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Hans van Oosterhout is a professor of corporate governance and responsibility at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).



His research is in comparative corporate governance, involving both comparisons between different national corporate governance systems, and comparisons between different forms of enterprise organization.

 



His current research focuses on how jurisdiction level institutions shape the respective role of owners and executives in publicly listed firms, and on the corporate governance challenges and practices of professional partnerships, family firms, and philanthropic organizations.

 



Professor van Oosterhout has published extensively in journals including the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics.

 



He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 



Professor van Oosterhout obtained an MA Cum Laude in political science from Leiden University and a PhD in Management from Erasmus University.

Publications

  • Academic (29)
    • Criaco, G., van Oosterhout, J., & Nordqvist, M. (2021). Is blood always thicker than water? Family firm parents, kinship ties, and the survival of spawns. Journal of Business Venturing, 36(6), [106161]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2021.106161, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2021.106161, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2021.106161

    • Vishwanathan, P., Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., Duran Solis, PA., & Essen, M. (2019). Strategic CSR: a concept building meta-analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 57(2), 314-350. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12514

    • Essen, M., Heugens, P., Duran, P., Saleh, SF., Sauerwald, S., Oosterhout, H., & Xie, E. (2019). How concentrated owners improve the performance of Asian firms: Filling voids or imposing effective governance? The Multinational Business Review, 28(1), 39-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/MBR-07-2019-0078

    • Lander, M., Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Pruijssers, J. (2018). Career stage dependent effects of law firm governance: A multilevel study of professional-client misconduct. Human Relations, 72(9), 1497-1529. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718796157

    • Pruijssers, J., Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2018). Winning at a losing game? Side-effects of perceived tournament promotion incentives in audit firms. Journal of Business Ethics, 162, 149-167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3991-2

    • Lander, M., Heugens, P., & van Oosterhout, H. (2017). Towards an integrated framework of professional partnership performance: The role of formal governance and strategic planning. Human Relations, 70(4), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726717700697

    • Lander, M., Heugens, P., & van Oosterhout, H. (2017). Drift or alignment? A configurational analysis of law firms’ ability to combine profitability with professionalism. Journal of Professions and Organization, 4(2), 123-148. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/jow011

    • Sauerwald, S., Oosterhout, H., & Essen, M. (2016). Proxy advisors and shareholder dissent. A cross-country comparative study. Journal of Management, 44(8), 3364-3394. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206316675928

    • Sauerwald, S., van Oosterhout, H., & van Essen, M. (2016). Expressive Shareholder Democracy: A Multilevel Study of Shareholder Dissent in 15 Western European Countries. Journal of Management Studies, 53(4), 520-551. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12171

    • van Essen, M., van Oosterhout, H., & Heugens, P. (2013). Competition and cooperation in corporate governance: The effects of labor institutions on blockholder effectivess in 23 European countries. Organization Science, 24(2), 530-551. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1120.0742

    • van Essen, M., Heugens, P., van Oosterhout, H., & Otten, J. (2012). An institution-based view of executive compensation: A multilevel meta-analytic test. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(4), 396-423. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2012.6

    • van Oosterhout, H., van Essen, M., & Carney, M. (2011). Corporate boards and the performance of Asian firms: A meta-analysis. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 29(4), 873-905. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-011-9269-1

    • Carney, M., Gedajlovic, ER., Heugens, P., van Essen, M., & van Oosterhout, H. (2011). Business group affiliation, performance, context, and strategy: A meta-analysis. Academy of Management Journal, 54(3), 437-460. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2011.61967812

    • van Oosterhout, H. (2010). The Role of Corporations in Shaping the Global Rules of the Game: In Search of New Foundations. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(2), 253-264. https://doi.org/10.5840/beq201020218

    • Heugens, P., van Essen, M., & van Oosterhout, H. (2009). Meta-analyzing ownership concentration and firm performance in Asia: Towards a more fine-grained understanding. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(3), 481-512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-008-9109-0

    • van Oosterhout, H., & Heugens, P. (2009). Extant social contracts in global business regulation: Outline of a research agenda. Journal of Business Ethics, 88(4), 729-740. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-009-0329-0

    • van Oosterhout, H. (2008). Transcending the confines of political and Economic organization; The misguided metaphor of corporate citizenship. Business Ethics Quarterly, 18(1), 35-42. https://doi.org/10.5840/beq20081813

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & van Oosterhout, H. (2008). Contracts to communities: A processual model of organizational virtue. Journal of Management Studies, 45(1), 100-121. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00738.x

    • van Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2007). Contractualism vindicated; A response to Boatright. Academy of Management Review, 32(1), 295-297. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2007.23467343

    • van Oosterhout, H. (2007). Authority and Democracy in Corporate Governance? Journal of Business Ethics, 71(4), 359-370. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-006-9146-x

    • de Jong, A., Mertens, G., van Oosterhout, H., & Vletter - van Dort, H. (2007). How useful is shareholder intervention? Management Control en Accounting, 11(2), 8-15.

