I am an Associate Professor of Sustainable Careers and Organizational Behavior at the department of Management and Organization at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I thoroughly enjoy all three core aspects of my job: (1) coordinating and performing academic research, (2) managing and designing teaching programs, and (3) applying research findings and theoretical knowledge to solve contemporary business challenges. I always aim to build bridges between research and practice as I believe that both will only be able to truly flourish if they are closely connected and work together.
My research primarily focuses on two themes: sustainable careers and changing employer-employee relationships. First, I research the development and management of sustainable careers by examining topics such as employability, career crafting, and career shocks. I am especially interested in students and young workers as a focus group, studying study success and school-to-work transition issues as the foundation of sustainable careers. Second, I research several topics related to the changing employer-employee relationships. Examples of topics that I focus on are psychological contracts, job crafting and job design, employee well-being, and innovative methods of recruiting talent. I have published in high-profile journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Human Resource Management. In addition, I am associate editor of Career Development International.
My teaching tasks consist of management, program development, and course coordination. I am the program director of the Business Administration Master’s program at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, which consists of five Master’s programs (i.e., Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership & Change Management, Management Consulting, and Strategy & Organization). In addition, I am the program coordinator of the HRM Master’s program, I teach several courses at our Faculty, such as Recruitment & Selection (MSc), and HRM & Organizational Behavior (BSc), and I supervise PhD students, Master’s students, and Bachelor students. I have been trained as a senior university teacher (SKO) and have developed learning lines both in Bachelor and Master programs. The single most important goal of teaching to me is student learning, and I aim to enhance their learning in various ways, including interactive lectures and the use of ICT (e.g., online quiz questions) in order to cooperate with students as good as possible. In 2016, I won the Faculty Best Teacher award, and I was voted in the top 3 Best Teaching Talents of VU Amsterdam.
Finally, I am actively involved in cooperating with businesses and professionals. Among other things, I am a board member of the Dutch Foundation of Management Development (NFMD), a consultant at Royal FrieslandCampina, a core member of the applied science board of Knowvium, and I am regularly invited for keynote lectures and workshops during conferences and in companies. In addition, I enjoy working together with organizations to find answers to their business challenges by creating innovate and impactful research projects.