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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

Individual motivation among entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries: A self-determination perspective

Cnossen, B., Loots, E. & van Witteloostuijn, A., Sep 2019, In : Creativity and Innovation Management. 28, 3, p. 389-402 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Creative industries

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

Open Access
Learning systems
Linear regression
Regression analysis
Firm growth
Machine learning

Multi-stakeholder collaboration for sustainable tourism development: An investigation of stakeholder collaboration and perception of sustainable tourism in Ethiopia

Ferede, M. M., 2019, 247 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Regional stickiness of novel ideas in the scholarly international business community

Haans, R. F. J. & van Witteloostuijn, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Cross Cultural and Strategic Management. 26, 2, p. 145-165 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
cognitive structure