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Paul Jansen (born 1954) is since 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 member of the board member of the 'HRM Network NL’ ( His research interests are in management development, careers, assessment (e.g. assessment centers, 360-graden feedback) and performance management. 

Since 2016 he is a member of the central Academic Integrity Committee (CWI) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:


  • 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. Paul Jansen has supervised 41 dissertations and is supervising some 10 PhD projects.

Ancillary activities

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

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-24)

Education / Academic qualification

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

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Research Output 1981 2018

Examining calling as a double-edged sword for employability

Lysova, E. I., Jansen, P. G. W., Khapova, S. N., Plomp, J. & Tims, M. 1 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Vocational Behavior. 104, p. 261-272 12 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Ambition at work and career satisfaction: The mediating role of taking charge behavior and the moderating role of pay

El Baroudi, S., Fleisher, C., Khapova, S. N., Jansen, P. G. W. & Richardson, J. 2017 In : Career Development International. 22, 1, p. 87-102

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Eerder weg om gezond actief te blijven: Waarom oudere perspectiefvolle, lager en middelbaar opgeleide technici vrijwillig vroegtijdig uittreden

Breij, A. C. M. 2017 321 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation VU

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