prof.dr. (Peter) P. Knorringa

prof.dr. (Peter) P. Knorringa

Professor of Private Sector & Development International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Location
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Room
3.04
Telephone
+31 70 4260584
Email
knorringa@iss.nl

Latest academic publication

A.H.M. Leliveld & P. Knorringa (2018). Frugal innovation and Development Research. European Journal of Development Research, 30 (1), 1-16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-017-0121-4

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My chair on Private Sector & Development focuses on the diverse roles and impacts of business on development. I do not perceive private firms as either the ‘enemy’ or the ‘heroic deliverer’ of development. Instead, I aim to advance a more empirical and nuanced debate on where and when entrepreneurs and firms are more likely to contribute to a better balance among economic dynamism, sustainability and social responsibility.

I aim to investigate to what extent socially responsible and environmentally sustainable forms of development are possible under capitalism, and where and when these might be built upon pragmatism and morality in the private sector itself.

My past research has focused on: small and medium scale enterprises in developing countries, operating in clusters and value chains; informal sector entrepreneurship and survival business; the role of trust, networks and social capital in value chain relationships; Fair Trade; Corporate Social Responsibility; the role of NGOs in economic development; and monitoring and evaluation of interventions in the areas of work mentioned above.

My present empirical research agenda focuses on:

  • how large firms, states, NGO’s and consumers in China, India and Brazil are moving from being standard ‘takers’ to becoming standard ‘makers’, and the developmental implications of these changes. This research is funded by ESRC (2012-17), and coordinated by Prof Khalid Nadvi (GDI, Manchester University).
  • how frugal innovations can contribute to sustainable development, with a focus on value chains and standards. This research takes place within the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), of which I am also the Director (2013 - ). The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa is part of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Within ISS I am a member of the Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI) and its previous coordinator (2013-16).

I have extensive experience in India and Vietnam, and have also worked in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, Uganda and Russia.

