Boukje Cnossen is Professor of Business Administration, especially Entrepreneurship, Organisation and Culture at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her research focuses on 'organising practices' in the cultural and creative industries, particularly examining the influence of space on creative practices. In current and previous research projects, she has investigated coworking spaces, creative hubs and artist collectives. With an increased interest in the organisational processes of artistic and creative practices, Prof. Cnossen's research draws on the communication-constitutes-organization (CCO) approach as well as insights from actor-network theory. As an active member of the CCO community as well as the Entrepreneurship-as-Practice (EaP) community, her collaboration and research extend across national and academic boundaries.

As an art critic and arts journalist for several national newspapers and international arts magazines, Boukje Cnossen has gained first-hand experience in the cultural sector, which continues to influence her current teaching and research. She completed her PhD at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University (NL) and her MRes (Master of Research) in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium; a graduate programme established in collaboration between Birkbeck College and some of the UK's major cultural institutions (including the Tate). Prof. Cnossen’s academic research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Creativity and Innovation Management, and the Journal of Organizational Ethnography.


  • since June 2023 associate editor of the journal Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • 2021 – present: Tenured University Professor of Business Administration, especially Entrepreneurship, Organization, and Culture. Institute of Management and Organization (IMO), Leuphana
  • since 2019 external member of the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO), Leuphana
  • 2019 – 2021: Assistant professor (Juniorprofessorin) in Business Administration with 
    focus on Cultural Entrepreneurship, Leuphana
  • 2018 – 2019: Post-doctoral researcher at the Professorship for Sociology of Organization and Culture (Prof Dr Timon Beyes), Leuphana
  • 2013 – 2018: Doctoral researcher at Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University
  • 2012 – 2014: Researcher at the Creative Industries Research Centre Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam


  • 2013 – 2018: PhD from the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM), Tilburg University
  • 2010 – 2011: MRes (Master of Research) in Humanities & Cultural Studies. The London Consortium (Birkbeck College, the Tate, the Science Museum, the Architectural Association, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts), University of London, United Kingdom.
  • 2005 – 2009: BA Religious Studies. Honour’s certificate in Art & Research, University of Amsterdam


  • 2023: Erasmus Mundus Design Measure for the development of an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme “Thinking in Action: Creative Transformation of Intercultural Common Space (TACTICS)” (together with Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg and Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes). Lead by Université Rennes II.
  • 2023: Convenors’ nomination for the EGOS Best Student Paper Award for ‘The future starts now: On the performative effects of manifestos in organizations’ (presented together with first author and PhD student Stephanie Heitmann); (39th EGOS Colloquium)
  • WS2023/24: Faculty fellowship of the Leuphana Institute of Advanced Studies (LIAS). International fellowship programme promoting outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences to strengthen internationalisation, interdisciplinary collaboration, university involvement, and co-creation, whilst embracing the values of academic freedom, sustainability, and diversity; (LIAS)
  • 2022: Shared research (7,500,000 EUR) funding for the 5-year project “Transformation through Innovation and Cooperation in Communities” (TrICO), funded within the framework of the “Innovative Universities” programme; (BMBF)
  • 2022: Shared funding (100,000 EUR) for the one-year project “Transformational Spaces for Future-Oriented Learning in Germany”, funded within the framework of the funding initiative “Spatial Laboratories: Experimental spaces for future-oriented learning architectures”; (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities and Dieter Schwarz Foundation)
  • 2022: Award for the 2022 ICA Organizational Communication Division Best of the B.E.S.T. (‘Brief Entertaining Scholarly Talks’), ICA Organizational Communication Division
  • 2021: Nomination for the 5th Boekman Dissertation Prize, Boekman Foundation, Netherlands