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Paul Jansen (born 1954) is since March 1, 1992 Professor of Industrial Psychology within the HRM group of the Department of Business Administration, School of Business and Economics, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Paul Jansen graduated, cum laude, in 1979, with specialization in Mathematical Psycho­logy (major) and Work and Organizational Psycholo­gy (subsidia­ry) at the University of Nijmegen. He earned his PhD in social sciences in 1983 with a doctoral disserta­tion on a subject in testing and scaling theory. After wor­king at the Ministry of Inner Affairs, and at the Psychologi­cal De­partme­nt of the Dutch Civil Service, he joined the Netherlands PTT in 1984. In 1986 he became Head of the Psycho­logical De­partment of PTT Tele­com. In 1989 he joined the recently founded Corporate Staff of Management Develop­ment of the privatized 'Royal PTT Nederland'. Since 1992 is Professor of Industrial Psychology. He teaches Industrial Psychology, Hu­man Resources Manage­ment and Research Methods in Business Administration. From 1995-2001 he was in addition director of the Limperg Institute, the Interuniversity Institute for Research in Accountancy.

From 1994-2001 Prof. Jansen was chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Foundation for Manage­ment Develop­ment (NFMD), in which large Dutch profit organizations (e.g. Shell, Philips, Unilever, ABN AMRO) and non-profit organizations (Civil Service, universities, large municipalities) participate in order to foster the development of scientific knowledge and practical experience in management and career development. Paul Jansen is one of the founders, and former board member of the 'HRM Network NL’ (www.hrm-network.nl/). His research interests are in management development, careers, assessment (e.g. assessment centers, 360-graden feedback) and performance management. 

From 2016 - 2018 he was a member of the central Academic Integrity Committee (CWI) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: https://www.vu.nl/en/about-vu-amsterdam/academic-integrity/cwi/index.aspx

Paul Jansen has supervised 44 dissertations.

For his work in assessment centers, P.G.W. Jansen was elected as an 'innovator of Netherlands’ industry for the nineties' by the Dutch management journal NEXT (November 1998).

  • In 2005 ranked as no. 3 in the Top 10 of Netherlands P&O-scientists by members of the Netherlands Society for Personnel Management and Organization Development.
  • For his scientific work, professor Paul Jansen (Management and Organization) obtained the Dutch HRM Network award 2013 at the 8th International Biannual Conference “’H’ versus ‘R’ in HRM” in Leuven, Belgium (13-15 November 2013).
  • In recognition of truly outstanding doctoral supervision, Paul Jansen received the Amsterdam Business Research Institute Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award 2014.
  • The paper by Solinger, O.S., Bal, P.M., Hofmans, J., & Jansen, P.G.W. (2016). Bouncing back from psychological contract breach: How commitment recovers over time. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37 (No.4), 494-514. DOI: 10.1002/job.2047 was selected as one of the three best papers published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior in 2016.


Paul Jansen teaches Industrial Psychology, Hu­man Resources Manage­ment, and Research Methods.

Ancillary activities

  • Lemniscaat School of Management | Utrecht | Lid Academic Board | 2014-01-02 - 2017-06-15
  • Verschillende werving & selectiebureaus | Onbekend | Directieadviseur: incidenteel advieswerk | 2014-01-02 - 2017-06-15
  • IC University of the Caribbean | Willemstad | prof. Industrial Psychology & Research Methods | 2017-06-16 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematical Psychology 9 nov 1983, PhD, Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Nijmegen


  • HA Statistics
  • Research methods
  • BF Psychology
  • Work & Organizational Psychology
  • HRM
  • Assessment & Selection
  • Performance Management
  • Careers

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Research Output 1981 2020

The emergence of moral leadership

Solinger, O. N., Jansen, P. & Cornelissen, J. P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Academy of Management Review.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Behavioral research

Adoption of governance practices in hospitals: The role of directors’ multi-level frames in the governance decision-making process in the boardroom

Szabo, A., 2019, 283 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Applied research: Designing, performing, analysing and reporting

van der Velde, E. G., Jansen, P. & Dikkers, J. S. E., 2019, Hilversum: Concept Uitgeefgroep. 214 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookProfessional

Career success

Developing moral leadership: change processes during a literature-based leadership course

Brokerhof, I., Sucher, S. J., Bal, P. M., Hakemulder, F., Jansen, P. & Solinger, O., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Activities 1999 2018

Mensen kunnen kinderachtig doen over beloning.

P.G.W. Jansen (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

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

R. Blokker (Speaker), Jos Akkermans (Speaker), Paul Jansen (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker)
13 Aug 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

School-to-work transition in the contemporary career: An interdisciplinary systematic review

Jos Akkermans (Speaker), R. Blokker (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker), Paul Jansen (Speaker)
7 Aug 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Round table discussion about HRtech with HR directors, a scientist, and a sponsor organized by HRtop100

P.G.W. Jansen (Participant)
7 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Exploring project-based organizing through action research

L.A. Havermans (Speaker), S. Twaalfhoven (Speaker), J.P. Cornelissen (Speaker), P.G.W. Jansen (Speaker)
15 Jun 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


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

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


South Africa
Mental Competency

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

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


Organizational behaviour
Psychological contract breach

Press / Media

Interview over Burnout

P.G.W. Jansen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment