Dr I.R. (Isabella) Hatak

Isabella Hatak

Dr. I.R. (Isabella) Hatak
Associate Professor

Office: RA 2123
T: +31 (0)53 489 4284
F: +31 (0)53 489 2159


Isabella R. Hatak is Associate Professor at NIKOS, University of Twente. Prior to this position, Isabella was Deputy Head of the Institute for Innovation Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) and Associate Professor at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria). She holds a postdoctoral qualification (venia legendi) and a Ph.D. from the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as a MSc in coaching and organizational development and a MA in international business studies.

Isabella has published several contributions to peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Family Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of Economic Psychology). For her research, she received several awards such as the JSBM Editor’s Choice Award, ICSB Best Paper Award, COMS Best Paper Award, WU Top-Journal Awards, and the Dr. Maria-Schaumayer-Prize. A great number of her research projects obtained funding and were honored with scholarships (e.g. for the European Forum Alpbach).

Isabella is an academically certified systemic coach, HR developer and organizational consultant.


  • Hatak, I., Kautonen, T., Fink, M. & Kansikas, J. (2016). Innovativeness and Subsequent Family-Firm Performance: The Moderating Effect of Family Commitment. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 102: 120-131.
  • Rauch, A. & Hatak, I. (2016). Human Resource Management in Small and Medium Sized Firms: A Meta-Analysis of the Relationships between Different HRM Practices and Firm Performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 31 (5): 485-504.
  • Hatak, I., Lang, R. & Rößl, D. (2016). Trust, Social Capital, and the Coordination of Relationships between the Members of Cooperatives. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27 (3): 1218-1241.
  • Hatak, I., Harms, R. & Fink, M. (2015). Age, Job Identification, and Entrepreneurial Intention. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30 (1): 38-53.
  • Kautonen, T., Hatak, I., Kibler, E. & Wainwright, T. (2015). Emergence of Entrepreneurial Behaviour: The Role of Age-Based Self-Image. Journal of Economic Psychology, 50: 41-51.
  • Hatak, I., Floh, A. & Zauner, A. (2015). Working on a Dream: Sustainable Organizational Change. Review of Managerial Science, 9 (2): 285-315.
  • Hatak, I. & Rößl, D. (2015). Relational Competence-Based Knowledge Transfer within Intrafamily Succession: An Experimental Study. Family Business Review, 28 (1): 10-25.
  • Hatak, I., Fink, M. & Frank, H. (2015). Business Freedom, Corruption and the Performance of Trusting Cooperation Partners: Empirical Findings from Six European Countries. Review of Managerial Science, 9 (3): 523-547.
  • Weismeier-Sammer, D. & Hatak, I. (2014). Succession in the Family Business: Challenges for Successors from an Entrepreneurial Perspective. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 15 (4): 279-284.
  • Hatak, I., Kautonen, T. & Fink, M. (2013). Senior-Unternehmertum. Empirische Evidenz aus 27 europäischen Ländern. Die Betriebswirtschaft, 73 (1): 7-26.
  • Fink, M., Harms, R. & Hatak, I. (2012). Nanotechnology and Ethics: The Role of Regulation versus Self-Commitment in Shaping Researchers’ Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 109 (4): 569-581.
  • Fink, M., Hatak, I., Schulte, R. & Kraus, S. (2011). Verträge, Vertrauen und Unternehmens­erfolg in Automobilclustern. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, 63 (7): 689-710.