    • Heugens, P., van Oosterhout, H., & Kaptein, M. (2006). Foundations and applications for contractualist business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 68(3), 211-228. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-006-9011-y

    • van Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2006). The internal morality of contracting: Advancing the contractualist endeavor in business ethics. Academy of Management Review, 31(3), 521-539. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2006.21318915

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & van Oosterhout, H. (2006). The ethics of the node versus the ethics of the dyad? Reconciling virtue ethics and contractualism. Organization Studies, 27(3), 391-411. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840606062428

    • van Oosterhout, H. (2005). Corporate Citizenship; An idea whose time has not come. Academy of Management Review, 30(4), 677-681. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2005.18378871

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & van Oosterhout, H. (2004). Ties that grind? Corroborating a typology of social contracting problems. Journal of Business Ethics, 49(3), 235-252. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:BUSI.0000017960.17747.56

    • van Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. (2004). Rethinking Organizational ethics: a plea for pluralism. Journal of Business Ethics, 55(4), 387-395. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-004-1347-6

    • Heugens, P., & van Oosterhout, H. (2002). The Confines of Stakeholder Management: Evidence from the Dutch Manufacturing Sector. Journal of Business Ethics, 40(4), 387-404. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020807101387

    • Heugens, P., & van Oosterhout, H. (2001). To boldly go where no man has gone before: integrating cognitive and physical features in scenario studies. Futures, 33(10), 861-872. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-3287(01)00023-4

  • Professional (3)
    • van Oosterhout, H. (2016). Does shareholder voting matter in Europe? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 28(4), 8-10. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/94704

    • van Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & van Essen, M. (2013). The effect of blockholders in corporate governance. RSM Insight, 13(1), 18-19. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/40134

    • Otten, J., & van Oosterhout, H. (2008). Bestuurdersbeloning: Ideologie, Symboliek of Instrument van Corporate Governance? Ondernemingsrecht, (8), 290-296.

  • Academic (1)
    • Heugens, P., van Oosterhout, H., & Vromen, J. (2004). The Social Institutions of Capitalism: Evolution and Design of Social Contracts. Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Academic (7)
    • Heugens, P., & van Oosterhout, H. (2008). Much ado about nothing: A conceptual critique of corporate social responsibility. In D. S. Siegel, D. Matten, A. McWilliams, & A. Crane (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 197-223). Oxford University Press.

    • Heugens, P., van Oosterhout, H., & Vromen, J. (2004). Social Contract Theories: E Pluribus Unum? In P. P. M. A. R. Heugens, & J. Van Oosterhout (Eds.), The Social Institutions of capitalism: Evolution and Design of Social Contracts (pp. 1-19). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., van Oosterhout, H., & Wempe, JFDB. (2002). Ethical Criteria for Corporations. In S. P. Kaptein, & J. Wempe (Eds.), The Balanced Company: a Theory of Corporate Integrity (pp. 227-262). Oxford University Press.

    • van Rutte, KL., & van Oosterhout, H. (2002). Standard Argumentative Strategies in Conceptualizing Business Ethics. In D. Windsor, & S. Welcomer (Eds.), 2002 Proceedings Thirteenth Anual Conference Victoria (B.C.) June 27-30 2002 of the International Association for Business and Society (pp. 61-65)

    • van Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. (2002). A Critique of Monistic Organizational Ethics. In Proceedings Ninth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics

    • Essers, J., & van Oosterhout, H. (2000). Het analyseren en schrijven van een betoog. In P. van Engeldorp Gastelaars (Ed.), Elementen van bedrijfskundig onderzoek (pp. 175-209). ServicePost.

    • van Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2000). Normative documents, the contract model, and stakeholder management. In K. A. Getz, & D. Windsor (Eds.), Proceedings Eleventh Annual Conference Essex Junction, March 16-19, 2000 of the International Association for Business and Society (pp. 276-281). International Association for Business /Society.

  • Academic (1)
    • Pruijssers, J. L., Heugens, P. P. M. A. R., & van Oosterhout, J. (2020). Correction to: Winning at a Losing Game? Side-Effects of Perceived Tournament Promotion Incentives in Audit Firms (Journal of Business Ethics, (2020), 162, 1, (149-167), 10.1007/s10551-018-3991-2). Journal of Business Ethics, 162(1), 169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-4016-x

  • Academic (2)
    • van Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. (2004). ISCT and the Call for Practical Guidance. IABS Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    • van Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. (2004). Contractualism and the Project for an Integrative Organizational Ethics. IABS Fifteenth Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Academic (1)
    • van Oosterhout, H. (2010). Can the Firm Be Seen to Emerge out of a Pincer Movement of Efficiency Pressures? In A. M. Pacces (Ed.), The Law and Economics of Corporate Governance (pp. 290-296). Edward Elger Publishing.

  • Internal (1)
    • van Oosterhout, H. (2002). The Quest for Legitimacy; On Authority and Responsibility in Governance. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/362

  • Popular (1)
    • van Oosterhout, H. (2008). Het disciplineringsmodel voorbij; over autoriteit en legitimiteit in Corporate Governance. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). http://hdl.handle.net/1765/13229

  • Academic (1)
    • de Jong, A., Mertens, G., van Oosterhout, H., & Vletter - van Dort, H. (2007). Corporate governance practices of institutional investors: substance or symbolism? Eumedion and Nederlandse Corporate Governance Stichting.

Courses

Strategy, Organization & Governance

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2019/2020
  • Code: BERMASC046
  • Level: Master, PhD

Corporate Governance

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BM29MIM
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Corporate Governance PT

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BM29MIM-P
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Corporate strategy and growth

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMSM03
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Corporate Ownership and Governance

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BMSM04
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Managing Business Strategically

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMSM08
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Changing Business Strategically

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMSM09
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Past courses

Business Strategy Skills

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BMSM07
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Corporate governance

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM02MIM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BAB28
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Philosophy of science

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BKB2016
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013
  • Code: BKB1016
  • ECTS: 3

Topics in FinTech

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BERMSS020
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013
  • Code: BAB26
  • ECTS: 3

Corporate governance

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013
  • Code: BKM02GM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

Governance and strategic challenges of family enterprises

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMME013
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master

BIM research topics block 1

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: RSM03BIM
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Leadership, sustainability & governance

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKB1029
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Bachelor 2

Premaster - Corporate governance, law & ethics

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKM02GM-PR
  • ECTS: 2

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