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 EEOD programs. 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; deputy member of the Appeal Committee for students General Management and member of the International Council.

In the past ten years, Désirée was Associate Dean of the 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 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 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 and the Committee of Recommendation of AMREF/Flying Doctors as well as various Visitation Committees of the Association of MBAs. Désirée also is the Founder and Chairperson of the Foundation Young & Bold and organizer and facilitator of the Youth Network working sessions on youth and trade in Geneva, Switzerland on October 7 until October 11, 2019.

International activities

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


Reading, sports, and the Arts.

Most relevant publications

    • Zhang, Jianhong, van Gorp, Désirée M. van, and Ebbers, Haico A. (2018). What determines trade between China and India during the recession of 2008-2012? Contemporary Economic Policy. doi: 10.1111/coep.12282
      • 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
    • Gorp, D.M. van. (2018). Business diplomacy: its role for sustainable value chains. Chapter 3 in Research Handbook on Economic Diplomacy. Edited by Peter van Bergeijk and Selwyn Moons.

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