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In my research, I focus on organizational processes at the micro- and meso-levels of analysis. Specifically, my research focuses on the dilemmas between individual and collective interests. For organizations and the individuals and groups that operate within them, finding a balance between own interests, ideas and opinions and those of the larger collective is essential for achieving effective outcomes. I examine the ways in which individuals and groups deal with the challenges and opportunities this creates. As such, my studies focus on the motivational and contextual factors that drive behavior in settings such as teamwork, negotiation and interpersonal conflict. This research area is especially relevant in light of the current societal transitions that relate to the restructuring of organizations involving increased participation in decision making (for example in health care, crisis management, and labor participation). Whether public organizations and private organizations with a public task are able to effectively deliver public value depends for an important part on how micro (individual) and meso (team) -level processes take form. Connecting "the macro" and "the micro" therefore offers solutions to current societal challenges. Specific areas of study are:

  • Team functioning and performance
  • Negotiation and post-negotiation processes and outcomes
  • Conflict management
  • Workplace coaching
  • The social functions of gossip in teams

In my research, I employ various quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g. experiments, vignette studies, surveys, interviews).



Academic Teaching ( “BKO” certificate (University Teaching Qualification), UvA, June 2011)
2018 - presentTeacher in Bachelor level Course on “Conflict and Peacebuilding”, VU (60 students yearly).
2018 - presentTeacher in Master level course on “Cooperation and Conflict” (60 students yearly)
2016 - presentTeacher and coordinator of Graduate level Course on “Proposal Design and writing”, VU (10-20 students yearly).
2014 - 2018Teacher and coordinator of Bachelor level Course on “Communication and Behavior in Organizations”, VU (350 students yearly).
2014 - 2018Supervision of individual undergraduate students’ master thesis research projects at the Department of Organizational Sciences, VU.
2015Teacher and coordinator of Master level course on “Organizational Behavior” (140 students)
2013 - 2014Teacher and coordinator of Research Master course on “Advances in Group Dynamics and Performance”, UvA (5-10 students yearly).
2013 - 2014Teacher and coordinator of Master level course on “Cooperation and Conflict”, UvA (20-30 students yearly).
2012 - 2014Teacher and coordinator of course on Work-and Organizational Psychology for first year psychology students, UvA (600-700 students yearly).
2010 - 2014Teacher and coordinator of Master level course on designing research, data analysis, scientific writing and presenting for psychology students, UvA (50-60 students yearly).
2000 - presentSupervision of individual undergraduate students’ master thesis research projects (two of these students, Hanneke Kooij-De Bode and Job van der Schalk, won the NSvP “David van Lennep-award” for their master’s theses; Another student, Femke ten Velden, won the “Nico Frijda Thesis Award” from the Psychology Department at UvA. All three of these students have by now finished their Ph.D. projects).
2006 - 2008Presentation course for Ph.D. students for the Kurt Lewin Institute, (10-15 Ph.D. students per course).
2001- 2008Teacher and coordinator of Master level course on “Conflict Management and Negotiation”, UvA (40-50 students yearly).
1999 - 2000Development and teaching for Workshops on “Conflict and Negotiation”, Utrecht University (30-40 students per workshop).
1999 - 2000Teaching of lectures on organizational psychology (focusing on interdependence in groups and organizations and organizational citizenship behavior), UvA


European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC), 2017

Role: sole applicant and PI
Grant: € 1.999.693,-.
Competition: 13% of proposals were accepted
Topic: The unknown force: How gossip shapes the functioning and performance of organizational groups (FORCE-OF-GOSSIP)

ZONMW, 2017 

Role: Applicant (with Marieke van Wieringen, Peter Groenewegen, Henk Nies)
Grant: € 25,000
Competition: unknown
Topic: Monitoring Leadership Trajectory for Care Personnel

Institute for Societal Resilience and Municipality Eindhoven, 2017

Role: Applicant (with Kim van Erp)
Grant: € 7,500 from ISR, € 5,000 from Municipality Eindhoven
Competition: proposals within the faculty, competition rate unknown
Topic: Organizational Participation and Voice

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2009

Role: Supervisor of Ph.D. candidate Said Shafa (with F. Harinck and F. Ellemers)
Grant: € 180,000
Competition: 13% of proposals were accepted
Topic: Value conflict.

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2005 

Role: Principal Investigator
Grant: € 200,000 (VENI)
Competition: 10% of proposals were accepted
Topic: The development of a contingency model of the aftermath of group negotiation.

3 Grants for organizing a Small Group Meeting from: the European Association for Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), the European Association for Decision Making (EADM), and the Royal Netherlands Academy Of Sciences (KNAW), 2003.

Role: Primary organizer (with B. A. Nijstad)
Grant: € 12,450 in total
Competition: unknown
Topic: Group decision making.

Fulbright Grant, Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange, 2000

Role: Principal Investigator (the Fulbright program is aimed at facilitating international collaboration with the USA) Grant: € 4,000
Competition: unknown Topic: Team processes and performance.

Ancillary activities

  • Schouten & Nelissen | Zaltbommel | seminars/colleges verzorgen | 2014-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Amsterdam


Award Date: 1 May 2002

Social Psychology , Master, Free University Amsterdam


Award Date: 1 Aug 1997


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Cooperation
  • Conflict
  • Team work
  • Negotiation
  • Gossip


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