J.C. (Koen) Kuijpers BEng MSc.

Koen Kuipers

J.C. (Koen) Kuijpers BEng MSc
PhD Candidate

Office: RA 2262
T: +31 (0)53 489 3797
F: +31 (0)53 489 2159
E: j.c.kuijpers@utwente.nl


Koen Kuijpers is a PhD candidate at the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS) at the University of Twente. He was granted a full scholarship for his PhD by the firms SOWECO N.V., where he also works as Junior Consultant. Before he was offered a PhD position, Koen obtained a BSc in Engineering (cum laude) and a MSc in Business Administration at the University of Twente. His research concentrates on the dissemination of institutional pressures and its effects on inclusive entrepreneurship. His dissertation advisor is Prof. Dr. A.J. (Aard) Groen and daily supervisor is Dr. M.L. (Michel) Ehrenhard


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Movements
  • Corporate Political Action
  • Institutional Theory
  • Political Science


  • Kuijpers, J.C., Van Den Broek, T.A., Ehrenhard, M.L., Need, A. ‘Thank you for smoking! Assessing the Influence of Corporations and Activists on Tobacco Legislation (Working Paper)
  • Kuijpers, J.C., Ehrenhard, M.L., Aktas, S., Groen A.J. ‘Shattered glass’ Assessing the influence of mass media on socio-cognitive legitimacy and entrepreneurial behaviour (Working Paper) 


  • Instructor in the course “Entrepreneurship” with Dr. M.L. Ehrenhard (Advanced Technology Bachelor Program, University of Twente)
  • Instructor in the module “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” with Dr. K. Zalewska- Kurek
  • Supervising students in the BSc International Business Administration program, University of Twente
  • Supervising students in the MSc Business Administration program, University of Twente


  • Full Research Scholarship provided by SOWECO N.V., Almelo, the Netherlands. PhD position “Inclusive Entrepreneurship” at the University of Twente.