What is the most interesting project at work? Why?

I did my one-year visiting doctoral research at the Amsterdam Business Research Institute, VU University Amsterdam in 2013. One of the biggest problems that I overcame was my integration into the research environment. Unlike student exchanges where the integration mechanisms into university and social life are built over the course of years, doctoral student exchanges very much depend on a proactive approach.

My first step towards integration was to organise a seminar where I presented a research paper. Despite the fact that it was my first important presentation in a foreign country, I received positive feedback from the panel. 

How did your study in the Netherlands help you to build your career?

One of the postdoctoral students responded to my offer to collaborate and we started working together on a new research project that had as its goal to get into the world’s largest conference in the strategic management field (The Annual Strategic Management Society Conference) in Atlanta (USA). After a lot of research and discussion, we received good critical reviews and feedback and the paper was successfully accepted.

For me, the real measure of success was to be one of two scientists from my country among more than 1000 participants. It was also a great pleasure to spot an opportunity to interact with contemporary scholars who are presently setting trends in the field of strategic management. These scholars include Jeffrey Barney, who has developed the dynamic capabilities approach.

Why do you find NANR useful?

NANR provides in-depth information about academic opportunities in the Netherlands. It also helps to bring alumni together, involve new students and offer the opportunity for participants to share their personal experiences of studying and living in the Netherlands. Moreover, NANR organises useful business and networking events.

Above all, I love the inspiring atmosphere the NANR staff creates for the events. When I come home, I have the feeling that I spent the whole day in the Netherlands.

What can you learn from the Dutch in your opinion?

I've learned one simple work/life balance lesson from the Dutch: work is not just a piece of your life for earning money so as to spend it during the rest of your life. On the contrary, work is life itself - it's probably the major part of your life. If you want to be happy, you should live every second - even during your workday.

Also, I love the multicultural environment! Despite the differences of the people coming to Amsterdam, they are firmly integrated into Dutch society. People can work together and make a difference: nationality does not matter. Academic opportunities are available to every individual, and one can start to build his or her future without any barriers.

What is your biggest professional ambition?

Now I am finishing my doctoral thesis and simultaneously starting to build a non-academic career. Looking to the future, I want to follow my goals of combining consulting and teaching activities to share my experiences and deliver quality and up-to-date knowledge to students.