prof.dr. J.P (Joep) Cornelissen

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2015

Joep Cornelissen is Professor of Corporate Communication and Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

The main focus of his research involves studies of the role of corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change, and of social evaluations of the legitimacy and reputation of start-up and established firms.

In addition, he also has an interest in questions of scientific reasoning and theory development in management and organization theory.

His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies,Organization Science and Organization Studies, and he has written a general text on corporate communication (Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, Sage Publications) which is now in its fourth edition.

He is an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review, a Council member of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, a former General Editor of the Journal of Management Studies (2006-2012) and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.

  • P. Savage, J.P. Cornelissen & H. Franck (2018). Fiction and organization studies. Organization Studies, Accepted, in press. doi: 10.1177/0170840617709309
  • D. Ravasi, M. Etter, V. Rindova & J.P. Cornelissen (2018). The formation of organizational reputation. In Academy of Management Annals
  • J.S. Clarke, J.P. Cornelissen & M. Healey (2018). Actions speak louder than words: how figurative language and gesturing in pitches influences investment judgments. In Academy of Management Journal
  • B. Harley & J.P. Cornelissen (2018). Reframing Rigor as Reasoning: Challenging Technocratic Conceptions of Rigor in Management Research. In Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Emerald
  • M. Logemann, R. Piekkari & J.P. Cornelissen (2018). The sense of it all: Framing and narratives in sensegiving about a strategic change. In Long Range Planning. Elsevier
  • J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Preserving Theoretical Divergence in Management Research: Why the Explanatory Potential of Qualitative Research Should Be Harnessed Rather than Suppressed. Journal of Management Studies, 54 (3), 368-383. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12210
  • S.A. Haslam, J.P. Cornelissen & M.D. Werner (2017). Metatheories and metaphors of organizational identity: integrating social constructionist, social identity, and social actor perspectives within a social interactionist model. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19 (3), 318-336. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12150
  • M. Ketokivi, S. Mantere & J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Reasoning by analogy and the progress of theory. Academy of Management Review, 42 (4), 637-658. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2015.0322
  • J.P. Cornelissen (2017). From the editors: Developing propositions, a process model or a typology? Addressing the challenges of writing theory without a boilerplate. Academy of Management Review, 42 (1), 1-9. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2016.0196
  • C. Wickert, A. Vaccaro & J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Buying corporate social responsibility: Organizational identity orientation as a determinant of practice adoption. Journal of Business Ethics, 142 (3), 497-514. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2740-z
  • D. Schoeneborn, C. Vasquez & J.P. Cornelissen (2016). Imagining organization through metaphor and metonymy: Unpacking the process-entity paradox. Human Relations, 69 (4), 915-944. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726715612899
  • M. Van grinsven, S. Heusinkveld & J.P. Cornelissen (2016). Translating Management Concepts: Towards a Typology of Alternative Approaches. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18 (3), 271-289. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12106
  • D. Gregoire, D. Dimov, J.P. Cornelissen & E. Van den Burg (2015). The mind in the middle: Taking stock of affect and cognition research in entrepreneurship. In International Journal of Management Reviews
  • D.P. Kroon, J.P. Cornelissen & E. Vaara (2015). Explaining Employees' Reactions towards a Cross-Border Merger: The Role of English Language Fluency. Management International Review, 55 (6), 775-800. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11575-015-0259-2
  • F. Ueberbacher, C.D. Jacobs & J.P. Cornelissen (2015). How Entrepreneurs become Skilful Cultural Operators. Organization Studies, 36 (7), 925-951. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840615575190
  • J.P. Cornelissen, R. Durand, P.C. Fiss, J.C. Lammers & E. Vaara (2015). Putting communication front and center in institutional theory and analysis. Academy of Management Review, 40 (1), 10-27. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2014.0381
  • R. van Werven, O. Bouwmeester & J.P. Cornelissen (2015). The power of arguments: How entrepreneurs convince stakeholders of the legitimate distinctiveness of their ventures. Journal of Business Venturing, 4 (1), 616-631. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2014.08.001
  • A. Corbett, J.P. Cornelissen, A. Delios & B. Harley (2015). Variety, novelty and perceptions of scholarship in research on management and organizations: An appeal for ambidextrous scholarship. Journal of Management Studies, 51 (1), 3-18. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12032
  • J.P. Cornelissen, S. Mantere & E. Vaara (2014). The contraction of meaning: The combined effect of communication, emotion, and materiality on sensemaking the stockwell shooting. Journal of Management Studies, 51 (5), 699-736. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12073
