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Research interests

Alexander Grit is an international academic leader with a strong strategic focus, who has an excellent track record of bringing organizations and people to a higher level. He is a goal-oriented team player with strong communication skills, who is actively and personally involved in obtaining excellence for himself and his team. He has held a number of higher management positions in (international) academic organisations, particularly focused on hospitality, tourism and business management studies. In these positions, he initiates and creates movements and implements ideas. 


He has extensive analytical and conceptual skills and up-to-date knowledge of educational Dutch laws and regulations, with national and international accreditation requirements. Alexander Grit has been a manager, teacher and researcher in the field of hospitality. He is connected to several international universities and has worked at Stenden University since 2007. He has contributed to several books as an author and editor and more than a dozen articles in research journals and conference reports. He is emeritus-editor of the journal Research in Hospitality Management and reviewer for the journals Society and Hospitality and Annals of Tourism Research. Grit has collaborated intensively with the business world as a commercial researcher and advisor. He has also developed and implemented in-company management programmes. Grit holds a PhD in Hospitality Management Studies. His practical interest and scholarship focus on sustainable innovation of hospitality spaces.

Education/Academic qualification

Strategy and Management

May 2006Jun 2010

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


External positions

Member raad van inspiratie, Duurzom

Platform Financiële Dienstverleners Leeuwarden

EuroChrie (Europe)

Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS)

Leisure and Tourism Network (the Netherlands)

Reviewer, Papers, Euro CHRIE Conference,

Reviewer, Annals of Tourism Research

Reviewer, Theory, Culture and Society

Reviewer, Hospitality & Society


  • HB Economic Theory

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Projects 2017 2024


Grit, A.


Project: OtherTransfer (Scientific Services)

Future of retail

Grit, A.


Project: ResearchPractical Project

LONT Academie, valorisatie

Grit, A. & Neuteboom, H.

1/06/17 → …

Project: Research


Congresorganisatie 11 oktober 2017

Grit, A., Degenhart, J., Bergsma, A. & Loef, J.

1/05/17 → …

Project: Other


Research Output 2010 2018

Vignet Ontdekkingsstraten

Grit, A., de Jong, M., de Vries, E. & Plate, E., 5 Sep 2018, 3 p.

Research output: Other contributionProfessional


Op weg naar een ontdekkingsruimte als overlevingsstrategie: een nieuw soort retail

Rooden, M., Grit, A. & de Jong, J. B. M., 2017, 19 p.

Research output: Working paperProfessional


Toward explorative space

Grit, A., 2017, 52 p.

Research output: Other contributionOther research output


Native American objects, tourism and museums: a de-reterritorialized view

Grit, A. & de Jong, M., 2016, Indian Detours: tourism in Native North America. Sidestone Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Moving towards explorative space as a strategy for survival. white paper

Grit, A., Rooden, M. & de Jong, J. B. M., 2015.

Research output: Working paperProfessional



Best Master thesis European Leisure Studies

Alexander Grit (Recipient), 5 Jul 1994

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award

Alexander Grit (Recipient), 5 Jun 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

“Highly Commended” Ph.D.

Alexander Grit (Recipient), 1 Jun 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2018

Serendipity and entrepreneurship

Alexander Grit (Speaker)
23 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Congres Innovatief Ondernemen

Harm van Lieshout (Member of programme committee), Claudia Y.D. van Orden (Member of programme committee), Alexander Grit (Member of programme committee), Marike Peterzon (Member of programme committee), Hester Slager-Nieuwsma (Member of programme committee)
17 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Retail en serendipiteit

Alexander Grit (Speaker)
30 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Inclusiveness, serendipity and complex space : processes that (may) enhance inclusiveness

Alexander Grit (Speaker)
28 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Regional development

Alexander Grit (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Finding serendipity in spaces of hospitality

Alexander Grit


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Finding serendipity in spaces of hospitality

Alexander Grit


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other