Researchers

Researchers

RSM instructors and academic researchers driving elements of sustainability in their research and/or education

Samer Abdelnour

Dr Samer Abdelnour is assistant professor in the Department of Business-Society Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research crosses a number of fields, including gender and humanitarianism, social intervention, globalization and entrepreneurship. Theoretically, he works from institutional theory and political sociology perspectives. Dr Abdelnour has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sudan on the topic of social intervention, including cookstoves and gender violence in Darfur, reintegration of former fighters and cooperative enterprise in the Blue Nile, and entrepreneurial education in Southern Sudan. Additionally, he is collaborating on projects related to entrepreneurship start-ups in Morocco and a case study of humanitarian technology in India.

Muriel Arts

Muriel Arts is an academic researcher in the Department of Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She has specialized in sustainable marketing, strategy, brands, media, impact measurement and social nnovation both B2B and B2C with international experience in FMCG, telecom, media, construction industry and private equity. Specialties: creating shared value with business leaders and their organizations for sustainable value and impact. 

Saskia Bayerl

Dr Petra Saskia Bayerl is associate professor of Technology and Organisational Behaviour in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research interests lay in the fields of human-computer interaction, the implementation of information systems, new media and communication. Her current research focuses on privacy, surveillance and emerging technologies als tools for citizen participation in the creation of public safety.She further holds the position of Co-Director of CESAM (Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management). CESAM aims to be an international platform for management scholars, practitioners, policy makers and private industry in the public safety domain. In this function it conducts national and international research projects, currently on community policing and complaint management in police forces.

Dr Bayerl was appointed as Associate Dean of Diversity at RSM. In this role she is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of diversity measures, advice to the school’s Executive Board, the academic department chairs, directors of administrative departments and the Promotions and Tenure committee and linkages with diversity bodies inside and outside the university.

Luca Berchicci

Dr Luca Berchicci is associate professor of Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Berchicci's research explores how managers develop and make use of the firm's capabilities to achieve greater performance. His research also considers how firms acquire capabilities that allow them to improve their performance relative to new criteria. With growing demands on firms to improve their social and environmental performance, this research is of increasing importance. His work clarifies the role that both intentional search and unintentional discovery play in the acquisition or development of these capabilities.

Guido Berens

Dr Guido Berens is assistant professor of Corporate Communication at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research and teaching interests include corporate communication (including communication ethics), corporate social responsibility, and quantitative research methods. Broadly, he focuses on the influence of the way a company communicates on the attitudes and behavior of the company's stakeholders.

Michael Braungart

Dr Michael Braungart is endowed professor and Academic Chair in Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He pioneered the system of innovation known as Cradle to Cradle, and co-authored the bestselling book of the same name with William McDonough. 

Joep Cornelissen

Dr Joep Cornelissen is professor of Corporate Communication and Management in the Department of Business-Society Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The main focus of his research involves studies of the role of corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change, and of social evaluations of the legitimacy and reputation of start-up and established firms. 

Dirk Deichmann

Dr Dirk Deichmann is assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Deichmann is currently involved in the “Battle of the Souls” project in which he studies innovation projects between firms from the creative industry and firms from other sectors. His general research focuses on the determinants and outcomes of creative and innovative behaviour, with particular emphasis on the role of social networks.

Dirk van Dierendonck

Dr Dirk van Dierendonck is professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His areas of expertise include human resource management, leadership and leadership development, positive organisational scholarship and measurement development. Professor van Dierendonck is the associate editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership. He is academic director of the Erasmus Centre for Human Resource Excellence and co-founder of the Erasmus Center for Leadership Studies. 

Marius van Dijke

Dr Marius van Dijke is endowed professor of Behavioural Ethics in the Department of Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre of Behavioural Ethics (ECBE). In addition Dr van Dijke serves the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) as director of Doctoral Education. His research is concerned with behavioural ethics and leadership of high integrity. Examples of issues he examines in his research include when power stimulates moral and immoral behaviour, why people so deeply value social justice, and the role of intuitive and controlled processes in moral judgement and behaviour. 

Jan Dul

Dr Jan Dul is professor of technology and human factors in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on human factors (ergonomics) and, in particular, the interaction between people and the physical and social environment. His research contributes to the design of successful products and services, and the development of work environments for high performance (creativity, innovation, productivity, quality, health and safety) to maximise business performance and human well-being.He has a special interest in empirical research methodology, in particular Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA).

Jan van den Ende

Dr Jan van den Ende is professor of Management of Technology and Innovation in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and holds the international chair of management, LUISS Universita Guido Carli, Rome, Italy. His field of expertise is the development process of new products and services in firms. His current research interests include firm-internal and -external idea management, control of NPD projects, design management and sustainable innovation. 

