Prof. dr. Joep Cornelissen

Joep Cornelissen is Professor of Corporate Communication and Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. 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. In addition, he also has an interest in questions of scientific reasoning and theory development in management and organisation theory. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organisation Science and Organisation Studies, and he has written a general text on corporate communication (Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, Sage Publications) which is now in its fourth edition. He is 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 Organisation Studies.

Prof. Stefano Puntoni

Stefano Puntoni is Professor of Marketing at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). He is a former MSI Young Scholar and the recipient of various grants and awards including a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission and an ERIM award for Outstanding Performance by a Young Researcher. His research has appeared in prestigious international journals including Management Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. His teaching expertise is in the areas of brand management, marketing strategy, and consumer behavior. He currently teaches brand management in RSM's Executive MBA programme and marketing strategy in RSM's MSc Marketing programme. He is also active in open enrollment and customised executive education. Professor Puntoni is currently a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University (UK) and has taught at London Business School, Bocconi University (Milan), and the American University in Cairo (Egypt). The Financial Times named him a ‘Professor to Watch’. He joined RSM after completing his PhD at London Business School.

Pursey Heugens

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. Ansgar Zerfass

Ansgar Zerfass is Professor and Chair in Strategic Communication at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and Professor in Communication and Leadership at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway. He is editor of the "International Journal of Strategic Communication" and lead researcher for the Communication Monitor series, the largest empirical studies on strategic communication practices worldwide with several editions: European Communication Monitor (ECM) Latin-American Communication Monitor (LCM) and Asia-Pacific Communication Monitor (APCM). Ansgar Zerfass has published 32 books and more than 270 articles, chapters and study reports so far.

Dr. Mignon van Halderen

Dr. Mignon van Halderen is the founding director of the Dutch School of Thought and Lector Thought Leadership at Fontys School of Communication. Over the years, Mignon’s fascination with thought leadership has been translated into a well thought-out vision and expertise on the topic. With the Dutch School of Thought, she continues to advance this vision and mobilise others to add to its meaning. Mignon van Halderen has extensive experience in applied and academic research, and has been active in the field of thought leadership for than ten years. She has published several (inter)national articles on thought leadership and she developed the Thought Leadership Framework, a framework based on four phases and underlying steps that shows how thought leadership strategies are implemented.

Boudewijn van Uden

Boudewijn van Uden is Director of Corporate Communications at a.s.r,  one of the largest Dutch insurance groups.

Remco Barbier

Remco Barbier is Head of Branding at NN Group, one of the largest insurance and asset management companies in the Netherlands. 

Dennis Larsen

Dennis Larsen is Managing Partner at ReputationInc which provides reputation management services. His approach to consulting is strongly rooted in science. He has been involved in academic research on corporate reputation, corporate responsibility and financial communications.

John-Paul Schuirink

John-Paul Schuirink is Director Global Communications at Heineken.

Frank van Ooijen

Frank van Ooijen is a former Director Corporate Communication & Sustainability at FrieslandCampina and Director at FrieslandCampina Institute for Dairy Nutrition.