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Prof Wim Naudé

Wim Naudé


University College Cork
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Wim Naudé is Full Professor of Economics at Cork University Business School, UCC. He is also Visiting Professor in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University in Germany; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Fellow of the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands; and Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Germany. He is an affiliated researcher at the Environmental Research Institute in Cork, Ireland. 

His research and teaching are concerned with the economics of technological innovation, trade and entrepreneurship, and their implications for the global grand challenges, including pro-poor growth, equitable globalization, conflict resolution and climate change action.  Examples of his recent international collaborative work in this regard include contributing to the OECD's Artificial Intelligence Observatory; co-directing a project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation on the diffusion of artificial intelligence, working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to produce a report on climate technology incubators and accelerators, contributing to the World Trade Organization’s 2018 World Trade Report on how digital technologies are transforming global commerce, and writing a chapters for the United Nations’ World Youth Report 2020 on youth social entrepreneurship through new technologies and for UNIDO's 2016 flagship report on sustainable industrialization. 

Before joining UCC Wim held amongst others an endowed Chair at Maastricht University, was Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), worked as research officer and lecturer at Oxford University, and was Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He has held visiting positions at amongst others Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, and the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) of Brown University.

He has published widely in scientific journals, as well as edited four books on innovation and entrepreneurship, published by Oxford University Press, and all available on Oxford Scholarship online.  His  Google h-index is 47 and he has more than 8000 citations to his work.  IDEAS/RePEC ranks him  amongst the top 10 economists in Ireland.  




Research Domains

  • Economics  
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Artificial intelligence  
  • International Trade and Competitiveness
  • Economic Development: competitiveness, clusters
  • Innovation & technological change
  • Big Data  
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  • 2020 - Essays on Entrepreneurship in Colombia, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2007 - Essays on Domestic Transport Costs and Export Regions in South Africa, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2007 - Sub-National Differences in the Quality of Life in South Africa, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2007 - Essays on the Export Performance and Provincial Growth of China, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2005 - The Geographical Economy of South Africa, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2004 - Poverty Alleviation by Local Municipalities in South Africa's North-West Province, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2003 - Financial Constraints to Low-Income Housing in South Africa, 1994-2000, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2003 - The Competitive Platform for Industrial Development in South Africa, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 1998 - The Competitiveness and Comparative Advantages of the Manufacturing Sector in South Africa's Nine Provinces, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2007 - Regional Applied General Equilibrium Modelling: The Case of South Africa's North-West Province, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2007 - Trade Patterns and Foreign Direct Investment in the Southern African Development Community, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2016 - Household Production with Labor-Saving Technology, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2017 - Governing the Gatherings: The Interaction of Lebanese State Institutions and Palestinian Authorities, Utrecht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2019 - Role Conflict, Coping Strategies and Female Entrepreneurial Success in Sub-Saharan Africa, Tilburg University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2020 - Differences between Entrepreneurs in Tanzania's Informal and Formal Sectors, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2015 - Natural Hazards and Education: The Impact of Floods on Primary Education in Zambia, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2015 - Occupational Choice in the Developing World, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2018 - Essays on Forced Migration and Labour Market Participation in Developing Countries, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2008 - Political Risk in Credit Evaluation: Empirical Studies and Survey Results, Hanken School of Economics (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2018 - Essays on Migration and Occupational Choice, Maastricht University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 1998 - An Econometric Analysis of the Socio-Economic Determinants of Household Earnings in the North-West Province of South Africa, North-West University (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
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Journal article

