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Arjen van Witteloostuijn is Dean of the School of Business and Economics. He is also affiliated to the University of Antwerp. In his previous positions he has been affiliated to the Tilburg University, the University of Groningen, the Maastrich University, the University of Durham, the Utrecht University, Cardiff Business School.

As of 2015, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, or KNAW). As of 2016, Head of the Economics Section of the KNAW. As of 2017, Chair of the Department of Business, Economics, Law & Social Sciences of the KNAW.


He is a multitalented and highly productive researcher who is also active in political debate. The question that runs through all his work is why some institutions (in the broad sense of the word) are successful while others are not. Van Witteloostuijn’s interdisciplinary approach is unique; he combines insights from general economics, business economics, business science, and the social sciences in innovative studies that examine the behaviour and structure of organisations.

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Research Output 1988 2019

Emergence of entrepreneurial populations: a feature dimensionality approach

Liu, M. & van Witteloostuijn, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Small Business Economics.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sustainable entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial activity

Is firm growth random? A machine learning perspective

van Witteloostuijn, A. & Kolkman, D., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Business Venturing Insights. 11, e00107.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Learning systems
Linear regression
Regression analysis
Firm growth
Machine learning

A multi-level model of emerging technology: An empirical study of the evolution of biotechnology from 1976 to 2003

Van Den Oord, A. & Van Witteloostuijn, A., 24 May 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 5, e0197024.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Compete or cooperate in the creative industries? A quasi-experimental study with Dutch cultural and creative entrepreneurs

Loots, E., Cnossen, B. & van Witteloostuijn, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Arts Management. 20, 2, p. 20-31 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Experimental study
Creative industries
Creative Industries

Do Rules Breed Rules? Vertical Rule-Making Cascades at the Supranational, National, and Organizational Level

Kaufmann, W. & van Witteloostuijn, A., 8 Aug 2018, In : International public management journal. 21, 4, p. 650-676 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
public administration