Tim de Leeuw Tim de Leeuw

Full Professor
Expert areas: Context (Sociology, Technology), Family Business (Strategy and Innovation), Finance (Venture Capital), Information Technology (Data Center Management), Management & Organisation (Innovation Management, Research and Development), Quantitative Methods (Business Research Methods, Statistics), Strategy & Innovation (Entrepreneurship, Process Innovation, Product Innovation, Strategic Innovation)


Prof. dr. Tim de Leeuw is a Professor (full) of collaboration (e.g., Inter-Organizational Relationships), Innovation, and (corporate) entrepreneurship, and the Academic Director of the Dutch Part-time MSc in business administration at TIAS School for Business and Society at the Tilburg University.

His teaching activities focus mainly on (inter-)organizational relations, innovation, (business) research methods, quantitative methods, academic reading and writing, analytical skills, publishing, survey development, multi-variate analyses. Moreover, since 2018 Tim is developing blended (a combination of online and in-class) courses. Furthermore, Tim is supervising multiple PhD candidates.

From 2020 till 2023 Tim was the Associate Dean of education (18 degree programs) at TIAS. From 2016 till 2021 he was the chairman of the TIAS examination board. In another function as division director/head of department of the PhD programs (2016-2019) he has developed a system to monitor and improve the progress of external PhD candidates.

His research interests include intra- and inter-organizational relations (e.g., strategic alliances, corporate venturing, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions), organizational performance, open innovation, corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and big data. His work has been published in leading international scientific journals like Research Policy, the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Business Research, the journal of Sociological Methods and Research, the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, and the Journal of Wuhan University of Technology (see for an overview of the work). Tim was also an Associate Editor, Journal of Cleaner Production, special issue “Innovative Products and Services for Sustainable Societal Development”.

In addition to academic research Tim actively makes the connection between academic research and practice via seminars and presentations for organizations.

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Previously he worked as a senior scientific researcher on a project funded by the national science foundation (NWO-TOP). The project aims to identify success factors of entrepreneurship and is called: “High Performance in the Networked Creative Industry: The role of ambition and collaboration.” at Tilburg University, in the School of Economics and Management.

Tim obtained his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences with this dissertation: Collaboration and You: The Performance Implications and the Antecedents of Diversity in Inter-Organizational Relations Portfolios.

Before this he graduated summa cum laude and top of his class in the Organization Science master’s program at Tilburg University’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Tim obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering (including an additional honors program of 48 ECTS in applied psychology and academic skills) from Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

Tim has sat on several student councils, of which his two-year role as chairman of the Fontys University student council was one of the highlights. He has also participated in multiple part-time projects at various organizations.


  • De Leeuw, T., & Keil, S. (2021). Combining Multiple Secondary Databases: An Empirical Evaluation of Different Matching Methods. Sociological Methods and Research.
  • De Man, A.P, Luvison, D, & De Leeuw, T. (2020). A Temporal View on the Academic-Practitioner Gap. Journal of Management Inquiry.
  • De Leeuw, T., Gilsing, V., & Duysters G. (2019). Greater Adaptivity or Greater Control?  Adaptation of IOR Portfolios in Response to Technological Change. Research Policy (48): 1586-1600.
  • Kantola, J., Liu, Y., Peura, P., De Leeuw, T., Zhang, Y., Naaranoja, M., Segev, A., & Huisingh, D. (2018). Special Volume: Innovative Products and Services for Sustainable Societal Development. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Elsevier, Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Kantola, J., Liu, Y., Peura, P., De Leeuw, T., Zhang, Y., Naaranoja, M., Segev, A., & Huisingh, D. (2017). Innovative Products and Services for Sustainable Societal Development: Current reality, future potential, and challenges. Journal of Cleaner Production (162): 1-10.
  • De Leeuw, T., & Gössling, T. (2016). Theorizing Change Revisited: An Amended Process Model of Institutional Innovations and Changes in Institutional Fields. Journal of Cleaner Production (135): 435-448.
  • De Leeuw, T., & Keijl, S. (2016). Combining Firm-Level Secondary Data: Different Matching Methods Do Not Match. Academy of Management 2016 Conference best paper proceedings (Technology, Innovation and Management division).
  • Haans, R. F. J., De Leeuw, T., & Van den Born, A. (2016). Diversity’s Contingent Effects on Innovation and Opportunity Recognition: The Role of Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy. Academy of Management 2016 Conference best paper proceedings (Entrepreneurschip division).