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Jana Retkowsky is a PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Economics of the department of Management and Organization. She is on a 4-year PhD project under the supervision of Prof. dr. P.G.W. Jansen, Prof. dr. S.N. Khapova, Dr. S. Nijs, and Dr. T.J. Akkermans.

Prior to her Human Resource Management Master at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017-2018, Jana studied business and law at the University of Mannheim. She did several internships and worked as a research and teaching assistant at two chairs at the University of Mannheim. During her master thesis she did a research internship at the HRM department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 


Her PhD project is funded by the Gak Instituut and focuses on the psychology of flexible work. In particular, she researches sustainable careers of flexible workers (freelancers, agency workers, gig workers). The highly dynamic labor market draws the attention from the traditional to a “new” worker  –  employer relationship grounded in flexibilization of labor. She aims to understand this perceived relationship between workers and employers embedded in our fast pacing world. Among others, she is curious about questions such as how can we build sustainable careers among flexible workers – meaning to explore how to increase their e.g. productivity, happiness and employability. Who takes responsibility to stimulate sustainable carriers among different types of flexible workers? As flexibilization of labor is a societal highly relevant topic and a double-edged sword, it triggers her interest. 

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