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Koen van Bommel is Assistant Professor of Organization Theory at VU University Amsterdam.

Koen van Bommel obtained his PhD in Management from Warwick Business School in England in 2014. During his doctoral studies, he also conducted research at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in Evanston, IL. Prior to becoming a researcher, Koen van Bommel was a sustainability consultant at KPMG.

Koen is particularly interested in sustainable business models, the tensions and paradoxes around corporate sustainability and sustainability/integrated reporting. Koen van Bommel also studies how social movements emerge and transform in response to their institutional environments and how they can subsequently change this environment. He is particularly interested in the Slow Flood movement. Koen van Bommel’s work has appeared in journals such as Organization Studies, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Journal of Cleaner Production, Research in the Sociology of Organizations as well as in several books.


Taking an organization and management theory perspective, his research focuses in particular on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate sustainability as well as on the broader relationship between business and society.


Koen van Bommel’s teaching activities include courses at the Bachelor and Master level, for instance on organization theory, management & organization, CSR and management consulting, as well as the supervision of Bachelor and Master theses.

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Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
Health Engineering & Materials Science
Legitimacy Business & Economics
innovation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Innovation Engineering & Materials Science
Corporate sustainability Business & Economics

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Research Output 2008 2020

  • 6 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Brexit, the NHS and the double-edged sword of populism: Contributor to agonistic democracy or vehicle of ressentiment?

Hensmans, M. & van Bommel, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Organization.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
European Union

Managing tensions in sustainable business models: Exploring instrumental and integrative strategies

van Bommel, K., 20 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 196, p. 829-841 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Sustainable development

Social Movements

Hensmans, M. & van Bommel, K., Aug 2018, The International Encyclopedia of Strategic Communication. Heath, R. L. & Johansen, W. (eds.). Hoboken: Wiley‐Blackwell, Vol. 3. p. 1390-1401 12 p. (The Wiley Blackwell-ICA international encyclopedias of communication).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Critical Management Studies and paradox

van Bommel, K. & Spicer, A., 2017, Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions. Jarzabkowski, P., Lewis, M., Smith, W. & Langley, A. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 143-161

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

When Orders of Worth Clash: Negotiating Legitimacy in Situations of Moral Multiplexity

Reinecke, J., van Bommel, K. & Spicer, A., 2017, In : Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 52, p. 33-72

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2013 2013

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

Sustainability reporting in the Netherlands: Rationalization from values to value

K. van Bommel (Speaker)
7 Nov 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

From values to value: The role of commensuration in the institutionalization of sustainability reporting

K. van Bommel (Speaker)
4 Jul 20136 Jul 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic