Dirk van Dierendonck appointed RSM Professor of Human Resource Management

Dirk van Dierendonck has been appointed endowed Professor of Human Resource Management, a new academic chair created on 1 March 2015 at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The chair is endowed by the Erasmus Trust Fund. 

Professor Van Dierendonck will address research into human resources (HR), especially studies with a behavioural perspective. This has become an essential theoretical framework for producing new knowledge about the influence of HR practices and business strategies on employees’ behaviours and their subsequent performance, he says. 

“After years emphasising the strategic importance of HR management (HRM), the most recent development is the call to put the human dimension back,” says Professor Van Dierendonck. “We know now that combining HR practices into a high-performance work system is indeed important for business success. However, most research has been done at the company level, with little attention paid to the impact of HR practices on individual workers and on the role of line management for effective HR implementation.  

Professor Van Dierendonck adds: “I aim to further strengthen RSM’s reputation for high-quality research specific to HRM, with a particular focus on topics related to inclusive HR practices, leadership and leadership development, age management, employee engagement and meaningfulness at work. It will take a multilevel perspective on traditional HR topics, combining insights and methodology at micro and macro levels. The focus will mainly be on content areas that are important HR challenges now. I plan to contribute new knowledge to practice and encourage HR practices grounded in evidence-based management.”

Professor Van Dierendonck’s has published on HR related topics such as leadership, career success, selection, downsizing, measurement development, change, conflict at work, and worker well-being in terms of ‘burn-out’, job satisfaction, organisational commitment and engagement. He was recently featured in an RSM Discovery video on servant leadership .

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Dirk van Dierendonck obtained his master's degree in psychology from the Radboud University Nijmegen, and his PhD in social sciences from Utrecht University. Prior to joining RSM, he worked at the University of Amsterdam. His research has been published in the leading journals of management, organisational behaviour and human resource management, such as Journal of ManagementJournal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journalthe Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Evidence-based Human Resource Management, and British Journal of Management. Dirk van Dierendonck teaches courses on human resource management, leadership, organisational behaviour and personal leadership development at undergraduate, graduate and post-experience levels.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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