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Pieter de Wit is PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a joint Research Master’s degree in Business In Society from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Van Amsterdam. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Organizations, and an Honours College degree from Leiden University. Prior to becoming a PhD candidate, Pieter worked as a consultant on business strategies in fragile and conflict-affected settings, mainly in the Easter Mediterranean region.


Pieter’s research is situated at the intersection of organization theory and societal conflict. He is passionate about social diversity, inclusiveness, and the role of business in society. He investigates how organizations can, and cannot, bridge social division in conflict-affected societies. He hopes to contribute not only theoretically to a better understanding of organizing in contexts of conflict, but also practically to more realistic expectations about cooperation and co-existence in such settings.


Pieter teaches courses on strategy (e.g. Organizational Challenges and Growth Strategies) and research methods (e.g. Academic Skills) in the VU’s master’s and bachelor’s programs in Business Administration. Additionally, he supervises theses.

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 -          Participant at 'Business and Society PhD Conference' at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. December 2019.


-          Bureau van Dorp consultant at 'Expert Workshop on New approaches to measuring corporate impacts in fragile and conflict-affected environments', organized by London School of Economics, Institute for Economics and Peace, and Bureau van Dorp. February 2020.

-          Bureau van Dorp consultant at 'Round Table on a Business Coalition for Peace in the Greater Mediterranean Region', organized with support from Dutch Knowledge Platform for Security & the Rule of Law, Hollings Center for International Dialogue, and TÜSIAD, the Turkish Industry and Business Association. November 2018.


-          Volunteer at 'Ignite Jobs Now!' Conference, bringing together refugees, entrepreneurs, education experts, private sector, governments, academia, and NGOs to improve higher education and create sustainable jobs for young people in fragile states. Nov. 2019

-          Volunteer at 'Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate', organized by Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, CSDS Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, and University of Amsterdam. June 2018.

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