Frank Lekanne Deprez is Assistant Professor at the Center Strategy, Organization & Leadership of Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He is co-core lecturer of Modular Executive MBA Food & Innovation and Public & Private on Change Management & Organization Development and core-lecturer Executive MBA Advanced Human Resources Management.

His key research question for the coming years is: “How can AI/smart machines/Co-bots and human beings get along with each other — work together, cooperate and/or collaborate — and put the co-created knowledge into moments of value?”

Frank earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Free University in Amsterdam and his PhD at Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

Before starting his own company in 2003, Frank was a research associate at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands (1985 - 1988) and held management and functional positions at KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines 1988 - 1995). From 1995 to 1997 he was the Manager of Market and Product Development at Galileo Nederland, Ltd. During the period 1997 - 2003 he was a manager at KPMG Knowledge Advisory Services, where he was a consultant and also provided executive training and education for a number of international organizations. From 2002-2010 Frank was part-time professor of Knowledge Organizations and Knowledge Management at the University of Applied Sciences Zuyd, Heerlen.

His passion is helping organizations target and apply knowledge (data, information) when and where it is really needed to create ‘moments of value’.

Frank is co-author of Value-Based Knowledge Management (1998); The Knowledge Dividend (2000); Zero Space: Moving Beyond Organizational Limits (2002) and Towards a Spatial Theory of Organizations. Principles and Practices of Modern Organizational Design (2016). His publications have been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, Serbian, Japanese and Chinese (complex and simplified).

Personal interests: listening to music (jazz funk; sympho-rock; EDM/dance music); sports (coaching teams, running).

His personal mantra: “What got you here, won’t get you there…” (Goldsmith, 2006).

Other positions

Frank is chairman of General Practitioner Center Amstelland in Amstelveen, Netherlands on a volunteer basis (2006 – 2018). He is also owner and founder of ZeroSpace Advies in Amstelveen, The Netherlands and an associate partner at Globally Cool (Creating Solutions for Sustainable Development) in Zeist and co-founder of Better Organizations in Soest, both in the Netherlands.