I am honored to have been awarded the Research Prize for my PhD on ‘policy alienation’ by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, which was handed out at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). As described in the press release: “He will receive the award for his thesis Policy Alienation. Analyzing the experiences of public professionals with new policies. The conclusions of this study challenge common assertions about the reasons for resistance of […]

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How can leadership help lower work-family conflict and increase work-family enrichment? In a new article in Personnel Review Babette Bronkhorst and I show that a good relationship with your supervisor can result in lower work-family conflict and more work-family enrichment (feeling good at home because you’re doing good at work). Leadership lowers work-family conflict We show that a good relationship with your supervisor (in technical terms, high Leader-Member-Exchange, LMX) lowers work pressure, which […]

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In a new article in the International Public Management Journal, led by dr. Sandra Groeneveld, we show that the public administration field is becoming increasingly quantitative. This is based on an analysis of 1.605 articles in the journals Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration, Research & Theory, and Governance. We show where much progress has been made, and where public administration can make a substantial contribution. For […]

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The article “The management of change in public organisations: A literature review” is now available online on the website of the journal “Public Administration“. The article analyses the recent literature on change management in public organisations and sets out to explore the extent to which this literature has responded to earlier critiques regarding the lack of (public) contextual factors. The review includes 133 articles published on this topic in the period from 2000 to […]

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I am pleased to be accepted to the 4th Executive Leadership Academy, to be held from March 24 – March 28 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Executive Leadership Academy “is designed for individuals from all backgrounds who are interested in preparing themselves for appointments to executive positions such as vice presidents, provosts, presidents, and chancellors. The ELA is an intensive and focused training academy for higher education administrators […]

At the next EGPA-conference in Speyer, Germany, we are organizing a panel on Innovation in Public Management. Attached you can find the Call for Proposals. It is situated within the Permanent Study Group XV (Public Administration, Technology and Innovation) and officially sponsored by LIPSE (www.lipse.org). Although public sector innovation has become a well-accepted term for thinking about public sector changes, the precise limits of what exactly constitutes innovation in public management have […]

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Self-leadership: From leading others to leading yourself When most people think of leaders, they think of famous people like Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, or (when talking about toxic leaders), Adolf Hitler. But why not think about ourselves in term of a leader? Academics and professionals interested in ‘self-leadership’ chose this path. Self-leadership literature can provide important lessons for professionals. Self-leadership has been shown to result in greater career […]

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Stop researching transformational leadership! Researchers all over the world, stop with your research on transformational leadership! Now! This could be the provocative conclusion after reading the recent article of Profs. Daan van Knippenberg and Sim Sitkin in The Academy of Management Annals (2013). These leadership professors write about the problems surrounding transformational leadership. The challenge Van Knippenberg and Sitkin take on is huge. Transformational leadership is an established concept. Indeed, it is one of the most-often […]

Project on innovation in the public sector We are happy to share with you the first newsletter of our FP7 research project LIPSE: Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments. In the newsletter, information is provided about the first results of the project, (upcoming) events and recent publications on public sector innovation by LIPSE partners. With a budget of €2.5 Million—funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union—it is one […]

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Montgomery van Wart, Lotte Bogh Andersen, Mila Gasco and I have developed a panel for the next IRSPM-conference in Ottowa, Canada, entitled “New directions in public leadership, innovation and change research”.  If you have any papers relevant for the panel, we would love to receive an abstract. This IRSPM panel will be used to develop a joint research program on the topic of leadership, innovation and change, including international publication […]

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