Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society

Biography professors

Prof. dr. Claartje ter Hoeven

Claartje ter Hoeven is professor of Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her current teaching and research focuses on how technological advancements shape the way we work, organise, and govern. More specifically, she is interested how digital technologies reconfigure work for different people in different occupations. She is the coordinator of the master program Organizational Dynamics in the Digital Society. Besides, she is very active in organizational practice as well, by delivering lectures for (professional) organizations, participating in debates, and collaborating in publications for practice.

Dr. Francisca Grommé

Francisca Grommé is part of the Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society programme as an assistant professor. She works from a background in science and technology studies (STS), political science and digital sociology. Her research focusses on digitalisation in relation to organisational knowledge practices: how digitalisation changes the way data are collected, analysed and verified by the state and in the digital economy. An example of a changing knowledge practice is the increasing adoption of hackathons to generate knowledge and insights from digital data. 

Assistent Professor Grommé about the Master Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society

Francisca is interested in what comes to count as ‘good knowledge’ for governance, who decides on his, and how this changes power relations between citizens and the state and between professions. Central research themes in Francisca’s work are: surveillance, identity, digital work, organisational formats, experiment, expertise, occupations, materiality, participation and citizenship.

Francisca approaches these topics mainly ethnographically: by studying everyday practices in organisations such as public transport, municipalities and statistical offices. She is currently working on the digital governance of Europe’s postcolonial overseas territories (among which the Caribbean Netherlands) and on the use of AI and data analytics in corporate recruitment. She continues to work on the adoption of big data in official statistics, research she started as a postdoc at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also has an ongoing research interest in crime control and surveillance, a topic she wrote her PhD about at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Wido G.M. Oerlemans

Wido G.M. Oerlemans is an assistant professor at the department of Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Wido holds a MSc degree in general social sciences and a PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology. He worked for several years as an assistant professor and as a senior researcher in the field of occupational health. His current research is focused on how the digitalization of work affects working conditions, motivation and vitality of workers. Research topics include the platformisation of work and conditions under which smart technology may either benefit or hamper work motivation, wellbeing, and performance of workers.

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Oerlemans about the Master Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society

Dr. Paraskevas Petrou

Paraskevas Petrou is assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His current work focuses on employee creative behaviour, employee proactivity (i.e., job crafting) and work-life interface. He has previously worked on employee adaptation to organizational changes.

Paraskevas Petrou is assistant professor of organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The central question that drives his research is how and when employees can be active agents within their working lives and also outside work.

Examples of research questions that he has addressed include when job challenges or even problems motivate employees to craft their jobs or to step outside the box and display creative or adaptive behavior. Similarly, does leisure behavior outside work help employees to make the most of their jobs? Paraskevas Petrou studied psychology at University of Athens and University of Nottingham and received his PhD at Utrecht University, conducting research on whether self-regulation and job crafting helps employees adapt to organizational changes. He is member of the Dutch Association of Organizational Psychologists (WAOP) and he is actively pursuing research collaborations with both national and international universities. Currently, he is teaching introductory courses on organizational psychology as well as a practical courses on organizational diagnosis. 

Prof. dr. Laura den Dulk

Laura den Dulk is Professor of public administration in Employment, Organization and Work-Life Issues at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her main area of expertise is cross-national research on the work-life interface within the workplace context. A central question in her research is how we can reach a sustainable organization of work that is both beneficial for the organization as well as for the work-life balance and wellbeing of different groups of workers (e.g. quality of work and life) and the role of public policies therein. This question is in particular relevant in the context of rapid global changes such as enhanced communication technologies, digitalization, the transformation to a knowledge-based society, changing expectations of when and where work is done, and the increasing need for informal care in the aging society.

Den Dulk studies the work-life interface at the individual level (how people manage their work and personal life in a digital age), the organizational level (the role of managers, HRM policies, organizational culture, workplace flexibility), the country level (social policies, labour market, economic conditions, and norms and expectations with respect to work–life issues), and how these different levels interact.

She has experience in collecting and managing large (international) data sets, multi-level research, vignette studies and qualitative research (interviews and focus groups). She has co-lead and participated in several large, collaborative, cross-national and interdisciplinary research projects with teams of scholars from across the EU. She is currently coordinating the PA master program ‘Management of HR and Change’ and appointed as diversity officer of the Erasmus School of Social and Behaviour Sciences. She is a member of the executive board and former vice president of the international Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN), the Dutch representative of the Leave Policies and Research Network,  a member of the advisory board and former editor of the international journal of Community, Work & Family.

Prof. dr. Ferry Koster 

Ferry Koster is associate professor of Work, Organization and Management at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Until 2018, he combined this role with the position of distinguished professor of collaborative innovation at TIAS School for Business and Society.

