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Kees van Veen

Position and department:
Associate Professor at Global Economics and Management

Short bio:
Kees van Veen obtained his PhD in Sociology at the Interuniversity Centre for the Social Science Theory and Methodology at the University of Groningen (1998). He is currently an associate professor in the department of Global Economics and Management. He has a broad interest that has shifted over time from organizational aspects of careers to fashions in management thinking. The last few years, he has focused on antecedents and consequences of board composition of a variety of organizations (from local to multinational). Considering his sociological background, he has a keen interest in contextual aspects of board processes at all levels which naturally extends to comparative corporate governance questions (see publications). He prefers to operate between academia and practice. With a few colleagues, he recently established the Institute for Governance and Organizational Responsibility (iGOR). This expertise centre focuses on issues related to corporate governance, corporate reporting, and corporate responsibility.

Kees has broad expertise in a variety of topics. Research wise, he focuses on (international) corporate governance issues, board composition, and internal board dynamics. Recently, he published on internationalization of the labor market for board members and the increase in top management compensation over time. Teaching wise, he is an excellent teacher with high rankings from university students (best courses, best teacher) on a variety of topics (cross cultural management, comparative corporate governance, corporate social responsibility). Every now and then, he uses these qualities for executive teaching. Management wise, he enjoys being the chairman of the Faculty Council and directing the expertise center iGOR with much pleasure.

Ongoing projects:
At this moment, Kees is working on a number of projects. First, he has extended his work on the internationalization of the labor market for board members (together with Dr. Padma Rao Sahib) in which they are developing a specific interest in the role of language for recruitment and internal board dynamics. Second, he is developing new insights into board dynamics by studying the fine lines between trust and control within boards in more detail. This is a highly relevant topic that all board members recognize as a sensitive area in their relations with direct potential effect on the quality of supervisory activities (with Prof. Dr.Rafael Wittek). Third, he is working on funded projects related to the developments in the Dutch corporate governance field ( by EUMEDION) and the evaluation of the `Wet Bestuur en Toezicht’ (on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice as requested by the Dutch parliament).


  1. Veen, K. van& R.P.M.Wittek (2016) De averechtse effecten van de Wet Normering Topinkomens, Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, (32)1, pp. 19 - 34.
  2. Veen, K. van & R.P.M.Wittek (2016) `Relational Signaling and CEO compensation: ‘… it is not just about money, it is about what the money says…’ Long Range Planning, 49(4), p.477-490.
  3. Veen, K. van, P.Rao Sahib & E. Aangeenbrug, (2014) `Where do international board members come from?: Country-level Antecedents of international board member selection in European boards’, International Business Review, Apr2014, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p407-417. 11p. DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.06.008.
  4. Veen, K. van& E.M. Heemskerk, Interlocking Directorate Networks, Springer Encyclopedia for Social Networks and Mining, pp.742-747.
  5. Veen, K. van& J. Elbertsen,(2008) Corporate Governance and Nationality Diversity in Corporate Boards: a comparative study of Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Corporate Governance: an international review, Vol.16, No.5, pp.386-399.
  6. Benders, J. en Veen, K. van (2001) ‘What is in a fashion: interpretative viability and management fashions’ Organization, Vol.(8)1, pp.33-53.
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