P.P.M.A.R. (Pursey) Heugens

Full Professor
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2005

Pursey Heugens is a professor of organisation theory, development, and change at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His research interests include comparative corporate governance, business ethics, and bureaucracy, institutional, and demographic theories of organisation.

Professor Heugens has won numerous awards for his research and teaching. He currently serves on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals. His research has been published in academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and the Journal of Management Studies.

His most recent works argues that the field of organisation theory is locked into a state of permanent failure due to powerful centrifugal forces which prevent it from producing a unified theory of organisational effectiveness – while equally strong centripetal forces keep university administrators and policy makers from cashing in their chips.

He offers three research strategies that might end the stalemate by increasing the integration, relevance and realism of current theories of organisation.

He obtained his PhD from RSM in 2001.

Key Publications (18)

  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens, J. van Oosterhout & J.J. Vromen (2004). The Social Institutions of Capitalism: Evolution and Design of Social Contracts. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (Ed.). (2001). Strategic issues management: Implications for corporate performance (ERIM Ph.D series research in management, ISSN 1568-1726 ; 7). Rotterdam: ERIM
  • J.J. Kroezen & P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2012). Organizational Identity Formation: Processes of Identity Imprinting and Enactment in the Dutch Microbrewing Landscape. In M. Schultz, S. Maguire, A. Langley & H. Tsoukas (Eds.), Perspectives on Process Organization Studies Volume 2 (pp. 89-127). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • S. Osadchiy, I. Bogenrieder & P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2010). Organizational learning through problem absorption: A processual view. In T. Hernes & S. Maitlis (Eds.), Perspectives on Process Organization Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2010). Social institutions of capitalism. In G. Ritzer & J.M. Ryan (Eds.), Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens & J. van Oosterhout (2008). Much ado about nothing: A conceptual critique of corporate social responsibility. In D.S. Siegel, D. Matten, A. McWilliams & A. Crane (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 197-223). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2007). Organizations and the theory of the firm. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell encyclopedia of Sociology (pp. 3326-3331). Oxford: Blackwell
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2007). Social institutions of capitalism. In G Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell encyclopedia of Sociology (pp. 395-398). Oxford: Blackwell
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2005). Issues management: Core understandings and scholarly development. In P. Harris & C. Fleisher (Eds.), The Handbook of Public Affairs (pp. 481-500). London: Sage
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens, J. van Oosterhout & J.J. Vromen (2004). Social Contract Theories: E Pluribus Unum? In P.P.M.A.R Heugens & J. Van Oosterhout (Eds.), The Social Institutions of capitalism: Evolution and Design of Social Contracts (pp. 1-19). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens, S.P. Kaptein, J. van Oosterhout & J.F.D.B. Wempe (2002). Ethical Criteria for Corporations. In S.P. Kaptein & J. Wempe (Eds.), The Balanced Company: a Theory of Corporate Integrity (pp. 227-262). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2017). Why can't China clean up its act? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 30 (2), 17-19.
  • J. van Oosterhout, P.P.M.A.R. Heugens & M. van Essen (2013). The effect of blockholders in corporate governance. RSM Insight, 13 (1), 18-19.
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2009). Een mooie toekomst voor een chronisch tekortschietend vakgebied. Holland Management Review, 125 (-), 2-8.
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens, S.P. Kaptein & N.A. den Nieuwenboer (2007, december 20). Liever high-trust toezicht. Het Financiële Dagblad
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens, Frans, A.J. Van Den Bosch & C.B.M. van Riel (2001). Stakeholder integratie: werken aan wederzijds versterkende relaties. M en O, 55 (4), 5-26.
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (1998). Naar een nieuwe definitie van crisismanagement: plaatsbepaling. Tijdschrift voor Strategische Bedrijfscommunicatie, 4 (2), 16-17.
  • Frans, A.J. Van Den Bosch, P.P.M.A.R. Heugens & C.B.M. van Riel (1998). De introductie van GMO-soja in Nederland. Beschrijving en analyse van de communicatie en de strategie van het margarine-, vetten- en oliën-cluster in de periode 1992-1998. (Extern rapport). Rotterdam: Corporate Communication Centre
Joe Ploog

Platform strategies and multisided markets

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Joe Ploog
  • Time frame: 2017 -
Jitse Duijsters

Capturing the Strategic Value of Corporate Venturing

Ilaria Orlandi

Open PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Katrin Smolka


Guus Hendriks

Home Country Conditions for International Investment

Ruxi Wang

Corporate Environmentalism in China

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ruxi Wang
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
Jorien Pruijssers

An Organizational Perspective on Auditor Conduct

Evgenia Dolgova

Social Network Dynamics

Pursey Heugens

Strategic Issues Management: Implications for Corporate Performance

Luciana Ferreira

Attention Mosaics: Studies of organizational attention

Editorial positions

  • Corporate Reputation Review

    Editorial Board

  • Business and Society

    Editorial Board

  • Business Ethics Quarterly

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Business Ethics

    Editorial Board

  • Strategic Organization

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Public Affairs

    Editorial Board

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 INSEAD, 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 (SMU), and our own faculty have held visiting positions at schools like Harvard, 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 North-western Europe.


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

1. Strategic and 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.

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Research Seminar
ERIM Research Clinic
Institute Event
  • ERIM Top Article Award (2007)


  • ERIM Award for 'Outstanding Performance by a Young Researcher' (2005)


  • ERIM Dissertation Award (2003)



Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T07-57 (Dept) or T06-01 (ERIM)
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam


Latest publication

H.R. Wijaya & P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2017). Give me a hallelujah! Amen! Institutional reproduction in the presence of moral perturbation and the dynamics of emotional investment. Organization Studies. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840617736931