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Rowena Blokker is PhD candidate at the department of Management and Organization of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Rowena is finalizing a PhD project on critical success factors during the school-to-work transition. This research is under the supervision of Prof. dr. P.G.W. Jansen, Prof. dr. S.N. Khapova, and Dr. T.J. Akkermans.

The goal of this PhD project was to examine the key antecedents and consequences of the school-to-work transition in the contemporary career. Among other things, we followed Master's students over time, tracking their progress and analyzing their transition into the labor market. The project contributes to the development of theory and curriculum on the transition from university to work in today’s dynamic labor market.

This project also had a clear practical element, to which both the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Postgraduate Accounting program (PGO) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are closely connected. In cooperation with them, and based on the empirical results from the project, Rowena supported the development of new educational programs in the SBE master programs and the Postgraduate program Accounting. The aim of these educational programs was to integrate the empirical findings such that the students profit from a better preparation to their labor market transition, and thus a better connection between their studies and their future work.


  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior (Bachelor program International Business Administration, tutorials)
  • Organizational Behavior and Decision Making (International Executive Master of Auditing, tutorials & lectures)
  • Organizational Behavior & Accountancy (Postgraduate Accountancy, tutorials & lectures)
  • Academic skills (BSc International Business Administration, tutorials & lectures)
  • Bachelor and Master thesis supervision
  • Capita Selecta - Research Internship supervision

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Board member PhD Research community (pHResh) • 2017 - 2020

Board member ABRI PhD Council • 2017 - 2019

Associate Editor CAR Newsletters • 2016 - 2018

Member Kennisplatform Studiesucces • 2016 - 2017

Academic qualification

Master, Leiden Universiteit

1 Feb 201431 Jan 2016

Award Date: 31 Jan 2016

Bachelor, University of Amsterdam

1 Sep 200931 Jan 2014

Award Date: 31 Jan 2014


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