Prof. dr. Erik-Hans Klijn, who received an honorary doctorate from Ghent University, joins the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration as a visiting professor.


Erik-Hans Klijn is professor in public administration at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is renowned for his study of collaboration in governance networks and the management thereof. Important books on the subject that he co-authored, are ‘Managing Complex Networks: Strategies for the Public Sector’ (1997, with Walter Kickert and Joop Koppenjan), ‘Managing Uncertainties in Networks: A Network Approach to Problem-solving and Decision-making’ (2004, with Joop Koppenjan) and ‘Governance Networks in the Public Sector’ (2016, with Joop Koppenjan) published by Routledge and he also contributed to dozens of articles in top journals in public administration and management. He explores new topics as well, most notably the importance and potential of ‘branding’ in the public sector. He is a former president of te ‘International Research Society for Public Management’ (IRSPM), one of the world’s leading networks on public administration and management. For his contributes to the field, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Ghent University in 2019. The Department of Public Governance & Management and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration are honoured that he joins the team as a visiting professor. Those that are interested to learn more about his work, have a look at his Scholar Google profile.