Purpose, mission and vision


Enabling students, organisations, societal actors and governments to play their part in the transformation towards sustainable societies.

In doing so the Nijmegen School of Management is committed to the mission of the Radboud University as contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all.


Responsible governance for sustainable societies.

Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s) and in the context of sustainable societies, our work focuses on topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, contributes to innovation and growth, and addresses environmental challenges and climate. By building, questioning and extending the UNSDG’s we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society that we seek to address and contribute towards resolving.

Through its research, teaching and engagement, the Nijmegen School of Management aims to:

  • contribute to the development and retention of sustainable democracies and inclusive, just and equitable societies;
  • contribute towards providing solutions for global environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution;
  • contribute to the development of inclusive and diverse organisations with a shared purpose and aiming for sustainability.

In order to address grand societal challenges, we focus on them from the perspective of responsible governance, by adopting an interdisciplinary approach at three interrelated levels:

  • an individual level aiming to contribute to our understanding on how individual decision-making interacts with institutions and thereby shaping social sustainability;
  • an organisational level aiming to contribute to our understanding of organisational conditions for delivering a humane working environment that is economically viable, socially meaningful and sustainable;
  • societal level aiming to contribute to our understanding of regulatory, incentive and governance mechanisms, enabling governments and societal actors to jointly contribute to the general well-being of citizens in a responsible way, taking into account the spatial-environmental aspects that contribute to transitions in the socio-ecological systems of the earth.


The Nijmegen School of Management is devoted to offering a concise, coherent and convincing response to societal challenges.

Instead of stressing what we are good at, we focus on what we are good for. In our response to these societal challenges we acknowledge the potential of and need for transformations.

Transformations are seen as changes in institutional and societal arrangements, such as changes in economic systems, rewiring of finance and adjusting corporate governance to include more stakeholders than just the shareholders. They are seen as essential in affecting the UNSDG’s in a meaningful way and making the world a better place for all. These challenges are so grand that they need to be confronted from various perspectives. Our unique and broad range of disciplines, from business administration and economics to political science, public administration, geography, planning, and environmental studies allows for a truly distinctive interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach for such confrontations, enabling our strategy to have a real impact.

The three strategic pillars of research, teaching, and engagement build on our strategy, with responsible governance, sustainable societies, transformations, and an inter- and transdisciplinary approach acting as our distinctive guiding principles.