Dr.ir. Haibo Zhou

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Industry CV (ENG & NL)



I am at my best in an advisory role in the smart industry. I am entrepreneurial, resourceful and always think in possibilities and solutions. I am adept at ad-hoc problem solving and work effectively to    achieve the set goals. Due to my broad international network, I am able to establish valuable collaborations between institutions, universities and industry.


  • 2006 – 2010: PhD in Economics at Erasmus School of Economics. PhD Thesis: Knowledge, Entrepreneurship and Performance: Evidence from country-level and firm-level studies.(ISBN: 978-90-5892-248-9)
  • 2003 – 2005: Master of Science (Dutch title: ir) in Management of Technology at Technische Universiteit Delft.
  • 1995 – 1999: Bachelor of Engineering in Automobile Engineering from Shanghai University of Engineering Science.


  • 2017 – now: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    • Coach PhD students and mentor students at Master level
    • Conduct scientific research on entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Teaching bachelor- and master-level courses
  • 2016 August: Business Advisor YAN team, Akzonobel, Shanghai, China (Yan is an organization for new employees, working <5 years for Akzonobel)
    • Advise and support on how teams of new employees seek innovative ways to do business, leveraging an e-platform
    • Design and set up Innovation Day (event for new employees)
    • Advise on material for program and 3 business cases
  • 2010 – 2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Innovation Management & Strategy, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (Top 3 best BSc. Economics and Business in The Netherlands)
    • Conduct scientific research on entrepreneurship and innovation with a proven record
    • Teaching and designing courses at Bachelor and Master level
      • Develop courses
      • Supervise Bachelor and Master theses
      • Supervise external PhD students from Germany and China
      • Establish interactions and engagement between business and students
    • Organise research seminar linking Dutch universities and research institutions
    • Initiate and established long-term collaboration between Small Business & Entrepreneurship Group and PMH Investment B.V., Verkley and NOM/PCNN
      • Guide students in project
      • Prepare students for job market
      • Solve business problems involving supply chain, bids and business development
    • Initiate and establish long-term relationships with international universities
  • 2010 – 2013: Start-up Advisor, Tvilight Intelligent Lighting, Groningen, The Netherlands (European market leader in end-to-end street lighting control solutions)
    • Refine business idea on technical and business aspects
    • Conduct business case validation
    • Acquire resources and seed funding
  • 2006 – 2014: Associate Researcher, Panteia/EIM, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (Economic policy research for governments, policy institutions and trade associations)
    • Conduct joint research projects on entrepreneurship and small and medium sized companies
    • Strengthen research collaboration Panteia, EUR and RuG
  • 2005 April: Project assistant, DOOR International, Wiesbaden, Germany (Consulting organisations on strategic business goals to improve performance)
    • Responsible for training project at Hyundai Automobile EU headquarters
      • Develop training material in cooperation with technical team
      • Proofread course material
      • Develop marketing material
    • Write proposals for international CEO
      • Advise on training model
      • Advise on strategies
  • July 2004 – Aug 2004: Project leader, DOOR, Shanghai, China
    • Develop new vehicle launch program
    • Develop marketing strategy for clients
  • 2003 – 2005: Coordinator, TTA International, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (Global service provider in learning solutions and supporting staff in automotive)
    • Coordinate projects between the Dutch and Chinese office
  • 1999 – 2003: Project manager training programs automobile manufacturers, TTA China, Shanghai, China (Global service provider in learning solutions and supporting staff in automotive)
    • Calculate budgets and monitor planning
    • Design technical training for dealers and distributors on new car models
    • Develop marketing and sales material


  • 「労働の柔軟性」を通したイノベーション促進を. 生産性新聞、2015年11月15日、第2476号。(English translation: innovation through labor flexibility. Productivity News (nr. 2476, 15/11/2015), Japanese Productivity Center. Based on the paper of Kato, M and Zhou, H. (2015).
  • Kleinknecht, A., van Schaik, F & Zhou, H (2013). Het belang van het innovatieregime voor flexibel werk en innovatie. Economisch Statistische Berichten. Jaargang 98 (4659) 3 mei 2013:276-279.
  • De Kok, J.M.P & Zhou,H. (2012). Sneller groeiers gaan niet snel over de kop. FD weekend, 24 Maart 2012.


  • 16-17 Mar 2017: Tokyo Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Surugadai Memorial Hall, Chuo University.
  • Jan 2016: Is there a risk of growing fast? The relationship between organic employment growth and firm exit. CPB (Centraal Planbureau) research seminar, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
  • Nov 2014: Management Innovation as a Collateral Benefit of Technological Collaboration: the Impact of Alliance Portfolio Composition. Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan; The Risk of Growing Fast: Does fast growth have a negative impact on the survival rates of firms? Kobe University, Kobe, Japan


  • 25 November 2016: Talk on ‘How to do a PhD in the Netherlands’ for the first year new inflow Chinese PhD students, organized by Association Chinese Student Society Groningen and Chinese embassy education office
  • 24 September 2015: Guest lecture on ‘Chinese business environment’ for students of Hanze talent program, a collaborated program between Hanze hoogschool and Groningen confusion institute.


  • Chinese: native
  • English: over 17 years of daily experience in academic and business English
  • Japanese: Language proficiency level 2 (B2)
  • Dutch: Intermediate (B1/B2)


  • Analytical/Statistical software: STATA, SPSS, AMOS, PLS, Nvivo,R
  • Collaboration software: MS office, Visio, MS project
  • Project management skills; good presentation, writing and communication skills


Via the following link, you can find my industry CV in both English and Dutch



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