Joep Cornelissen appointed professor of corporate communication and management at RSM

Professor Joep Cornelissen has been appointed as professor of corporate communication and management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Before joining RSM on 1 June 2015, Cornelissen was professor at VU University Amsterdam. Prof. Cornelissen will work with other RSM faculty members to further strengthen its post-graduate and executive programmes within management and communication.

“I’m delighted to join one of the leading research-led business schools in Europe,” he says. “I’m also particularly excited about becoming a member of the Corporate Communication Centre, and working closely with Professor Cees van Riel.”

International experience

The focus of Cornelissen’s activities at the start of his appointment will be mainly on research and teaching as part of the MSc in Global Business and Stakeholder Management. Towards the summer of 2016, Cornelissen will gradually become more involved in teaching activities within the part-time Executive Master of Science in Corporate Communication programme (MCC).

Prof. Cornelissen’s research is well-known in the area of corporate communication and organisation theory. His research on communication topics has been published in many of the leading journals in the management field. “Cornelissen will undoubtedly have a lot of added value for RSM,” says Cees van Riel, professor of corporate communication at RSM. “He is an established academic researcher with an impressive track record. His international experience will allow him to continue the relationships with the global community of corporate communication researchers.”

Corporate Communication Centre (CCC)

Professor Van Riel is one of the founding fathers of the discipline, and has developed the Corporate Communication Centre (CCC) into one of the top research and educational centres in this part in the world. Cornelissen says his aim for the coming years is to work alongside Cees and to contribute to the further development of the centre and its flagship Executive Master in Corporate Communication programme.

Van Riel’s role as Director of the CCC and of the MCC programme will be passed on to Cornelissen after Van Riel’s retirement in the summer of 2017.

Professor Joep Cornelissen

Prior to joining RSM, Joep Cornelissen was professor of corporate communication and organisation theory at VU University Amsterdam and the University of Leeds. The main focus of his research involves studies of the role of corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change, and of social evaluations of the legitimacy and reputation of start-up and established firms.

His work has been published in the Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Management Studies, Organization Science and Organization Studies, and he has written a market-leading text on corporate communication, Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, Sage Publications, which is now in its fourth edition.

Cornelissen is also an associate editor for the Academy of Management Review, a council member of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, a former general editor of the Journal of Management Studies (2006-2012) and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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