Stephanie Koolen-Maas
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Stephanie is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Business-Society Management Department at RSM. Besides her research and teaching, she is project lead for RSM's Community Service Programme.


Stephanie completed her PhD in 2020 at RSM. Her dissertation "In the Moment of Giving" centers on contemporary forms of giving, including both private and corporate philanthropy. She focused on topics such as trends in volunteerism and modern channels for corporate giving or corporate community involvement.


Broader research interests include (peripheral) CSR, business-nonprofit relationships, philanthropy, and nonprofit and volunteer management.


As an academic researcher, Stephanie teaches several courses on both BSc. and MSc. level, including courses on nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, qualitative research, and research in an international context (Shanghai; Cape Town). She also guides numerous BSc. and MSc. theses, and BSc. internships with a focus on (peripheral) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and beyond. She further works on research projects on corporate foundations and volunteering, impact measurements, and a European funded research project on service-learning. She also served as an advisor for the Erasmus Consultancy Project in Colombia (2016-2017).


Since 2019, Stephanie joint RSM's Positive Change Initiative and became project lead of RSM's Community Service Programme. As project lead she set up a community service programme to centralize and enhance RSM's community involvement and to become a force for positive change. As project lead she organizes and coordinates volunteering activities for employees. Central to this is forging and managing collaborations with nonprofit organizations.


Academic (2)
  • van Overbeeke, P. S. M., Koolen-Maas, S. A., Meijs, L. C. P. M., & Brudney, J. L. (2021). You Shall (Not) Pass: Strategies for Third-Party Gatekeepers to Enhance Volunteer Inclusion. Voluntas, 33(1), 33-45.

  • Koolen - Maas, S., Meijs, L., & Brudney, JL. (2020). Designing “National Day of Service” Projects to Promote Volunteer Job Satisfaction. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Academic (3)
  • Meijs, L. C. P. M., Maas, S. A., & Aramburuzabala, P. (2019). Institutionalisation of service learning in European higher education. In Embedding Service Learning in European Higher Education: Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement (pp. 213-229). Taylor and Francis Inc..

  • Meijs, L., Koolen - Maas, S., & Aramburuzabala, P. (2019). Institutonalisation of service learning in European higher education. In P. Aramburuzabala, L. McIlrath, & H. Opazo (Eds.), Embedding Service Learning in European Higher Education: Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement (pp. 213-230). Routledge.

  • Koolen - Maas, S. (2019). Outsourcing of corporate giving: What corporations can(‘t) gain when using a collective corporate foundation to shape corporate philanthropy. In L. Roza, S. Bethmann, L. C. P. M. Meijs, & S. Von Schnurbein (Eds.), Handbook on Corporate Foundations: Corporate and Civil Society Perspectives (pp. 193-214). Springer-Verlag. Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies

Externally prepared (1)
  • Koolen - Maas, S. (2020). In the Moment of Giving: Essays on contemporary forms of private and corporate philanthropy. [Doctoral Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam]. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR).

Professional (1)
  • Roza, L., Koolen - Maas, S., & Meijs, L. (2015). De ontwikkeling van een hybride organisatie. Vebego Foundation.


New Economic Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: FEB53115

Past courses

Internationaal Project

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA2102
  • ECTS: 5

New Economic Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: FEB53115M

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BK1207
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Philosophy of science

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BKB2016
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Sustainability Grand Challenges

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM05GBS
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Sustainability Leadership and Planetary Boundaries

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM01GBS
  • ECTS: 6 Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master


  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BP1102
  • ECTS: 3

Corporate Social Investment as a force for positive social change

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BMME143
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BK1107
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM4GBS
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master


  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA1011
  • ECTS: 4

Learning by doing: consulting to social entrepreneurs

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BKBMIN020
  • ECTS: 15 Level: Bachelor, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Managing NGO's

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME037
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

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