My mission is to contribute in educating responsible leaders for the future, inspire and get inspired by my students and the Nyenrode community at large.

What Désirée van Gorp drives, is the combination of education, research and working with companies and the interaction with her students and alumni. Désirée is teaching in BSc, MSc, Executive MBA, Full time MBA, Modular MBA and various executive education programs and give advise to boards and management in her field. This combination gives her energy and makes her enthusiastic. She is proud of her teaching efforts resulting in being elected various times as professor of the year, her publications and the team work with her colleagues. This combination gives her energy and makes her tick.

Currently, Désirée is Chairman of the International Advisory Board; Chairman of the Full time MBA Opleidingscommissie; member of the Advisory Board; and Deputy member of the Appeal Committee for students General Management.

In the past ten years, Désirée was Associate Dean of the academic degree programs; Dean Ad interim of the Nyenrode New Business School; Program Director of the Full time/International MBA; Program Director of the Executive MBA; Member of the Academic Board and Member of the Appeal Committee for students General Management, PhD and Accountancy and Controlling; and board member of the Europe India Institute; Director of the Department International Business & Diplomacy as well as Member of the Stichting Nyenrode Fonds.

Désirée holds a Master's degree with a specialization in international law from Leiden University. She obtained her PhD at Nyenrode in business administration defending her dissertation entitled "Offshoring in the service sector: an empirical investigation on the offshoring behavior of service firms and its influence on their foreign entry mode choice” at Nyenrode.

Secondary positions

  • Member of Supervisory boards of Atradius, NBTC Holland Marketing and Missing Chapter Foundation; 
  • Member of Advisory Boards of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Chairs Programme, the International Institute for Social Studies and ECP.NL;
  • Member of the Committee of Recommendation of AMREF/Flying Doctors;
  • Member of various Visitation Committees of the Association of MBAs;
  • Founder and Chairperson of the Foundation Young & Bold

International activities

  • Visiting professor Politecnico di Milano in Italy.
  • Visiting professor at Renmin University, Beijing in China


Reading, sports, and the Arts.

Most recent publications

  • Zhou, C., Zhang, J., Witteloostuijn, A. van; Gorp, D. M. van. (2020). Willingness to Work for Multinational Enterprises from Emerging countries: The case of Chinese Multinational Enterprises in The Netherlands. International Business Review.
  • Zhang, J., Deephouse, D., Gorp, D. M. van and Ebbers, H. (2020). Individuals’ Perceptions of the Legitimacy of Emerging Market Multinationals: Ethical Foundations and Construct Validation. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Zhang, J., Zhou, C, He, X and Gorp, D. M. (2019). Antecedents of corporate image: The case of Chinese multinational enterprises in the Netherlands. Journal of Business Research, 101:389-401.