Nigel Roome (+)


Professor Nigel Roome (+) was a Vlerick Partner and Professor from 2010, when he joined us from TIAS and Solvay, until 2014, when he became a part time Research Fellow at the school. At Vlerick Nigel directed the fulltime MBA for two years, but above all he was the person personifying and animating the School’s efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility, including the leadership of major EU funded projects.
Whilst at the school, Nigel was also the Academic Director of ABIS, the Academy of Business and Society, of which Vlerick Business School was a co-founder. He was greatly respected and influential in the CSR community as one of the early leaders in the field, and an advisor to many generations of doctoral students as well as to the sustainability efforts of leading international firms.
Previously he held Chairs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada as well as academic positions in the UK. His published work has examined the relationship between business strategies, technological and management innovation and systemic changes arising from sustainable development, globalisation and the credit crisis. His work addresses how companies and managers respond to these changes. He has received a number of research grants for the scientific direction of interdisciplinary research on corporate environmental management, innovation in organisational clusters and the impacts of corporate responsibility on the economy, society and environment.



Articles in refereed journals with impact

  • Roome N. Louche C.  2016. Journey toward business models for sustainability. Organization & Environment, 29(1): 11-35.

  • Roome (+) N.  2015. Flourishing: a frank conversation about sustainability. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 19(1): 169-171.

  • van Cranenburgh K. Liket K. Roome N.  2013. Management responses to social activism in an era of corporate responsibility: a case study. Journal of Business Ethics, 118(3 (December)): 497-513.

  • Roome N.  2012. A cybernetic model of corporate responsibility - sensing changes in business and society. International Journal of Technology Management, 60(1): 4-22.

Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Roome N.  2011. A retrospective on globalization and sustainable development: The business challenge of systems organization and systems integration. Journal of business and professional ethics, 30(3&4): 193-228.

  • Roome N. Louche C.  2011. SABAF: moving to a learning environment. Journal of Management Development, 30(10): 1049-1066.

Book Chapters

  • Roome N. Louche C.  2012. Beyond financial performance. In: Slagmulder R. Verweire K. Dewettinck K. Ed. Managing for performance excellence (pp. 252-275).

  • Roome N.  2012. Globalization and sustainable development: some heresies from the past with relevance for today. In: Han R. Janzen H. Matten D. Die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung des Unternehmens Hintergründe, Schwerppunkkte und Zukunftsperspektiven (pp. 529-552). Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag.

  • Voeten J. de Groot G. Roome N. de Haan J.  2012. Resolving environmental and social conflicts - responsible innovation in small producers clusters in northern Vietnam. In: Kotler P. Lindgreen A. Maon F. Vanhamme J. A stakeholder approach to corporate social responsibility: Pressures, conflicts, reconciliation

  • Roome N. Bevan D. Lenssen G.  2011. Corporate Responsibility and the Business Schools’ Response to the Credit Crisis. In: Morsing M. Sauquet A. Business Schools and their Contribution to Society (pp. 223-236).

  • Roome N.  2011. Looking Back, Thinking Forward,: Distinguishing between Weak and Strong Sustainability. In: Bansal P. Hoffman A. The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment (pp. 620-629).

  • Roome N. Louche C.  2011. Strategic process of change: a multiple network game: The Rohner Textil case. In: MacGregor Steven P. Carleton T. Eds. Sustaining Innovation: Collaboration Models for a Complex World (pp. 95-113). Springer.

  • Roome N.  2010. Company strategies for corporate responsibility and sustainability in an era of fragmented-globalisation. In: Ed. Corporate social responsibility: challenges and practices (pp. 293-308).

Conference Presentations

  • Roome N.  2013. A systems approach to strategy in third sector organizations. Paper presented at ARNOVA's 2013 Conference, November 21-23, Hartford,

  • Roome N.  2013. A systems approach to strategy in third sector organizations. Paper presented at CIRIEC 4th International research conference on the Social Economy, October 24-26, Antwerp, Belgium.

  • Roome N.  2012. Realizing sustainable development through multi-actor collaboration. Paper presented at IMPACT symposium, May 24-25, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Roome N. D'Amato A.  2012. From leadership to responsiblity to leadership for responsible innovation - leadership for sustainability-driven innovation. Paper presented at Annual Colloquium of EABIS, Strategic innovation for sustainability,

  • Roome N.  2012. New concepts, new practices - The business implications of sustainable development as a new paradigm. Paper presented at Conference on Sustainable busines in a sustainable world, May 31-31, Stockholm,

  • Roome N. Simaens A.  2011. A network-view of strategy in third sector organizations in the context of structured networks: the Rede Social case study. Paper presented at 40th ARNOVA Conference, Toronto, Canada.

  • Roome N.  2011. A network-view of strategy in third sector organizations: the ENTRAJUDA case study. Paper presented at 8th Workshop on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector,, June 1, Galway,

  • Roome N. Barth R.  2011. Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR – IMPACT. Paper presented at European Business Ethics Network Conference, September 13, Antwerp, Belgium.

  • Roome N.  2011. Management as navigating in open, complex systems. Paper presented at EFMD Annual MBA Directors conference, ‘To change or not to change’, March 17-18, Paris, France.

  • Roome N. Voeten J. de Haan J. de Groot G.  2011. Understanding Responsible Innovation in Small Producers’ Clusters in Vietnam through Actor Network Theory. 

  • Roome N.  2010. Corporate responsibility and sustainable development: changing meaning and varied practice. Paper presented at Global Compact Network Belgium, October 29-29, Brussels, Belgium.

  • Roome N.  2010. Innovation and progress, a diagnosis. Paper presented at Solvay Science for Innovation 2010 Conference, October 12-14, Brussels, Belgium.

  • Roome N.  2010. Looking back at a forward looking study: implications for policy, practice and methodology. Paper presented at Expert Workshop on Forward-Looking Activities on Industrial Technologies, March 12-12, Brussels, Belgium.

  • Roome N.  2010. Systemic turbulence and collective myopia: the financial crisis as a point of time. Paper presented at EFMD-ESMT Roundtable on the Future of Management Education, October 14-15, Berlin, Germany.

  • Roome N.  2010. The relationship between networks and strategy in third sector organizations: a system approach. Paper presented at 39th ARNOVA Conference, November 17-20, Alexandria, VA, United States.

  • Roome N.  2010. The role of education in the construction of collective myopia – a critique of the contribution of management education to the credit crisis. Paper presented at Symposium on the Future of Economics and Management in a Post-Crisis World, April 15-16, Stresa, Italy.

Research reports

  • Roome N.  2012. Networks for corporate responsibility and sustainable development- Synthesis paper. Vlerick Business School. (58 p.)

Vlerick cases

  • Roome N. Louche C.  forthcoming. A 101 second clip to create change: palm oil role play - Part B. 

  • Roome N. Louche C.  forthcoming. A 101 second clip to create change: palm oil role play (A).