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I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management (Strategy and Entrepreneurship) at the UCL School of Management and am a visiting Ph.D. student at the London Business School (LBS). I received my Master of Research in Management (distinction) from the UCL School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Economics (summa cum laude) from Maastricht University, where I have also won several awards, including best dissertation at the School of Business and Economics. My studies are funded by the German Academic Merit Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the UCL School of Management. Before joining the UCL School of Management, I worked as a research assistant at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in their corporate taxation and public finance department and at the United Nations University – Merit in their social protection and migration department. At these institutes, I mainly worked on designing, implementing, and analyzing (quasi-) experiments, including survey experiments and RCTs. Moreover, I also worked as a product developer and consultant for an ESG data fin-tech, analyzing secondary data and data aggregation methodologies, and as an International Family Tracing caseworker at the British Red Cross. 
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Research Summary

In my two primary streams of research, I seek to understand how multiple organizations across different sectors interact, coordinate, and/ or innovate to address critical societal challenges. I focus on education and healthcare settings, often in developing countries.

My first stream of research examines cross-sector partnerships and related contexts and contributes to a growing body of literature focused on collaboration and hybridity in organizational goals to tackle grand challenges – such as education, health inequalities, and poverty. Specifically, I am interested in how cross-sector partnerships and their member organizations create, introduce, and sustain positive social impact by collaborating across sectorial and professional boundaries. I engage multiple methods and settings to identify the strategies cross-sector partnerships and their member organizations use to balance differing objectives during their collaboration. In particular, I use econometric approaches in a panel data set on government-mandated virtual cross-sector healthcare partnerships in China to study contextual factors (e.g., regional and institutional differences) that enable collaboration and social impact. Moreover, I also investigate organizational factors (e.g., structure and governance) which may contribute to sustaining organizational commitment to collaboration. To further explore mechanisms in this large-scale empirical work, I draw from interviews and surveys conducted with key stakeholders, including private sector representatives, government officials, and community doctors. To consider these results' generalizability and boundary conditions, I plan to span other industries, including the education sector.

My second research stream focuses on place-based interactions between organizations and how these affect organization- and population-level outcomes. Specifically, I am interested in (process) innovation and its diffusion among organizations, including the drivers of adopting new technologies or practices at the organizational level. Here, I am particularly interested in the role of universities and how the supply of highly skilled human capital may act as a driver of practice diffusion. Using large-scale survey firm data on the adoption of practices merged with the population of universities in over 35 countries, I show that firms closer to universities tend to have better management practices but that cultural and comparative governance traits at the national level can impact this relationship.

Teaching Summary
Since January 2023, I have been a teaching assistant for the UCL School of Management module MSIN0072: Business Strategy. This module is a core class required for most graduate students in the Master in Management program. This module, led by Prof Joost Rietveld, relies on the case method and discussion of real-world events, allowing students to learn by doing. As a teaching assistant, I act as a first point of contact, in-class moderator, and facilitator, holding weekly office hours to help students better understand strategic analysis. My personal goal is that students not only become familiar with the theoretical content of the course but also learn to master the process of strategic analysis, including the communication of their analysis and results. 

In addition, I co-organize and facilitate an Executive Education module on Healthcare Leadership in Times of Crisis at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Here, we structure the theoretical content around a Harvard Business simulation to allow executives to practice how senior managers should respond in a crisis, specifically about a safety or quality concern about a new product.

At Maastricht University, I was a tutor for the modules Quantitative Methods 1 and 2, consisting of undergraduate-level subject matter in mathematics and statistics. In my position, I was responsible for tutoring five groups of 15 students weekly, which included adequately preparing sessions in advance and providing individual feedback. I was awarded an average student evaluation of 9.3/10.

28-SEP-2021 PhD Student Strategy and Entrepreneurship UCL School of Management, United Kingdom
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