A.J.K. (Krijn) Turkenburg

RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2016

PhD Project

Purpose in Business: On how to embed'purpose' in organizational and entrepreneurial contexts

The aim of this PhD project is to build theory on the concept of ‘purpose’ in organizations. The theoretical claims will be empirically studied in organizational and entrepreneurial contexts. In the first essay I delineate notions of the focal concept in existing literatures and provide a conceptual definition, to ultimately arrive at a theoretical typology of ‘purpose’. In the second essay I focus on the cross-level dynamics and alignment of ‘purpose’ in a case study of a large incumbent organization. In the third essay I focus on how ‘purpose’ informs leaders how to deal with multiple aims in hybrid organizations in a case study of a social enterprise. By building theory about ‘purpose’ and empirically studying it in different business contexts, this project will add to organization theory in management literature and will offer managers insights how to embed a sense of ‘purpose’ in their organizations.

Keywords
corporate purpose, alignment, social enterprise, hybridity
Time frame
2016 -

Address

Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T11-53
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Supervisory team

Krijn Turkenburg
Professor of Corporate Communication and Management
Promotor
Krijn Turkenburg
Professor of International Business-Society Management
Promotor