Hugo Marynissen

Dr. Hugo Marynissen is a crisis strategist who specialises in risk and crisis management for companies and governments. He is co-founder and managing partner of PM Risk-Crisis-Change, an agency specialised in crisis management and communication.

Since 2008 he has provided regular coaching and consultancy services in the field of risk and crisis management. Most recently, during the Brussels terror attacks in March 2016, he was an adviser on crisis communication to the Belgian Prime Minister.

He is Professor and Academic Director of the Executive PhD programme at Antwerp Management School. He is also a visiting professor at various European universities such as University of Antwerp (Belgium), Campus Vesta (Belgium), Cranfield University (UK), Saïd Business School – University of Oxford (UK), University of Maryland College Park (MD, USA) and Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki (Finland).

In addition, he is the president of the CIP Institute, a non-profit organisation that brings together scientists and practitioners from various disciplines in an inspiring and innovative platform to exchange and develop knowledge about the Complex and Interactive Processes (CIP) in the field of crisis.

Hugo holds a Doctoral degree from Cranfield University – School of Management (UK), and a Master’s degree in Change Management from HEC Business School (France). The focus of his research is on team dynamics in crisis teams, safety leadership within so-called “High-Reliability Organisations”, and the role of crisis communication during extreme events.

Recent publications:

  • Marynissen, H., Pieters, S., Mertens, P., Ramacker,  B., Brugghemans, B. (2015) Het Werkproces Crisiscommunicatie. Naar een verdere professionalisering van de communicatiediscipline. In: Devroe et al. (Eds.) Zicht op first responders. Handboek bij het beheer van evenementen en noodsituaties in Nederland en België. Maklu, Antwerpen – Apeldoorn (267-288).
  • Marynissen, H., Ladkin, D., Denyer, D., Snoeijers, E., Van Achte, T. (2013). The role of individual risk perception in an organization managing high risks. Conference paper for the Third International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Atlanta, GA, http://ssrn.com/abstract=2322816 (Awarded “Best Qualitative Paper”).
  • Marynissen, H. (2013). Waarom communicatie niet werkt? Ad Rem, 4, 8-10.
  • Brugghemans, B., Marynissen, H. (2013). Beslissingen nemen in complexe brandweerinterventies. De Brandweerman, 89(538), 7-8.
  • Brugghemans, B., Marynissen, H. (2013) The Process of Decision-Making in a Fast-Burning Crisis Situation: A Multiple-Sequence Approach of Decisiveness. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, Vol. 7, 41-50.
  • Marynissen, H. (2012). The relationship between risk communication and risk perception in complex interactive and tightly coupled organisations: A systematic review. Society for Risk Analysis, Conference paper 2012 World Congress on Risk, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marynissen, H., Ladkin, D. (2012). The relationship between risk communication and risk perception in complex interactive and tightly coupled organisations, A systematic review. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Cranfield, UK, http://ssrn.com/abstract=2084823
  • Marynissen, H. (2011). The relationship between organisational communication and perception. Acta Chirurgicum Belgica, 11(4), 193-199.
  • Marynissen, H., Pieters, S., Van Dorpe, S., van het Erve, A., Vergeer, F. (2010) Geen commentaar! Communicatie in turbulente tijden (No comment! Communication in times of turbulence). Houtekiet / BusinessContact, Antwerp – Amsterdam.
  • Marynissen, H. (2009). Perceptie van risico en gevaar, en de invloed van risicocommunicatie. AZ Groeninge, Conference paper Symposium Rampenmanagement voor Leidinggevenden, Kortrijk.
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