Cokky Hilhorst is Professor of Business & IT. In her business and academic career she focuses on the use of information technology in organizations. What drives her is the combination of education and research, information technology and working with organizations. In her research, Cokky focusses on decision making, risk and IT investments.

Cokky obtained her PhD in Economics and Management at Tilburg University, defending her dissertation entitled Reacting to IT Risks with Real Options: The Valuation of Managerial Flexibility in IT Projects.  

She obtained an MSc in Information Management from TIAS Business School. She holds a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University. Her PhD was awarded with the Prof. Aart Bosman Dissertation Award for best dissertation in Information Systems in 2009/2010 in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Before joining de Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Cokky worked for many years at PwC as Director Consulting Technology in public, healthcare and financial industries. More recently, she set up and successfully led the authoritative agency Bureau ICT-Toetsing, to fulfil the political mandate of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands to get a grip on government IT projects.

Secondary positions

Member of the Supervisory Board of Grant Thornton the Netherlands.

International activities

Cokky studied at the department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge. She was a visiting researcher at the Institut d’Administration d’Entreprises, Graduate School of Management, Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence. She attended the doctoral consortium of the European Conference on Information Systems in 2006. For years, she serves as an Associate Editor for several international IS conferences.

Most relevant publications

  • Benschop, N., Hilhorst, C., Nuijten, A., Keil, M. (2019). Business Case Language Cues: An Early Warning Signal for Overruns in IS Projects?(Accepted with revisions, European Journal on Information Systems)
  • Dehzad, F., Hilhorst, C., de Bie, C., & Claassen, E. (2014). Adopting Health Apps, What’s Hindering Doctors and Patients? Health (London), 6, 2204-2217.
  • Grahlmann, K. R., Helms, R. W., Hilhorst, C., Brinkkemper, S., & van Amerongen, S. (2011). Reviewing enterprise content management: A functional framework. European Journal of Information Systems, 21(3), 268–286.
  • Hilhorst, C.A.R. (2009). Reacting to Risks with Real Options: Valuation of Managerial Flexibility in IT Projects, Dissertation, Center, Tilburg University 1078939/thesis_hilhorst.pdf
  • Hilhorst, C.A.R., Ribbers, P.M.A, Van Heck, E., Smits, M.T. (2008). Combining multi-attribute decision analysis with uncertainty and real options analysis to evaluate IT infrastructure implementation strategies, Decision Support Systems, 46