Jaap Boonstra
Visiting Professor, Department of People Management and Organisation at ESADE
URL Visiting Professor


  • Doctorado en Psicología. Rijksuniversiteit

Areas of interest

  • Transformational leadership
  • Barriers to organizational change and innovation
  • Power dynamics in organizational change
  • Sustainable development of organizations
  • Global leadership and international collaboration


Jaap Boonstra is a professor of 'Organization Dynamics' at ESADE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) and visiting professor 'Organizational change' at WU (Vienna University for Economics and Business). He is lecturer at the Netherlands School of Government in The Hague. Before he has been working as professor 'Organizational Change and Learning' at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and as Dean and Academic director of Sioo (Inter-university center for organizational change and learning).

At ESADE Business School, Jaap is involved in education on strategic and cultural change in organizations, organizational and professional development and cross-cultural mergers and alliances. His research focuses on transformational leadership, success factors to organizational change and innovation, power dynamics in organizations, cross-cultural management and organizational change and development.

As an independent consultant he is involved in change processes in international business firms and organizational networks in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and South Africa. In addition, he is a member of supervisory and non-executive boards in financial services, the service industry, and public institutes in health and youth care.

Jaap has published more than two hundred articles on technological and organizational innovation, management of organizational change, politics in organizations, strategic decision-making and transformational change¿in production firms, the service sector and public administration. His international handbook 'Dynamics of Organizational Change and Learning' was awarded with 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. His book 'Change Management Adventures' is reviewed as the most approachable and inspiring books about change management.His most recent books are 'Organizational change as collaborative play' (2019, Management Impact) and 'El Cambio como un Juego de Interacción Estratégica' (2019, Profit Editorial).

Contribution to courses

ESADE, EMBA: Discovering dynamics of transformational change.
ESADE, Executive Masters: Discovering dynamics of transformational change.
ESADE, CEMS: Corporate cultures and change.
ESADE, CEMS: Global leadership and cross cultural management.
ESADE, MIM: Excellent consulting

NSOB, MPA: Leadership development
NSOB, IML: Change management in the public sector

WU, EMBA: Organizational change and development

Selected publications

Boonstra, J. J. & Loscos Arenas, F. (2019). El cambio como un juego de interacción estratégica. Una visión positiva sobre el cambio y la renovación en organizaciones. [S.l.]: Profit Editorial.

Boonstra, J. J. (2019). Slow death of planned change: Can we play together?. Forbes, (37), pp. 1-4.

Boonstra, J. J. (2019). Organizational change as collaborative play. Amsterdam: Boom Publishers Amsterdam .

Boonstra, J. J. & Loscos Arenas, F. (2019). Más allá del cambio planificado ¿jugamos?. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (291), pp. 18-26.

Boonstra, J. J. & Brillo, J. (2019). Liderança e cultura organizacional para inovação [Leadership and organizational cultures for innovation] . São Paulo: Saraiva - Virgília.

Boonstra, J. J. (2018). Perspectivas sobre el liderazgo. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (282), pp. 8-21.

Boonstra, J. J. (2018). Veranderen door samenspel [Organizational change as collaborative play] (1 ed.). Alphen aan den Rijn: Wolters Kluwer Academic.

Boonstra, J. J., Es, R. van, Volberda, H., Vermaak, H., de Caluwé , L., Hartog, D. den & et al. (2018). Boonstra, J. J. (Ed.), Perspectieven op veranderen [Perspectives on organizational change]. Alphen aan den Rijn: Vakmedianet.

Boonstra, J. J. (Ed.), (2018). Perspectieven op leidinggeven [Perspectives on Leadership]. Deventer: Management Impact.

Boonstra, J. J. (Ed.), (2018). Perspectieven op veranderen [Perspectives on organizational change]. Deventer: Management Impact.

Boonstra, J. J. (2018). El significado de las culturas en las organizaciones. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (274), pp. 18-28.

Boonstra, J. J. (2017). Aptitudes para conseguir impacto en el cambio estratégico y cultural. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (267), pp. 32-43.

Boonstra, J. J., de Bruijn, H., Burguer, Y., van Es, R., Twist, M. van & Vermaak, H. (2017). Veranderen van maatschappelijke organisaties: Praktische concepten en inspirerende praktijkverhalen. Amsterdam: Business Contact.

Boonstra, J. J. (2015). Change management adventures (1 ed.). Amsterdam: Warden press.

Boonstra, J. J. (2013). Cultural change and leaderschip in organizations. A practical guide to succesful organizational change (2 ed.). Barcelona; Copenhagen; New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Boonstra, J. J. & de Caluwé , L. (2007). Intervening and changing: Looking for meaning in interactions. Barcelona; Copenhagen; New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Boonstra, J. J. (2004). Dynamics of organizational change and learning. Bologna; Chichester; Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9780470753408.