Department of Management

Helle Neergaard

PhD, Professor

Helle Neergaard
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After pursuing a career in business, Helle Neergaard received her PhD in international business in 1999. As first assistant and then associate professor, she became deeply involved in a major national research project studying technology-based entrepreneurs. She is a very active researcher and has produced more than 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters over the last fifteen years as well as giving numerous presentations and interviews both at home and abroad.

Her research passion is female entrepreneurship and in particular how early experiences influence self-efficacy, risk-taking behaviour and the propensity to found and grow a business. She consults with local business councils to promote female entrepreneurship using an effectuation approach. She has published in top international journals like Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and in 2015 her paper on social networks was the fourth most cited in the International Small Business Journal during the past decade. She has won international recognition for her work and a number of best paper awards at various research conferences. She organises doctoral consortiums at major international conferences and is a member of the board of the European Council of Small Business, and past president of this organisation. She is also a member of the international organisation for research into female entrepreneurship, DIANA. Apart from her work with female entrepreneurs, she has developed a strong competence in qualitative methods and she is lead editor of Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship (2007), and its sequel Handbook of Qualitative Research Techniques (2015) published in Edward Elgar.

Recently, her research has taken a new direction into entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial pedagogy and she is bringing her insight from teaching entrepreneurship to bear on her research. In 2010 she was one of the prime movers in securing a €7 mill grant for Aarhus University to be the Entrepreneurial University in Denmark. The following year she and the iCARE group received another grant of €3 mill from the Danish Strategic Research Council to research entrepreneurship education. She is also a copreneur and owns a vineyard and B&B with her husband.

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