Charissa Freese
  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 502

    5037 DB Tilburg


1993 …2023

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Charissa Freese is an expert on new employment relationships. She studies the contribution of HRM to inclusive labor markets. Her research contributes to the social issue of how employers, employees and institutions can help create optimal labor market participation. As the chair of the board of the People Management Center, she collaborates closely with employers and institutions by giving workshops, lectures and executive education. Themes include HRM and robots on the work floor, inclusive HRM, creating employment security for the flexible workforce and people with reduced work capacity, the psychological contract and organizational change management. 

She supervises Ph.D. candidates and master students. She is core lecturer HRM at TIAS and contributes to several executive training programs. She worked as a project leader on diverse projects for external partners, like strategic workforce planning in Dutch Universities and I-deals in health care, long term unemployed, the inclusion of people with disabilities and robotics on the workfloor. She was involved in the Let's Connect project as an academic advisor and researcher at Brainport Development. She wrote a management book on labor market shortages for Stichting Management Studies, a WRR working paper on work intensification and a Rathenau report on Robots at the workplace.



19 October 2007 Ph.D. at Tilburg University. "Organizational change and the dynamics of psychological contracts: A longitudinal Study". Promotor: Prof. Dr. M.J.D. Schalk.

June 1994. Master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Tilburg University

PhD supervision

Copromotor of Sjoerd van de Heuvel: The influence of the psychological contract on attitude towards change. Ph.D. thesis Tilburg University, November 2, 2012. Sjoerd van den Heuvel was an external PhD. student employed at Capgemini. He currently works at the Hogeschool Utrecht.

Co-promotor of Sumaiya Syed: Antecedents and outcomes of work-interference with family life: A cross-national study in the banking sector in Pakistan and in the Netherlands. Ph.D. thesis Tilburg University, April 22, 2013.Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

Co-promotor of Sjoerd van der Smissen (external Ph.D.): "Contemporary Psychological Contracts. "How organizational changeand generational differences affect employer employee relationships?, 14 December 2015. Sjoerd is now partner at Deloitte.

Co-promotor of Ronald Lievens:"Enhancing Online Labour Market Intermediation: Career Portfolio", 11 September 2015. Ronald is now owner of Lievens HR Innovation. 

Member of the doctoral commission of Elise Marescaux (KU Leuven) on her thesis:"The impact of HR differentiation on employees", defended on 25 November 2013.

Member of the doctoral commission of Melanie de Ruiter (Nijenrode), on her thesis: "Beyond repair? The role of supervisory leadership in the context of psychological contract breach" on 20 January 2017 at Tilburg University.

Current Ph.D. candidates:

Sjanne Marie van den Groenendaal, HR Studies, Tilburg University

Kornélia Anna Kerti, Tilburg University

Merel Feenstra-Verschure

Koen van den Berk, Deloitte

Marieke Sarton, Vluchtelingenwerk

Current courses

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External positions

Member Supervisory board (Het Pon/ Telos)

1 Jul 2021 → …

Executive education, Workshops New Employment relationships (Freese Arbeidsmarktonderzoek)

1 Sep 2015 → …


  • Inclusive HRM
  • Organizational Change
  • Psychological Contract
  • Employment relations
  • Labor market participation
  • Future of work


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