Alina Ferecatu

Dr Alina Ferecatu is assistant professor of Marketing Management in the Department of Marketing Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research interests lie at the intersection between behavioural decision making and marketing research. She studies decision heuristics and biases in marketing contexts, and devises individual-specific strategies aimed to overcome these biases. Theoretically, she draws from behavioural decision theory, which describes how individuals incorporate their set of beliefs and values into their decisions.

Willem Ferwerda

Wiliam Ferwerda is executive fellow Business & Ecosystems at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. As special advisor Business & Ecosystems at the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (Switzerland), Ferwerda is creating an innovative and practical mechanism that involves companies and investors to scale-up the restoration of ecosystems in partnership with science, local people, farmers and nature organisations. Among others, RSM is assisting in setting up this international initiative to restore millions of hectares worldwide with business.

Thijs Geradts

Lecturer & PhD Candidate in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, His research interest is sustainable corporate venturing.

Steffen Giessner

Dr Steffen R. Giessner is endowed professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Giessner's research is located at the intersection of organizational psychology and management. His primary research topics are employee support during organizational merger, follower’s perceptions of leadership, antecedents of leader behaviour, and non-verbal communication of power. He has authored and co-authored papers in the areas of organizational behavior, management, and psychology. 

Eric van Heck

Dr Eric van Heck is professor of Information Management and Markets and Chairman of the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research concentrates on the role and impact of of business architectures and digital platforms to solve complex societal and business challenges. At the moment he works on Digital Business & Architecture, Big Data & Analytics, Digital Work, and Energy Markets. Research is carried out in collaboration with innovative companies and universities in Brazil, China, Europe, Indonesia, and USA.. 

Diana den Held

Diana den Held is a strategist in the Department of Technology and Operations Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She has worked for companies like IKEA, Yamaha, Telfort, and ABNAmro, walked the red carpet at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, and won a silver Esprix award and a FEDMA-’best of Europe’ award, amongst other recognitions. She describes the common thread in her work as “effective, targeted implementation strategy.” From 2008 to 2016 she had worked as strategic advisor for one of the two founders of "Cradle to Cradle"; Michael Braungart. During that time she built up substantial expertise on Cradle to Cradle and following from that, Circular Economy. Diana gives lectures and workshops and is one of the 88 renowned scientists invited by the ‘Groene Zaak’ to contribute to the ‘Groene Brein’.

Pursey Heugens

Dr Pursey Heugens is professor of organisation theory, development, and change in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is also Scientific Director for Erasmus Research Institute of Management. His research interests include comparative corporate governance, business ethics, and bureaucracy, institutional, and demographic theories of organisation. He offers three research strategies that might end the stalemate by increasing the integration, relevance and realism of current theories of organisation.

Inga Hoever

Dr Inga Hoever is assistant professor in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research focuses on questions related to teams and workplace creativity. She is particularly interested in how individual employees and team members relate to each other through processes like perspective taking, feedback, and information elaboration and how these processes help employees realize the potential of the diversity present among their co-workers or team members. In addition, Dr Hoever serves RSM as advisor to the oikos Rotterdam chapter of oikos International addressing leadership in sustainability.

Wim Hulsink

Dr Wim Hulsink is associate professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He teaches courses in Strategic Entrepreneurship such as "Getting things done without resources: Entrepreneurial bootstrapping". His current research involved new practices of farm-based community-oriented social care services in the Netherlands.

Gabriele Jacobs

Dr Gabriele Jacobs is endowed Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Culture in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.  She is Director of the Centre of Excellence on Public Safety Management (CESAM), which she co-founded. She derives her academic passion and inspiration from the collaboration and dialogue with practitioners. She feels that academia needs to address core societal challenges in order to facilitate sustainable and innovative solutions. Dr Jacobs research interests include: organizational change, justice and identity, leadership, International management, civic engagement, co-creation, and methodology. 

Muel Kaptein

Dr Muel Kaptein is professor of Business Ethics and Integrity Management in the Department of Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research interests lie in the area of ethics management, compliance programs and soft-controls. Muel is also partner at KPMG where he helps organizations in developing and auditing their integrity.

Wolfgang Ketter

Dr Wolfgang Ketter is professor of Next Generation Information Systems in the Department of Technology and Operations Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Ketter is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group at Erasmus. The goal of this group is to research, develop and apply autonomous and mixed initiative intelligent agent systems to support human decision making in the area of business networks, electronic markets, energy grids and supply chain management. His is also the founder and director of the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business which enables robust, intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy networks of the future.

