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Frank Wijen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds a PhD in management from Tilburg University, where he also worked as a Senior Researcher. His research interests include institutional processes, globalization, power and influence, organizational learning, and corporate and national environmental management. Frank published in journals such as Academy of Management Review (2014, 2015), California Management Review (2011, 2018), Journal of Management (2022), Organization Science (2013), Organization Studies (2006, 2007), Regulation & Governance (2022), Strategic Management Journal (2018), and Strategic Organization (2011), and was the leading editor of A handbook of globalisation and environmental policy, second edition (2012, published by Edward Elgar).

Publications

Academic (15)
  • Wijen, F., & Flowers, M. (2022). Issue opacity and sustainability standard effectiveness. Regulation & Governance. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12485

  • Liu, W., Heugens, P., Wijen, F., & van Essen, M. (2022). Chinese management studies: a matched-samples meta-analysis and focused review of indigenous theories. Journal of Management, 48(6), 1778-1828. https://doi.org/10.1177/01492063211073067

  • Wijen, F., & Chiroleu-Assouline, M. (2019). Controversy over voluntary environmental standards: A socioeconomic analysis of the Marine Stewardship Council. Organization and Environment, 32(2), 98-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/1086026619831449

  • Lyon, T., Delmas, M., Maxwell, J., Bansal, P., Chiroleu-Assouline, M., Crifo, P., Durand, R., Gond, JP., King, A., Lenox, M., Toffel, M., Vogel, D. J., & Wijen, F. (2018). CSR needs CPR: Corporate sustainability and politics. California Management Review, 60(4), 5-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0008125618778854

  • Wang, R., Wijen, F., & Heugens, P. (2017). Government's green grip: Multifaceted state influence on corporate environmental actions in China. Strategic Management Journal, 39(2), 403-428. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2714

  • Wijen, F. (2015). Coupling, not decoupling, should be institutional theory's mantra: A rejoinder to Haack and Schoeneborn. Academy of Management Review, 40(2), 310-313. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2014.0464

  • Wijen, F. (2014). Means versus ends in opaque institutional fields: Trading off compliance and achievement in sustainability standard adoption. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), 302-323. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2012.0218

  • Ansari - Loan, S., Wijen, F., & Gray, B. (2013). Constructing a climate change logic: An institutional perspective on the "Tragedy of the commons". Organization Science, 24(4), 1014-1040. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1120.0799

  • Wijen, F., & van Tulder, R. (2011). Integrating environmental and international strategies in a world of regulatory turbulence. California Management Review, 53(4), 23-46. https://doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2011.53.4.23

  • Wijen, F., Noorderhaven, N., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2011). Structural Antecedents of Corporate Network Evolution. International Journal of Business Environment, 4(3), 207-233. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/26290

  • Ansari - Loan, S., Gray, B., & Wijen, F. (2011). Fiddling while the ice melts? How organizational scholars can take a more active role in the climate change debate. Strategic Organization, 9(1), 70-76. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127010395525

  • Wijen, F., & Ansari - Loan, S. (2007). Overcoming Inaction through Collective Institutional Entrepreneurship: Insights from Regime Theory. Organization Studies, 28(4), 1079-1100. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840607078115

  • Roome, NJ., & Wijen, F. (2006). Stakeholder power and organizational learning in corporate environmental managment. Organization Studies, 27(2), 235-263. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840605057669

  • Wijen, F., & Duysters, GM. (2005). Negotiating innovation: Product renewal as the outcome of a complex bargaining process. R and D Management, 35(1), 73-87.

  • Wijen, F. (2003). Invloed en leren bij het milieumanagement van ondernemingen. MAB, 77(12), 586-593.

Professional (2)

Academic (3)
  • Wijen, F., Zoeteman, K., Pieters, J., & Van Seters, P. V. (2012). A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy, Second Edition: National Government Interventions in a Global Arena. Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781849805773

  • Wijen, F., Zoeteman, K., & Pieters, J. (2005). A Handbook of globalisation and environmental policy: National government interventions in a global arena (hardback). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Wijen, F., Zoeteman, K., & Pieters, J. (2005). A handbook of globalisation and environmental policy: National government interventions in a global arena. Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781954355

Academic (1)
  • Wijen, F., Zoeteman, K., & Pieters, J. (2006). A handbook of globalisation and environmental policy: National government interventions in a global arena (paperback). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Academic (1)
  • Wijen, F. (2010). Book review: Thomas Lawrence, Roy Suddaby and Bernard Leca (eds): Institutional work: Actors and agency in institutional studies of organizations. Organization Studies, 31, 1744-1747. https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406100310120703

Academic (5)
  • Wijen, F. (2017). The environmental (un)sustainability of the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) philosophy: A governance perspective. In Sustainability Challenges and Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid: Business, Technology and the Poor (pp. 430-445). Taylor & Francis Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351279888-25

  • Wijen, F., Zoeteman, K., Pieters, J., & van Seters, P. (2012). Globalisation and National Environmental Policy: Update and Overview. In F. Wijen, K. Zoeteman, J. Pieters, & P. van Seters (Eds.), A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy, Second Edition: National Government Interventions in a Global Arena (pp. 3-33). Edward Elgar Publishing. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/31149

