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Bouwens, Bram


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Bram Bouwens

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Bram Bouwens does research on cooperation in Dutch business (business interest associations, cartels, mergers and acquisitions) for the BINT program. He is also working on a history of the Dutch brewer Heineken in close cooperation with Keetie Sluyterman. Bram Bouwens is coordinator for commissioned research at the OGC.



+31 (0) 30 2536473


030 2536191



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Visiting Address

Drift 10, Utrecht, room

Post Address

Drift 10, 3512 BS, Utrecht

Curriculum Vitae

·         Study: Social and economic history, Utrecht University.

·         Ph.D: June 2003 ‘Focus op formaat; strategie, schaalvergroting en concentratie in de Nederlandse papier- en kartonindustrie, 1945-1993’



selected publications 



Tussen Concurrentie en concentratie; belangenorganisaties, kartels en fusies en overnames (Amsterdam 2012) (with Joost Dankers) 328 p. 


Verdiept Verleden; een eeuw Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV en de Nederlandse baggerindustrie (Amsterdam 2010) (with Keetie Sluyterman) 456 p.


Op papier gesteld; de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse papier en kartonindustrie in de 20e eeuw (Amsterdam 2004) 400 p.



Chapter in books:


'The Dutch paper and board industry, 1800-2000' in. J. Ojala, J-A. Lamberg, Evolution of global paper industries (Dordrecht 2012)


'Ondernemers in Noord-Brabant; een bonte verzameling' in: J. Visser & M. Dicke (Eds.), Nederlandse ondernemers 1850-1950; Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Zeeland  (Zutphen 2009) 13-23


'The second merger wave'


International published articles:


The invisible handshake. Cartelisation in the Netherlands, 1950-2000. Business history review, 84(Winter 2010), 751-771.


under review:


Competition in the catwalk; concentration and competition in Dutch business; the sequence of collusive practices, 1900-2000 (Revue Economique)


Working Papers: 


Longetivity in regional specialization; the Dutch dredging industry, Athens 2011

Distress or opportunity. Cartels, crises and institutional change in the Netherlands, 1950-2000. Athens, 2011

Competition and coordination; reconsidering economic cooperation in Dutch business, 1900-2000,. Université de Paris/Centre Norvégienne, Workshop Cartels. 2010

Coordination and organisation beyond business: institutional change and Dutch business in the 20th century. Glasgow, 2010


see also 








Themes of Education

business history

Current Education Activities

BA course  business history

Sideline Activities


Interesting Links




Working Papers

link to open itemMergers and acquisitions in a small and open economy; the second merger wave in the Netherlands, 1920-1940

Research Projects

link to open itemBedrijfsleven in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw (BINT)
link to open itemHistory of Heineken, 1864-2014


link to open itemBusiness history
link to open itemCollective action


Created at 22-8-2008 13:32 by Rijpma, A. (Auke)
Last modified at 5-6-2012 16:55 by Bouwens, A.M.C.M. (Bram)
Department: Bouwens, Bram