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

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 1997

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 (14)

  • 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
  • P.P.M.A.R. Heugens (2011). Social institutions of capitalism. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology (pp. 48-49). Oxford: Blackwell
  • 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
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Sarita Koendjbiharie
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2014
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Vinay Tiwari
  • Time frame: 2006 - 2010
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Johannes Meuer
  • Time frame: 2006 - 2011
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Mark Greeven
  • Time frame: 2004 - 2009
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: René van der Eijk
  • Time frame: 2003 - 2009
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Nathan Betancourt
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2012
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Dirk Deichmann
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2012
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Michel Lander
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2012
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Sergey Osadchiy
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2011
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Evgenia Dolgova
  • Time frame: 2007 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Yijing Wang
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2013
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Prabhir Vishnu
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2011
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Lameez Alexander
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2014
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Jaco Smit
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2016
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Jeanine Porck
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2013
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jorien Pruijssers
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2015
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Sebastian Fourné
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2014
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ivana Naumovska
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2014
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Kellie Liket
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2014
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Julija Mell
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2015
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jochem Kroezen
  • Time frame: 2010 - 2014
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Roxana Turturea
  • Time frame: 2012 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Balazs Szatmari
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2016
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ruxi Wang
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
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  • PhD Candidate: Guus Hendriks
  • Time frame: 2013 -
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  • PhD Candidate: Ron Maas
  • Time frame: 2014 -
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  • PhD Candidate: Jitse Duijsters
  • Time frame: 2016 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Sai Kalvapalle
  • Time frame: 2017 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Wenjie Liu
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Omar El Nayal
  • Time frame: 2014 -

Editorial positions (6)

  • Journal of Business Ethics

    Editorial Board

  • Corporate Reputation Review

    Editorial Board

  • Business and Society

    Editorial Board

  • Business Ethics Quarterly

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Public Affairs

    Editorial Board

  • Strategic Organization

    Editorial Board


Past
  • Advanced Topics in Organisation Theory (2017/2018, 2016/2017)

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 harbors expertise in a broad range of topics: faculty members and PhD students work across nearly all relevant areas of the strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Throughout the programme, PhD students 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, ETH Zurich, HEC Paris, INSEAD, McGill University, the University of South Carolina, Renmin University, and Warwick Business School.

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When industries become more R&D intensive, firms face a dilemma: performing R&D alone, create joint R&D facilities with non-competing partners, or diversifying into other businesses. A firm like Google mainly performs R&D alone, applying the results in different business lines, while in other industries joint research initiatives are set up. A classic example of the latter is MCC in the micro-electronics industry (Peck, 1986). Considerations of exploiting synergies in R&D, intellectual property and appropriation of returns, and coordination costs affect the choice. In this project we investigate the alternatives for decisions on the organization of R&D and firm integration. The PhD candidate will investigate the performance of joint R&D initiatives in different industries, and the pros and cons of firms exploiting internal research for different business lines. A specific case industry to be addressed will be the horticulture industry, since in this setting different options can be compared within the same industry. In addition, the supervisors have strong connections within this industry, which guarantees access to an exciting and innovative group of companies. The research will be mainly theory-driven and empirical, although the option to develop formal models also exists.

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2018
December
12
Other
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2017
December
13
Other
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2015
May
26
Research Seminar
As: Speaker
2015
May
26
2014
December
09
2014
November
26
Research Seminar
As: Coordinator, Contact
2014
November
13
Research Seminar
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2013
June
20
2012
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03
2012
November
30
Research Seminar
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2012
November
29
2012
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16
2012
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2011
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19
2011
May
30
ERIM Research Clinic
As: Speaker
2011
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23
Research Seminar
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2010
June
30
Research Seminar
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2010
May
03
ERIM Research Clinic
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2008
November
05
Institute Event
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2008
September
12
2008
June
09
Research Seminar
As: Coordinator
2008
May
28
2008
February
19
2007
October
10
Research Workshop
As: Coordinator

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