      • M. Heilbron, A.H.M. Leliveld & P. Knorringa (2017). Innovation as a key to success? Case studies of innovative start-ups in Kenya and Nigeria. In A. Akinyoade (Ed.), Entrepreneurship in Africa (African Dynamics, 15) (pp. 95-122). Leiden/ Boston: Brill
      • K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (2016). Introduction: Giving Meaning to Civic Innovation. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123) (pp. 1-19). Abington, UK; New York, NY: Rouledge
      • W. Harcourt, K. Biekart & P. Knorringa (2016). Conclusion: Moving Agendas Forward. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123) (pp. 251-266). Abington, UK: Routledge
      • K.A. Siegmann, J. Merk & P. Knorringa (2016). Civic Innovation in Value Chains: Towards Workers as Agents in Non-governmental Labour Regulation. In K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123) (pp. 109-131). London: Routledge
      • G.M. Gomez, P. Knorringa & A.A. Corradi (2016). Introduction. In G..M. Gomez & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Local Governance, Economic Development and Institutions (EADI Global Development Series) (pp. 1-16). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
      • K.A. Siegmann, J.J.S. Merk & P. Knorringa (2015). Putting Workers´ Agency at the Centre in the Indonesian Sportswear Industry. In N. Pons-Vignon & M. Nkosi (Eds.), Struggle in a Time of Crisis (pp. 132-136). London: Pluto Press
      • P. Knorringa (2014). Private Governance and Social Legitimacy in Production. In A Payne & N Phillips (Eds.), Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance (pp. 361-378). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
      • P. Knorringa & A. Guarin (2014). Standards and Consumer Behaviour of the Rising Middle Class in India. In K Das (Ed.), Globalization and Standards. Issues and Challenges in Indian Business (India Studies in Business and Economics) (pp. 23-40). New Delhi: Springer
      • G. Otieno & P. Knorringa (2012). Localising Global Standards: Illustrative Examples from Kenya's Horticulture Sector. In M.P. van Dijk & J. Trienekens (Eds.), Global Value Chains: Linking Local Producers from Developing Countries to International Markets (pp. 119-135). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press and EADI
      • C. van Beers, P. Knorringa & A. Leliveld (2012). Frugal Innovation in Africa: Tracking Unilever's Washing-powder Sachets. In J.-B. Gewald, A. Leliveld & I. Pesa (Eds.), Transforming Innovations in Africa: Explorative Studies on Appropriation in African Societies (pp. 59-78). Leiden, Boston: Brill
      • P. Knorringa, G. Meijerink & G. Schouten (2011). Voluntary governance initiatives and the challenges of inclusion and upscaling. In A.H.J. Helmsing & S. Vellema (Eds.), Value chains, social inclusion and economic development (pp. 42-60). London: Routledge
      • P. Knorringa (2011). Value chain responsibility in the global South. In S.M. Murshed, P Goulart & L.A. Serino (Eds.), South-South globalization : challenges and opportunities for development (pp. 194-208). London: Routledge
      • P. Knorringa (2010). Reach and Depth of Responsible Production: Towards a Research Agenda. In A. Posthuma & D. Nathan (Eds.), Labour in Global Production Networks in India (pp. 79-97). Delhi: Oxford University Press (India)
      • A.H.J. Helmsing & P. Knorringa (2009). Enterprise Development Interventions by Dutch Development NGOs: Is there increased involvement of private sector actors and does that make a difference? In P. Hoebink (Ed.), The Netherlands Yearbook on International Cooperation 2008 (pp. 105-128). Assen: Van Gorcum
      • P. Knorringa (2009). Responsible Production in Africa: The Rise of China as a Threat or Opportunity? In M.P. van Dijk (Ed.), The New Presence of China in Africa (pp. 177-197). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press/EADI
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2008). Unpacking Social Capital in Economic Development: How Social Relations Matter. In Beyond Social Capital. A Critical Approach (pp. 107-136). London: Routledge Books
      • P. Knorringa (2008). LED and CSR: Window-dressing or Breakthrough? In Mesopartner (Ed.), Milestones in a Process of Innovation, Change and Development: a Birthday Anthology (pp. 243-258). Buenos Aires, Dortmund: Creative Common License
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2008). Introduction to Beyond Social Capital: a Critical Approach. In Beyond Social Capital. A Critical Approach (pp. 1-10). London: Routledge Books
      • P. Knorringa (2008). Industrial Cluster Trajectories and Opportunities for Endogenous Upgrading in Developing Countries. In M.D. Parrilli, P. Bianchi & R. Sugden (Eds.), High Technology, Productivity and Networks. A Systemic Approach to SME Development (pp. 193-208). New York: Palgrave Macmillan
      • L.J. Pegler, P. Knorringa (2007). Integrating Labour Issues in Global Value Chain Analysis: Exploring Implications for Labour Research and Unions. In V. Schmidt (Ed.), Trade union responses to globalization: trends, challenges and responses (pp. 35-51). Geneva: ILO
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2007). Social Capital and Social Economics. In P. Riordan (Ed.), Values in Public Life: Aspects of Common Goods (Studies in Religion, Ethics and Public Life) (pp. 53-76). Berlin & NewBrunswick & London: LIT VERLAG and Transaction Publishers
