recent business school graduates. Awarded July 2010.