Prof. Jaap Boonstra

Event: The Grand Tour


At Esade Business School Jaap is involved in courses for Master students and in Executive education on Organizational Dynamics, Strategic and cultural change in organizations, Organizational and professional development andTransformational leadership. As a consultant he is involved in change processes in international business firms and organizational networks in the Netherlands, Spain and South Africa.

As a researcher he conducted research into the social, technological and organizational aspects of innovation, sustainable development and change of organizations and strategic decision-making. His research focuses on transformational leadership, barriers to organizational change and innovation, power dynamics in organizational change, and sustainable development of organizations.

Jaap published more than two hundred articles on technological and organizational innovation, management of organizational change, organizational learning, politics in organizations, strategic decision-making and transformational change in the service sector and public administration. His

international handbook Dynamics of Organizational Change and learning is awarded as the best contribution to organizational science by the Dutch association of management consultants.

His book Organizational Change and Leadership in Organizations was nominated for Management book of the year.

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Abstract of session

Transformational leadership is a style of leadership where the leader is charged with creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of the group. It also serves to enhance the motivation, morale, and job performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms; these include connecting the follower's sense of identity and self to the project and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers in order to inspire them and raise their interest in the project; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, allowing the leader to align followers with tasks that enhance their performance.