Professor Juliette Koning

PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professor in Organisational Studies

Oxford Brookes Business School


I am Professor in Organisational Studies at Oxford Brookes Business School and Director of the Research Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges. I also act as Chair of the Children and Young People Research and Knowledge Exchange network of the University. I have a background in social anthropology (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the following research/teaching interests: 

  1. The study of small business organisations and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia, particularly those of ethnic Chinese owner-managers addressing entrepreneurship, ethnicity, religion and identity.
  2. The study of security, in particular maritime security in Indonesia, the privatisation of security in South Africa, and security planning of law enforcement organisations in the UK and the Netherlands. 
  3. Qualitative research methodology (arts-based, ethnography, autoethnography)

I am Associate Editor of Human Relations (the journal) and visiting research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; visiting professor at the Department of Organization Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


I have a background in social anthropology (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) from which I investigate the role and meaning of religion, ethnicity, kinship, identity, ethics, relationality, gender, and generations for organisational leadership, business conduct, small business development and entrepreneurship. Recent research focuses on the privatization and organisation of security. I am in particular intrigued by the complexities and dynamics of ‘how things work’ as well as by studying the relationship between organisations and the external environment. I mainly conduct qualitative research and combine anthropological and sociological theories and concepts with business, organisation and management issues. My research has been published in such journals as Organization Studies; Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice; Journal of Business Ethics; Management Learning; Entrepreneurship & Regional Development; Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management and various other outlets.

Research impact

Two research projects have been developed and conducted with practitioners and aimed at creating change.

The first project investigated scenario planning for future security threats together with law enforcement organisations in the Netherlands and the UK. Scenario planning is a tool for organisations to anticipate unpredictable futures. For this, organisations need to (1) imagine a variety of possible futures, (2) undertake a holistic analysis of those futures, and (3) strategically plan for the long term. This project was funded by CREST (Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats) and resulted in a toolkit that offers a step-by-step guide to assist security and law enforcement officers in becoming familiar with scenario planning techniques. See

The second project investigated the maritime dimension of transnational organised crime in Indonesia funded by an ESRC/AHRC Trans-National Organised Crime Cross-disciplinary Innovation Grant. The project fostered cooperation between coastal communities and law enforcement agencies to redress transnational organised maritime crimes in Indonesia and advance Indonesia's maritime security. The project developed among others a bilingual (English and Indonesian) brochure with research outcomes and policy recommendations.


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Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • MA Coaching and Mentoring Practice
  • PhD Course in Qualitative Research Methodology

My teaching and learning philosophy, based on some fifteen years of national/international higher education experience, consists of creating curiosity and an interest in ‘how’ questions among students. I consider it important to create an international and reflexive learning environment for students in which there is room to constructively examine theory and practice (and our own values and biases) and explore cultural diversity as an asset in for instance teamwork. Through interactive approaches, I try to engage students (whether adult learners, experienced practice MBA students or undergraduates) in scholarly debates on the topic under investigation, always trying to connect the themes of lectures to on-going developments in the world of business and management.


I supervise doctoral research students on a wide range of topics, from private security in South Africa, to strategic management of mega churches, ethical leadership challenges in family firms, security and gender, career progression of black and ethnic minority professional services staff in HEI, to social enterprises and risk. I have so far supervised at least ten projects to successful completion.

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • European Group for Organisational Studies


  • Sub-theme organizer EGOS 2022 Vienna (with colleagues from Universities in Tasmania and Milan): Visual studies and seeing the unnoticed in organizations
  • Sub-theme organizer EGOS 2021 Amsterdam (with colleagues from Hasselt University, Belgium and  Bar-Ilan University in Israel): Diversity and Intersectionality: Struggles for Recognition and Redistribution in Organizations and (Self-)Entrepreneurship
  • Presenter (invited) stakeholder cooperation in addressing illegal fishing and transnational organized crime in Indonesia. End-conference Newton Institutional Links. Jakarta, July 2019 
  • Co-organiser and moderator: 2019 ACUNS Workshop on the United Nations System ‘The Sustainable Development Goals and Security’; Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, Saldanha Campus, South Africa, April 2019.
  • Invited presentation: Privatization of Security at Max Planck Institute Berlin (Invited by Oxford Handbook of Law & Anthropology), December, 2018
  • Keynote: VU Critical Ethnography of Organizations and the Co-Production of Knowledge. VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2 July 2018.
  • Invited presentation: Kinship and Precarity in (Migrant) Entrepreneurship (with Dr Michiel Verver). Birmingham Business School; workshop on Precarity, Migration and Enterprise, organized by the Department of Management, the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) and the Entrepreneurship Studies Network. 25/26 June 2018.
  • Panel organizer (with S. Ybema & M. van Hulst) Copenhagen Business School. Organizational Ethnography Long Shots and Close Ups. EGOS 2017.
  • Co-convenor of the 11th Organization Studies Summer Workshop, organized by Organization Studies theme: In search of new meanings in times of crisis: Re-imagining the spiritual and symbolic dimension of organizations and organizing. Mykonos. 2016
  • Stream organiser. APROS/EGOS Conference: Organizational Ethnography and the Challenges of Social Space. CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 9-11 December 2015.


Areas of expertise include:

  • Action Learning with CEOs and Business Owners
  • Security and Private Security
  • Family Firms
  • Leadership & Ethics