Rouven Kanitz
Assistant Professor of Organizational Change
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Rouven Kanitz is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Change at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München in 2019. His research focuses on understanding how to make large-scale change processes more effective and sustainable. One main research focus is the human side of change, for example how leaders can better navigate strategic change or how to measure human responses to organizational change. Moreover, he examines how digital technology provides new opportunities and risks for managing change and how such technologies shape the future of change management. Before entering academia, Rouven worked in medical technology industry and as a consultant on change-related topics.


Academic (4)
  • Kanitz, R., Gonzalez, K., Berger, S., Reinwald, M., Huettermann, H., & Franczak, J. (2022). Am I the Only One? Consequences of Change Championing (A)symmetry on Group- and Individual-Level Change Outcomes. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Advance online publication.

  • Kanitz, R., Huy, Q., Backmann, J., & Hoegl, M. (2022). No change is an island: How interferences between change initiatives evoke inconsistencies that undermine implementation. Academy of Management Journal, 65(2), 683-710.

  • Kanitz, R., & Gonzalez, K. (2021). Are we stuck in the predigital age? Embracing Technology-Mediated Change Management in Organizational Change Research. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 57(4), 447-458. Advance online publication.

  • Backmann, J., Kanitz, R., Tian, A., Hoffmann, P., & Hoegl, M. (2020). Cultural gap bridging in multinational teams. Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 1283.

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Past courses

Behavioural Management Science

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T3101
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Changing a Mature Business

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5104
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Creating Ideas for Business

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5101
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3


  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5102
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Organisation Development and Change Management - Science of Change and Art of Changing Organisations

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BMME044
  • Level: Master, Master, Master, Master