Georges Romme

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A. Georges L. Romme
Sjoerd Abel Georges Lodewijk Romme

(1960-02-29)February 29, 1960
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Alma materTilburg University and Maastricht University
Known forDesign Science; Thesis circle; Boolean analysis
Awardsawards and fellowships from e.g.
European Foundation for Management Development, Advanced Institute of Management Research and
Maastricht University
Scientific career
FieldsOrganizational studies
InstitutionsEindhoven University of Technology
Doctoral advisorHein Schreuder

Sjoerd Abel Georges Lodewijk Romme (born 1960) is a Dutch organizational theorist and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Eindhoven University of Technology.


Georges Romme received a MSc in economics from Tilburg University and in 1992 a PhD degree in business administration from Maastricht University. Since 2005 he is professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and since 2007 also dean of the Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences department.

In the early 1990s, Georges Romme introduced Boolean comparative analysis to the organization and management sciences.[citation needed] He also developed and pioneered the "thesis circle", a tool for collaboratively supervising final (BSc or MSc) projects.[citation needed]

He was one of the original pioneers who brought design thinking and the design sciences to organization studies.[1][2][3] A key idea put forward by Romme (2003) and Romme & Endenburg (2006) is that design principles are instrumental in connecting description and explanation (by researchers) to design and construction (by practitioners). As such his work established the idea that social science-based research serves to advance the body of knowledge on management and organization, but needs to be complemented by pragmatic design knowledge for practitioners (e.g. managers, consultants).[4][5]


  • 1992. A Self-organization Perspective on Strategy Formation, doctoral dissertation, Maastricht University Press.


  1. ^ Paul Bate in: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 43, 2007, p. 10; Jean M. Bartunek in: Organization Management Journal, vol. 5, 2008, p. 12.
  2. ^ Van de Ven, A.H. (2007), Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Garud, R., S. Jain & P. Tuertscher (2008), Incomplete by design and designing for incompleteness. Organization Studies, vol. 29: 351-371.
  4. ^ Hodgkinson, G.P. and D.M. Rousseau (2009), Bridging the rigour–relevance gap in management research: It's already happening! Journal of Management Studies, vol. 46: 534–546.
  5. ^ March, S.T. and Vogus, T.J. (2010), Design science in the management disciplines. In: A. Hevner and S. Chatterjee (eds.) Design Research in Information Systems (Integrated Series in Information Systems, vol. 22), pp. 195-208. New York: Springer.