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Wendy Andrews joined academia after a broad career in business. After obtaining a Master degree in Engineering and working for several year in commercial-engineering roles and as a business consultant, she obtained an MBA in general management from IESE Business School (Barcelona). She started her academic career with a Master in Research in Organizational Behavior from London Business School, and wrote her PhD on status and hierarchy in face-to-face groups at the Center for Research on Self and Identity (Southampton, UK). Since then she has written a range of articles, focusing primarily on hierarchy, leadership, competition, and in/exclusion.

In 2009 Wendy returned to the Netherlands where she worked at several Universities. In 2018 she joined the VU Amsterdam as Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology. There, she is an active member of the Institute of Brain and Behavior Amsterdam and the faculty Impact Board, and the Business Director of the Amsterdam Leadership Lab. She has also created a web-based leadership assessment tool, SALT, for use by organizations.

In all her work, Wendy seeks to use her unique experience within as well as outside academia to build connections between universities and the business world. Ultimately, she strives to develop knowledge and create tools that find their way to the managers and organizations that can benefit from them.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • H Social Sciences
  • social-hierarchical relations in groups and organizations


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