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I am interested in how employees deal with change and disruptions in organizational contexts. This includes episodes of voluntary change (entering a new organization, leaving), and involuntary change (e.g., dealing with organizational change, or recovering from a negative event). Specific variables that I have studied in the changing workplace are (organizational) commitment, psychological contracts, person-environment fit, job search behavior, change supportive/opponent behaviors, and (moral) leadership. When I do research, I always try to build temporal (or "process") theory and create substantive-methological synergies, meaning that I try to answer relevant questions with innovative research techniques. My vision is to develop scenarios for how people change in different contexts and to use this knowledge to develop diagnostic tools that could assist change leaders and followers in making this world a better place. An example of such a tool, is the En-gager, En-gager Change, and STRASS apps I have developed with my collaborators. Finally, i am also active as reviewer on editorial boards of top-tier international journals, including Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review, and Academy of Management Perspectives


Next to my research duties, I am the initiator and coordinator of the Leadership and Change Management (LCM) master program, which is one of the five Business Administration master specializations at the Vrije Universiteit. In 2017 the programme started out with 35 students, and now, in its second year, hosts 73 students. I teach two courses in the master specialization, Change Rhetoric & Politics 4.2 and Organizational Change Serious Game 4.3. I also teach Theory building, Logic, and Argumentation at doctoral level. 

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Innovational Incentive Scheme -VENI grant (250.000 Euro's) - 2014-2016

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maastricht University

1 Sep 200431 Aug 2009


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Studies
  • social psychology

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Workplace Medicine & Life Sciences
Taxonomies Engineering & Materials Science
Contracts Medicine & Life Sciences
Trajectories Engineering & Materials Science
Cognition Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Growth Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2018

Capturing the Dynamics of Leader-Follower Interactions: Stalemates and Future Theoretical Progress

Hofmans, J., Doci, E., Solinger, O. N., Choi, W. & Judge, T., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
exchange theory

k-Centres Functional Clustering: A Person-Centered Approach to Modeling Complex Nonlinear Growth Trajectories

Hofmans, J., Vantilborgh, T. & Solinger, O. N., 1 Oct 2018, In : Organizational Research Methods. 21, 4, p. 905-930 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Person-centrism in psychological contract research: A normative-contextual alternative

Solinger, O. N., 2018, Handbook of Research on the Psychological Contract at Work. Griep, Y. & Cooper, C. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

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

Psychological contract
Levels of analysis
Social influence
Process model
Social exchange theory

The future of workplace commitment: key questions and directions

van Rossenberg, Y. G. T., Klein, H. J., Asplund, K., Bentein, K., Breitsohl, H., Cohen, A., Cross, D., de Aguiar Rodrigues, A. C., Duflot, V., Kilroy, S., Ali, N., Rapti, A., Ruhle, S., Solinger, O., Swart, J. & Yalabik, Z. Y., Mar 2018, In : European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 27, 2, p. 153-167 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Direction compound
Work place

Understanding dynamic change in perceptions of person–environment fit: An exploration of competing theoretical perspectives

Vleugels, W., De Cooman, R., Verbruggen, M. & Solinger, O., Nov 2018, In : Journal of Organizational Behavior. 39, 9, p. 1066-1080 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

human being

Activities 2012 2018

  • 3 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Peer review
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Other

Human Resource Management Review (Journal)

Solinger, O. N. (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 20181 Jan 2021

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Academy of Management Perspectives (Journal)

Solinger, O. N. (Member of editorial board)
15 Apr 201815 Apr 2021

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

2017 Conference on Commitment

Solinger, O. N. (Participant)
13 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Program Committee

Solinger, O. N. (Speaker)
14 Nov 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


€133,000 grant from NWO, programme ‘Promotiebeurs voor leraren'.

P.G.W. Jansen (Recipient), O.N. Solinger (Recipient), B.R. Spisak (Recipient) & P. van der Helm (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

2016 Runner-up Prize for Best Paper in Journal of Organizational Behavior

O.N. Solinger (Recipient), P.M. Bal (Recipient), P.G.W. Jansen (Recipient) & Joeri Hofmans (Recipient), 5 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Organizational behaviour
Psychological contract breach

Best Faculty Paper Award 2014

O.N. Solinger (Recipient), 5 Nov 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Most Innovative Paper Award (2017 Conference on Commitment)

Howard Klein (Recipient), O.N. Solinger (Recipient) & Veronique Duflot (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic



V.S.L. van Miert (Recipient), B. R. Spisak (Recipient), O.N. Solinger (Recipient), P. G. W. Jansen (Recipient) & P Helms (Recipient), 17 Feb 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic