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Sofya Isaakyan is an Associate 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 behaviour) and the corresponding reactions by managers. Her second area of research focuses on how managers can effectively build their leadership capacity and leader identity. Her research has been published in top-tier academic outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes. Sofya is the recipient of a prestigious Veni research grant by NWO in 2022. She is an editorial member for the Journal of Management Studies.  

Sofya teaches a wide range of topics on Leadership, Leadership Development, and Teams in Bachelor, Master, Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Education programs at RSM.  

Before entering academia, Sofya worked as a consultant in the area of leadership development. Today she bridges the gap from science to practice by working with business leaders and other non-academic collaborators interested in co-developing evidence-based solutions to real-world problems and challenges. 


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, Article 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.


  • RSM b.v.
    Start date approval: 31 Oct 2022
    End date approval: 30 Oct 2025
    Place: ROTTERDAM
    Description: Teaching in RSM b.v. Executive Programs
  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
    Start date approval: 02 Feb 2023
    End date approval: 31 Dec 2025
    Place: ROTTERDAM
    Description: Leadership development


HRM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTHRM
  • Level: Master

POC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2024/2025, 2023/2024
  • Code: BMMTPOC
  • 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

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Individual CEOs and presidents are leaders, but so are middle managers and team members. This edition of RSM Discovery magazine embodies this diversity in leadership.