Jaap Paauwe

Jaap Paauwe

Visiting Scholar, School of Labor and Employment Relations

Professor of Organization and Human Resource Management at Tilburg University


  1. Prof. dr. J. (Jaap) Paauwe holds a PhD degree of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is Professor of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University and vice-dean for research at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Research Interests:

Strategic HRM, performance and well-being, HRM and institutional theory, HR functional excellence and delivery, Organizational change, Talent management, HR-Analytics


Prof. dr. J. (Jaap) Paauwe holds a PhD degree of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is Professor of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University and vice-dean for research at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Before joining Tilburg in 2005 he worked as a full professor of Organization at Erasmus University Rotterdam, heading the Department of Business and Organization of the School of Economics, where he is still in charge - on a part-time basis - with supervising of a number of PhD students in the area of HRM and Performance in health care settings.

He has written and co-authored books on human resource management and published more than 200 papers/chapters in international refereed journals and books. In 1991 he was Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics. In 1996 he was Visiting Professor at Templeton College, Oxford University (UK). Before joining the university he worked for the trade union movement as head of CNV Research Department and a Dutch based multinational company (SHV). His main research interests are in the area of HRM, performance and well-being, HR function and delivery, corporate strategy, governance and risk management, organizational change and industrial relations. These research activities mainly take place in the market sector in close cooperation with internationally operating firms/MNC's.  He is also active in the health care sector, with a special focus on the HR function and the relationship between HRM, organizational climate, performance and safety. 

Next to teaching in the regular Msc. programs, he is involved in various executive training programs and Masters at TIAS Business School as well as teaching executive programs for the Professional Training Unit of Tilburg University

In 2005 he joined Cornell University (USA) as a visiting fellow and was involved in the teaching and research activities of Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS). In 2005 he received the Dutch HRM network Award for his book on HRM and Performance: achieving long term viability (Oxford University Press, June 2004). He also became a fellow at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.  Together with Cambridge, INSEAD and Cornell University he was involved in a large scale international research project on improving the excellence of the HR function within multinational companies. Next to this project the research group at Tilburg has initiated a similar international project, but then focused on the role of the HR-function in corporate governance and risk management. In 2010 he received -together with his co-authors- the international HRM Scholarly Research Award from the Academy of Management-HR Division. In 2010 he spent his sabbatical leave at Pablo de Olavide University in Sevilla, being involved in writing papers and presenting workshops for amongst others PhD students. In 2012 he was listed 15th in the top 20 of most influential international thinkers in HR by the UK HR Magazine professional journal. Recently he edited together with David Guest and Patrick Wright the book: HRM and Performance: Achievements and Challenges (Wiley, 2013) with an overview of what has been achieved in this area in the past 15-20 years and what challenges are still lying ahead. 

In 2008 he initiated the People Management Center (PMC), a Center for Work, Well-being and Performance, which focuses on building bridges between academia and practitioners. From 2012-2016 he was one of the elected members of the Executive Committee of the HR Division of the Academy of Management.  In 2017 he published together with Elaine Farndale his latest book: Strategy, HRM and Performance: A contextual approach (Oxford University Press). Next to his position at Tilburg University he also holds honorary chairs at Pablo de Olavide University in Sevilla (Spain) and at North West University in Potchefstroom (South Africa).

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