prof.dr. J. (Hans) van Oosterhout

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2002

Hans van Oosterhout is a professor of corporate governance and responsibility at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His research is in comparative corporate governance, involving both comparisons between different national corporate governance systems, and comparisons between different forms of enterprise organization.


His current research focuses on how jurisdiction level institutions shape the respective role of owners and executives in publicly listed firms, and on the corporate governance challenges and practices of professional partnerships, family firms, and philanthropic organizations.


Professor van Oosterhout has published extensively in journals including the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics.


He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Professor van Oosterhout obtained an MA Cum Laude in political science from Leiden University and a PhD in Management from Erasmus University.


  • Academic (29)
    • Criaco, G., van Oosterhout, J. H., & Nordqvist, M. (2021). Is blood always thicker than water? Family firm parents, kinship ties, and the survival of spawns. Journal of Business Venturing, 36(6), [106161].,,

    • Vishwanathan, P., Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., Duran Solis, PA. P. A., & Essen, M. (2019). Strategic CSR: a concept building meta-analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 57(2), 314-350.

    • Essen, M., Heugens, P., Duran, P., Saleh, SF., Sauerwald, S., Oosterhout, H., & Xie, E. (2019). How concentrated owners improve the performance of Asian firms: Filling voids or imposing effective governance? The Multinational Business Review, 28(1), 39-63.

    • Lander, M., Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Pruijssers, J. (2018). Career stage dependent effects of law firm governance: A multilevel study of professional-client misconduct. Human Relations, 72(9), 1497-1529.

    • Pruijssers, J., Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2018). Winning at a losing game? Side-effects of perceived tournament promotion incentives in audit firms. Journal of Business Ethics, 162, 149-167.

    • Lander, M., Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2017). Towards an integrated framework of professional partnership performance: The role of formal governance and strategic planning. Human Relations, 70(4), 1-27.

    • Lander, M., Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2017). Drift or alignment? A configurational analysis of law firms’ ability to combine profitability with professionalism. Journal of Professions and Organization, 4(2), 123-148.

    • Sauerwald, S., Oosterhout, H., & Essen, M. (2016). Proxy advisors and shareholder dissent. A cross-country comparative study. Journal of Management, 44(8), 3364-3394.

    • Sauerwald, S., Oosterhout, H., & Essen, M. (2016). Expressive Shareholder Democracy: A Multilevel Study of Shareholder Dissent in 15 Western European Countries. Journal of Management Studies, 53(4), 520-551.

    • Essen, M., Oosterhout, H., & Heugens, P. (2013). Competition and cooperation in corporate governance: The effects of labor institutions on blockholder effectivess in 23 European countries. Organization Science, 24(2), 530-551.

    • Essen, M., Heugens, P., Oosterhout, H., & Otten, J. (2012). An institution-based view of executive compensation: A multilevel meta-analytic test. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(4), 396-423.

    • Oosterhout, H., Essen, M., & Carney, M. (2011). Corporate boards and the performance of Asian firms: A meta-analysis. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 29(4), 873-905.

    • Carney, M., Gedajlovic, ER., Heugens, P., Essen, M., & Oosterhout, H. (2011). Business group affiliation, performance, context, and strategy: A meta-analysis. Academy of Management Journal, 54(3), 437-460.

    • Oosterhout, H. (2010). The Role of Corporations in Shaping the Global Rules of the Game: In Search of New Foundations. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(2), 253-264.

    • Heugens, P., Essen, M., & Oosterhout, H. (2009). Meta-analyzing ownership concentration and firm performance in Asia: Towards a more fine-grained understanding. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(3), 481-512.

    • Oosterhout, H., & Heugens, P. (2009). Extant social contracts in global business regulation: Outline of a research agenda. Journal of Business Ethics, 88(4), 729-740.

    • Oosterhout, H. (2008). Transcending the confines of political and Economic organization; The misguided metaphor of corporate citizenship. Business Ethics Quarterly, 18(1), 35-42.

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & Oosterhout, H. (2008). Contracts to communities: A processual model of organizational virtue. Journal of Management Studies, 45(1), 100-121.

    • Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2007). Contractualism vindicated; A response to Boatright. Academy of Management Review, 32(1), 295-297.

    • Oosterhout, H. (2007). Authority and Democracy in Corporate Governance? Journal of Business Ethics, 71(4), 359-370.

    • Jong, A., Mertens, G., Oosterhout, H., & Dort, H. (2007). How useful is shareholder intervention? Management Control en Accounting, 11(2), 8-15.

    • Heugens, P., Oosterhout, H., & Kaptein, M. (2006). Foundations and applications for contractualist business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 68(3), 211-228.

    • Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2006). The internal morality of contracting: Advancing the contractualist endeavor in business ethics. Academy of Management Review, 31(3), 521-539.

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & Oosterhout, H. (2006). The ethics of the node versus the ethics of the dyad? Reconciling virtue ethics and contractualism. Organization Studies, 27(3), 391-411.

    • Oosterhout, H. (2005). Corporate Citizenship; An idea whose time has not come. Academy of Management Review, 30(4), 677-681.

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., & Oosterhout, H. (2004). Ties that grind? Corroborating a typology of social contracting problems. Journal of Business Ethics, 49(3), 235-252.

    • Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. T. (2004). Rethinking Organizational ethics: a plea for pluralism. Journal of Business Ethics, 55(4), 387-395.

    • Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2002). The Confines of Stakeholder Management: Evidence from the Dutch Manufacturing Sector. Journal of Business Ethics, 40(4), 387-404.

    • Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (2001). To boldly go where no man has gone before: integrating cognitive and physical features in scenario studies. Futures, 33(10), 861-872.

  • Professional (3)
    • Oosterhout, H. (2016). Does shareholder voting matter in Europe? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 28(4), 8-10.

    • Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Essen, M. (2013). The effect of blockholders in corporate governance. RSM Insight, 13(1), 18-19.

    • Otten, J., & Oosterhout, H. (2008). Bestuurdersbeloning: Ideologie, Symboliek of Instrument van Corporate Governance? Ondernemingsrecht, (8), 290-296.

  • Academic (1)
    • Heugens, P., Oosterhout, H., & Vromen, J. (2004). The Social Institutions of Capitalism: Evolution and Design of Social Contracts. Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Academic (7)
    • Heugens, P., & Oosterhout, H. (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 University Press.

    • Heugens, P., Oosterhout, H., & Vromen, J. (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). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Heugens, P., Kaptein, M., Oosterhout, H., & Wempe, JFDB. J. (2002). Ethical Criteria for Corporations. In S. P. Kaptein, & J. Wempe (Eds.), The Balanced Company: a Theory of Corporate Integrity (pp. 227-262). Oxford University Press.

    • van Rutte, KL., & Oosterhout, H. (2002). Standard Argumentative Strategies in Conceptualizing Business Ethics. In D. Windsor, & S. Welcomer (Eds.), 2002 Proceedings Thirteenth Anual Conference Victoria (B.C.) June 27-30 2002 of the International Association for Business and Society (pp. 61-65)

    • Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. T. (2002). A Critique of Monistic Organizational Ethics. In Proceedings Ninth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics

    • Essers, J., & Oosterhout, H. (2000). Het analyseren en schrijven van een betoog. In P. van Engeldorp Gastelaars (Ed.), Elementen van bedrijfskundig onderzoek (pp. 175-209). ServicePost.

    • Oosterhout, H., Heugens, P., & Kaptein, M. (2000). Normative documents, the contract model, and stakeholder management. In K. A. Getz, & D. Windsor (Eds.), Proceedings Eleventh Annual Conference Essex Junction, March 16-19, 2000 of the International Association for Business and Society (pp. 276-281). International Association for Business /Society.

  • Academic (1)
    • Pruijssers, J. L., Heugens, P. P. M. A. R., & van Oosterhout, J. (2020). Correction to: Winning at a Losing Game? Side-Effects of Perceived Tournament Promotion Incentives in Audit Firms (Journal of Business Ethics, (2020), 162, 1, (149-167), 10.1007/s10551-018-3991-2). Journal of Business Ethics, 162(1), 169.

  • Academic (2)
    • Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. T. (2004). ISCT and the Call for Practical Guidance. IABS Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    • Oosterhout, H., Wempe, B., & van Willigenburg, T. T. (2004). Contractualism and the Project for an Integrative Organizational Ethics. IABS Fifteenth Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Academic (1)
    • Oosterhout, H. (2010). Can the Firm Be Seen to Emerge out of a Pincer Movement of Efficiency Pressures? In A. M. Pacces (Ed.), The Law and Economics of Corporate Governance (pp. 290-296). Edward Elger Publishing.

  • Internal (1)
    • Oosterhout, H. (2002). The Quest for Legitimacy; On Authority and Responsibility in Governance. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR).

  • Popular (1)
    • Oosterhout, H. (2008). Het disciplineringsmodel voorbij; over autoriteit en legitimiteit in Corporate Governance. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).

  • Academic (1)
    • Jong, A., Mertens, G., Oosterhout, H., & Dort, H. (2007). Corporate governance practices of institutional investors: substance or symbolism? Eumedion and Nederlandse Corporate Governance Stichting.

  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Niki den Nieuwenboer
  • Time frame: 2003 - 2008
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Nathan Betancourt
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2012
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Marc van Essen
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2011
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Michel Lander
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2012
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Sergey Osadchiy
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2011
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Prabhir Vishnu
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2011
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Pushpika Vishwanathan
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2016
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jorien Pruijssers
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2015
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Krishnan Nair
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2019
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Yanze Zhang
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Sanvit Shah
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Anuj Kantilal Tater
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Strategy, Organization & Governance (2019/2020)

To develop world-class academics pursuing high-impact research in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, we have developed a doctoral programme that combines deep-level understanding in core topics and thorough grounding in methodological design and analytical skills. Joining the PhD programme means joining a Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group with a highly collaborative and cutting-edge research culture. The group harbours expertise in a broad range of topics: faculty members and PhD candidates work across nearly all relevant areas of the strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Collaboration with expert faculty: Throughout the programme, candidates work closely with faculty on joint and supervised research.  Teamwork offers candidates the opportunity to learn diverse research skills and become familiar with a range of debates in the field before selecting the focus of subsequent doctoral work. 

Excellent job opportunities: Alumni of the PhD programme hold academic positions in renowned academic institutes around the world, including Cambridge, Copenhagen Business School, ETH Zurich, HEC Paris, INSEAD, Kellogg, McGill, the University of South Carolina, Renmin University, and WHU. 

More information is on the “PhD in Strategic Management” website:

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