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Opinion article in De Volkskrant: President Trump, the government is not a business

President Trump wants to improve the efficiency of the American federal administration by having the government function more as a business. Read more

New project: Performance of professionals in social welfare teams

From 2017 – 2021, the municipality of The Hague will fund a new research project about the performance of professionals in social welfare teams. The municipality has granted a 200.000 euro subsidy for this five year project, which will be used to hire a PhD candidate. Read more

Paper presentations at NIG conference 2016 in Antwerp

Last week, I was present at the 2016 Annual Work Conference of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) in Antwerp, Belgium. Read more

VENI Grant awarded!

I was awarded a Veni grant of 250.000 euro by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a four year research project named “Innovation Capacity in Times of Decline: Cutback Management in Local Government Organizations”. Read more

In organizational change, public professionals ask: “What’s in it for others?”

How does prosocial motivation – the desire to benefit others through the job – influence how professionals respond to organizational change?

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Change Management in Hard Times (ARPA)

Public management research has paid little attention to the implementation processes through which public organizations implement cutbacks. In this study, we examine how the implementation of cutbacks is related to employees’ organizational commitment and work engagement in the Dutch public sector, and to what extent the use of change management practices may mitigate a negative relationship between cutbacks and these factors. Read more

Opinion article about government reform in De Volkskrant (in Dutch)

Voor De Volkskrant schreef ik een opinie artikel over overheidshervormingen: link. De originele titel van het artikel is ‘Overheidshervormingsdrift’. Read more

Decentralisatie Jeugdzorg (2): Prosociale motivatie in de jeugdzorg (in Dutch)

In samenwerking met prof. dr. Bram Steijn is een artikel verschenen in het Tijdschrift voor HRM. In het artikel presenteren we enkele onderzoeksresultaten op basis van ons onderzoek naar de decentralisatie van de jeugdzorg. Read more

Decentralisatie Jeugdzorg (1): De gevolgen voor jeugdzorgprofessionals (in Dutch)

Vanaf 1 januari 2015 is de jeugdzorg gedecentraliseerd naar het gemeentelijke niveau. In samenwerking met prof. dr. Bram Steijn (EUR) en dr. Ben Kuipers (EUR) voer ik een grootschalig, longitudinaal onderzoek uit naar de gevolgen van de decentralisatie voor jeugdzorgprofessionals. Wij brengen hierbij de ervaringen van  professionals over meerdere jaren in kaart.  Read more

Academic Publication (ROPPA): Financial cutbacks and the job satisfaction of top-level public managers

Do financial cutbacks make top-level public managers unhappy? This is the question prof. Steven Van de Walle and I examine using a large dataset of European top managers.  Read more