J.J.P. (Justin) Jansen

Endowed Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2001

Justin Jansen is Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management.

He is intrigued by the notion that most organizations tend to focus on existing businesses and clients, and are not able to break away from existing routines and processes in order to explore into new territories. To what extent are existing firms able to facilitate the emergence of entrepreneurship within their organization and – even more difficult – balance this desire of innovation and change with a continued focus on operational excellence? Professor Jansen’s research provides new insights into the roles of leadership, the organizational design as well as the development of novel capabilities as to improve long-term viability and performance.

Professor Jansen’s research on strategic leadership, organizational learning and absorptive capacity, organizational ambidexterity and corporate entrepreneurship has been published in various academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal . Moreover, his research has received recognition throughout the field and several accolades including the ERIM best paper award, the ERIM best dissertation award, and the SAP best strategy paper. He is a recipient of the Erasmus Research Fellowship. Professor Jansen is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Management Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Jansen is scientific director (with Professor Roy Thurik of the Erasmus School of Economics) of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. This center provides a unique platform that ranges from scholarly insights about (corporate) entrepreneurship and new opportunities, startup campuses for ambitious entrepreneurs, to exciting executive programs for leading and initiating entrepreneurial behaviors within established organizations.

Justin Jansen also acts as a (research) consultant and external advisor to a variety of companies as well as governmental agencies. He has designed and developed workshops as well as management programs about the ability of organizations to identify and initiate novel growth paths, to develop strategic leadership, and to combine seemingly opposing forces such as innovation and operational excellence. Moreover, he has advised governmental agencies on the improvement of the entrepreneurial climate in the Netherlands and on spurring the number of fast-growing organizations.

  • Volberda, H.W., Jansen, J.J.P., Bosch, F.A.J. van den & Mihalache, R.O. (2015). Untangling the effects of knowledge and dynamic capabilities on exploratory and exploitative innovation. Journal of Business Venturing.

Key Publications (17)

  • Mihalache, R.O., Mihalache, M. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2011). Offshoring knowledge vs. labor intensive services: A contingency perspective. In A. Verbeke, R. van Tulder & A.T Tavares (Eds.), Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (Progress in International Business Research, 6). Emerald.
  • Fasaei, H., Jansen, J.J.P. & Tempelaar, M.P. (2014). The Inertial Effect of Good Corporate Reputation on Exploration-Exploitation Interplay. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM), Philadelphia.
  • Fasaei, H., Jansen, J.J.P. & Tempelaar, M.P. (2014). The Dark Side of Good Corporate Reputation: The Effect of Good Corporate Reputation On Over-exploration & Over-exploitation of Firms. In European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), Valencia.
  • Vaccaro, I., Jansen, J.J.P., Bosch, F.A.J. van den & Volberda, H.W. (2013). Innoveert de CEO wel mee? M en O, 67 (5), 91-106.
  • Jansen, J.J.P. (2013). Offshoring and firm innovation. RSM Insight, 14 (2), 14-15.
  • Jansen, J.J.P. & Mom, T.J.M. (2012). (Workshop) Ambidexter leiderschap voor superieure prestaties - Total Specific Solutions Group.
  • Mom, T.J.M. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2011). Inleiding: Investeren en ondernemen tijdens crises? In Corporate Effectuation: Wat managers kunnen leren van ondernemers.
  • Jansen, J.J.P. & Mom, T.J.M. (2011). (Workshop) Innovatie en vernieuwing binnen het Waterschap - Waterschap.
  • Jansen, J.J.P. & Mom, T.J.M. (2010). (Workshop) Strategie en Structuur - Frames Group.
  • Van Den Bosch, Frans, A.J., Volberda, H.W. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2007, November 12). Minister Donner staart zich blind op ontslagrecht. Trouw
  • Volberda, H.W., Van Den Bosch, Frans, A.J. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2007). Hoe rendeert sociale innovatie? De innovatie uitdaging in een mondiaal speelveld. In Samen groeien door sociale innovatie: Feiten, meningen en ervaringen uit het NCSI congres 2007 (pp. 38-55). Rotterdam: Nederlands Centrum voor Sociale Innovatie. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/31697
  • Volberda, H.W., Van Den Bosch, Frans, A.J. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2006). Slim Managen en Innovatief Organiseren. Arnhem: Eiffel ism Het Financieele Dagblad, AWVN, De Unie en RSM. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/14777
Stefan Breet

PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship_JJ

Pengfei Wang

Corporate Venturing: A Status-Based Perspective

Maria Rita Micheli

Strategic renewal in creative industries

Sebastiaan van Doorn

Managing Entrepreneurial Orientation

Ignacio Vaccaro

Management Innovation: Studies on the Role of Internal Change Agents

Editorial positions

  • Academy of Management Journal

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Management Studies

    Associate Editor

  • Strategic Management Journal

    Editorial Board

  • Academy of Management Review

    Editorial Board

Current courses

PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University provides a strong research environment, with numerous faculty members and PhD students working across nearly all relevant fields of the wider strategic management field. Three characteristics make the Department an excellent environment for high-quality candidates to pursue a PhD.

  • First, we pride ourselves in our excellent PhD placement record, and our graduates routinely find placements in top schools worldwide. Recent placements include Kellogg (Northwestern), Judge (Cambridge), Desautels (McGill), HEC Paris, ETH Zurich, Otto Besheim (WHU), and Moore (University of South Carolina).
  • Second, the department hosts specialists in a wide variety of methodological traditions, including survey and archival data analysis, longitudinal econometric analysis, meta-analysis, case studies, grounded theory, and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis.
  • Third, our department is well-connected internationally. It structurally hosts visiting professors like Gerry George (Imperial) and Ed Zajac (Northwestern), and our own faculty have held visiting positions at schools like Imperial, Kellogg, MIT, and Wharton.

In short, the Department offers one of the most stimulating and productive environments for pursuing a PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in Europe.

PhD research in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group at the Rotterdam School of Management is expected to take place within one of four main research themes that represent currently ongoing research:

  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship
  2. Strategic Renewal
  3. Corporate Governance and Competitiveness
  4. Global Strategy

Although research that cuts across these four themes is encouraged, candidates are expected to express and explain their preferences for one or more research themes in the cover letter of their application.  This document provides short descriptions of these themes as well as exemplary research projects within and across these themes.

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ERIM Research Workshop
PhD Defence ERIM Doctoral Programme
  • ERIM Impact Award (2014)


  • ERIM Impact Award (2007)


  • ERIM Top Article Award (2007)


  • ERIM Dissertation Award (2006)


  • Fellowship - EUR (2006)



Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T07-29
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Work in progress

Volberda, H.W., Jansen, J.J.P., Bosch, F.A.J. van den & Mihalache, R.O. (2015). Untangling the effects of knowledge and dynamic capabilities on exploratory and exploitative innovation. Journal of Business Venturing.

Latest publication

Mom, T.J.M., Fourné, S.P.L. & Jansen, J.J.P. (2015). Managers' Work Experience, Ambidexterity, and Performance: The Contingency Role of the Work Context. Human Resource Management, Accepted.