Dr. K. Visscher (Klaasjan)

Assistant Professor
Ravelijn room RA 4307

Klaasjan Visscher
PO Box 217
NL - 7500 AE Enschede

Telephone: (053) 489 3489
Fax: (053) 489 2159


Klaasjan Visscher is Assistant Professor of Organization and Innovation Studies. He holds a master degree in ‘Industrial Engineering & Management’ and in ‘Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society’ (with distinction). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Twente in 2001, with a thesis on Design Methodology in Management Consulting.


Klaasjan Visscher’s previous research focused on design processes, management consulting practices, and the design of innovative organizations. He has also been editor of ‘Creativity and Innovation Management’. Klaasjan’s current research interests relate to complex technological and organizational innovation journeys in the past, present and future. He is involved in Horizon 2020 projects (‘Industrial Innovation in Transition’ and ‘European Markets for Climate Services’), Tech4People projects (‘Business model innovation by low carbon community groups’ and ‘Machine-based mapping of innovation journeys’) and in Ph.D. studies related to innovation and organization in complex systems, telecom, and the performing arts.


Klaasjan Visscher lectures on innovation and organization. He is core-lecturer of the Technology & Liberal Arts and Sciences program (ATLAS) at the University College Twente, where he is involved in classes and projects, curriculum development, coordination of the ‘organization, teamwork and leadership’ line, and the Personal Pursuit. He also contributes to the Business Administration master, the PDEng program, and the post-graduate Masters of Risk Management and Public Management. Besides, he supervises theses of bachelor and master students.


  • Board member of the Continuous Innovation Network (CINet)
  • Senior advisor of ‘Creativity and Innovation Management’
  • Member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)


  • Visscher, K., Heusinkveld, H.S., & J. O’Mahoney (2017), “Bricolage and identity work”, British Journal of Management.
  • De Visser, M., Faems, D., Visscher, K., & P.C. De Weerd-Nederhof (2014), “The impact of cognitive styles on performance of radical and incremental NPD projects”, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31(6), 1167-1180.
  • Heusinkveld, S. & K. Visscher (2012), “Practice what you preach; How consultants frame management concepts as enacted practice”, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28(4), 285-297.
  • Visscher, K., & O.A.M. Fisscher (2012), “Towards a new generation of organizational design”, In: P.C. De Weerd-Nederhof, K. Visscher & J.M. Visser-Groeneveld (eds.), Innovation, social responsibility, creativity, ethics and Olaf Fisscher, 15-28.
  • Van Looy, B. & K. Visscher (2011), “Organizing innovation within incumbent firms; Structure enabling strategic autonomy”, Review of Business and Economics, 56(2) 147-166.
  • Faems, D., Visscher, K., & F. Lamers (2011), Exploration patterns in fast growing entrepreneurial firms: A multiple case study in the internet technology industry, in: Cassia, L., Minola, T. & S. Paleari (eds.) Entrepreneurship and technological change, Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Visscher, K. & J.I.A. Visscher-Voerman (2010) “Organizational Design Approaches in Management Consulting”, Management Decision, 48(5), 713-731.
  • De Visser, M., De Weerd-Nederhof, P.C., Faems, D., Song, M., Van Looy, B. & K.Visscher (2010) “Structural ambidexterity in NPD processes; A firm-level assessment of the impact of differentiated structures on innovation performance”, Technovation, 30, 291-299.
  • Pol, H. & K. Visscher (2010) “The influence of power in supply chain innovation; a case-study of the Dutch wheat chain”, Journal on Chain and Network Science, 10(1), 77-85.
  • Pullen, A.J.J., Cabello-Medina, C., de Weerd-Nederhof, P.C., Visscher, K. & A.J.Groen (2010), “Successful new product development by optimizing development process effectiveness in highly regulated sectors: The case of the Spanish medical devices sector”, in: Tschirky (eds.), Managing innovation driven companies; Approaches in practice, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parry, M.P., Song, X.M., De Weerd-Nederhof, P.C. & K. Visscher (2009) “The Impact of NPD Strategy, Product Strategy, and NPD Processes on Perceived Cycle Time”, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 26(5), 627-639.
  • Visscher, K. & O.A.M. Fisscher (2009) “Cycles and diamonds; How management consultants diverge and converge in organization design processes”, Creativity and Innovation Management, 18(2), 121-131.
  • De Weerd-Nederhof, P.C., Visscher, K., Altena, J.  & O.A.M. Fisscher (2008) “Operational effectiveness and strategic flexibility; Scales for performance assessment of new product development systems”, International Journal of Technology Management, 44(3/4), 354-372.
  • Visscher, K. (2006), "Capturing the competence of management consulting work", Journal of Workplace Learning, 18(4), 248-260.
  • Visscher, K. & P.C. De Weerd-Nederhof (2006), “Rise and fall of an innovative organization; the innovation journey of Ericsson Enschede”, International Journal of Innovation Management, 10(3), 217-235.
  • Heusinkveld, S. & K. Visscher (2006), "Organisatieadvies in de maak; Over organisatieconcepten en de constructie van problemen en oplossingen in de client-adviseurrelatie", M&O, Tijdschrift voor Management en Organisatie, 60(1), 5-24.
  • De Weerd-Nederhof, P.C. , van Looy, B.  & K. Visscher (eds.) (2004), Innovatie(f) Organiseren, Kluwer.
  • Visscher, K., & A. Rip (2003), “Coping with Chaos in Change Processes”, Creativity and Innovation Management, 12(2), 121-128.
  • Visscher, K. (2002), “Taylor leeft!”, Filosofie in Bedrijf, 14(1), 2-8.
  • Fisscher, O.A.M., Visscher, K., Pearson, A. & U. Weisenfeld (2001) Research and Development as a Competence Creating Business in a Business”, Creativity and Innovation Management. 10(4), 251-258.
  • Visscher, K. (2001), Design methodology in management consulting, dissertation, University of Twente.
  • Visscher, K., (1999), “Managers zijn nooit modern geweest”, Filosofie in Bedrijf, 9(1), 29-36.
  • Visscher, K., & A. Rip, (1999), “Organisatie-adviseurs en de illusie van ‘agency’”, M&O; Tijdschrift voor Management & Organisatie, 53(1), 24-35.

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