Koster's research focuses on the interrelationship between governments, organizations and individuals. These interdependent actors are involved in dynamic cooperative and conflictive encounters. Besides that, such dynamics are affected by the context in which these actors operate. Hence, in his research, Ferry Koster evaluates these relationships in connection to societal, political and economic developments like flexibilization, individualization, aging, knowledge intensification and globalization.

He was involved in and coordinator of several national international research projects, such as MAAK2020, Sustaining Employability, The State of Local Welfare, NEUJOBS, and INSPIRES. Besides that, he serves as one of the editors of Mens & Maatschappij. Apart from these theoretical and empirical investigations, he is interested in their practical implications and how to make the results accessible to the public through workshops and consultancy. Besides that, he is a board member of public and private organizations. 

Dr. Marjan Gorgievski 

Marjan Gorgievski is Associate Professor at the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology. She has received her Ph.D. in Occupational Health Psychology from Utrecht University. Her area of expertise is Psychology of Entrepreneurship. In her earlier work she investigated the reciprocal relationship between business owners’ mental and physical well-being and business performance. Her current research focuses on explanatory mechanisms of such relationships in small and medium sized enterprises. These include interactions between business owners’ personal characteristics, attitudes and behaviours and employees’ job design, well-being and strategic proactive work behaviour (innovation and intrapreneurship).

Other research topics are the work-life interface of business owners and the (solo) self-employed, and effectiveness of entrepreneurial education. Distinctive features of her research are using a longitudinal and multi-level approach in order to capture dynamic processes on different levels of investigation.

Much of her research has a cross-cultural component, because she has long-term international collaborations with researchers from different parts of Europe. Marjan Gorgievski is an experienced and committed university teacher. She has developed, coordinated and taught courses on occupational health and safety, positive organizational psychology, psychology of entrepreneurship and cross-cultural psychology. She is also experienced in professional skills training, including job analysis, advisory skills, debating and professional ethics. The scientific work of Marjan Gorgievski is widely published and she is Associate Editor of Applied Psychology: an International Review.

Prof. dr. Arnold Bakker

Arnold Bakker is professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is one of the developers of Job Demands–Resources theory – one of the most popular job design theories that can be used to explain employee well-being, employee proactive behaviors, and job performance. Bakker writes about urgent organizational topics, including leadership, work engagement, burnout, job crafting, playful work design, the work-family interface, and the work-sports interface. He is very active in organizational practice as well, by delivering workshops, designing organizational interventions, and by coaching organizational consultants.

Arnold Bakker is professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and head of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology.

He is also (distinguished) visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg and North-West University in Potchefstroom (both in South Africa), as well as the University of Zagreb (Croatia). Bakker is Past President of the European Association of Work & Organizational Psychology, and was visiting professor at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) between 2012 and 2018. He is the most cited social scientist of the Netherlands, and has been included in Thomson Reuters’ list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds since 2014. Bakker is particularly interested in positive organizational phenomena, including work engagement, job crafting, leadership, JD-R theory, playful work design, and job performance. He is the coordinator of the Organizational Psychology master program, and delivers masterclasses on work engagement, fast and slow leadership, and job crafting. More information:

Prof. dr. Bram Steijn

Bram Steijn is professor of HRM in the public sector at the department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In his research he focuses on several subjects, including the relationship between (strategic) HRM and performance, leadership and motivation, and change within the public sector. He conducts research in public administration as well as in education and healthcare. In the Dutch language area, among other things, he and prof. Sandra Groeneveld published the book "Strategic HRM in the public sector". In an earlier part of his career he studied the relation between technological development and changes in organization and labour. As this has again become important, he is now again incorporating these ‘old’ themes in his research and publications.

Bram Steijn studied Sociology and obtained his PhD in 1992. During his academic career he has studied many subjects related to organization and labour.

In the first part of his career he studied the effect of technology (ICT) on organization and the quality of labour. Recently, he is returning to this subject as digitalization is increasingly challenging traditional organizations and the way work is shaped in these organizations. Next, he has done research on several HRM related subjects, like the relation between HRM and performance, how to influence motivation (especially in public organizations), leadership, and team work.  Part of his academic work has been done in collaboration with societal stakeholders (such as the municipality of Rotterdam and the Ministry of the Interior). He supervised more than ten PhD’s of which the majority was funded by external stakeholders or with an external PhD student. He always enjoyed teaching and was during 2003 and 2019 responsible for the PA master program ‘Management of HR and Change’. However, since mid 2019 he is vice-dean of Education of the Erasmus School of Social and Behaviorial Science at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is member of the Dutch HRM network and is also academic convenor of a Master's degree in HRM programme from the FHR institute in Paramaribo.