Prof. Henk Volberda

Henk Volberda

Professor of Strategic Management & Business Policy
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Henk W. Volberda is a professor of strategic management and business policy at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His work on strategic renewal, coevolution and new organizational forms has led to an extensive number of published articles in academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Decision Support Systems, European Business Forum, European Management Journal, European Management Review, Global Strategic Management, International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, International Studies of Management & Organization, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management,Long Range Planning, Management Science, Omega, Organization Development Journal, Organization Studies and Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and Technology Analysis & Strategic Management..

He is the author of “Building the Flexible Firm: How to Remain Competitive” (Oxford University Press 1998) and “De Flexibele Onderneming: Strategieen voor Succesvol Concurreren” (Kluwer 2004) both of which received wide acclaim. A book he co-wrote with Tom Elfring, Rethinking Strategy (Sage, 2001), was awarded the ERIM Best Book Award. His latest book is entitled Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization and was published in April 2011 and is used as Strategy textbook in many European top business schools. He recently wrote "Innovation 3.0" that is already in its second edition.

Professor Volberda has received multiple awards for his research on organizational flexibility and strategic change. He is the recipient of the NCD Award, the ERASM Research Award, the Erasmus University Research Award, the Igor Ansoff Strategic Management Award, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Strategy Award, the Erim Impact Award and 2005 and the SAP Strategy Award.

For his work on alliance capabilities conducted together with Ard-Pieter de Man and Johan Draulans he received the Dutch ROA Award 1999 (best consultancy article). His research on absorptive capacity and internal networks conducted together with Raymond van Wijk and Frans van den Bosch received an honorable mention in the McKinsey/SMS Best Conference Paper Prize.

Professor Volberda is Professor of Strategic Management & Business Policy and also director of Knowledge Transfer at Rotterdam School of Management. Moreover, he is Scientific Director of INSCOPE: Research for Innovation, a research consortium involving Erasmus University, Maastricht University, University of Twente and TNO.

He is director of the Erasmus Strategic Renewal Program and program director of ERIM. He has worked as a consultant for many large European corporations.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Long Range Planning, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, Management Executive, and Maanblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie (MAB). He is a member of the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Strategy and Management, Organization Science and Organization Studies.

Professor Volberda has been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and City University Business School in London.

He obtained his PhD in Business Administration Cum Laude from the University of Groningen..

Professional experience

Full Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


Professional Publications (19)

  • H.W. Volberda (2018). How to boost your innovation output. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 34 (4).
  • H.W. Volberda (2018). Mensen wordt op kantoor vaak geleerd bij binnenkomst hun hersenen aan de kapstok te hangen. Management Team , 40 (4), 72-72.
  • H.W. Volberda (2018). Bestuurder, onderschat uw rol niet. Management Scope, 6, 37-37. Retrieved from[go to publisher's site]
  • H.W. Volberda (2018). Adopting new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 33 (4).
  • H.W. Volberda (2018, februari 27). 'Meer vaste krachten?'. Algemeen Dagblad
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). ‘Het Rijnlandse model: lange-termijnwaardecreatie voor alle stakeholders’. Management Executive, 3 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Het einde van de CEO 3.0?'. Management Executive, 2 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Diversity - At the heart of business success'. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 32 (4).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). ‘For business survival, an open mind is essential’. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 31 (4).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017, april 12). Red ook eens een hoofdkantoor. NRC[go to publisher's site]
  • H.W. Volberda (2017, november 7). Hoe verhoog ik mijn rendement? Algemeen Dagblad
  • H.W. Volberda (2017, september 12). Ook verder vooruit kijken met strategisch denken. Algemeen Dagblad
  • H.W. Volberda (2017, mei 30). 'Mens = Innovatiesuccess'. Algemeen Dagblad
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Duale business-modellen: 1+1=3'. Management Executive, 4 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Is Nederland klaar voor de vierde industriële revolutie?'. Management Executive, 5 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Innovatie is meer dan technologie'. Management Executive, 6 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017, juni 28). Hoe lang heeft de CEO 3.0 nog om een unieke strategie neer te zetten? Het Financieele Dagblad
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). Introduction: Re-inventing Management. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 29 (1), 4-4.
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). Introduction: It's the Middle Management, stupid! RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 30 (2), 4-4.

Scholarly Publications (23)

Work in Progress (7)

  • H.W. Volberda, C.V. Heij & M. Bosman (2018). Innovatie Jij.Nu. Alphen aan de Rijn: Vakmedia
  • H.W. Volberda, J.J.P. Jansen, F.A.J. van den Bosch & R.O. Mihalache (2018). Untangling the effects of knowledge and dynamic capabilities on exploratory and exploitative innovation. Journal of Business Venturing.
  • E.J. de Waard, H.W. Volberda & J.L. Soeters (2018). Developing and Deploying Dynamic Capabilities: the Case of a Western Expeditionary Military Crisis Response Organization. European Management Journal:2nd Round.
  • M. Stienstra, Frans, A.J. Van Den Bosch & H.W. Volberda (2018). Strategic Renewal Actions of North-West European Energy Incumbents during Deregulation: The Interaction of Market Regulation and Trait Imitation. Organization Studies:2nd round.
  • M.L.M. Heyden, S. van Doorn, M. Reimer, Frans, A.J. Van Den Bosch & H.W. Volberda (2018). Environmental Uncertainty, Competitive Performance and Top Management Heterogeneity: Examining Cross-Level Correlates of CEO Advice-Seeking. Organization Studies:2nd round.
  • S. van Doorn, C. Troster & H.W. Volberda (2018). Entrepreneurial orientation and performance at middle management level: The moderating role of strategic process variables and network considerations. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • J. Reuer, E. Klijn, F.A.J. van den Bosch & H.W. Volberda (2018). Board Oversight Monitoring in International Joint Ventures. Organization Science.

Semi Scientific Publications (2)

  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Bent u klaar voor de digitale disruptie'. Management Executive, 4 (1).
  • H.W. Volberda (2017). 'Het nieuwe toverwoord "agile"'. Management Executive, 1 (1).

Other (3)


Editorial positions (13)

  • Journal of Management Studies

    Member Editorial Review Board

  • Long Range Planning

    Member Editorial Board

  • Organization Science

    Member Editorial Review Board

  • Organization Studies

    Member Editorial Review Board

  • MAB

    Member Editorial Board

  • Management Executive

    Senior Editor

  • Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management

    Member Editorial Board

  • Journal of Management Education

    Member Editorial Review Board

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Review

    Member Editorial-Advisory Board

  • Insight


  • Erasmus Magazine

    Member Editorial-Advisory Board

  • International Journal of Business Environment

    Member Editorial Board

  • Senior Editor

Organization Memberships (4)

Side positions (2)

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V.

    Non executive director

  • HBO

    Lid Nationaal Onderzoeksvalidatie Commissie


Advanced Topics in Engaged Strategizing

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

Management Foundations

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: BERMFC003
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Strategisch Management

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA2104
  • ECTS: 5

Managing Strategy Formulation

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMSM01
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Past courses

Managing Strategy Formulation

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017
  • Code: BM-01SM
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Strategisch Management

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BPA1013
  • ECTS: 3

Strategic management honours class

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