The purpose of the VU Centre for Organisational Behaviour and HRM group is to create knowledge that can enable contemporary organisations to understand and proactively manage the current realignments and shifts in employment practices, technology, demography, and organisational structures.
Global economic changes are forcing organizations and workers alike to search for greater flexibility in employment forms and relations. These shifts in the nature of work and the workforce hold the promise to dramatically and sustainably improve the efficiency of organisations. However, to reap the benefits organisations must be able to adapt, employ, and regulate these changes in a responsible manner. At the same, workers must become proactive agents in the construction of their own careers and take responsibility to overcome any constraining forces. Creating sustainable careers is an essential lever to fuel future economic growth and pave the way for the next generation of workers. Yet, a concerning factor is the extent to which opportunities for creating stable, meaningful work have increasingly become polarized, favouring those fortunate enough to be living in certain geographies and to be holding certain in-demand skills. Our research group therefore focuses on how organisations can anticipate and proactively manage societal shifts to shape a future of work that expands economic growth and opportunities for all.
Vision and Strategy
The VU Organisational Behaviour and HRM research group is focused on producing high impact research that is internationally excellent and serves to create knowledge that enables organisations, teams, and individuals to understand and proactively lead the current developments in employment relations, careers and meaningful work, work design, leadership, talent management, and diversity.
We share a business-relevant research strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and utilises innovative methodologies (including survey research, experimental field studies, and qualitative research approaches). Our combined skills and interests allow us to unpack the complex patterns of influence present in society and organisations. We offer organisational practitioners theoretical and practical insights into how they can shape a sustainable future of work. We are always looking for organisational partners who are interested in starting joint research projects. To find out about opportunities for collaborations, please contact Dr. Janneke K. Oostrom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 2019/2020, our research group (co)organised several conferences and small group meetings, including the EAWOP “Future of Work and Organisational Psychology Day” in Turin, the “Careers in Context” conference in Vienna, the Dutch-Flemish network meeting on selection research, and the EAWOP small group meeting on "Antecedents of Work Design". In addition, two members of the group have representative roles (e.g., as executive board member) in the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. Furthermore, several members of the research group serve as an associate editor for international journals, including the Journal of Vocational Behavior and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment.
In the VU Centre for Organisational Behaviour and HRM group, we address research on organisational behaviour from the following five key perspectives:
- Careers and meaningful work
- The future of work design
- Leadership and organisational change
- Talent management
- Diversity management and inclusion
Our team consists of dedicated, award-winning teachers and researchers, who use their research to deliver excellent teaching in the following programmes:
- We provide courses in the Bachelor Business Administration (“Bedrijfskunde”) and the Bachelor International Business Administration, with courses on HRM and OB and Leadership.
- We offer two specialisations as part of the 1-year fulltime Master programmes in Business Administration: HRM and Leadership and Change Management.
- We offer a 2-year Research Master programme Business & Management that forms the ideal preparation for progressing to a leading PhD programme at VU Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam or any (inter)national university.
- For executives, we offer a part-time PhD programme and several courses within the management domain.