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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.


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.


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


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


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Research Output 2009 2020

  • 23 Article
  • 7 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model

De Vos, A., Van der Heijden, B. & Akkermans, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Conceptual model
field research

A sustainable career perspective of work ability: The importance of resources across the lifespan

Stuer, D., De Vos, A., Van Der Heijden, B. I. J. M. & Akkermans, J., 2 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 14, p. 1-19 19 p., 2572.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Conservation of Natural Resources

Buffering the breach: Examining the three-way interaction between unit climate level, strength, and psychological contract breach

Akkermans, J., Bal, P. M. & De Jong, S. B., 5 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, MAR, p. 1-13 473.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Career success

Duurzame loopbanen

Akkermans, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Canon HRM. De Lange, W., De Prins, P. & Van der Heijden, B. (eds.). Vakmedianet

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2013 2019

Why You Should NOT Strive to be Successful in Your Career

Jos Akkermans (Speaker)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model

Ans De Vos (Speaker), Beatrice Van der Heijden (Speaker), Jos Akkermans (Speaker)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sustainable Employability: Buzzword or Bitter Necessity?

Jos Akkermans (Speaker)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

King's College London

Jos Akkermans (Visiting researcher)
15 Feb 201818 Feb 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award

Jos Akkermans (Recipient), 7 Aug 2017


Best Reviewer

Jos Akkermans (Recipient), 2015


Career Division Best Reviewer

Jos Akkermans (Recipient), 2016


Career Division Best Symposium

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


Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award 2017

Jos Akkermans (Recipient), 10 Jul 2018


Research agenda
Career development

Press / Media

NPO Radio 1 Interview on Video Selection

Jos Akkermans


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Zoek nooit naar een schaap met vijf poten

Jos Akkermans, Janneke Oostrom & Sanne Nijs


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Stand.nl: Jeugdige onbezonnenheid mag geen carrièrebreker zijn

Jos Akkermans


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Moet iedereen proactief zijn op de werkvloer?

Jos Akkermans


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research