Prof. dr. Bas Kodden LL.M.

Bas Kodden
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development
Have you ever had the feeling that you're not bringing the best out of your team or organization? That there's so much more that could be achieved? Be a HERO!

Prof. dr. Bas Kodden is Professor of Leadership & Management Development, Coordinator of the Center for Strategy, Organization & Leadership and Academic Director of several leadership programs at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He is part of Nyenrode's Faculty Research Center for Strategy, Organization & Leadership. His research and teaching focus of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development.

He is the author of several bestseller books and has published in top scientific journals. His most recent research was published in Springer Nature, Palgrave Nature, Routledge and Cambridge Journal of Management and Organization. His research has been featured in the Financial Times, Reed Elsevier and Management Team.

Before becoming part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Kodden had been an entrepreneur for almost his entire professional career. At the age of 27, Bas’ spirit called on him to leave his job as a managing legal worker and to start up his first organization, a recruitment firm which developed into a group of specialized agencies with several offices and hundreds of employees. Being the CEO for 12,5 years he left the company in 2010 to conduct further academic research on leadership and personal development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit and to train and mentor aspiring professionals to become future leaders. 

Kodden was born on July 15th, 1970 in Raalte, Salland and holds a Master’s degree in Law (LLM, 1995) and Business Administration (MSc, 2007) from the University of Groningen. He obtained his PhD in business administration (2011) defending his dissertation entitled ‘Dedication. A study to analyse the effects of organizational design on employee engagement and knowledge productivity within Dutch legal service firms’ at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. His inaugural lecture was entitled Out of Control – Find the courage to rebel.


On January 1, 2022 Kodden is recognized as one of the 388 members worldwide of the unique Seven Continents Marathon Club. In 2023, Kodden became one of the first pilots in the world to fly electric aircraft. His motto? ‘Nothing is impossible. Aim for the sky. Be a HERO.’ 

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