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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 Maastricht 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.

Throughout his career he has supervised more than 40 PhD candidates, published hundreds of articles in both scientific and popular media and worked as an advisor to a number of commercial enterprises.

Moreover, Van Witteloostuijn initiated FIRMBACKBONE in collaboration with Utrecht University. FIRMBACKBONE is an organically growing longitudinal data infrastructure with information on Dutch companies for academic research. Once it is ready, it will become available for researchers affiliated with universities in the Netherlands through ODISSEI. It is funded by PDI-SSH, the Digital Infrastructure-Social Sciences and Humanities Platform, for the period 2020-2025.


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.

Ancillary activities

  • Antwerp Management School | Antwerpen | Projectleider/promotiebegeleider | 2015-10-01 - present
  • KNAW | Amsterdam | Voorzittter auditcommittee | 2022-10-01 - 2025-10-01

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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