Joep Cornelissen

Professor in Corporate Communication

Academic, Management


Chair Corporate Communications and Marketing, University of Leeds
PhD, Manchester Metropolitan
BA (Coms), Utrecht


2004-present Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
2001-2003 Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam (NL)


Corporate and organisational communication, sensemaking, social constructionist approaches to management and strategy, and language and text-based research in strategy, management and organisation theory


Currently, Dr Cornelissen teaches corporate communications on the MA Advertising and Marketing and marketing communications on the full-time MBA programme at Leeds University Business School. Previous teaching has included corporate and marketing communications modules at the undergraduate, post-graduate and executive levels.


Corbett, A., Cornelissen, J.P., Delios, A., and Harley, B. (2014),”Keeping the bumps in the field: Variety, novelty and perceptions of scholarship in research on management and organizations”, Journal of Management Studies, 51. 

Holt, R., and Cornelissen, J.P. (2013), Sensemaking revisited, Management Learning. 

Cornelissen, J.P. (2013), Portrait of an entrepreneur: Vicent Van Gogh, Steve Jobs, and the Enterpreneurial Imagination, Academy of Management Review, in press. 

Zundel, M. Holt, R., and Cornelissen, J.P. (2012) Institutional work in The Wire: An ethological investigation of the flexibility of organisational adaptation. Journal of Management Inquiry, 22, 102-120. 

Cornelissen, J.P. (2012), Sensemaking under pressure: The Influence of professional roles and social accountability on the creation of sense, Organization Science, 23, 118-137. 

Cornelissen, J.P., Holt, R., and Zundel, M. (2012), The role of analogy and metaphor in the framing and legitimization of strategic change, Organization Studies, 32, 1701-1716. 

Cornelissen, J.P., and Durand, R. (2012) Beyond novelty: Conceptual blending and causality, Academy of Management Review, 37 (1), 152-154 (dialogue contribution). 

Cornelissen, J., Clarke, J. and Cienki, A. (2012), Sensegiving in entrepreneurial contexts: The use of metaphors in speech and gesture to gain and sustain support for novel ventures, International Small Business Journal. 30(3) 213–241.

Cooren, F., Kuhn, T.. Cornelissen, J.P., and Clark, T. (2011), Communication, organizing and organization, Organization Studies, 32 (9), 1149-1170. 

Clarke, J.S. and Cornelissen, J.P. (2011), Language, communication and socially situated cognition in entrepreneurship, Academy of Management Review, 36 (4), 776-778 (dialogue contribution). 

Floyd, S.W., Cornelissen, J.P., Wright, M. and Delios, A. (2011), Processes and practices of strategising and organising: Review, development and the role of bridging and umbrella constructs, Journal of Management Studies, 48 (5), 933-952. 

Christensen, L.T., and Cornelissen, J.P. (2011), “Corporate and organizational communication in conversation”, Management Communication Quarterly, 25(3) 383–414. 

Cornelissen, J.P., and Clarke, J.S. (2010), “Imagining and rationalizing opportunities: Inductive reasoning, and the creation and justification of new ventures”, Academy of Management Review, 35 (4), 539-557

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