Rob Jansen
Organization Studies
Tilburg University

+31 (0)13 4663496
twitter @jansenrjg

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Warandelaan 2, 
PO Box 90153 5000 LE Tilburg
the Netherlands

notes / updates
27 November 2014:
Student teams presented ideas to Terre des Hommes on how to reduce child exploittion by means of working with serious games to tackle real world problems. The student teams were selected from the course 'Organizing Strategy & Entrepreneurship' taught at Tilburg University. Please also see the following link for some more detail.

28 October 2014:
Participated in a student event with POLIS to link the career talks of alumni of Organization Studies to the current courses, skills and knowledge in the Organization Studies undergraduate program I teach in. Together with Marjolein Minderhoud, David Bogaerts and Guido Reuvers we were able to provide perspective towards the job market for organization scientists, both in research or profesionally.

2 October 2014:
Participated in an alumni event with TABOR and other colleagues from Organization Studies. We were invited to pitch recent papers with relevance for the alumni's everyday practice. My weapon of choice was a paper on collaboration overload by Rob Cross and Peter Gray. The congestion problems were very recognizable, but the solution presented by the paper was considered limited at best. Excellent session, especially to see that alumni did not lose their analytical step!

25 September 2014:
Together with colleagues I am organizing the "Micro-foundations of strategy, dynamic capbilities, knowledge and ambidexteritytopic (Standing track 13-05) of the Strategic Management SIG at  the European Academy of Management 2015.  Full paper submits are due on 13 January 2015. More information about the background of the micro-foundations sub point in this topic can be found here .

14 June 2014:
Presented my paper "The Micro-foundations of Strategic Decision-Making: A Familiar but Underexplored Avenue" at the Strategic Management Society Special Conference "Micro-Foundations for Strategic Management Research: Embracing Individuals" in Copenhagen.

research interests

  • organizations & society
  • strategic decision-making
  • microfoundations
  • collaboration within & between organizations

Working papers 

  • Jansen, R.J.G. & Chappin, M.M.H. (2015) Seed Starting the Microfoundations of Strategy: A Butterfly Effect?  (March 9, 2015). [html]
  • Jansen, R.J.G. (2013) Strategic Decision Making: The Role of Cognitive Factors and Social Networks. PhD, thesis, Tilburg University. [pdf]
  • Curşeu, P.L., Jansen, R.J.G. & Chappin, M.M.H. (2013) Decision Rules and Group Rationality: Cognitive gain or standstill? PLoS ONE. [html]
  • Jansen, R.J.G., Curşeu, P.L., Vermeulen, P.A.M., Geurts, J.L.A. & Gibcus, P. (2013) Information processing and strategic decision-making in small and medium-sized enterprises: The role of human and social capital in attaining decision effectiveness. International Small Business Journal. [pdf]
  • Jansen, R.J.G., Curşeu, P.L., Vermeulen, P.A.M., Geurts, J.L.A. & Gibcus, P. (2011) Social capital as a decision aid in strategic decision-making in service organizations. Management Decision. [pdf]
  • Gössling, T., Oerlemans, L. & Jansen, R., 2007. Inside Networks: A Process View on Multi-organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. [EE]

links to other pages

Current & recent reads:


  • Payne, T.P., Moore, C.B., Griffis, S.E. & Autry, C.W.  (2011) Multilevel challenges and opportunities in social capital research. Journal of Management. [pdf]
  • Hitt, M.A., Beamish, P.W., Jackson, S.E. & Mathieu, J.E. (2007) Building theoretical and empirical bridges across levels: Multilevel research in managerment.  Academy of Management Journal. [pdf]
      • Klein, K. J. & Kozlowski, S.W.J. (2000) From micro to meso: Critical steps in conceptualizing and conducting multilevel research. Organizational Research Methods. [pdf]
        • Cross, R. & Gray, P. (2013) Where has the time gone? Adressing collaboration overload in a networked economy. California Management Review. [pdf]
        • Shepherd, D. A. (2011) Multilevel entrepreneurship research: Opportunities for studying entrepreneurial decision making. Journal of Management. [pdf]
        • Germana, J. (2001) Emergent properties: A fundamental postulate of classical systems theory in schematic representation. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. [pdf]
          • Wood, G., & Budhwar, P. (2014) Advancing theory and research and the British Journal of Management. British Journal of Management. [pdf]
          • Molina-Azorin, J. F. (2014) Microfoundations of strategic management: Toward micro-macro research in the resource-based theory. BRQ Business Research Quarterly. [pdf]
          • Schelling, T. C. (1998) Social mechanisms and social dynamics, in: Hedström, P., & Swedberg, R. (Eds.), Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [CUP}
          • Hedström, P. & Ylikoski, P. (2010) Causal mechanisms in the social sciences. Annual Review of Sociology. [pdf]
          • Hedström, P. & Swedberg, R. (1998) Social mechanisms: An introductory essay, in: Hedström, P., & Swedberg, R. (Eds.), Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [CUP}
          • Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2010) Causal and constitutive relations, and the squaring of Coleman’s diagram: Reply to Vromen. Erkenntnis[pdf]
          • Vromen, J. (2010) MICRO-Foundations in strategic management: Squaring Coleman’s diagram. Erkenntnis.  [pdf] [html]