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Maria Tims is associate professor at the department of Management and Organization since 2014. Previously she worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she obtained her PhD cum laude in 2013.


My scientific and practical expertise lies in the areas of 1) employee proactivity and work design (at the individual and team level, such as self-organizing teams), and 2) workforce analytics.

1) I measure and facilitate the development of employee proactivity (e.g., job crafting) as most work environments now call for proactive employees who take action to change things when needed.
My current research is on how proactive behaviors can be managed within teams - what happens in the team if one team member crafts his/her job? I received a NWO grant to work on this research. My team/collaborators and I have published 30+ articles on these topics in top-ranked scientific journals.

2) Workforce analytics, inspired by the vast amount of data collected in this area on the one hand and issues related to survey fatigue and dropout on the other hand, my newest research focuses on unobtrusively measuring employee well-being and generating a link with workforce data to predict important individual and organizational outcomes.


VENI research grant from NWO for research project "Looking for the “I” in teams while still functioning as a team: Individual job crafting and its relationships with individual, team, and organizational outcomes."  

Ancillary activities

  • WAOP | Tilburg | Bestuurswerkzaamheden | 2013-12-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • Job crafting
  • Work design
  • Job characteristics
  • Proactivity
  • Employability
  • Self-organizing teams
  • Workforce analytics
  • Employee affect

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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 32 Article
  • 8 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

An interpersonal perspective on HR attributions: Examining the role of line managers, coworkers, and similarity in work-related motivations

Beijer, S., Van De Voorde, K. & Tims, M., 2 Jul 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, JULY, p. 1-10 10 p., 1509.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Social Environment
Information Theory
Automatic Data Processing
Career success

Crafting social resources on days when you are emotionally exhausted: The role of job insecurity

Breevaart, K. & Tims, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 92, 4, p. 806-824 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Social Support
Multilevel Analysis
Social resources
Job insecurity

Job and career crafting to fulfill individual career pathways

Tims, M. & Akkermans, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Career pathways – School to retirement and beyond. Carter, G. & Hedge, J. (eds.). Oxford University Press

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

Job crafting: An individual strategy to develop oneself

Tims, M. & Knight, C., 2019, Creating psychologically healthy workplaces. Burke, R. & Richardsen, A. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, p. 152-170 19 p.

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

Activities 2015 2019

  • 8 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Conference

My perspective is my reality? Looking at job crafting from multiple perspectives

Maria Tims (Speaker)
29 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

All-In or all-out? Examining the relationships between HR practices, perceived employability, and organizational outcomes

Jos Akkermans (Speaker), M. Tims (Speaker), S.E. Beijer (Speaker), Nele De Cuyper (Speaker)
19 May 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Development and Validation of the Career Crafting Scale

T.J. Akkermans (Speaker), M. Tims (Speaker)
8 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

All in or All Out? Examining the Relationships between HRM, Employability, and Outcomes

T.J. Akkermans (Speaker), M. Tims (Speaker), S. Beijer (Speaker)
8 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Symposium organized for the bi-annual EAWOP Conference

T.J. Akkermans (Organiser), M. Tims (Organiser)
20 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic


NWO-VENI grant for project on Job Crafting

Maria Tims (Recipient), 2016