Year Publication
2021 AMORÓS, J. E., CRISTI, O., NAUDÉ, W. (2021). Entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: Does the motivation to start-up a firm matter? Journal of Business Research, 127, 389-398. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.11.044. Details
2020 AMORÓS, J. E., CRISTI, O., NAUDÉ, W. (2020). Entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: Does the motivation to start-up a firm matter? Journal of Business Research. Details
2020 ABDALLAH, G. K., MASUREL, E., NAUDÉ, W. A., EIJDENBERG, E. L. (2020). Unboxing Entrepreneurial Motivations in Tanzania: Business-related and Personal-related Factors. Journal of African Business. Details
2020 NAUDE, W. (2020). Artificial intelligence vs COVID-19: limitations, constraints and pitfalls. AI & SOCIETY. Details
2020 NAUDE, W. (2020). Artificial intelligence: neither Utopian nor apocalyptic impacts soon. Economics of Innovation and New Technology. Details
2020 DESAI, S., NAUDE, W., STEL, N. (2020). Refugee entrepreneurship: context and directions for future research. Small Business Economics. Details
2020 MUÑOZ, P., NAUDÉ, W., WILLIAMS, N., WILLIAMS, T., FRÍAS, R. (2020). Reorienting entrepreneurial support infrastructure to tackle a social crisis: A rapid response. Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Details
2019 HUNDERA, M., DUYSTERS, G., NAUDÉ, W., DIJKHUIZEN, J. (2019). How do female entrepreneurs in developing countries cope with role conflict? International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. Details
2019 NAUDÉ, W., DIMITRI, N. (2019). The race for an artificial general intelligence: implications for public policy. AI and Society. Details
2017 OWOO, N. S., NAUDÉ, W. (2017). Spatial proximity and firm performance. evidence from non-farm rural enterprises in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Regional Studies. Details
2017 NAUDE, W., SIEGEL, M., MARCHAND, K. (2017). Migration, entrepreneurship and development: critical questions. IZA Journal of Migration. Details
2017 NAGLER, P., NAUDE, W. (2017). Non-farm entrepreneurship in rural sub-Saharan Africa: New empirical evidence. Food Policy. Details
2016 NAUDE, W. (2016). Entrepreneurship and the Reallocation of African Farmers: Delivered as the Simon Brand Memorial Lecture, Agricultural Economics Society of South Africa, Khaya Ibhubesi, Vredefort Dome, South Africa, 30 September 2015. Agrekon. Details
2016 NAUDÉ, W. (2016). Is European entrepreneurship in crisis? CESifo DICE Report.
2016 GRIES, T., JUNGBLUT, S., NAUDÉ, W. (2016). The entrepreneurship Beveridge curve. International Journal of Economic Theory. Details
2016 STEL, N., NAUDÉ, W. (2016). Public-Private Entanglement: Entrepreneurship in Lebanon’s Hybrid Political Order. Journal of Development Studies. Details
2015 NAUDÉ, W., NAGLER, P. (2015). Inclusive Industrialization and Entrepreneurship. Development. Details
2015 NAUDÉ, W., GRIES, T., BILKIC, N. (2015). Playing the lottery or dressing up? A model of firm-level heterogeneity and the decision to export. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. Details
2014 NAUDE, W., ERNESTO AMOROS, J., CRISTI, O. (2014). "Surfeiting, the appetite may sicken": entrepreneurship and happiness. Small Business Economics. Details
2014 NAUDÉ, W., BEZUIDENHOUT, H. (2014). Migrant Remittances Provide Resilience Against Disasters in Africa. Atlantic Economic Journal. Details
2014 VOETEN, J., NAUDÉ, W. (2014). Regulating the negative externalities of enterprise cluster innovations: lessons from Vietnam. Innovation and Development. Details
2013 BRÜCK, T., NAUDÉ, W., VERWIMP, P. (2013). Business under Fire: Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries. Journal of Conflict Resolution. Details
2011 NAUDE, W. (2011). Climate Change and Industrial Policy. Sustainability. Details
2011 NAUDE, W. (2011). Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: An Introduction. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Details
2011 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W. (2011). Entrepreneurship and human development: A capability approach. Journal of Public Economics. Details
2011 NAUDÉ, W. (2011). Entrepreneurship is not a binding constraint on growth and development in the poorest countries. World Development. Details
2011 GRIES, T., NAUDE, W. (2011). Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and a Global Economic Crisis. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. Details
2011 NAUDE, W., ROSSOUW, R. (2011). Export diversification and economic performance: evidence from Brazil, China, India and South Africa. Economic Change and Restructuring. Details
2011 NAUDE, W. (2011). Global Finance after the Crisis: Reform Imperatives and Vested Interests. Global Economy Journal. Details
2011 NAUDE, W. (2011). Is Pro-Active Government Support Needed for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries? Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
2011 NAUDÉ, W., MATTHEE, M. (2011). The impact of transport costs on new venture internationalisation. Journal of International Entrepreneurship. Details
2010 NAUDE, W. (2010). ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE FIELD OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS. Frontiers in Entrepreneurship. Details
2010 NAUDÉ, W., ROSSOUW, S. (2010). Early international entrepreneurship in China: Extent and determinants. Journal of International Entrepreneurship. Details
2010 NAUDÉ, W. (2010). Entrepreneurship, developing countries, and development economics: new approaches and insights. Small Business Economics. Details
2010 NAUDÉ, W., BOSKER, M., MATTHEE, M. (2010). Export specialisation and local economic growth. World Economy. Details
2010 NAUDE, W. (2010). Forced Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa: The Conflict-Environment Link. Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability. Details
2010 PEARSON, J., VIVIERS, W., CUYVERS, L., NAUDE, W. (2010). Identifying export opportunities for South Africa in the southern engines: A DSM approach. International Business Review. Details
2010 NAUDE, W. (2010). The Determinants of Migration from Sub-Saharan African Countries(dagger). Journal of African Economies. Details
2010 NAUDE, W. (2010). The Global Economic Crisis and Developing Countries: Effects, Responses, and Options for Sustainable Recovery. Poverty & Public Policy. Details
