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1984 …2020
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Personal profile


2006 - present:

Professor Organizational Dynamics, Department of Organization Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

2003 - present:

Extraordinary Professor Economics of Innovation, Department of Engineering and Technology Management, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

2003 - 2005:

Associate Professor Organization Studies, Department of Organization Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

2001 - 2003:

Associate Professor Economics of Innovation, Department of Innovation Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

1990 - 2001:

Assistant/Associate Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation, Department of Technology and Policy, Faculty Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.


Assistant Professor in Regional Economics and Economic Geography (part-time), Faculty of Economics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.


Researcher, Department of Regional and Urban Economics, Tilburg Institute of Economics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

Current courses

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PhD supervision


Sawers, J. (2003-2006). The coordination of partnerships between SME?s and large organizations in technology innovative sectors. University of Pretoria, South Africa. (Doctorate: November 2006).

Knoben, J. (2003-2007). A spider and the stickiness of its web. The causes and consequences of spatial firm mobility. (Doctorate: September 2007).

Chan, K-Y. (2006-2010). Inter-organizational knowledge flows among and innovative performance of science park firms: An exploratory study among South African new technology-based firms. University of Pretoria (co-supervisor: Prof. M.W. Pretorius).

Bakker, R. (2007-2011). It's only temporary. A multi-method approach toward the prevalence, variety and implications of temporary -inter-organizational project verntures, Tilburg University (co-supervisor: Prof.dr. P. Kenis).

Ligthart, R. (2009-2013). Time after Time. Tilburg University (co-supervisors: Prof. N. Noorderhaven and dr. R. Rutten; Doctorate: April 2014).

Kessel, Frien van (2008-2014). Like Water to a Fish. The intra-organizational environment for non-routine behaviors. Tilburg University (co-supervisor: dr. Saskia van Stroe; Doctorate: June 2014).

Levering, R. (2015). Organizational culture and temporary organizations, Center for Innovation Research at Tilburg University (co-supervisors: N. Noorderhaven and R. Rutten; Doctorate: January 2015).

Hoefnagel, R. (2015). Using first-hand insights in strategic decision-making about IT: A multi-method approach. Tilburg University (in cooperation with the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police Force; co-supervisor: Prof. dr. J. Goedee; doctorate: December 2015).

Krijkamp, A. (2012-2016). A tie or not a tie, that is the question: Exploring antecedents amd consequences of tie perception and network accuracy. Tilburg University (co-supervisor: Dr. J. Raab, December 2016).

Arce Salazar, H. (2008-2017). Keeping up with the rest: The influence of others' choices on the purchase of sustainable products. Tilburg University (in cooperation with Fontys Hogescholen; co-supervisor: dr. S. van Stroe-Biezen.


Waveren, C. van (2017). Knowledge sharing between between projects: Do knowledge and project type matter for retention in small firms? (University of Pretoria; co-supervisor: Prof. Tinus Pretorius).

Brinkman-Staneva (2018). Performance Management Institutionalization (co-supervision with Prof. M. Meeus).

Karaduman, C. (2019). Projects and Time (co-supervision with Dr. N. Meslec).

Vlasov, S. (2020). Innovation, networks, and knowledge creating events (co-supervision with Dr. A. Markus).

Kenda, R. (2021). The role of leadership in virtual temporary teams: a review and empirical investigation (co-supervision with Dr. N. Meslec).

External positions

Extra-ordinary professor (University of Pretoria)

6 Jul 201731 Dec 2021


  • Networks
  • Organisations
  • Organisation Theory
  • Regional Economics
  • Innovation
  • Temporary Organisational Forms
  • Organisation Studies
  • Inter-Organisational Relationships

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Research Output 1984 2020

Adaptive responses to performance gaps in project networks

Angeli, F., Raab, J. & Oerlemans, L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

social issue
non-governmental organization
level of aspiration
humanitarian aid

An ace in the hole: The effects of (in)accurately observed structural holes on organizational reputation positions in whole networks

Krijkamp, A., Knoben, J., Oerlemans, L. & Leenders, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : JBR: Journal of Business Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Structural holes
Organizational reputation
Reputation effect

Structural and geographical conditions for exploitative innovation: Evidence from South African manufacturing firms

Oerlemans, L., Chan, K. Y., Knoben, J. & Vermeulen, P. A. M., Sep 2018, Tilburg: Tilburg University, 33 p. (DFID Working Paper).

Research output: Working paperOther research output

Open Access
Manufacturing firms
Relational embeddedness
Knowledge integration

What do they know? The antecedents of information accuracy differentials in interorganizational networks

Knoben, J., Oerlemans, L. A. G., Krijkamp, A. & Provan, K., 2018, In : Organization Science. 29, 3, p. 471-488

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Circuit theory
Interorganizational networks
Network structure
Open Access
Relational embeddedness