Prof. dr. ir. André Nijhof

Andre Nijhof
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Sustainable Business & Stewardship
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Regenerative Business Models
  • Stewardship
  • Meaningful Organizations
  • Stewardship
  • Changing the Game
  • Future-oriented Entrepreneurship
"Serving society by shaping responsible leaders is a mission that fully resonates with me. Based on this starting point I develop impactful programs in the field of sustainable business."
André Nijhof (1969) is full professor in the fields of Sustainable Business and Stewardship. André is passionate about meaningful work: "But what makes our work meaningful? When we feel it contributes to something bigger than us. Or more concrete, when our work step by step improves the balance between the negative and positive impact we create with our activities. In relation to all the topics included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals." As a professor in Sustainable Business and Stewardship André loves the opportunity to learn about these topics by research and to deepen these insights in educational settings. Much of his recent work has focused on embedding long term value creation in the core processes of an organization. How can we generate good business, that has a positive impact on society and makes our working life more meaningful? And how to combine this with good financial results, not as an objective but as a logical result of good business?

Andre finished his PhD at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999). He is a former chairman of the Dutch Network on Business Ethics and was a project leader in the national research programme on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Netherlands. André was director of the Full Time Master of Science in Management program and is appointed as full professor since January 2016. He has published extensively in international journals like Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and Leadership and Organizational Development Journal.

“The most important work today is both deeply personal and highly systemic”.

Secondary positions

André is full time employed by Nyenrode. In addition he is a visiting professor at the UN mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) and a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Foundation for Natural Leadership (FNL). 

International Activities

  • Visiting professor University for Peace in Costa Rica.


His main hobby is enjoying music, both as a bass guitar player and as a visitor of music festivals. Next to spending time with family and friends and going out in nature.

Most Relevant Publications

  • Can the Customer still be King in the Era of Sustainability: The role in encroachment of the sustainability aspects of value propositions (2019) Andre Nijhof, Marjolein Bakker, Henk Kievit European Journal of Marketing Vol. 53 No. 10, pp. 2126-2145.
  • Business, society, and the need for stewardship orientation (2019) A Nijhof, J Schaveling, N Zalesky Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 145-163.
  • How to finance the transition to a more sustainable global economy and society? (2014) A Nijhof, G Lenssen, L Roger, H Kievit Corporate Governance, Vol. 14 No. 5.
  • The glass ceiling of corporate social responsibility: Consequences of a business case approach towards CSR (2010) AHJ Nijhof, RJM Jeurissen International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Vol. 30 No. 11/12, pp. 618-631.
  • Partnerships for corporate social responsibility: A review of concepts and strategic options (2008) A Nijhof, T de Bruijn, H Honders Management Decision 46 (1), 152-167