Rouven Kanitz
Assistant Professor of Organizational Change
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Rouven Kanitz is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Change at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München. Before entering academia, Rouven worked in medical technology industry and for a management consultant firm on strategic change projects. His research focuses on helping organizations to navigate change processes in more effective and sustainable ways. One main research focus is the human side of change, for example how leaders can better navigate change through specific interventions or how to work with human responses to organizational change such as resistance. Moreover, he examines how digital technology provides new opportunities and risks for managing change and how such technologies shape the future of change management. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, or the Journal of International Business Studies.


Academic (7)
  • Hagl, C., Kanitz, R., Gonzalez, K., & Hoegl, M. (2024). Change management interventions: Taking stock and moving forward. Human Resource Management Review, 34(1), Article 101000.

  • Kanitz, R., Gonzalez, K., Berger, S., Reinwald, M., Huettermann, H., & Franczak, J. (2023). Am I the Only One? Consequences of Change Championing (A)symmetry on Group- and Individual-Level Change Outcomes. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44(7), 1048-1065.

  • Kanitz, R., Gonzalez, K., Briker, R., & Straatmann, T. (2023). Augmenting Organizational Change and Strategy Activities: Leveraging Generative Artificial Intelligence. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 59(3), 345-363.

  • Straatmann, T., Kanitz, R., Stride, C., Hofmann, Y. E., & Steinberg, U. (Accepted/In press). Mobilizing Professors’ Support of Digital Change: Multi-Level Insights on IT Resources as a Boundary Condition. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

  • Kanitz, R., Huy, Q., Backmann, J., & Hoegl, M. (2022). No change is an island: How interferences between change initiatives evoke inconsistencies that undermine implementation. Academy of Management Journal, 65(2), 683-710.

  • Kanitz, R., & Gonzalez, K. (2021). Are we stuck in the predigital age? Embracing Technology-Mediated Change Management in Organizational Change Research. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 57(4), 447-458.

  • Backmann, J., Kanitz, R., Tian, A., Hoffmann, P., & Hoegl, M. (2020). Cultural gap bridging in multinational teams. Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 1283.

Professional (1)


Behavioural Management Science

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T3101
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

The Science of Organizational Change and the Art of Changing Organizations

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME044
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Past courses

Changing a Mature Business

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5104
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Creating Ideas for Business

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5101
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3


  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5102
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3