Dr Jasmien Khattab

Jasmien Khattab

(external) researcher
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia


Jasmien is a PhD Candidate in the department of Organization and Personnel Management of Rotterdam School of Management.

The broader focus of her dissertation is on leadership and diversity in teams. More specifically, she is interested in examining the question what processes cause minorities to be underrepresented in management positions. Additionally, she researches which behavioral strategies are useful for minority leaders for enhancing team performance. The dissertation covers both experimental research methods (team studies) and field research methods (cross-sectional, social networks analysis) to investigate these issues.

Other research interests include social networks, leader group prototypicality, authenticity, and social categorization processes such as stereotyping. 

Professional experience

(external) researcher

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management


Professional Publications

Scholarly Publications (2)

Work in Progress

  • D.L. van Knippenberg & J. Khattab (2019). Group cohesiveness. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of industrial and organizational psychology, (2nd Ed.) . Thousand Oakes: Sage

Doctoral Thesis


Media items

  • Waarom het voor vrouwen moeilijker is om als authentieke, effectieve leider te worden gezien

    Research conducted by RSM PhD student Jasmien Khattab shows that women with a dominant, decisive leadership style put their employees in confusion when they are also involved, kind and compassionate. This makes them seem less...

  • Onderzoek: Dominante vrouwen moeten niet lief zijn

    Research conducted by RSM PhD student Jasmien Khattab shows that employees perceive a female leader to be authentic if she uses a consistent leadership style. Mixing styles, e.g. being both dominant and compassionate, makes women...

  • Afwisselende stijl vrouwelijke manager zorgt voor verwarring

    Female leaders who alternate a dominant leadership style with a friendly, compassionate leadership style cause confusion among employees. Such leaders are seen as less authentic and less effective, according to research conducted...

  • Vrouwelijke managers worden nog steeds anders beoordeeld als mannelijke

    Unlike their male counterparts, female leaders who alternate a dominant leadership style with a friendly one elicit confusion in their employees. They are considered less authentic, according to research conducted by RSM PhD...

  • Dit wordt de week voor ondernemers

    In this weekly summary of economic news, RSM PhD candidate Jasmien Khattab's research on female leadership styles is discussed. She concludes that female executives who alternate a dominant leadership style with a friendly,...

  • Vrouwelijke bazen worden sneller veroordeeld

    The dilemma: women who seem dominant, powerful and confident are often less likable and therefore miss out on promotions. But if they are compassionate as well, they are often considered less competent. So says a new study by RSM...

  • Bazinnen kunnen niet streng én aardig zijn

    Female leaders who combine dominant and friendly leadership styles cause confusion among their employees. Such leaders are seen as less authentic and less effective, according to research conducted by RSM PhD candidate Jasmien...

  • Het onoplosbare dilemma voor vrouwelijke leiders: of een bitch, of niet authentiek

    Our image of a leader is unconsciously still that of a (white) man. Therefore, male behaviours are confused with leadership. In this interview, Jasmien Khattab (RSM PhD Candidate) discusses her study and how female leaders can...

  • Bazige én aardige bazin? Dat kan niet!

    Women who are dominant, achievement-oriented and confident (and thus show "male" behaviours) are often considered unpleasant and are passed over for high positions. But if they are gentle and understanding, they are often...

  • Hierdoor worden vrouwelijke managers als 'nep' gezien

    Female executives face a problem. When they become dominant and confident - traditional male attributes - they miss out on promotion because they are less likeable. If she frees her female leadership style - gentle, understanding...

  • ’Manvrouw’ verwart medewerkers

    Female managers who try to get more out of the workplace lose a part of their credibility. Employees consider female managers who try to combine male and female traits to be less effective. This concludes PhD candidate Jasmien...

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Past courses

Management of diversity and inclusion

  • Study year: 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME042
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Leadership in organisations: people as key to excellence

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: BKBMIN004
  • ECTS: 15 Level: Bachelor 3

Management of diversity and inclusion

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMME040
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master