      • L.J. Pegler, P. Knorringa (2007). Integrating Labour Issues in Global Value Chain Analysis: Exploring Implications for Labour Research and Unions. In V. Schmidt (Ed.), Trade union responses to globalization: trends, challenges and responses (pp. 35-51). Geneva: ILO
      • P. Knorringa & J. Meyer-Stamer (2007). Local Development, Global Value Chains and Latecomer Development. In J. Haar & J. Meyer-Stamer (Eds.), Small firms, global markets : competitive challenges in the new economy (pp. 18-37). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
      • P. Knorringa (2005). Trayectorias De Clusters Urbanos Y Oportunidades De Mejora Endógena En Países En Vías De Desarrollo. In R. Sugden, M.D. Parrilli & P. Bianchi (Eds.), Alta Tecnología, productividad y Redes: un Enfoque Sistémico para el Desarrollo de las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (pp. 307-324). Mexico DC: Instituto di Politica per lo Sviluppo Industriale
      • P. Knorringa (2005). An Italian Model and an Indian Reality: Searching for a Way-Out of Deteriorating Sweatshop Conditions. In K. Das (Ed.), Indian Industrial Clusters (pp. 21-36). Aldershot: Ashgate
      • P. Knorringa (2002). Urban Cluster Trajectories in Developing Countries: Beyond the Industrial District Model. In (pp. 63-78) Aldershot/Brookfield: Ashgate
      • P. Knorringa (2002). Cluster Trajectories and the Likelihood of Endogenous Upgrading. In (pp. 48-65) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
      • P. Knorringa (2001). Beyond the Industrial District Model: Urban Cluster Trajectories. In (pp. 245-258) Amsterdam: AGIDS, University of Amsterdam
      • P. Knorringa & J. Meyer-Stamer (1999). New Dimensions in Local Enterprise Co-operation and Development: From Clusters to Industrial Districts. In (pp. 89-115) Campinas, Brazil: Universidade Estadual de Campinas
      • P. Knorringa (1999). Un Modello Italiano e una Realta Indiana: l'industria calzaturiera ad Agra. In (pp. 131-154) Bologna: Societa Editrice il Mulino
      • P. Knorringa (1999). Trust and Distrust in Artisan - Trader Relations in the Agra Footwear Industry, India. In (pp. 67-80) Amsterdam: Spinhuis
      • P. Knorringa (1999). Artisan Labour in the Agra Footwear Industry: Continued Informality and Changing Threats. In (pp. 303-328) London: Sage
      • P. Knorringa (1998). Barriers to Flexible Specialization in Agra's Footwear Industry. In (pp. 283-307) London: Sage
      • P. Knorringa (1996). Small Enterprises in the Indian Footwear Industry (Madras & Amsterdam: Central Leather Research Institute & University of Amsterdam). In (pp. 164-199) Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam
      • P. Knorringa (1994). Lack of Interaction Between Traders and Producers in the Agra Footwear Cluster. In (pp. 71-83) London: Intermediate Technology Publications
      • P. Knorringa (1993). Subcontracting: the Incorporation of Small Producers in Dynamic Industrial Networks. In: I.S.A. Baud and G.A. de Bruijne (eds.) - Gender, Small-Scale Industry and Development Policy. In London: Intermediate Technology Publications
      • P. Knorringa (1992). Industrial Policy and the Role of Small Scale Industries. In: J.J.F. Heins & E.N. Meijer (eds.) - Factories and Families. A Study of a Growth Pole in South India. In New Delhi: Manohar Publications
      • P. Knorringa, G.A. de Bruijne & H.J. Sommeling (1990). Regional Development Policy in Tamil Nadu: Some Results of Investigations. In (pp. 25-35) New Delhi: Heritage Publishers
      • A.H.J. Helmsing, P. Knorringa & D. Gonzalez Gomez (2015). Dutch social entrepreneurs in international development : Defying existing micro and macro characterizations. (Preprints, ISS working papers. General series, no 612). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies
      • K.A. Siegmann, J. Merk & P. Knorringa (2014). Voluntary initiatives in global value chains.Towards labour-led social upgrading? (Preprints, ISS working papers. General series, no 586). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies
      • K.A. Siegmann, P. Knorringa & J.J.S. Merk (2014). Putting Workers’ Agency at the Centre in the Indonesian Sportswear Industry. (Extern rapport, Global Labour Column, no 169). Johannesburg: Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) University of the Witwatersrand
      • M. Grimm, P. Knorringa & J. Lay (2012). Constrained gazelles. High potentials in West Africa¿s informal economy. (Preprints, ISS working papers. General series, no 537). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies
      • P. Knorringa & G.E. Berner (2008). Evaluation of Woord en Daad SMED Activities carried out in Cooperation with CSS in Bangladesh. The Hague: ISS
      • P. Knorringa (2007). Asian Drivers and the Future of Responsible Production and Consumption: Exploring a Research Question and Hypotheses for Future Research. (ISS Working Papers, General Series, no 442). The Hague: ISS
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2006). Social Capital for Industrial Development: Operationalizing the Concept. Vienna: UNIDO
      • T. Dietz, A. de Ruijter, E. van Dongen, A.H.J. Helmsing & P. Knorringa (2006). Evaluation of the Theme based Co-financing Programme (TMF) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Synthesis Report. The Hague: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      • P. Knorringa (2003). Fair Trade Effect Study: Pilot-phase Synthesis Report. Report for the Dutch Fair Trade Organisation. The Hague: ISS
