Michel Lander
Dean of Education
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Michel Lander is the Dean of Education for the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).  


His research interests include organizational theory, the influence of organizational design on objective functions, Professional Service Firms and trust in M&As. 


Prof. Lander’s research has been published in several academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, ?Journal of Management Studies, Accounting Organizations and Society, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Human Relations, Organization Studies and Journal of Professions and Organization.  


He received his Ph.D. from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in 2012 (Cum Laude) for his dissertation, Profits or Professionalism: On Designing Professional Service Firms. He also holds a MSc in Business Administration, a MSc in International Business Administration, and a MPhil from RSM. 


Prior to joining RSM as Dean of Education, he worked at HEC Paris where he served as the academic director of CEMS HEC and taught in the M1 and M2 and PhD. programmes. 


Academic (15)
  • Lander, M. W., Roulet, T. J., & Heugens, P. P. M. A. R. (2023). TEMPERING TEMPERANCE? A CONTINGENCY APPROACH TO SOCIAL MOVEMENTS’ ENTRY DETERRENCE IN SCOTTISH WHISKY DISTILLING, 1823–1921. Academy of Management Journal, 66(5), 1384-1410.

  • Lê, P. L., & Lander, M. W. (2023). Enjoying the Betwixt and Between: Liminoid identity construction on Twitter. Organization Studies, 44(9), 1519-1540.

  • Reynolds, N. S., & Lander, M. W. (2023). From Building and Preserving to Eroding Trust: A Multi-level Analysis. Group and Organization Management. Advance online publication.

  • Lelasseux, L., Lander, M. W., & Barbulescu, R. (2021). Emotions as Causal Mechanisms and Strategic Resources for Action in the Study of Professions, Professionals, and Professional Service Firms. Journal of Professions and Organization, 8(3), 237-252.

  • Yong, K., Mannucci, P. V., & Lander, M. W. (2020). Fostering creativity across countries: The moderating effect of cultural bundles on creativity. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 157, 1-45.

  • Hoos, F., Pruijssers, J. L., & Lander, M. W. (2019). Who’s Watching? Accountability in Different Audit Regimes and the Effects on Auditors’ Professional Skepticism. Journal of Business Ethics, 156(2), 563-575.

  • 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.

  • Yang, J., & Lander, M. W. (2018). Bearers of (Good) news: The impact of business news reports on acquirer short-term performance. Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, 95-117.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lander, M., & Heugens, P. (2017). Better together: Using meta-analysis to explore complementarities between ecological and institutional theories of organization. Organization Studies, 38(11), 1573-1601.

  • Engelen, P. J., Lander, M. W., & van Essen, M. (2016). What determines crime rates? An empirical test of integrated economic and sociological theories of criminal behavior. Social Science Journal, 53(2), 247-262.

  • Lander, M. W., & Kooning, L. (2013). Boarding the Aircraft: Trust Development Amongst Negotiators of a Complex Merger. Journal of Management Studies, 50(1), 1-30.

  • Lander, M., Koene, B., & Linssen, SN. (2012). Committed to professionalism: Organizational responses of mid-tier accounting firms to conflicting institutional logics. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 38(2), 130-148.

  • Heugens, P., & Lander, M. (2009). Structure! Agency! (And Other Quarrels): Meta-Analyzing Institutional Theories of Organization. Academy of Management Journal, 52(1), 61-85.

Professional (1)

Internal (1)
  • Lander, M. (2012). Profits or professionalism? On designing professional service firms. [Doctoral Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam]. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

Academic (1)
  • Lohwasser, T. S., Wagner, D. P., van Essen, M., Lander, M. W., & Marano, V. (2019). Do institutions matter for the relationship between diversification and performance? A meta-analysis. Paper presented at 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2019, Boston, United States.


International Management/CEMS cohort 2022-2023

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023
  • Code: BM-IMCEMS2223
  • Level: Master

International Management/CEMS cohort 2024-2025

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024
  • Code: BM-IMCEMS2324
  • Level: Master

Past courses

International Management/CEMS cohort 2021-2022

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BM-IMCEMS2122
  • Level: Master

International strategy

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM01CC
  • ECTS: 8 Level: Master

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