Managing changes within organisations should be an ‘inside-out’ rather than a ‘top-down’ process: in addition to focusing on objectives and results, we should adopt a more people-orientated management style. In our research, we therefore consider both form and content, along with standards and values and the aspects that give people’s lives meaning. The Professor of Applied Sciences and the members of the Research Group regularly publish articles on subjects such as friendship, wellbeing, moral and ethical considerations, and personal leadership in organisations.
Relationship with education
Leadership and Change Management is affiliated with the School of Social Work and Arts Therapies and with the Master’s programme in Learning and Innovation at Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The department maintains an extensive network of universities of applied sciences in the northern part of the Netherlands, Groningen University, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht.
Research and practice
We attempt to acquire knowledge and insight through our research, but we also aim to support leadership and organisational change in practice, and in so doing use research as a reflective and educational tool. The Department’s Professor of Applied Sciences Dr Anthonio has described this approach as Reflective Longitudinal Research.
Organisations should conduct satisfaction surveys on a regular basis. The Research Group conceived a method to facilitate data collection for this type of research. The feedback from organisations has been nothing but positive, while PhD students have also found the approach to be germane to their research.
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