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Inge Brokerhof obtained her PhD at the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) within the department of Management and Organisation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She obtained her master’s degree in Social and Developmental Psychology at the Universtiy of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Prior to this she studied at University College Roosevelt Academy with a major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Rhetoric and Argumentation.Her PhD research has a multidisciplinary focus, combining fictional narratives and media studies, with psychology and organisational behavior. 

She has worked as a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School, investigating the application of fictional narratives in business ethics education and moral leadership and at the University of Bath, exploring the role of narrative fiction on work-related outcomes.


Inge Brokerhof's main research focus is the impact of narrative fiction in the workplace. 

How do fictional narratives about work influence the way in which we imagine ourselves in our (future) career? Can narratives we encounter in books, short stories and films influence our career awareness, work skills such as empathy and creativity, and our believes about jobs or companies? 

Inge Brokerhof investigates whether stories can help people think about what they want to achieve in their career. Fictional stories could inspire career decisions and offer a safe arena for people to experiment with different possible work selves. Would you want to work in a fictional company like ‘The Circle’ described in the book of Dave Eggers, and do you despise or secretly admire the ‘Wolf of Wall street’? 

Furthermore, complex stories, such as literature, stimulate complex and critical thinking. How can literature be used in a business context to discuss the complexities of modern organisations? Can stories be used to enhance awareness of moral complexity in leaders?



  • Change Rhetorics and Politics (part of the master Leadership and Change Management)
  • Business Ethics (part of the HRM master)
  • Master thesis supervision

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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