Steve Kennedy

Dr Steve Kennedy is assistant professor of Corporate Sustainability in the Department of Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management. Erasmus University. Dr Kennedy's research focus is on how corporate sustainability strategies are translated into successful innovation and the formation of future-ready sustainable business models.  He is the academic director of the MSc Global Business & Sustainability Programme and teaches courses such as 'Climate Change Strategy Role-Play' and 'Sustainability Leadership and Planetary Boundaries".

Ksenia Koroleva

Dr Ksenia Koroleva is assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The main focus of her dissertation lies in the analysis of information value and social capital on Social Network Sites. Dr Koroleva is currently working on projects in the areas of social network analysis, group communication dynamics and bounded rationality in decision making. Additionally, Ksenia is developing a behavioural research stream at the Center for Future Energy Business which focuses on user behaviour, decision making as well as network analysis of relationships on the energy market.

René de Koster

Dr René (M.) B.M. de Koster is professor of Logistics and Operations Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr de Koster's research interests are warehousing, material handling, container terminal operations, behavioural operations and sustainable logistics.

Erwin van der Laan

Dr Erwin van der Laan is associate professor of Logistics & Operations Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His areas of interest include closed loop supply chain management, reverse logistics, sustainability, humanitarian logistics and inventory management.

Salla Laasonen

Dr Salla Laasonen is assistant professor in the Department of Business-Society Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Dr Laasonen’s research interests focus on responsible business, cross-sector interaction, including collaborative and adversarial relations between public, private and civil society actors. She is particularly interested in stakeholder engagement and dialogue as a mechanism in different types of cross-sector interactions. Her teaching focuses on corporate responsibility related themes, methodology, and qualitative methods in particular. 

Hannes Leroy

Dr Hannes Leroy is assistant professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is also affiliated as a Research Fellow to the ILR School Cornell University. He supervises a PhD candidate: Experiential Leadership development: Sifting Fads from Added Value. He teaches courses on human resource management and is supportive of activities driving sustainable business.

Ting Li

Dr Ting Li is associate professor of Information Systems and the academic director of MSc Business Information Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She is a founding member of the Erasmus Centre for Data Science and Business Analytics. Her research interest focuses on the understanding of the strategic use of information and its economic impacts on consumer behaviour and firm strategy. Theoretically, she proposes new theoretical perspectives to understand why and how firms develop digital capabilities to improve their business capability, and how new information (technologies) impact consumer behaviour and decision making.

Marleen Lodder

Marleen Lodder is an academic researcher in the Department of Technology and Operations Management under the supervision of Dr. Michael Braungart (C2C Chair) and both Dr Jan Rotmans and Derk Loorbach of DRIFT in Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research focuses on how urban area development in the Netherlands can become beneficial, by regenerating economic, ecologic and social cultural value. 

Lucas Meijs

Dr Lucas C.P.M. Meijs is professor of Volunteering, Civil Society and Businesses and Professor of Strategic Philanthropy in the Department of Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.  Dr Meijs' current research focuses on issues related to strategic philanthropy, volunteer/non-profit management, corporate community involvement, voluntary energy as a natural resource and involved learning (life-long development by volunteering). He teaches strategic philanthropy and several business non-profit-relations courses at the master level, as well as service learning, strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship at the bachelor level.

Gabriele Paolacci

Dr Gabriele Paolacci is associate professor of Marketing in the Department of Marketing Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on consumer judgment and decision-making. He has particular interest in how people decide over uncertainty. Additionally, Dr Paolacci studies the methodology of data collection in behavioural research, for which he received a VENI grant.  He teaches Managerial Decision-Making and Negotiation to MSc students and Influencing People: Psychology and Practice to BSc students.

Paolo Perego

Dr Paolo Perego is assistant professor of Management Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Control of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He serves as academic director of the department and as academic faculty representative on the RSM Faculty Council. He teaches 'Financial Information for Decision Making' to MSc students. Dr Perego's research interests are focused on management control. performance measurement and reporting systems for sustainabilty and in not-for-profit organisations (healthcare and charities). 

Erik van Raaij

Dr Erik van Raaij is professor of Purchasing & Supply Management in Healthcare in the Department of Technology and Operations MAnagement of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His current research interests include Healthcare procurement, buyer-supplier relationships, socially responsible purchasing and empirical research methods.

Michaéla Schippers

Dr Michaéla Schippers is endowed professor of Behaviour and Performance Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.  Dr Schippers is scientific director of the Erasmus Center of Behavioural Operations Management and co-founder of the Reflexitivity Network. Current research concentrates on team reflexivity, team diversity and team leadership, as well as academic performance (study success) and the use of team charters to improve student team performance. Other current projects concern knowledge sharing within teams and networks, virtual teams, new ways of working, behavioral operations management, and social exclusion/inclusion.