2010 NAUDE, W., MATTHEE, M. (2010). The Location of Manufacturing Exporters in Africa: Empirical Evidence. African Development Review. Details
2010 MCGILLIVRAY, M., NAUDÉ, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A. U. (2010). Vulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States. Journal of Development Studies. Details
2010 MINNITI, M., NAUDÉ, W. (2010). What do we know about the patterns and determinants of female entrepreneurship across Countries? European Journal of Development Research. Details
2009 NAUDE, W. (2009). ''Rushing in where angels fear to tread''? The early internationalization of indigenous Chinese firms. Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies. Details
2009 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W. (2009). Entrepreneurship and regional economic growth: Towards a general theory of start-ups. Innovation. Details
2009 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W. (2009). Entrepreneurship and structural economic transformation. Small Business Economics. doi:10.1007/s11187-009-9192-8. Details
2009 NAUDÉ, W., GRIES, T. (2009). Explaining regional export performance in a developing country: The role of geography and relative factor endowments. Regional Studies. doi:10.1080/00343400801932300. Details
2009 NAUDÉ, W. (2009). Geography, transport and Africa’s proximity gap. Journal of Transport Geography. Details
2009 NAUDE, W., MCGILLIVRAY, M., ROSSOUW, S. (2009). Measuring the Vulnerability of Subnational Regions in South Africa. Oxford Development Studies. Details
2009 NAUDÉ, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A. U., MCGILLIVRAY, M. (2009). Measuring Vulnerability: An Overview and Introduction. Oxford Development Studies. Details
2009 NAUDE, W. (2009). Natural Disasters and International Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa. Migration Letters.
2009 NAUDE, W., ROSSOUW, S., KRUGELL, W. (2009). The non-monetary quality of city life in South Africa. Habitat International. Details
2009 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W., MATTHEE, M. (2009). The Optimal Distance to Port for Exporting Firms. Journal of Regional Science. Details
2008 MCGILLIVRAY, M., NAUDE, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A. (2008). Achieving growth in the Pacific islands: an introduction. Pacific Economic Bulletin.
2008 NAUDE, W. (2008). Is there a spatial mismatch in South Africa's metropolitan labour market? Cities. Details
2008 NAUDÉ, W., GRIES, T., WOOD, E., MEINTJIES, A. (2008). Regional determinants of entrepreneurial start-ups in a developing country. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Details
2008 MCGILLIVRAY, M., NAUDÉ, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A. (2008). Small island states development challenges: Introduction. Journal of International Development. Details
2008 NAUDE, W., ROSSOUW, R. (2008). South African quotas on textile imports from China: A policy error? Journal of Policy Modeling. Details
2008 MATTHEE, M., NAUDÉ, W. (2008). The Determinants of Regional Manufactured Exports from a Developing Country. International Regional Science Review. Details
2008 ROSSOUW, S., NAUDE, W. (2008). The non-economic quality of life on a sub-national level in South Africa. Social Indicators Research. Details
2008 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W. (2008). Trade and Endogenous Formation of Regions in a Developing Country. Review of Development Economics. Details
2007 VAN RENSBURG, LIND, J., NAUDE, W. (2007). Human rights and development: The case of local government transformation in South Africa. Public Administration and Development. Details
2007 NAUDÉ, W., KRUGELL, W. (2007). Investigating Geography and Institutions as determinants of foreign direct investment in Africa using panel data. Applied Economics. Details
2006 PILLAY, A., NAUDÉ, W. (2006). Financing low-income housing in South Africa: Borrower experiences and perceptions of banks. Habitat International. Details
2006 NAUDÉ, W., KRUGELL, W, F. (2006). Sub-national growth rate differentials in South Africa: an econometric analysis. Papers in Regional Science. Details
2004 NAUDÉ, W., COETZEE, R. (2004). Globalisation and inequality in South Africa: modelling the labour market transmission. Journal of Policy Modeling. doi:10.1016/J.JPOLMOD.2004.07.002. Details
2003 NAUDÉ, W., KRUGELL, W. (2003). An inquiry into cities and their role in subnational economic growth in South Africa. Journal of African Economies. Details
2003 NAUDÉ, W., KRUGELL, W. (2003). Are South Africa's cities too small? Cities. Details
2002 NAUDÉ, W., OOSTENDORP, R., SERUMAGA-ZAKE, P. (2002). South African manufacturing in an African context: Findings from firm-level surveys. South African Journal of Economics.
2000 NAUDÉ, W. (2000). The determinants of South African exports: An econometric analysis. South African Journal of Economics.
1997 COETZEE, Z., GWARADA, K., NAUDÉ, W., SWANEPOEL, J. (1997). Currency depreciation, trade liberalisation and economic development. South African Journal of Economics.
1997 NAUDÉ, W. (1997). Microsimulation modelling of the corporate firm: Exploring micro-macro economic relations - vanTongeren,FW. The Economic Journal.
1996 NAUDÉ, W. (1996). Boom, crisis, and adjustment: The macroeconomic experience of developing countries - Little,IMD, Cooper,RN, Corden,WM. The Economic Journal. Details
2020 NAUDÉ, W. (2020). Intelligente Eindämmungsstrategien gegen Covid-19: Die Rolle von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Big Data. Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik. Details
2021 GRIES, T., NAUDÉ, W. (2021). Extreme Events, Entrepreneurial Start-Ups, and Innovation: Theoretical Conjectures. Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. Details
2021 NAUDE, W., CAMERON, M. (2021). Failing to pull together: South Africa's troubled response to COVID-19. Transforming Government- People Process and Policy. Details
2021 MULU, H., DUYSTERS, G., NAUDE, W., DIJKHUIZEN, J. (2021). The conflict between social role expectations and entrepreneurial role demands among women entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa: empirical study from Ethiopia. Gender in Management, 36 (3), pp. 430-448. Details