  • Rauch, A., Hatak, I. & Fink, M. (2016). Stress in Entrepreneurship – Towards an Integrative Model. 1st International Workshop on Health of Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs. Montpellier, France, 28.09.-30.09.
  • Hatak, I., Rauch, A., Fink, M. & Baranyi, A. (2016). Entrepreneurial Well-Being in the Start-Up Context. Rencontres de St. Gall 2016. St. Gallen, Switzerland, 28.08.-31.08.
  • Dimov, D., Hatak, I., Phan, P. & Wiklund, J. (2016). Underdogs, Misfits and Weirdos: Entrepreneurship and Mental Health. AMP Showcase Session (Organization PDW). 2016 AoM Annual Meeting. Anaheim, USA, 04.08.-09.08.
  • Fink, M., Hatak, I. & Rauch A. (2016). Start-Up Conditions and Burn-Out: The Moderating Role of Start-Up Motives. ENT Symposium ‘Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners And Well-Being’. 2016 AoM Annual Meeting. Anaheim, USA, 04.08.-09.08.
  • Hatak, I., Rauch, A., Fink, M. & Baranyi, A. (2016). Business Start-Up, Burn-Out, and Start-Up Success. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Bodo, Norway, 08.06.-11.06. (selected for FER)
  • Hatak, I., Rauch, A. & Baranyi, A. (2015). Entrepreneurial Motives, Working Conditions, Burn-Out Symptoms and Firm Performance. 2015 AoM Annual Meeting. Vancouver, Canada, 07.08.-11.08.
  • Hatak, I., Rauch, A., Fink, M. & Baranyi, A. (2015). Doing Well by Being Well: The Interplay of Physical Well-being, Burn-Out Symptoms and Firm Performance of Necessity-, Rationality- and Opportunity-Driven Entrepreneurs. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Boston Park, USA, 10.06.-13.06. (selected for FER)
  • Rauch, A. & Hatak, I. (2015). The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship: Applying Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory to Explain Entrepreneurial Behavior. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Boston Park, USA, 10.06.-13.06.
  • Rauch, A. & Hatak, I. (2014). Managing Human Resources Successfully in Entrepreneurial Firms. Rencontres de St. Gall 2014. St. Gallen, Switzerland, 01.09.-03.09.
  • Hatak, I., Fink, M., Rauch, A. & Baranyi, A. (2014). A Framework to Study Start-Up Conditions, Burn-Out and Start-Up Success. 2014 AoM Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, USA, 01.08.-05.08.
  • Hatak, I. & Hyslop, K. (2014). Prerequisites for Cooperation between Family Businesses of Different Size: A Case Study. IFERA Annual Conference. Lappeenranta, Finland, 24.06.-27.06.
  • Hatak, I. & Weismeier-Sammer, D. (2014). Trust in Inter-Family Firm Cooperation: A Case Study. IFERA Annual Conference. Lappeenranta, Finland, 24.06.-27.06.
  • Rauch, A. & Hatak, I. (2014). Human Resource Management in Entrepreneurial Firms: The Impact of Different HRM Practices on Performance. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. London, Canada, 04.06.-07.06.


  • Fink, M., Hatak, I., Lang, R. & Maresch, D. (2016). Entrepreneurship Research without Passion: Let's fall in love again. In A. Fayolle & P. Riot (eds.), Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Debating Research Orientations. London: Routledge, 171-178.
  • Fink, M., Maresch, D., Hatak, I. & Lang, R. (2016). Entrepreneurship Research with Passion: A Note on the Aesthetics of Basic Research. In H. Landström, A. Parhankangas, A. Fayolle & P. Riot (eds.), Challenging Entrepreneurship Research. London: Routledge, 19-34.
  • Hatak, I. & Kremslehner, K. (2016). Kundenmanagement mit Social Media. In H.K. Stahl & H.H. Hinterhuber (eds.), Erfolgreich im Schatten der Großen - Wettbewerbsvorteile für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 193-207.
  • Rößl, D., Hatak, I. & Staudinger, S. (2016). Wissenstransfer bei der Unternehmensübergabe in KMU. In H.K. Stahl & H.H. Hinterhuber (eds.), Erfolgreich im Schatten der Großen - Wettbewerbsvorteile für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 119-135.
  • Frank, H. & Hatak, I. (2014). Doing a Research Literature Review. In A. Fayolle & M. Wright (eds.), How to Get Published in the Best Entrepreneurship Journals. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 94-117.
  • Hatak, I. & Rößl, D. (2014). Knowledge Transfer Strategies within Family Firm Succession. In K. Todorov & D. Smallbone (eds.), Handbook of Research on Strategic Management in Small and Medium Enterprises. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 266-281.
  • Rößl, D. & Hatak, I. (2014). Generating Value for Members: The Case of an Austrian Co-operative Bank. In T. Mazzarol, S. Reboud, E.M. Limnios & D. Clark (eds.), Research Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise – Case Studies of Organisational Resilience in the Co-operative Business Model. Cheltenham, Northampton: Edward Elgar, 270-284.
  • Rößl, D. & Hatak, I. (2014) (eds.). Kooperationen, Netzwerke, regionale Entwicklung – zwölf Fallstudien. Vienna: Manz.


Isabella’s research focuses on the value-creating interplay of opportunity-seeking and advantage-seeking behaviors in the course of creating a new organization (e.g. mature entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial stress/burn-out) and within existing organizations (e.g. management innovation, trust-based interorganizational cooperation, entrepreneurial behavior in academia). The behavior of the individual entrepreneur and the influences upon that behavior are clearly at the heart of her research along the entrepreneurship process.


Isabella has taught courses on business administration in general, and entrepreneurship and SME management in particular. She taught at bachelor-, master-, and PhD level at WU Vienna, JKU Linz and further Austrian universities.