Marc van Essen

Marc van Essen

Prof. Dr. Marc van Essen is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Management (SoM-HSG). From 2012 to 2015, he was Professor of International Business at the Sonoco International Business Department, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

Prof. Dr. Marc van Essen’s research approach is multidisciplinary. He integrates behaviour-oriented, organisational, economic and management-focused theories and applies a wide variety of methods. At present, he is focusing on the characteristics of ownership structures in companies and on an institution-based view of business strategies. His research pivots on the question as to how (country-specific) institutions influence corporate entrepreneurship and whether they characterise the development of family businesses, of innovation and the performance capability of organisations. Further topics include the internationalisation of family businesses and its impact on their performance, as well as the significance of spatial and cultural distance. The results of this research have been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Banking and Finance 

Additionally, he received several research distinctions and awards, including the Richard Farmer Best Dissertation Award of the Academy of International Business (2012), winner of Erasmus Research Institute of Management Best dissertation award of 2012 and the best paper proceedings of the 68th, 70th, and 71th annual meetings of the Academy of Management. Prof. Dr. Marc van Essen devised and conducted courses on Current Empirical Research in Business, Introduction to International Business and on Business in Europe. He received very high evaluations, and received the award of best professor of semester from Delta Zeta student organisation nominating outstanding professors at the University of South Carolina.