  • Wijen, F. (2007). Institutionalization as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Corporate Development. In Sanjay Sharma, & Mark Starik (Eds.), Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic (pp. 106-132). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Zoeteman, K., Wijen, F., & Pieters, J. (2005). Globalisation and national environmental policy: An overview. In F. Wijen, K. Zoeteman, & J. Pieters (Eds.), A handbook of globalisation and environmental policy: National government interventions in a global arena (pp. 1-29). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Wijen, F., & Zoeteman, K. (2005). Architecture of the Kyoto Protocol and prospects for public climate policy. In F. Wijen et al. (Ed.), A handbook of globalisation and environmental polity: National government interventions in a global arena (pp. 595-623). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Academic (1)
  • Liu, W., Heugens, P., Wijen, F., & Essen, M. (2021). Assessing and extending the unique contributions of Chinese management studies. Academy of Management. Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2021(1), [Best Papers]. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2021.91

Academic (4)
  • Liu, W., Heugens, P., & Wijen, F. (2020). State political ideology as a corporate control mechanism: Evidence from China. In Academy of Management Conference proceedings

  • Wang, R., & Wijen, F. (2015). Responding to complexity within a state logic: Environmental responsibility reporting in China. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting Best Paper Proceedings

  • Wijen, F., & Slangen, A. (2012). The dark side of globalization for mature European multinationals: An extended network perspective. In R. Van Tulder, A. Verbeke, & L. Voinea (Eds.), Progress in International Business Research (Vol. 7, pp. 443-467). Emerald Group Publishing.

  • Ansari - Loan, S., Wijen, F., & Gray, B. (2009). Averting the "tragedy of the commons": An institutional perspective on the construction and governance of transnational commons. In G. Solomon (Ed.), Academy of Management 2009 Conference Best Paper Proceedings

Academic (4)
  • Wang, R., & Wijen, F. (2015). Responding to complexity within a state logic: Environmental responsibility reporting in China. 1224-1229. Paper presented at 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015, Vancouver, Canada. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2015.213

  • Ansari, S., Wijen, F., & Gray, B. (2009). Averting the "tragedy of the commons": An institutional perspective on the construction and governance of transnational commons. Paper presented at 69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009, Chicago, IL, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2009.44244347

  • Roome, NJ., Kolk, AJH., van der Woerd, F., & Wijen, F. (2002). Dynamic Aspects of Corporate Greening in Dutch Business. Paper presented at Greening of Industry Network Conference, Goteborg.

  • Roome, NJ., Wijen, F., & de Groene, J. (2001). Organizational routines, environmental learning and stakeholder interaction. Paper presented at Greening of Industry Network Conference, Thailand.

Popular (2)
  • Wijen, F. (Author). (2015). Trade-offs in the adoption of sustainability standards. Web publication/site, The Huffington Post.

  • Wijen, F. (Author). (2015). Banning child labour imposes naive western ideals on complex problems (Op. Ed.). Web publication/site, .

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    Editorial work (Academic)

  • Organization Studies (Journal)

    Editorial work (Academic)

Courses

Engaged Research

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BERMSKL025
  • Level: Master, PhD

IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM-RC
  • Level: Master

Global Business Strategies

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BM02GBS
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Research Clinic PT

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BMRSCMIM-P
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Philosophy of Science 1

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1101
  • ECTS: 2

Finding Scholarly Literature & Data (Library workshop)

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1102

Introduction to Academic Writing

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1103
  • ECTS: 1

Refreshers Statistics

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1104
  • ECTS: 1

Research Design & Theory Development

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1201
  • ECTS: 1

Finding Scholarly Literature & Data (Library workshop)

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1202
  • ECTS: 1

Research Data Management (Workshop)

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD1203
  • ECTS: 2

Front End of Paper

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD2101
  • ECTS: 1

Advanced Empirical Research Methods

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD2102
  • ECTS: 1

Argumentative Writing

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BPTPHD2103
  • ECTS: 1

Past courses

Qualitative research in Strategic Management & Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRMSE-SM-QUAL
  • Level: Master

SM-M, Majorgebonden Methodologie Seminars

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Code: BMA3139
  • ECTS: 2

Sustainable Strategies

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME085
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master

Engaged Research

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BERMSKL023
  • Level: Master, PhD

IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BM-IMRC
  • Level: Master

ERIM Research Clinic Strategy and Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BERMRC004
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Advanced Topics in Engaged Strategizing

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BERMASC009
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Research Clinic Strategic Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRCSE-SM
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Research Methods Strategic Management and Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMRMSE-SM-17
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Research Skills in Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRMSE
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Research Methods - A: Qualitative research

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRMSM-A
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Strategic management honours class

  • Study year: 2015/2016
  • Code: BMHONSM
  • ECTS: 10 Level: Master

Research Methods - A: Qualitative data: Case studies, Interviews & analysis

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRMSM-A
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

SM2, Methodologie Seminars

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: BMA3130
  • ECTS: 2

Strategic management honours class

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMHONSM
  • ECTS: 10 Level: Master

International Business

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BAP72
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1

Research methods

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRMSM
  • ECTS: 4

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