Ad van Iterson is associate professor in the Organization and Strategy Department, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ad graduated in sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He was a personal secretary of the well-known sociologist Norbert Elias. He received his PhD. with a thesis on labor control in the early factory system. Ad also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Antwerp. His academic work includes research in the field of neo-institutionalism. In particular, he published on the Dutch and Belgian national business system. Currently, his interests focus on gossip, mockery and cynicism in organizations, cross-cultural differences in HRM, and Elias’ civilizing theory applied to organizations. Ad also writes fiction. He published three novels and three collections of short stories.