  • J.P. Cornelissen & R. Durand (2014). Moving forward: Developing theoretical contributions in management studies. Journal of Management Studies, 51 (6), 995-1022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12078
  • J.P. Cornelissen & M.D. Werner (2014). Putting Framing in Perspective: A review of Framing and Frame Analysis across the Management and Organizational Literature. The Academy of Management Annals, 8 (1), 181-235. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19416520.2014.875669
  • M.D. Werner & J.P. Cornelissen (2014). Framing the Change: Switching and Blending Frames and their Role in Instigating Institutional Change. Organization Studies, 35 (10), 1449-1472. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840614539314
  • J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Corporate communication: A guide to theory and practice. London: Sage publications, 5th edition
  • A. Bangerter & J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Studying Discourse Processes in Institutional Contexts. In The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Processes, second edition. New York: Routledge
  • J.P. Cornelissen, D. Schoeneborn & C. Vasquez (2017). Deconstructing the Theoretical Language of Process Research: Metaphor and Metonymy in Interaction. In A. Langley & H. Tsoukas (Eds.), Handbook of Process Organization Studies (pp. 607-615). New York, US: Sage Publications
  • C. Wickert & J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Corporate social responsibility and reputation: Too much of a good thing? In J. Moon, M. Morsing & A. Rasche (Eds.), Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication and Governance (pp. 328-349). UK: Cambridge University Press
  • R. Viney, J.S. Clarke & J.P. Cornelissen (2017). Making meaning from multimodality: Embodied communication in a business pitch setting. In C Cassell, A.L. Cunliffe & G. Grandy (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods: Methods and Challenges. London: SAGE
  • J.P. Cornelissen (2016). Morgan's Legacy in Theorizing and Understanding Organizations. In A. Ortenblad, K. Trehan & L.L. Putnam (Eds.), Exploring Morgan’s Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies. -: -
  • J.P. Cornelissen, S.A. Haslam & M.D. Werner (2016). Bridging and Integrating Meta-Theoretical Perspectives on organizational identity: A social Interactionist Model of Organizational Identity Development. In Mike Pratt, Majken Schultz, Davide Ravasi & Blake Ashforth (Eds.), Handbook on Organizational Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • J.P. Cornelissen & H. Schildt (2014). Sensemaking and strategy as practice. In D. Seidl, J. Balogun, E. Vaara & D. Golsorkhi (Eds.), Handbook on strategy as practice. Oxford University Press
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Pushpika Vishwanathan
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2016
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Ona Akemu
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2017
  • Role: Member Supervisory Team
  • PhD Candidate: Laura M. Giurge
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Ruxi Wang
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Krijn Turkenburg
  • Time frame: 2016 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Sai Kalvapalle
  • Time frame: 2017 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Leander De Schutter
  • Time frame: 2018 -
Make Our Planet Great Again: A Systems Perspective of Corporate Sustainability
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Amanda Williams
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2018
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jingtao Zhu
  • Time frame: 2018 -
Past
  • Developing Theory and Theoretical Contributions (2017/2018, 2016/2017)
  • Publishing Strategy (2017/2018, 2016/2017)
  • Advanced Topics in Organisation Theory (2016/2017)

Traditionally, management research takes the perspective of business and focuses on how conditions for business can be improved. Research conducted within the Value Based Organizing subprogram starts with the challenges that society and our natural environment face and focuses on how business, in partnership with other actors, can address these challenges. In other words, we help business to take responsibility for the context in which it operates. Research in our group focuses on alternative definitions of and approaches to business, including issues around climate change, reputation, business ethics, philanthropy, social enterprise and partnerships. The research methods we use vary from qualitative techniques to survey and laboratory research.

“Acting on unprecedented change” describes a series of interrelated projects that address the most current challenges that businesses face. Specifically, our social and natural environments are changing in unprecedented ways. Business contributes to some of these developments, such as climate change, growing inequality, and also alienation from the general public by losing track of the interests of broader society. Yet, society also changes in ways that are difficult to foresee for companies. Each project describes ways for companies to deal with these challenges and to contribute in such a way that changes work out for the best (or at least, are less damaging). A common theme underlying each project is that each seriously considers the possibility that the way companies do business -including how they relate to the context in which they operate- needs to be changed fundamentally and that small gestures are unlikely to be sufficient to help solve the large problems that society faces.

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