Dr Meir Shemla

Meir Shemla

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Dr. Meir Shemla is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Academic Director of the MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management. He received his PhD in Work & Organizational Psychology in 2011.

His work focuses on the impact of team composition on team performance, and he has particular interest in how diversity in teams can be leveraged to increase innovation and performance. In his work he also explores the (unintended) consequences of diversity policies on organizational performance and talent acquisition. Other research topics he is exploring include the role of followers in successful leadership and the effect of emotions in teams.His work appeard in outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Human Relations.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

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


Key Publications (4)

Professional Publications (14)

Scholarly Publications (17)


Editorial positions

  • Group and Organization Management

    Associate Editor

Organization Memberships

  • Academy of Management (AM)

Side positions

  • Peak Perspective



Media items

  • Experts Reveal How to Overcome COVID-19 Loneliness at University

    Article about the impact of COVID-19 on students. The lockdown and these – often country-wide – periods of isolation left students feeling out of touch and lonely. In fact, in a survey conducted by Save the Student, two thirds of…

  • United we stand

    Article about the culture of the Netherlands, which is defined byconsensus, directness and egalitarianism – along with a long-running battle against water. Examples of this are the numerous big brands in the Netherlands.…

  • Leading a team as an expat in the Netherlands

    Article adressing the challenges of managing a team as an expat. Teams with a different national and cultural background have the potential to create a wide range of interesting ideas, says Meir Shemla, researcher and…

  • Four Simple Ways To Combat The Loneliness Caused By COVID-19

    Rsearch done by Meir Shemla of RSM has suggested four ways how to combat loneliness in times of the corona crisis. Engaging in self disclosure, creaying meaning in virtual work, reminiscing about the good old times and knowing…

  • The diversity myth

    An article written by Meir Shamla of RSM about research which shows that equality does not automatically translate into better team performance.

  • Vrouwen krijgen minder vaak werk aangeboden dan mannen – Klopt dit wel?

  • Professor: Diversity policies fall short due to conflicting goals, lack of management

    Meir Shemla has co-published a 2018 paper researching diversity management practices in organisations. He said in a statement that when members of a team are different from each other, they perceive, experience and understand…

  • Moet 30 procent jongens verplicht gaan paardrijden?

    The study conducted by Meir Shemla and Anja Kreienberg, called 'Gender Quotas in Hiring Drive Away Both Women and Men' has been mentioned in an article.

  • New Lawsuit Exposes Google's Desperation to Improve Diversity

    Meir Shemla, Associate Professor at the Department of Organization and Personnel Management at RSM, has given an interview with Wired Magazine regarding his research on diversity policies.

  • The Dark Side of Silicon Valley Diversity Targets

    Firms in the tech-industry have imposed gender and racial quotas to themselves to diversify the workforce. However, research shows that these only reinforce stereotypes and alienate high-performing candidates as it does not change…

  • Gender Quotas in Hiring Drive Away Both Women and Men

    An article written by Meir Shemla and Anja Kreienberg regarding Kreienberg's thesis on the subject of Gender Quotas in hiring. This article elaborates on the content of the thesis; the research method and the outcome.

Discovery items

Walking the tightrope of inclusion versus exclusion in the workplace: A leadership lens

How leaders can reap the benefits of inclusion and diversity – including a tool for using within organisations.

Tips: Loneliness and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis

No man/woman is an island. It is normal to feel lonely while working from home. Use these four tips to prevent loneliness.

Pitfalls and potential: the hidden dangers and challenges of managing diversity

Managers and organisation are often surprised and disappointed when their diversity efforts and policies do not lead to positive outcomes.

Making diversity policies work

Often there is a mismatch between how organisations design diversity policies and how they implement them.


IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM-RC
  • Level: Master

Global Leadership

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM-IM02CC
  • Level: Master

Innovation Management

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM09CC
  • ECTS: 8 Level: Master

IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM-IMRC
  • Level: Master

HRM/OCC Internship

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

HRM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTHRM
  • Level: Master

HRM-OCC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

OCC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTOCC
  • Level: Master

Past courses

HRM Internship

  • Study year: 2021/2022
  • Code: BMBPHRM
  • Level: Master

Behavioural Foundations

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BERMFC001
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Managing People in Organisations

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM01HRM
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Research challenges in HRM and OB

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRMHRM
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Management challenges in international organisations

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013
  • Code: IM02CC
  • ECTS: 8 Level: Master

Managing people in organisations

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSM01HRM
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Research challenges in HRM and OB

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRMHRM
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Managing people in organisations

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKM04HR
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Research challenges in HRM and organisational behaviour

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKM06HR
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master