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Dr. Jos Akkermans is Associate Professor of Sustainable Careers and Organizational Behavior at the department of Management and Organization at VU Amsterdam. He is the program director of the Business Administration Master program, and leading researcher on projects related to sustainable career development, changing employer-employee relationships, and career transitions.

Jos is associate editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and he is part of the leadership of the Careers Division of Academy of Management between 2018 and 2022, with varying roles such as PDW chair, program chair, and division chair. In addition, he is actively involved in cooperating with businesses and professionals. Among other things, he is a board member of the Dutch Foundation of Management Development (NFMD), a consultant at Royal FrieslandCampina, a board member of the applied science board of Knowvium, and he is regularly invited for keynote lectures and workshops during conferences and in companies.

Research

Jos' research primarily focuses on sustainable careers and changing employer-employee relationships. He studies the development and management of sustainable careers by examining topics such as employability, career crafting, and career shocks, and is also especially interested in studying study success and school-to-work transitions as the foundation of sustainable careers. He also researches changing employer-employee relationships, focusing on topics such as psychological contracts, job crafting and job design, employee well-being, and innovative methods of recruiting and selecting talent. Jos has published in high-profile journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Human Resource Management. In addition, he is associate editor of Career Development International and editorial board member of Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Teaching

Jos is the program director of the Business Administration Master’s program at the School of Business and Economics. In addition, he is program coordinator of the HRM Master’s program, teaches several courses such as Recruitment & Selection (MSc), and HRM & Organizational Behavior (BSc), and he supervises PhD students, Master’s students, and Bachelor students. Jos has been trained as a senior university teacher (SKO), he won the Faculty Best Teacher award in 2016, and he was voted in the top 3 Best Teaching Talents of VU Amsterdam in 2016.

Prizes and Awards

Career Development International Best Paper Award 2017

Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017

Academy of Management Careers Division Best Symposium Award 2016

Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award 2016

Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award 2015

Faculty Best Lecturer Award 2016

VU Talented Teacher Award Top 3 2016

Grants

Psychology of Flexible Work - €240.000,- grant obtained for a 4-year PhD project on the psychological mechanisms underlying the increasing flexibility of contemporary work. The project will focus on the role of changing psychological contracts and talent management policies in organizations.

 

Smart Jobs Project - €100.000,- grant obtained for a 4-year PhD project about contemporary job design and its implications for organizations. Among other things, this project aims to develop a smart job scan, which can assess contemporary job design features in a variety of organizations

 

CareerLEAP Program - €150.000,- grant obtained in cooperation with Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin for the further development and empirical testing of the CareerLEAP program, which is an intervention that aims to help disadvantaged unemployed youth obtain employment.

 

LevelUp - €11.7761,- grant obtained in cooperation with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin for the development and empirical testing of the Level Up program, which aims to help high school students gain important career-related competencies.

 

VU to Work - €250.000,- grant obtained by VU Amsterdam and the postgraduate Accounting program at VU Amsterdam for the 4-year fulltime PhD project "VU to Work", which aims to uncover critical antecedents and consequences of the school-to-work transition in the contemporary career.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universiteit van Utrecht

20092013

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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 19 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model

De Vos, A., Van der Heijden, B. & Akkermans, J., 25 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Vocational Behavior. 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.06.011

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

career
Research
Conceptual model
field research
stakeholder

Tales of the unexpected: Integrating career shocks in the contemporary careers literature

Akkermans, J., Seibert, S. E. & Mol, S. T., 1 Jan 2018, In : SA Journal of Industrial Psychology. 44, p. 1-10 10 p., a1503

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shock
Research

The best of both worlds: The role of career adaptability and career competencies in students' well-being and performance

Akkermans, J., Paradniké, K., Van der Heijden, B. I. J. M. & De Vos, A., 12 Sep 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, September, p. 1-13 13 p., 1678

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Students
Lithuania
Self Care
Occupations

The Winner Takes it All, the Loser Has to Fall: Provoking the Agency Perspective in Employability Research

Forrier, A., De Cuyper, N. & Akkermans, J., 13 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Human Resource Management Journal.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Employability
Assets
Agenda
Human capital theory
Social exchange theory

Core self-evaluations and work engagement: Testing a perception, action, and development path

Tims, M. & Akkermans, J., 7 Aug 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 8, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Personnel
Job satisfaction
Testing
testing

Activities 2013 2018

National characteristics, career success, and life satisfaction of young blue collar workers – a country comparative analysis

Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker), W. Mayrhofer (Speaker), Dominik Zellhofer (Speaker)
13 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Moving the Field Forward: Theorizing about Sustainable Careers

Ans De Vos (Speaker), Beatrice I.J.M. Van der Heijden (Speaker), Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker)
13 Aug 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model

Ans De Vos (Speaker), Beatrice Van der Heijden (Speaker), Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The 21st century school-to-work transition: Improving the working lives of young people

Blokker, R. (Speaker), Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker), Jansen, P. G. W. (Speaker), Khapova, S. N. (Speaker)
13 Aug 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Keynote Speaker at Employability21 Conference 2018

Akkermans, T. J. (Keynote speaker)
13 Sep 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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Prizes

Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award

T.J. Akkermans (Recipient), 7 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Best Reviewer

T.J. Akkermans (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Career Division Best Reviewer

T.J. Akkermans (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Career Division Best Symposium

T.J. Akkermans (Recipient), S. Mol (Recipient) & P.M. Bal (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award 2017

T.J. Akkermans (Recipient), 10 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Research agenda
Career development

Press / Media

Zoek nooit naar een schaap met vijf poten

T.J. Akkermans, J.K. Oostrom & S. Nijs

11/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Stand.nl: Jeugdige onbezonnenheid mag geen carrièrebreker zijn

T.J. Akkermans

11/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Moet iedereen proactief zijn op de werkvloer?

T.J. Akkermans

30/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research