Dan Schley

Dr Dan Schley is assistant professor of Marketing in the Department of Marketing Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His key research interests revolve around the integration of psychology and economics within marketing. He is studying the etiologies of individuals' judgments and decision making (JDM), primarily with regard to how the mind processes numeric information. Although his primary research goal involves understanding the theoretical foundations of judgments and choice, he generally researches within paradigms that have implications for important real-world consumer decisions. In July 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Veni grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He plans to use the grant to further research overconsuming, and to develop a new stream of self-control research.

Marie Schmidt

Dr Marie Schmidt is assistant professor of Operations Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Marie"s research interests are optimization in transportation planning, decision-making under uncertainty (in particular robust optimization), multi-criteria optimization and game theory.

Ale Smidts 

Dr Ale Smidts is professor of Marketing Research, chair of the Department of Marketing Management, and director of Erasmus Center for Neuroeconomics at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is the former scientific director of ERIM (2004-2011) and the former dean of RSM Research. Professor Smidts current research focus is decision neuroscience and neuromarketing, including the neural processes underlying consumer decision making and social influence. His research involves collaboration with neuroimaging specialists from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Daan Stam

Dr Daan Stam is associate professor of Innovation Management in the Department of Technology and Operations Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His academic research focuses on leadership in situations of change, including the role of leadership in innovation and business development. A second area of his research is on creativity, including the effects of leadership on creativity, creativity in online settings, and group creativity. Dr Stam is academic director of the FT MBA program at RSM. He also teaches creativity and brainstorming to bachelor and master students, as well as executives.

Sander Tideman

Sander Tideman is an academic researcher in the Department of Business-Society Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is a co-founding director of Flow Foundation, a research initiative aimed at developing tools for leadership to create a sustainable world. His interests are building sustainable organisations and social entrepreneurship, with a focus on leadership and strategy. He works with entrepreneurs, senior leadership and management teams who want to make a difference for a sustainable world. His work is informed by the emerging science of the mind (neuro-science, psychology, contemplative science) and its transformative power for positive change. His takes special interest in Asia.

Rob van Tulder

Dr Rob van Tulder is professor of international business-society management in the Department of Business-Society Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Professor van Tulder has published extensively on the topics of European business, multinationals, high-tech industries, corporate social responsibility, issues management, skills, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies and sustainability. He is co-founder of RSM's Department of Business-Society Management; highlighting teaching and research in sustainability.  Dr van Tulder is academic director of The Partnerships Resource Centre; bringing together leading NGOs, firms and governments in the study and management of cross-sector partnerships.

Ingrid Verheul

Dr Ingrid Verheul is assistant professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research interests cover different aspects of entrepreneurship: gender differences in entrepreneurship and determinants of entrepreneurship. Other research interests include firm entry and exit, entrepreneurship education and enterprise policy. 

Henk Volberda

Dr Henk W. Volberda is professor of strategic management and business policy in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research is focused on strategic renewal, co-evolution and new organizational forms. Dr Volberda is also director of Knowledge Transfer at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. 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 a prolific writer and researcher who continually is cited and awarded for his research globally. 

Mirjam Werner

Dr Mirjam Werner is assistant professor in the Business-Society Management Department at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research interests include social movements and political activism, framing and sensemaking, organizational change, organizational identity and culture, and emotions. Two of her current research projects concern social movements as motors of bottom up change within organizational contexts, on the one hand, and exploring the performative nature of emotions in social interaction (what do emotions do?), both intentionally and unintentionally, on the other.

Frank Wijen

Dr Frank Wijen is associate professor of Strategic Management in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research interests include institutional processes, globalization, organisational learning and corporate and national environmental management. He is an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Review, Organisation Studies, and Strategic Organisation. He is a board member with the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). 

Amanda N. Williams

Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research is focused on understanding processes and mechanisms that drive systemic change for sustainable development. I draw on insights from systems thinking to understand collective action for global sustainability challenges.

Rob Zuidwijk

Dr Rob Zuidwijk is endowed professor of Ports in Global Networks in the Department of Technology and Operations Management of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The chair, endowed by the Erasmus Trustfund focuses on three topics: co-ordination for sustainable global supply chains, synchromodal transport networks (a flexible and integral deployment of different modes of transport on a network to better meet customer demand and sustainability objectives), and inter-organisational systems in logistics. He teaches freight transport systems, intermodal transportation, international logistics and supply chain management. Dr Zuidwijk makes a significant contribution to Smartport, a strong research community in port-related research for which RSM and EUR are one of the main stakeholders.