Achievements

Horizon 2020 ITN Grant (€4 million) on Global Careers and Mobility

A team of SBE career scholars — Prof. Dr. Svetlana Khapova, Niki Konijn, Dr. Jos Akkermans, Dr. Evgenia Lysova, together with an international consortium of leading European universities and business partners, received a 4 million EUR Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network (ITN) grant for an international research project on “Global mobility of employees” (GLOMO).

The project is funded through the “Excellent Science” framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie / H2020 Actions of the European Commission. Partner institutions include: Bamberg University (Germany - project coordinator), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Cranfield University (United Kingdom), Institute for Employment Research (Germany), Toulouse Business School (France), Vaasa University (Finland) and Airbus SAS (France). The project’s goal is to conduct international comparative research on employees’ career mobility, including career mobility of self-initiated expatriates, global workers and refugees. GLOMO will last 4 years and will include the creation of 15 PhD-positions. Remarkably, not only is mobility the theoretical and thematic topic of the action, but it will also be lived through the project: all PhD-students will be based at a “host” institution, but will have secondments to one of the other partner universities as well as to thematically fitting partner institutions throughout Europe (e.g. companies, national ministries).

Academy of Management 2017 Outstanding Reviewer Award

I was awarded an Outstanding Reviewer Award at the 2017 Academy of Management conference for my reviewing work in the Careers Division.

Obtained €11.761,- Grant for Level Up Project

Together with Jennifer Symonds from the University College Dublin, I will work on the Level Up project, which is a proposed school-based training programme for 15 – 18-year-olds, designed to enhance the psychosocial skills that promote career, college and work readiness and prevent early school leaving. Level Up will train young people in those skills using active and creative pedagogies such as role play, simulation games and problem solving, designed to stimulate engagement, reflection, and transformation. The delivery of Level Up may help reduce social inequalities in young people’s psychosocial skills and subsequent life chances.

Best Symposium Winner at Academy of Management 2016

I won the Best Symposium Award of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management in August 2016. The symposium, entitled “Not my Breach! Innovative Ways to Study Psychological Contract Breach and Effects on Meaningfulness”, was co-organized by Stefan Mol and Matthijs Bal.

Top 3 VU Teacher Talent Award

I was voted in the top 3 of talented teachers at VU Amsterdam in August 2016. This achievement was the result of an election process among all ten faculties of the university, with each faculty nominating their “best” teacher.

Outstanding Reviewer Award at Academy of Management 2016

I won the Outstanding Reviewer award of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management in August 2016. Each year, during the AOM conference, several reviewers who have received high evaluations from submitting authors for their reviewing work, are celebrated with this award.

FEWEB Best Lecturer Award 2016

I won the Best Lecturer Award for teachers younger than 36 years in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in June 2016. This award was the result of a voting process among students, followed by a nomination into the top 5, and subsequently the decision from a jury to appoint the winner.

Senior University Teaching Qualification

I obtained my senior university teaching qualification (“Senior Kwalificatie Onderwijs”, or, SKO) in May of 2016. Only about 5% of VU staff is allowed to do this program, which someone is only allowed to do after a formal nomination by the faculty board. Between summer of 2015 and May 2016, I participated in this program and created the HRM Learning Pathway, which is a comprehensive and integrative overview of HRM courses in our International Business Administration Bachelor program.

Obtained Funding For PhD Project VU To Work

I obtained €200.000,-, partially from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and partially from the Postgraduate Accountancy program, for the VU to Work PhD project (also see “Projects” for more details). This project has started in February 2016.

Organizer of WAOP Conference 2015

In a cooperation between the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences of VU Amsterdam, we organized the annual WAOP conference in 2015. This conference is the annual meeting of Work and Organizational Psychologists and HRM scholars in the Netherlands and Belgium. The conference features over 60 presentations and over 150 participants.

Best Reviewer Award at Academy of Management 2015

I won the Best Reviewer award of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management in August 2015. Each year, during the AOM conference, several reviewers who have received high evaluations from submitting authors for their reviewing work, are celebrated with this award.

Nomination FEWEB Best Lecturer Award 2015

I was nominated in the top 3 Best Lecturers of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU Amsterdam in 2015.

University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

I obtained my University Teaching Qualification (“Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs”, or, BKO) in May 2014 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The UTQ is a requirement for all university staff in the Netherlands. I participated in a shorter version of the program, which took place between November 2013 and May 2014.

Nomination Best Lecturer Award 2009 Utrecht University Faculty of Social Sciences

I was nominated for the Best Lecturer Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Utrecht University in 2009.

Nomination Best Lecturer Award 2008 Utrecht University Faculty of Social Sciences

I was nominated for the Best Lecturer Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Utrecht University in 2008.