Conference Organization Team

Jan Jonker
Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Jan Jonker
Jan Jonker is professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In his home country he has been listed for seven years in a row among the Top-100 most influential ‘Green’ Dutch people. His research focuses on transformational trends in society, the development of (new) business models and how these developments are related to organizational change and societal transition. His approach is often based on crowd-thinking, which implies engaging with large groups of people in specific research projects in order to explore and possibly solve issues as a collective endeavor. As a consequence many people consider him a kind of ‘academic activist’, wanting to create change and to have impact. He did a TEDx in 2015 on the central concepts he is working, which you can see here: link. He is author of over 30 books among which the 2014 bestseller on New Business Models, now also available as an ebook in English. More and more he now focuses on a new generation of business models for the circular economy.

Niels Faber
co-chair

Dr. Niels Faber
Niels Faber has been an active researcher on social sustainability since 2002. Currently, he holds a position as assistent professor at the Centre of Sustainable Entrepreneurship of the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslân. Additionally, he holds positions as researcher at the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM), Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and lecturer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. His current research focuses on two topics: (1) circular business models and (2) the implication of crypto-technology as enabler of common value (time, energy, mobility), peer-to-peer exchange amongst citizens. He has authored over 50 publications including books, chapters, scientific papers, and conference papers.
Contact: nijmegen@nbmconference.eu

Sjors Witjes
co-chair

Dr . Sjors Witjes
Sjors is assistant professor at the Strategic Management group of Nijmegen School of Management, co- founder of the Responsible Organization Competencies & Sustainability (ResOrg Compass) research center of the Radboud University. Sjors has been teaching corporate sustainability related topics and he has been actively involved in supporting organizational change processes in public and private organizations in Europe and the Americas. Sjors applies transdisciplinary research approaches aimed at enhanced understanding of the integration of Corporate Sustainability in organizational systems for academics as well as non-academics.
Contact: Nijmegen@nbmconference.eu


Members of the Permanent International Scientific Committee

Jan Jonker

Jan Jonker is professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In his home country he has been listed for seven years in a row among the Top-100 most influential ‘Green’ Dutch people. His research focuses on transformational trends in society, the development of (new) business models and how these developments are related to organizational change and societal transition. His approach is often based on crowd-thinking, which implies engaging with large groups of people in specific research projects in order to explore and possibly solve issues as a collective endeavor. As a consequence many people consider him a kind of ‘academic activist’, wanting to create change and to have impact. He did a TEDx in 2015 on the central concepts he is working, which you can see here: link. He is author of over 30 books among which the 2014 bestseller on New Business Models, now also available as an ebook in English. More and more he now focuses on a new generation of business models for the circular economy.

Niels Faber

Niels Faber has been an active researcher on social sustainability since 2002. As a researcher, he is affiliated to the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) at Radboud University Nijmegen (RU – Holland). Additionally, he is lecturer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Holland). His research focuses on knowledge management, forms of organizing, and decision-making in relationship to sustainability. He has authored over 50 publications including books, chapters, scientific papers, and conference papers. He currently focuses on emerging forms of organizing for sustainability and sustainable decision-making.
Contact: n.r.faber@gmail.com

Romana Rauter

Romana Rauter is a specialist in the field of Innovation and Sustainability Management. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research at University of Graz. She received her doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences with a thesis addressing the topic of inter-organizational knowledge transfer between research organizations and SMEs. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Nijmegen School of Management at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her current main research interests include open innovation, sustainable innovation, new and sustainable business models, strategic sustainability management and knowledge transfer.
Contact: Romana.Rauter@uni-graz.at

Nikolay A. Dentchev

Nikolay A. Dentchev is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and CSR at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and at KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds the Solvay Business School Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at VUB, with founding partners Close the Gap, Kluwer Belgium and Euroclear. Nikolay’s research is published in various indexed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review. He serves occasionally as guest editor to special issues in journals such as Business & Society and Journal of Cleaner Production. Nikolay’s research interests are related to social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models and CSR implementation.
Contact: Nikolay.Dentchev@vub.ac.be

Florian Lüdeke-Freund

Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Lecturer at ESCP Europe Business School, Berlin, where he holds the Chair for Corporate Sustainability. His research deals with sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, and innovation. As well as publishing diverse journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he has co-edited an Organization & Environment special issue on “Business Models for Sustainability” (2016), and he is currently co-editing special issues with journals such as Business & Society and Journal of Business Models, where he also serves as an Editorial Advisor. Florian founded www.SustainableBusinessModel.org as a research hub addressing sustainability, business model, and innovation topics. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and a supporter of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. His international research activities include visits to the Universities of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Contact: fluedeke-freund@escpeurope.eu