(Khadija) van der Straaten

Khadija van der Straaten
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Associate Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2021

Khadija van der Straaten is Assistant Professor researching International Business and Sustainability at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her main research topics include gender and inequality in multinational enterprises and their value chains. Her research has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journals Journal of International Business and Critical Perspectives on International Business and has been featured on the World Economic Forum Agenda. She is associate member of the John H Dunning Centre for International Business at Henley Business School, UK.


  • Academic (1)
    • Narula, R., & van der Straaten, K. (2021). A comment on the multifaceted relationship between multinational enterprises and within-country inequality. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 17(1), 32-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/cpoib-10-2019-0080

  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Mana Saki
  • Time frame: 2022 -

The Business-Society Management department at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate looking to study a topic in the area of sustainability and management. For this position, you will be able to freely choose your own research topic, within our department’s area of expertise. Potential research topics broadly cover the challenges that society and our natural environment face and then consider how organisations can address these challenges. Specific topics include (but are not limited to): systems and resilience thinking, sustainability issues in multinational enterprises and global value chains, corporate communication, sense-making processes, social innovation, business ethics, philanthropy, alternative organisational and governance forms such as social enterprises, commons and cooperatives, corporate social (ir)responsibility, (organisational) stigma, stakeholder management, and aligning corporate value propositions with societal issues.

Overall, we are looking for a candidate who is eager to learn to research how organisations and businesses can be key drivers of social change, and we welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Strong applicants typically have backgrounds in business or economics and are looking to pursue an academic career. Creativity, self-direction, and a passion for scientific research are therefore essential qualities.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2023.

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