Listed below are my current research projects.
The Power of Diversity
How to transform a somewhat diverse organization to a highly diverse and inclusive organization? That is the question that is central to this research project. We aim to develop and test interventions at middle management level to facilitate such a culture change. My PhD student Janna Behnke will carry out this exciting research, under the supervision of prof. dr. Evangelia Demerouti and myself.
In this project we examine questions such as how robotization in logistic warehouses influences 1) workers’ sense of meaning, control and responsibility in work 2) their work attitudes, and (3) their well being, collaboration and performance. I am collaborating with my TU/e colleagues dr. Pascale le Blanc (PI) and dr. Sven Nyholm on this project, which received NWO funding.
Facilitating Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Collaboration among people with different disciplinary backgrounds becomes more and more important to solve the current and future societal challenges. Although multidisciplinary collaboration can be very succesful, there is abundant research that underlines the difficulties of working with people who are different from oneself. For example, conflicts will emerge, distribution of tasks and responsibilities can be challenging, and planning and coordination may fail. In this research project I focus on the role team leaders play in facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration.
Digitization is one of the external factors that are changing the nature of work. Obviously, this also has consequences for how people and organizations are collaborating and places a spotlight on collaboration skills. In this project I aim to understand which skills are quintessential for succesful collaborations and how to facilitate their development.
Traditionally, intragroup conflict research assumes all members perceive the conflict in a similar manner. We incorporated different perceptions regarding the level of conflict within a workgroup and demonstrated how this asymmetry of conflict perceptions hampered both group and individual level outcomes (Jehn, Rispens, & Thatcher, 2010). My current research in this area aims to measure conflict asymmetry directly, and to study its consequences for individuals and workgroups over time.