Year Publication
2019 NAUDÉ, W., SURDEJ, A., CAMERON, M. (2019). Ready for Industry 4.0? The Case of Central and Eastern Europe. Industry 4.0 and Engineering for a Sustainable Future. Details
2016 NAUDÉ, W. (2016). The three tenors of development economics meets an entrepreneur. Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands (The).
2012 NAUDÉ, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A., MCGILLIVRAY, M. (2012). Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses. Oxford University Press, Great Britain. Details
2011 SZIRMAI, A., NAUDÉ, W., GOEDHUYS, M. (2011). Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development. Oxford University Press, Great Britain. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2018 NAUDÉ, W. (2018). Urbanisation and entrepreneurship in development: Like a horse and carriage? Springer Publishing. Details
2016 STEL, N. M., NAUDÉ, W. (2016). Business in Genocide. Oxford University Press.
2014 NAUDÉ, W. (2014). Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Theory, Evidence and Policy. Oxford University Press, Great Britain.
2012 NAUDÉ, W., SANTOS-PAULINO, A., MCGILLIVRAY, M. (2012). Fragile States: An Overview. Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses. Oxford University Press. Details
2010 NAUDÉ, W. (2010). Suburbanization and Desegregation in South Africa’s Cities. Oxford University Press. Details
2010 BEZUIDENHOUT, H., NAUDÉ, W. (2010). Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in the Southern African Development Community. Oxford University Press, Great Britain. Details
2008 NAUDE, W. (2008). Entrepreneurship, Post-Conflict. Making Peace Work: the Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction. Details

Edited book

Year Publication
2018 DASTBAZ, M., NAUDÉ, W., MANOOCHEHRI, J. (2018). Smart futures, challenges of urbanisation, and social sustainability. Springer Publishing. Details
2015 NAUDÉ, W., SZIRMAI, A., HARAGUCHI, N. (2015). Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS. Oxford University Press, Great Britain.
2013 SZIRMAI, A., NAUDÉ, W., ALCORTA, L. (2013). Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms. Oxford University Press, Great Britain. Details
2011 SZIRMAI, A., NAUDÉ, W., GOEDHUYS, M. (2011). Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Economic Development. Oxford University Press.
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