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Research interests

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. In her research 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 is associated with both the Department of Human Resource Studies and ReflecT, a multidisciplinary research institute on flexicurity on the labor market. She is board member of the People Management Center, a platform of HR knowledge for our external partners. Her educational activities involve master thesis supervision and supervision of PhD students. She is core lecturer HRM at TIAS and contributes to several executive training programs. She is member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor HRM and is involved in several projects for external partners, like strategic workforce planning in Dutch Universities and I-deals in health care, long term unemployed 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.



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.

Ineke van Kruiningen, Avans Hogeschool.

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Research Output 1993 2018

How can downsizing organizations strategically create jobs for disabled people?

Freese, C., Borghouts-van de Pas, I. & van Rossum, A., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperOther research output

HR roles in the future of work

Freese, C., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperOther research output

Robotisering en automatisering op de werkvloer: Bedrijfskeuzes bij technologische innovaties

Freese, C., Dekker, R., Kool, L., Dekker, F. & van Est, R., 2018, Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut. 120 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

Samen werken met robots

Freese, C. & Dekker, R., 2018, In : Over - Werk: Tijdschrift van het steunpunt WAV. 28, 1, p. 164-167

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2015 2018

  • 11 Oral presentation
  • 2 Organising a workshop, seminar, course etc.
  • 1 Invited talk

Academy of Management, annual meeting, 2018, Chicago

Irmgard Borghouts-van de Pas (Contributor), Charissa Freese (Contributor)
10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Inclusive HRM: Securing transitions on the labor market by facilitated employability and social security

Charissa Freese (Speaker), Irmgard Borghouts-van de Pas (Speaker)
28 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Sustainable Transitional Inclusive HRM labor market model

Irmgard Borghouts-van de Pas (Speaker), Charissa Freese (Speaker)
1 Mar 20184 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

A model of solo-self-employed career development

Sjanne Marie van den Groenendaal (Speaker), Dorien Kooij (Speaker), Charissa Freese (Speaker), Robert Frans Poell (Speaker)
10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

HR Roles in the future of work

Charissa Freese (Speaker)
18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Press / Media

More robot, more work

Charissa Freese & Ton Wilthagen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Robotisering en de toekomst van werk

Charissa Freese


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Dit zijn de psychologische, verlammende gevolgen van flexwerken

Charissa Freese


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Participatiewet in de kennissector:‘inclusief HRM’ werkt!

Charissa Freese


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment