Prof. dr. Pursey Heugens

Pursey Heugens  is Professor of Organization Theory, Development, and Change at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He obtained his PhD from the same university in 2001. His research interests include comparative corporate governance, business ethics, and bureaucracy, institutional, and demographic theories of organization.

Pursey has won numerous awards for his research and teaching performance, and serves on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals. His research is published in journals like Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and Journal of Management Studies.

In the present address he argues that the field of organization theory is locked into a state of permanent failure, because powerful centrifugal forces prevent it from producing a unified theory of organizational effectiveness while equally strong centripetal forces keep university administrators and policy makers from cashing in their chips.

He also offers three research strategies that might end the stalemate by increasing the integration, relevance and realism of our current theories of organization.

Prof. dr. Jean-Philippe Bonardi

Jean-Philippe Bonardi is Full Professor and currently the Dean of HEC Lausanne (the faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland). He earned his PhD and a Master from HEC School of Management (Paris, France), as well as a Master in Economics from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and was previously an Associate Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He also held visiting appointments at the University of California Berkeley, Tulane University (USA) and the University of New South Wales (Australia).

His research focuses on the relationships between firms’ strategies and public policies, including macroeconomic policies and regulations of all kinds in a global context. He studies not only how firms are impacted by these policies, but also how firms devise strategies to participate in the development of these policies and how they manage the relationships with external stakeholders (media, NGOs, activists, consumer groups, etc.) in order to do so.

His research has been published in major international research outlets and presented in many universities including Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and UCLA. He is currently working on a book studying the impact of the existing international monetary system on the recurrence of economic crises and on the way the capitalistic system has evolved since World War II (current nature of the globalization process, structures of industries, organizational and business practices, etc.). He has also been Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review, one of the leading management journals.

Professor Bonardi has also acted as a consultant to various companies in Europe and North America, and has taught and designed Executive education programs for companies such as Infosys, the United Nations, Engie, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), RBC Royal Bank, Threadneedle, La Poste, SSL International, UPM, Veolia or Air France.