Institutional change creates an opportunity for museum professionals to develop conjoint transformational leadership
Ben is senior advisor and expertgroupleader at the BMC Group in The Netherlands. He has a background in higher education management, international affairs and research in institutional change and leadership. Currently he co-operates with the researchgroup Crossmedia Business of the Hogeschool Utrecht and 12 museums on the development of digital services in interaction with the development of new business and steering models. Similarly, he co-ordinates co-creation projects with youth healtcare organisations on digitalisation. Furthermore, he advises local councils on open data policies and he supervises a range of (research)projects on governance of service innovation and institutional change in educational institutions and museums. Previously he was strategic advisor at the CIO Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Foodquality and advisor to the stichting Erfgoed Nederland. Prior to working for the BMC Group, Ben worked for more than 20 years at Dutch and German universities and research institutes, developing and governing international programmes, technology transfer projects and international consortia. Positions that he held were manager strategy and operations, director of International Affairs, director of the Graduate School, Projektleiter Hochschulmarketing, Secretary to the Board of a European consortium of universities (ECIU, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities), Chairman of a Dutch-Flemish consortium of science centres. Ben studied at the University of Twente, the University of Amsterdam and the Radboud University (Nijmegen) and holds a Master in Urban and Regional Planning. In 2012 he defends his PhD on Leadership and Innovation in Universities at the University of Twente.