Hans Schenk divides his non-teaching work between pure research (especially in institutional economics) and applied research directed at governments (esp. on industrial policy matters), business firms and health care organisations (esp. on M&A and restructuring matters and corporate governance issues). He is a crown-appointed member of the Netherlands’ most important government advisory body in the social-economic domain (the SER) and serves on various supervisory boards of both multinaltionals and domestic firms allowing him to test academic theories for practical relevance. Before joining Utrecht University to help set up U.S.E., he was a professor at various Dutch and non-Dutch universities, most recently Erasmus and Tilburg universities, and the managing director of the family business firm (in the construction industry). His work has been widely cited in the Netherlands as well as abroad, while he is frequently consulted by management boards as well as works councils in industry and the health care sector.