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Professor Peter Hofman

Professor Peter Hofman

Professor Peter Hofman

Professor, Business


  • PhD in Management and Governance, University of Twente, the Netherlands (2001-2005)
  • MBA in Environmental Business Administration, University of Twente, the Netherlands (1992)
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1986-1989)
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    Dr. Peter S. Hofman is Professor of Business at James Cook University, Singapore. He also serves as Director of Postgraduate Studies (Business). Before he started his position at JCU in 2022 he worked at the Ningbo, China campus of the University of Nottingham for 13 years where he was professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance. He has served as Dean, Associate Dean, Head of Department and Director of Undergraduate Programmes and academic accreditation lead at Nottingham University Business School China. Prof Hofman did his PhD at the University of Twente in the Netherlands where he also worked for 15 years prior to his move to China.

    His teaching and research broadly covers business-government-society interaction in the areas of sustainability and innovation from a policy as well as business perspective. He has extensive experience in teaching in undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes, in executive education, and in mentoring colleagues in research and teaching. He has published numerous articles, books, book chapters and reports on corporate social responsibility in Europe and China, innovation in Chinese SMEs, system innovation to sustainability, governance of sustainable innovation, technology transfer and sustainable business strategies in academic journals such as Business & Society, Business Strategy and the Environment, Management and Organization Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Annals of Operation Research, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Policy, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, and Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. Prof Hofman is on the editorial board of Asian Business & Management.

    Hofman has successfully led research grants in the areas of corporate social responsibility and human resource management, eco-innovation in Chinese firms, and finance mechanisms for diffusion of clean technologies. He previously received grants from the Dutch National Scientific Council for research on system innovation in the energy sector, was involved in European Union funded projects on innovation and environmental management, and supported provincial efforts toward developing a roadmap for low carbon futures.

    Prof. Hofman previously was a co-director at Cyclus consultancy and a consultant for various international and local firms in the Netherlands in the areas of cleaner production, environmental management and corporate social responsibility. His consulting experience ranges from manufacturing industry to construction, education and healthcare. He also was involved in the evaluation of various technology policy programmes and environmental policy programmes of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Environmental Affairs in the Netherlands and was an advisor to the National Energy Council of the Netherlands.

    More recently, he was an international expert for a project of the Asian Development Bank and the Development Research Center of the State Council of China on improving energy efficiency in the Chinese manufacturing industry and was an international member of a policy study on Corporate Social Responsibility for Green Development for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

    Research Interests

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy Transition
  • Sustainability Strategies
  • Eco-Innovation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Innovation
  • Family Business