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Research interests

My research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and derive from (business) economics, organizational psychology, and sociology. Most of my research is empirical and quantitative in nature. Current research topics are:

  • corporate governance: the inner working and interaction of top management teams, boards of directors, and works councils;
  • decision-making: the application of insights from behavioral economics and social psychology to decision-making in firms.

I participate(d) in a variety of external projects on these topics, e.g. on corporate governance code compliance, executive compensation, board composition, and sustainable decision-making.


2018-.. University College Tilburg - Senior Policy Advisor

2015-.. University College Tilburg - Program Director Business and Economics

2012-.. Tilburg University - Assistant Professor

  • see elsewhere on this profile page for main responsibilities

2008-2013 Utrecht University - assistant professor institutional economics (part-time)

  • Teaching in the courses Institutional Economics (BSc, 2nd year), Institutional Perspectives on Business (BSc, 3rd year) and theses (2 bachelor, 4 master).
  • Research on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and behavioral economics.

2008-2012 Antwerpen University - postdoc researcher (part-time)

  • Research into effective governance of private organizations. Writing grant application and responsible for scientific integration of findings.


Gerwin van der Laan is Senior Policy Advisor at University College Tilburg and Program Director for its Business and Economics major. He is also a lecturer in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

Current courses

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  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Studies
  • Decision Making
  • Corporate Governance
  • Organisation And Management
  • Liberal Arts

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Research Output

The adaptive gender: Female CEOs, board context, and the completion of M&As in the U.S. food industry

van der Laan, G., Muehlfeld, K. & Salomons, A., 2018, More Women on Boards. Devnew, L., Burke, R., Janzen Le Ber, M. & Torchia, M. (eds.). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing Inc., p. 241-253

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The tide that lifts all boats? Acquisitions and CEO-TMT pay disparity in the Netherlands

Rao Sahib, P., van der Laan, G. & van Ees, H., 2018, In : Management Decision. 56, 9, p. 2038-2059

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Commissie governance laat slager eigen vlees keuren

    van der Laan, G., 30 Jan 2015, In : Het Financieele Dagblad. p. 11 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

    The truth about high-achieving women – Interaction

    van der Laan, G., 2015, In : Harvard business review. 93, 3, p. 24 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterScientificpeer-review