      • A.H.J. Helmsing & P. Knorringa (2002). Contours of an LED Strategy for Durban: Connecting External Positioning with Internal Transformation (Report submitted to the EU Durban project, Durban. March 2002). :
      • T. Truong & P. Knorringa (2001). Micro Enterprises in Vietnam's Industrialisation: A Gender Analysis of the Policy Environment and its Implications on Training (Report submitted to MSM-SAIL). :
      • H. Schmitz & P. Knorringa (1999). Learning from Global Buyers. Helsinki: IDS
      • P. Knorringa (1998). Cluster Trajectories in Developing Countries. :
      • G.E. Berner & P. Knorringa (1998). Poverty Alleviation in South and Southeast Asia: Nepal Refresher Course Report. The Hague: ISS
      • P. Knorringa (1997). Artisan Labour in the Agra Footwear Industry, India. :
      • P. Knorringa (1997). Trust and Distrust in Artisan-trader Relations in the Agra Footwear Industry, India. :
      • P. Knorringa (1997). Transferability of Industrial District Models and Policies. :
      • P. Knorringa (1997). Clustered Indian Shoemakers facing the New Competition. :
      • P. Knorringa (1992). Importance of Trust in the Subsector Approach: An Example from the Footwear Industry in Agra, India. (Research Memorandum No. 1992-43. Amsterdam: Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Free University). Amsterdam: Free University Amsterdam
      • P. Knorringa & H. Kox (1992). Transaction Regimes: An Instrument for Research in Industrial Organization (Research Memorandum No. 1992-34. Amsterdam: Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Free University). Amsterdam: Free University Amsterdam
      • P. Knorringa & H. Sandee (1989). Changes in the Organization of Marketing and Production in Rural Industry. (UPPW Working Paper, No.24. Salatiga: Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Indonesia). :
      • P. Knorringa (1988). The Small-Scale Sector in a Growth Pole. A Case Study of Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India (MA Thesis published as: Working Document, no.6. Amsterdam: Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam). :
      • P. Knorringa (2010). A Balancing Act: Private Actors in Development Processes. . Inaugural lecture delivered on 4 November 2010, upon the acceptance of the Endowed Chair of Private Sector and Development, at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Erasmus University, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
      • P. Knorringa. Economics of Collaboration in Producer-Trader Relations: Transaction Regimes Between Market and Hierarchy in the Agra Footwear Cluster, India. Amsterdam (Amsterdam: Free University Amsterdam) Prom./coprom.: .
      • P. Knorringa (2007). The Reach and Depth of Responsible Production (Paper presented at the conference on 'Production Networks and Decent Work in India' organised by ILO in cooperation with Institute of Human Development (New Delhi, India) and Institute of Social and Economic Change (Bangalore, India), 18-20 November 2007).
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2006). Social Capital: How Social Relations Matter (Paper presented at the seminar on 'Values in Social Life' organised by Theological Department University of London - Heythrop College. London, 25 February 2006).
      • I.P. van Staveren & P. Knorringa (2006). Social Capital in Economic Development: How Social Relations Matter (Paper presented at the Economics Department of University of Utrecht, Utrecht, 18 January 2006).
      • P. Knorringa & I.P. van Staveren (2006). Social Capital for Industrial Development: Operationalizing the concept.
      • P. Knorringa (2005). Trust and Networks of Entrepreneurs in the Footwear Industry in Ethiopia and Vietnam. Paper presented to European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 3rd Workshop on Trust, 28-29 October, Amsterdam.
      • P. Knorringa & L.J. Pegler (2003). Shifting Perceptions of Labor Rights and Conditions: SMEs in Global Value Chains (Paper presented at the IPRW 2 Workshop, RLDS at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, 28-29 April 2003; paper is an updated version of the EADI paper presented in Amsterdam, 17-18 January 2003). IPRW2 Workshop, RLDS: .
      • G.E. Berner, G.M. Gomez & P. Knorringa (2008). The Logic of Survival Entrepreneurs and the Moral Economy of the Slum. Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Concepts, Measurements, and Impacts: Helsinki (2008, augustus 21 - 2008, augustus 23).
      • P. Knorringa & L.J. Pegler (2003). Shifting Perceptions of Labour Rights and Conditions: SMEs in Global Value Chains (Paper presented at the EADI Small Enterprise Development and Employment Workshop). The EADI Small Enterprise Development and Employment Workshop: Amsterdam (2003, januari 17 - 2003, januari 18).
      • G.M. Gomez & P. Knorringa (Ed.). (2016). Local Governance, Economic Development and Institutions. (EADI Global Development Series). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK
      • K. Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Ed.). (2016). Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 123). Abington, UK: Routledge
  • Professor of Private Sector & Development

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic Staff Unit
    Telephone
    +31 70 4260584
  • IDH

    Start Date
    Oct/2015
    End Date
    Is current
    Place
    UTRECHT
    Description
    Member Impact Committee IDH
    Specialty
    Private sector and development

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