Prof. Daan Van Knippenberg

Daan Van Knippenberg

Professor of Organizational Behavior
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Daan van Knippenberg is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Rotterdam School of Management. He has published over 200 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters, including in such outlets as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Strategic Management Journal, many of which revolve around his interests in leadership, diversity, teams, and creativity. Daan is Founding Editor of Organizational Psychology Review and Editor of Academy of Management Annals, and past Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. He is also co-founder/ organizer of the New Directions in Leadership Research conference organized by Duke University, Erasmus University, INSEAD, and The Wharton School. Daan is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His teaching (MBA and Executive) and in-company seminars concentrate on leadership and diversity.

Professional experience

Full Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management


Professional Publications (11)

  • N.Y. Ates, M. Tarakci, J.P. Porck, D.L. van Knippenberg & P.J.F. Groenen (2019). Why Visionary Leadership Fails. (blog). Harvard Business Review.
  • O.A. Acar, M. Tarakci & D.L. van Knippenberg (2019). Why Constraints Are Good for Innovation. Harvard Business Review.
  • J.N. Mell, D. van Knippenberg & W.P. van Ginkel (2014). The catalyst effect: how meta-knowledge can improve team performance. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 20 (4), 18-19.
  • M. Venus, D.A. Stam & D. van Knippenberg (2013). The value of emotion in visionary leadership. RSM Insight, 15 (3), 8-10.
  • I.J. Hoever, D. van Knippenberg, W.P. van Ginkel & H.G. Barkema (2013). How to boost creativity within diverse teams. RSM Insight, 14 (2), 18-19.
  • A. Nederveen Pieterse, D. van Knippenberg & W.P. van Ginkel (2012). Managing the downside of goal orientation diversity. RSM Insight, 10 (2), 8-9.
  • F.J.A. Damen, B. van Knippenberg & D. van Knippenberg (2004). Enthousiasme en charismatisch leiderschap: een scenario-experiment. Gedrag en Organisatie, 17, 272-288.
  • M. de Best-Waldhober, C.K.W. de Dreu & D. van Knippenberg (2004). Coordinatie tussen individuen en tussen teams: Over het belang van inzicht in sociale dilemma's. Gedrag en Organisatie, 17 (3), 187-203.
  • M. de Best-Waldhober, C.K.W. de Dreu & D. van Knippenberg (2003). Wie is er aan de beurt: Effecten van kortetermijn eigenbelang en sociale categorisatie op coordinatie in tweepersoonsdilemma's. Gedrag en Organisatie, 16, 201-220.
  • D. van Knippenberg & E. Dijk (2001). Weerstand tegen ruil en weerstand tegen verlies: Een economisch-psychologische beschouwing van bezit. Gedrag en Organisatie, 14, 1-10.
  • A. van Knippenberg, B. van Knippenberg, C. van Knippenberg & D. van Knippenberg (2001). Identificatie met de organisatie: Een meetinstrument. Gedrag en Organisatie, 14, 67-73.

Scholarly Publications (209)

Work in Progress (4)

  • E. Sleebos, D.L. van Knippenberg, S.R. Giessner & W.P. van Ginkel (2020). A motivated information processing perspective on the antecedents of empowering leadership. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • D.L. van Knippenberg (2019). Leadership and identity. In D.V. Day & J. Antonakis (Eds.), The nature of leadership (3nd ed., pp.). Los Angeles: SAGE
  • D.L. van Knippenberg & L. van Bunderen (2019). Group dynamics/processes. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of industrial and organizational psychology, (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oakes, CA: SAGE
  • D.L. van Knippenberg & J.N. Mell (2019). Team diversity and learning in organizations. In L. Argote & J. Levine (Eds.), Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning. New York: Oxford University Press

Semi Scientific Publications

  • M. de Haas, D.L. van Knippenberg, P.J.F. Groenen, K. Dalmeijer & L. van Bunderen (2015). ESE Societal Impact Award. ESE Awards: Rotterdam. Populariserende publicatie.


Organization Memberships (2)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)


  • Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)



Media items

  • Daan van Knippenberg: 'Zonder dialoog geen gedragen strategie'

    Daan van Knippenberg, professor of organizational behavior of the RSM, Erasmus Universiteit and chief scientific officer of S-ray Diagnostics adresses the implementation of strategies in this article. People often lack the ability…

  • Unternehmenskultur: Wie das Potenzial von Expats mobilisiert werden kann

    Logistics companies rely on the ideas of their employees to be able to develop, but do these work if these come from abroad? A study conducted by Daan van Knippenberg and Christian Tröster is referenced which concluded people from…

  • Leiderschap in een economische crisis? Kies uw woorden zorgvuldig

    Research conducted by Daan Stam and Daan van Knippenberg, concludes that the words leaders choose to use in speeches have a great a great impact on the support they receive. Words such as progress and change, result in high…

  • New RSM programme develops Values-Based Leadership

    The new two-day Values-Based Leadership programme by RSM aims to help leaders create a shared sense of purpose, guiding them to truly inspire their workforce, at the end of the line fostering organisational commitment and…

Discovery items

During times of crisis, a leader's language should not reflect fear

In economic hard times, don't project fear as a leader! Instead, use words like 'progress', change and 'ideals' to gain support.

Daan van Knippenberg: Asking why gives value to our goals

RSM’s Daan van Knippenberg urges us to embrace the never-ending questions we asked as three-year-old children in order to give meaning to our goals.

Past courses

Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior

  • Study year: 2015/2016, 2013/2014
  • Code: BERMASC026
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Behavioural Foundations

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: BERMFC001
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Management of diversity and inclusion

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMME040
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master