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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.
Recent Publications
  • Stenholm Pekka & Renko Maija. "Passionate Bricoleurs and New Venture Survival." Forthcoming in Journal of Business Venturing.

  • Hechavarría Diana M., Terjesen Siri A., Ingram Amy E., Renko Maija, Justo Rachida, Elam Amanda. "Taking care of business: the impact of culture and gender on entrepreneurs’ blended value creation goals." Forthcoming in Small Business Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-016-9747-4

  • Renko Maija, Parker Harris Sarah & Caldwell Kate. "Entrepreneurial entry by people with disabilities." Forthcoming in International Small Business Journal. DOI: 10.1177/0266242615579112

  • Bullough Amanda, Renko Maija & Abdelzaher Dina. "Women’s Business Ownership: Operating within the Context of Institutional and In-Group Collectivism." Forthcoming in Journal of Management.  DOI: 10.1177/0149206314561302
  • 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.  
  • 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.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Member of the Journal of Business Venturing review board.
  • Member of the Journal of Management review board. 
  • 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.