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Freek Peters


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Research interests

Professor dr. Freek Peters has been active in a number of organizations for around thirty years, both as an organizational psychologist and a management consultant. He understands both private and public sectors, from bureaucratic molochs to wildly pioneering enterprises, from fast research pools to honorable Counsils of State. He is a partner of the Galan Group in Baarn, the Netherlands.

Specialized in leadership issues and the development of managers and directors, Freek is always fascinated to see the striking effects the human factor has on how an organization functions. He is especially interested in matches and mismatches in leadership.

Freek obtained his doctorate with a dissertation on the subject of leadership effectiveness in relation to organizations faced with strategic challenges. The public versions of his dissertation was published with the title Leiderschap in Evenwicht (Academic Service, 2011).His present work and his research at Tilburg University considers the contextual impact on contemporary and future leadership  Motto: new times call for new forms of leadership.



§ from 2006              Director/Managing Partner            de Galan Groep, Baarn

§2005 - 2006            Director a.i.                              Senate of the Dutch Parliament

§ from 2001              Partner                                     de Galan Groep, Bussum/Baarn

§1987 - 2001            Management Consultant                de Galan Groep, Bussum

§1983 - 1987            HR Consultant     LTP, Amsterdam

§1982 - 1983            Psychologist                                RPD, The Hague

§1981 - 1982            Marketeer (trainee)                       Unilever, Rotterdam

External positions

Scientific Board (Brain Compass)

1 Feb 2016 → …

Advisory Board (HC Westerbork)

1 Jun 2014 → …

Supervisory Board, Chairman (Stichting MOL)

1 Jan 2005 → …

Management Consulting (De Galan Groep)

1 Sep 1987 → …


  • Leadership

Research Output 2003 2017

Reflective practitioners maken complexiteit hanteerbaar

van Dijk, G., van Loon, E. J. P., Goedee, J. & Peters, F., 30 Jun 2017, In : Management en Consulting Quarterly. 2, p. 18 - 23 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Een nieuwe generatie leiderschap: Veerkracht in een complexe wereld

Peters, F., 1 Aug 2016, In : Holland Management Review: Best of Business Schools. 168, p. 14-23 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

'We don't need another hero': Een leiderschapsprofiel voor een pluriforme toekomst

Peters, F., 6 Nov 2016, In : M & O: Tijdschrift voor Management en Organisatie. 2016, 5, p. 69-78 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Next generation 2025: Leadership in a complex world

Peters, F., 2015, Tilburg University.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speech