Drs. G.A. (Gabi) Kaffka

Gaby Kaffka

Name: Gabi Kaffka
Position Ph.D. candidate

Building / Room Ravelijn 2262
T: 053-489 4296
M: 0625585466
E: g.a.kaffka@utwente.nl


Gabi Kaffka received her doctoraal (master’s) degree in the field of Sociology in 2007 at the University of Amsterdam. During her study, she won an ERASMUS scholarship and attended the university Paris VIII ST-Denis (France) to study sociology and political sciences. She also worked as a policy advisor at the Nationale Studentenvakbond (LSVb), the National Student Union of the Netherlands.

Between 2007 and 2008, Gabi Kaffka completed the traineeship of the municipality of Amsterdam in the function of policy advisor. From 2009 onwards she worked on various municipality-wide programs and projects. For example, Gabi was part of the Amsterdam team of an award-winning project of the European framework program, GRaBS. In 2010, Gabi started as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Twente (Netherlands) which is her current position.


Her research focuses on the qualitative analysis of socially situated entrepreneurial cognition, in particular feedback and sense-making mechanisms which shape innovation and business opportunity development. In her studies, Gabi uses cognitive, constructivist and phenomenological theories. She has presented her research at various international conferences.


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BSc International Business Administration)
  • Business Development in Network Perspective (MSc International Business Administration)
  • Supervising Bachelor theses (Business Administration/Educational Sciences)


  • Presenter at Symposium ‘In search of the entrepreneurial mindset: Insights from neuroscience’, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Augst 1 – 5th, 2014
  • Kaffka, G. & N. Krueger (2014). Welcome to the “Wild West”: Segmenting a Business Accelerator Population and Implications for Venture Support. BCERC London, Ontario, June 4-7th, 2014
  • Kaffka, G., Singaram, R., Kraaijenbrink, J., (2014). “Making and Breaking Sense: About the Intersubjective Nature of Entrepreneurial Opportunity Development”. SMS Special Conference Micro-Foundations for Strategic Management Research: Embracing Individuals, Copenhagen, Denmark , June 13-15th, 2014
  • Kaffka, G. & J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen (2013). Market orientation as legitimization process: a sense-making perspective. INSEAD-OMT-ASQ Organization Theory and New Venture Creation Singapore, January 4 – 6th, 2013
  • Kaffka, G. & I. Singaram, J. Kraaijenbrink (2012). Making and Breaking Sense: About the Intersubjective Nature of Entrepreneurial Judgment. RENT XXVI Conference Lyon, November 21 – 22nd, 2012
  • Kaffka, G. & B. Kijl, E. Donkers (2012). Value lies in the eye of the beholder – investigating the relationship between entrepreneurial characteristics and business model generation. HTSF conference Amsterdam May 24 – 25th, 2012
  • Kaffka, G. & N. Krueger (2012). From Grand Idea to Viable Execution – How do entrepreneurs and ventures co-evolve? BCERC Fort Worth, TX June 4 – 6th, 2012


  • Kaffka, G. 2014. Book review: Transitioning embedded systems to intelligent environments - A journey through evolving technologies, by Satwant Kaur. Accepted for publication in: Technological Forecasting & Social Change
  • Kaffka, G. 2009. Between scientific playground and industrial workbench. Industry & Higher Education. London: IP Publishing Ltd.
  • Werkgroep ‘Strategie’ Universiteitsraad Universiteit Utrecht. 2005. Scoren door Kiezen - Enige trends op Onderwijs & Onderzoeksgebied, mogelijke profielschetsen voor de Universiteit Utrecht en een aanzet tot een universitair aansturingmodel. Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.