M.J. (Michiel) Verver MSc

  • lecturer
  • Southeast Asia

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: m.j.verver@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Indonesie

Fields of interest

My fields of interest cover business, culture and society in Southeast Asia. My research specialization lies in the ethnography of entrepreneurship and management among Southeast Asia’s ethnic Chinese, particularly in Cambodia and Thailand. In my publications, I build on anthropological (ethnicity, patronage, kinship) and sociological (embeddedness, institutions) concepts to uncover the socio-cultural dynamics within the business sphere, and I position these dynamics in the history and political economy of Southeast Asia.  


  • PhD in Organization Sciences, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam (to be defended on January 22nd, 2016) 

  • MA in Culture, Organization and Management, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam (2008)

  • BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (2007)


  • Lecturer in International Studies and Asian Studies, Leiden University (since 2015)

  • Lecturer in Organization Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014-2015)

  • PhD researcher in Organization Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2009-2013)

  • English Teacher, ECC and I-English LC, Bangkok (2009)

Key publications

  • Verver, M., & Dahles, H. (2015). The Institutionalization of Oknha: Cambodian   Entrepreneurship at the Interface of Business and Politics. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45(1), 48-70.

  • Koning, J. & Verver, M. (2013) Historicizing the “Ethnic” in Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Case of the Ethnic Chinese in Bangkok. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development,  25(5-6), 325-348.

  • Verver, M., & Dahles, H. (2013). The Anthropology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: From Culture to Institution? Journal of Business Anthropology, 2(1), 93-114.

  • Verver, M. (2012). Templates of “Chineseness” and Trajectories of Cambodian Chinese Entrepreneurship in Phnom Penh. Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture  Review, 1(2), 291-322.


Courses in the BA and MA programs of International Studies and Asian Studies:

  • Emerging Economies

  • Transnational Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

  • BA Thesis Seminar South and Southeast Asia

  • MA Thesis Class

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