Organisational Behaviour

 Research Track Chair

Khapova, Prof. dr. S.N.
Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova
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Research with the Organisational behaviour group converges on relationships between personnel management activities and internal human / social capital, with special attention to intervening individual processes. This relation determines business vitality to a large extent. Research is organized in three interrelated themes, careers, diversity, and leadership.

Careers are studied as result of personal drivers (e.g., learning styles and ambition), situational opportunities (e.g., developmental job components) and social context (e.g., managerial coaching). Careers are also studied as “repositories of knowledge” which involve accumulation of information and knowledge embodied in skills, expertise, and relationship networks that are acquired through an evolving sequence of work experiences over time.

Different psychological and economic theories (e.g. social comparison theory, human capital theory, and rational decision making theory) are used to understand management of demographic diversity, and obstacles to for instance women’s and ethnic minorities’ promotion to management. Another example is investigation into personal and organizational determinants of older workers’ willingness to continue working after formal pension date.

The focus on the situational factors in organisations means paying greater attention to leadership and leadership development as a key determinant of organisational performance. For instance, how do managers’ success criteria change along the hierarchical ladder in an organisation?

Psychological contract; internal career processes; human capital; social capital; diversity; leadership.

People of Organisational Behaviour

NameResearch TopicE-mail
Matthijs BalIdiosyncratic deals, psychological contracts, the aging workforce, and the role of fictional narratives in work  
Sylvia van de BuntCross-cultural management, servant
Paul JansenManagement development, careers, assessment, and performance
Svetlana KhapovaCareers and career investments of contemporary
Omar SolingerIndustrial and organizational
Brian Spisak
Claartje VinkenburgGender, diversity, and careers in