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Sofya Isaakyan is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour from Maastricht University in 2018. Her research focuses on understanding employees' upward expression of ideas and concerns about work-related issues (i.e., voice behavior) and the corresponding reactions by managers and team members. Her second area of research focuses on leadership development and leader identity.

Sofya is the recipient of a Veni research grant by NWO in 2022. Sofya is currently a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Management Studies. Before entering academia, Sofya worked as a consultant in the area of leadership development.


Academic (3)
  • Derfler-Rozin, R., Isaakyan, S., & Park, H. (2022). Swiftly judging whom to bring on board: How person perception (accurate or not) influences selection of prospective team members. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 173, [104206].

  • Isaakyan, S., Sherf, EN., Tangirala, S., & Guenter, H. (2021). Keeping it between us: Managerial endorsement of public versus private voice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(7), 1049-1066.

  • Sherf, EN., Parke, MR., & Isaakyan, S. (2020). Distinguishing voice and silence at work: Unique relationships with perceived impact, psychological safety, and burnout. Academy of Management Journal, 64(1), 114.

Professional (1)
  • Isaakyan, S. (2020). Employee voice: An important dynamic in changing times. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 38, 28-30.

Internal (1)
  • Isaakyan, S. (2018). Public versus Private Voice: The Role of Social Setting in Explaining Managerial Reactions to Employee Voice. [Doctoral Thesis, Maastricht University]. Maastricht University.


HRM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTHRM
  • Level: Master

Past courses

OCC Master Thesis

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

HRM-OCC Master Thesis

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


  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BMME150
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Behaviour in organisations

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BK1102
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Behaviour in organisations

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BKB010

Managerial and group decision making

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMME045
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Organisational Behaviour

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BAP071

Organisational Behaviour

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BT1102
  • Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1

Featured in the media

  • How to Sell Your Ideas up the Chain of Command

    Sofya Isaakyan, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, is mentioned in this article of the Harvard Business Review.

Featured on RSM Discovery

Employee voice: an important dynamic in changing times

Speaking up can have add-on organisational benefits down the line in terms of employee leadership development.

RSM Discovery magazine 38 – out now!

Issue 38: under the editorship of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership is devoted to exploring just some of the many facets of leadership.