Professor of Corporate Governance (1,0 fte)

40 uur (1.0 fte)
1 november 2022

For the scientific field of Modern Governance, we are looking for a Professor of Corporate Governance. The chair is housed within the Faculty Center for Entrepreneurship, Governance & Stewardship (EG&S). As Professor Corporate Governance the applicant will chair the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute (NCGI) and as a result the applicant will become the figure head for the strategic focus theme Modern Governance, the NCGI, and its activities.

General description of activities

The work of the Professor includes teaching (degree and executive education), conducting research, fulfilling administrative tasks (committees) and representative tasks. Furthermore, the Professor is expected to actively contribute to cooperation with practitioners from his/her position. 

Aim and responsibilities of the chair

Modern Government is a strategic theme for Nyenrode Business University. The research, education, leading the debate and solutions activities are together operated by the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute (NCGI). The NCGI is a hybrid multi-disciplinary community of approximately 20-25 faculty, staff, and (academic) colleagues from outside Nyenrode. The community meets monthly to discuss current research and developments. The professor filling this position will be in the chair lead to further the development of the NCGI agenda.

The NCGI has a very good reputation as demonstrated by several research projects commissioned by the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee to the NCGI, including the important compliance research for six years in a row starting in 2010. Furthermore, the NCGI has been contracted to do research for companies in the Netherlands and our aim is to expand the contract research portfolio.


  1. Research
    The academic output of our research activities provides the basis for our Executive Education Programs and when needed our Degree Programs. The professor will be responsible for publications in scientific journals and/or books and other publications; for establishing, maintaining, and expanding cooperation with national and international research institutes, universities and (international) businesses wherever possible and viable; for fostering and extending the network and alliances; and for embedding the input of research activities into the educational activities. The professor will also be responsible for drafting a long-term research agenda for the NCGI with members of the NCGI.
    Considering the profile of Nyenrode and its executive education program, we are looking for a profile that is both research and impact oriented. The prospective research agenda will need to align with major societal transformations such as climate change, planetary boundaries, inequality, energy transition, big data, and artificial intelligence, and degrowth perspectives and their expected impact in the domain of corporate governance such as long-termism and sustainability; inclusion and embedding of stakeholder interests; the 17 UN SDGs; future regulatory developments; and the governance of eco-systems. The candidate should have a profile that reflects the position of corporate governance in the Netherlands from a comparative perspective.
    Academic rigor is of the highest importance and the candidate needs to have an excellent track record of peer reviewed papers in top international academic journals in the domain of corporate governance. He/she also needs to have an international network that will allow us to work with international consortia and to develop both traditional academic and impact-oriented research to an international standard. This research will be embedded in (executive and degree) education and it is precisely here that the university can also provide an important impetus to public debate.

  2. Education
    Corporate Governance is a crucial subject taught in the Executive Education offerings (New Board Program, ‘Commissarissencyclus’, Electives, and the remaining programs in our Board & Governance portfolio). Over time, there will be a need to teach Degree programs as well, but the initial focus will be on our Board & Governance programs. The aim is to maintain the position of the Executive Education offerings and if possible, to strengthen that position.
    Teaching skills need to be highly developed, business groups oriented, especially in the executive education space, since this will be the primary focus groups of our programs. The applicant should have had exposure to boardroom members and dynamics.

  3. Leading the Debate
    Together with members of the NCGI and staff the Professor will disseminate the results of our research in a bimonthly newsletter, practitioner publications, newspapers, and magazines.
    To fulfil a leading role in the debate on corporate governance, the candidate is expected to have experience publishing in relevant international practitioner-oriented outlets; to have a track record of successful dissemination of research and impact findings in academic as well as practitioner-oriented outlets; to have established excellent contacts with the Dutch and international business and regulator communities and, ideally, to be embedded in alumni networks.

  4. Solutions
    The candidate will be asked to attract revenues through the successful acquisition of contract research monies. Predominantly this will entail inhouse and dedicated versions of our top programs. The candidate is, therefore, expected to have experience with inhouse and customized program offerings for major companies and organizations.        

Who are we?  

Nyenrode Business University 

Nyenrode is a private business university, founded in 1946 by and for the business world, with an international orientation (AMBA, EQUIS, NVAO accredited). We offer degree and executive education programs and conduct research in a variety of fields. In the coming years, our strategic focus will be on realizing social impact, shaping transformative education, and further strengthening our academic foundation. Our purpose 'Serving society by shaping responsible leaders' is at the heart of this.

Our core values of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Stewardship play a central role in everything we do. We would love to hear how you would like to live up to these core values. 

Who are you?  

You have obtained a PhD and meet the requirement - applicable to every professor - of having demonstrated the ability to:

  • teach in a clear and enthusiastic manner
  • carry out research at a high level, which must have been demonstrated by scientific publications relating to the field of study. (Meet requirements  of Nyenrode Research Output systems for full professorship).
  • initiate, stimulate and supervise the research (including PhD research) of others.

The candidate

  • has a demonstrable thorough knowledge of corporate & modern governance theory and practices.
  • has excellent and proven qualifications for academic education and providing academic leadership both didactically and programmatically.
  • has recognized expertise for scientific research in the field of corporate & modern governance
  • has experience with acquisition of and participation in research projects, is interested in interdisciplinary research
  • is an inspirational supervisory coach for highly qualified professional and aspiring academic scholars
  • has skills to contribute to a motivating and connecting governance culture
  • has an extensive network within and outside the university community with relevant (inter)national contacts and relationships.
  • has an excellent command of the English language in word and writing.

What do we offer? 

We are a scientific, business-oriented institute and are characterized by a personal, informal atmosphere and a professional way of working. A result-oriented environment and attention to personal development go hand in hand. You will be given the space to contribute to our goals in your own way. Working at Nyenrode means working on a 13th century estate with a castle in Breukelen or at our Keizersgracht location in the historic center of Amsterdam.

The chair of Corporate Governance is a 1.0 FTE appointment.

Enthusiastic about it?  

If so, we would like to receive your application by means of a motivation and a curriculum vitae to the attention of Professor Dr. Ir Henk Kievit, Director Center for Entrepreneurship, Governance and Stewardship:; This application process will be supervised by an independent scientific nomination advisory committee according to the criteria of the Nyenrode Faculty policy for full professor requirements.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit ambition is to create an inclusive working environment where everybody feels involved, valued and recognized. In addition to your talent, experience and motivation, the specific aspects of your identity ernriches our organization in various ways. Talent as basis, diversity as power.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.