Expertise center

Strategy, Organization & Leadership

Our mission

Nyenrode's Center for Strategy, Organization & Leadership aims to provide future leaders and managers with strategic knowledge and knowhow, so they can be of added value to their organization.

In the center we work closely with the business community. We focus on tech-driven academic education and research, allowing our students to gain strategic insights and the ability to set up optimum business architectures and strategies, using their leadership skills.

Our activities

Professors from within our faculty support PhD students and their research projects – individually and with accountability to the dean. We also develop and execute a number of programs, the most important being:

  • The Nyenrode Supervisory Board Cycle – NCD
  • The New Board Program
  • Foundations of Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance for Top Leaders' Secretaries
  • Strategic Leadership Program
  • Your Leadership Development Program – YMP

Additionally, we participate in all Nyenrode's Master Programs:

  • International Master of Business Administration
  • Part-time Master of Business Administration
  • Public Sector Master of Business Administration
  • NyVu Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Full-time Master of Science in Management
  • Part-time Master of Science in Management

Our research

Most of Nyenrode's Center for Strategy, Organization & Leadership
publications and research revolve around at international affairs, and we do not apply standard research methods. This forces our researchers to consistently and continuously defend their methods.


The themes we conducts research around are:

  • Strategical learning
  • Knowledge-based network organizations
  • New ways of working
  • Innovation and new business development
  • Using the corporate dialogue to manage strategic outlining


Our research is focused on the EU and Asia. Some of the topics on which we have participated are:

  • Strategies for growth
  • Spin-outs
  • Performance effects of various forms of internationalization
  • Vertical and horizontal synergies
  • Effects of EU competition policies

i-PcpV7xk-S Supervisory Board must prevent gut decisions by directors

Supervisory Board must prevent gut decisions by directors

Research |  January 27 2020
ways in which a supervisory director or supervisory authority can ensure that directors make better-informed decisions and rely less on their gut feeling.
Promotie Ali Fenwick Identity leadership increases organizational commitment

Identity leadership increases organizational commitment

Research |  December 12 2018
Employee loyalty in the traditional sense is losing ground. Organizational commitment, based on social exchange, is not strong enough to create attachment within work relationships in today’s changing nature of work. This is one of the conclusions by Dr. Ali Fenwick’s dissertation titled ‘Creating a Committed Workforce: Using Social Exchange and Social Identity to Enhance Psychological Attachment within an Ever-changing Workplace’, for which he received his doctorate from Nyenrode Business Universiteit on December 12, 2018.

Faculty members

Dr. George (Giorgos) Apostolakis

  • Social Finance and Innovation
  • International Corporate Finance

Prof. dr. Hans Bakker (emeritus)

  • Organizational Development
  • Transformation Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Strategy and Collaboration

Annamaria Beasley-Suffolk BA

  • Communication
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Business English

Prof. dr. Robert Jan Blomme

  • Organization Theory
  • Organization Sociology
  • Organization Behavior

Jeroen Brinkhuis MBA

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Strategy Process
  • Organizational Culture & Strategy

Prof. dr. Nick van Dam

  • Health Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Innovations in Learning, Talent & Leadership Development

Prof. dr. Jeff Gaspersz

  • Innovation leadership
  • Innovation Thinking
  • Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Venture capital

Dr. Richard Janssen

  • Dual Strategy
  • Innovation Management
  • Strategic Management

Drs. Irene Jonkers

  • Social Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Lerning change and agency

Dr. Yasmina Khadir-Poggi

  • Knowledge Management
  • Micro-mechanisms and micro-foundations in strategy
  • Philosophy of social sciences

Prof. dr. Bas Kodden

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development

Dr. Frank Lekanne Deprez

  • Organization design
  • People management
  • Organizing knowledge

Drs. Erik Maier

  • Learning and development
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership development

Dr. Jan Morsch

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Research Methodology

Prof. dr. Pascale Peters

  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Flexibel Werken
  • Engagement
  • Work-life balance
  • Boundary Management
  • Duurzaam HRM

Prof. dr. Willem van Rhenen

  • Bevlogenheid en productiviteit
  • Arbeid en gezondheid
  • HRM en leiderschap

Prof. dr. Annemieke Roobeek

  • Strategy and Transformation
  • Design of Ecosystems and intercompany networks
  • Innovation and Sustainability

Dr. Melanie de Ruiter

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Change Management

Prof. dr. Jaap Schaveling

  • Cooperation & Leadership
  • System Thinking
  • Trauma in Organizations

Prof. dr. Lidewey van der Sluis

  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Talent Management
  • Talent Investment
  • Workplace Learning
  • Talent Economics

Prof. dr. René Tissen (emeritus)

  • Management & Organizations
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Organization
  • HRM

Dr. Jeroen van der Velden

  • Strategy
  • Organizational Change
  • Digital Transformation

Prof. dr. Rob Vinke (emeritus)

  • Human Resource Management

Prof. dr. Bob de Wit

  • Leadership
  • Strategy

Prof. dr. Danielle Zandee

  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management
  • Sustainability
  • Organization Theory
  • Action research

Our partners

  • North West University, South Africa
  • Open Universiteit, Netherlands
  • Radboud Universiteit, Netherlands
  • Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
  • Fordham University, United States