Dirk van Dierendonck appointed as Dean of Faculty at RSM

Professor Dirk van Dierendonck has been appointed as dean of faculty and vice-dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). He succeeds Professor Abe de Jong, and embarks on his new role on Tuesday 15 November 2016.

Dirk van Dierendonck has held an academic position at RSM for the past 12 years, and was appointed Professor of Human Resource Management in March 2015. In his inaugural address he stressed that research has clearly demonstrated the need for organisations to put the ‘human’ back into Human Resources Management, and that they should acknowledge the psychological well-being of employees to increase performance. Van Dierendonck is now looking forward to taking the opportunity to put his research expertise into practice in this new position as Dean of Faculty.

Dean of RSM, Prof. Steef van de Velde said: “I’m very pleased that Dirk van Dierendonck will be applying his expertise to helping to effect positive change in research, education and engagement not only for the business community but also within RSM.”

Open communication

Van Dierendonck expects to expand on the constructive work of his predecessor, Professor Abe de Jong to continue promoting a culture of open communication and collaboration between all levels of Faculty. One of the challenges of his upcoming tenure, he envisions, will be to increase diversity of faculty members throughout the academic tenure track. He plans to work on identifying and addressing obstacles to diversity in order to advance an inclusive academic working environment at RSM.

About Dirk van Dierendonck

Dirk van Dierendonck obtained his master 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 Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Evidence-based Human Resource Management, and British Journal of Management.

He has published research on 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.

Dirk van Dierendonck teaches courses on human resource management, leadership, organisational behaviour and personal leadership development at undergraduate, graduate and post-experience levels.

Learn more about Dirk van Dierendonck ‘s research on RSM Discovery:

  • Video: Combination of leadership styles means success
  • Video: Servant leadership will help employees reach their true potential
  • Article: Put ‘human’ back into HRM and let employees flourish

More information

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