Jaap Paauwe
  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 501

    5037 DB Tilburg


1986 …2023

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Jaap Paauwe (1953) is Professor at the department of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University. Before joining Tilburg University he worked as a full professor of Organization at Erasmus University Rotterdam, heading the Department of Business and Organization of the School of Economics. At Erasmus University he is still involved in supervising PhD students.

Jaap Paauwe is specialized in the link between Human Resource Management (HRM) and corporate strategies and how that has an impact on organizational performance  and employee well-being, for which he is also active in advising organizations, both internationally as well as in the Netherlands. Using a strategic perspective implies attention for issues of leadership, involvement  of line management and employees, corporate culture and organizational change.

He has carried out large scale international research projects involving companies listed in the Fortune top 500. Working together with a team of researchers from Cambridge University, INSEAD  and Cornell University he carried out a project, assigned by the Sanyo Corporation, in order to achieve HR functional excellence. Topics covered: Talent management, Learning,  Performance management,  HR function, Supply Chain management. Another international project focused on the relationship between HRM and corporate governance, compliance and risk management.

Areas of expertise, for which he is also involved in teaching in the bachelors, masters program (through Tilburg University) and in executive training (through TIASNIMBAS) are as follows:

-strategic management

-organizational change

-corporate enterprise policy

-international human resource management

-human resource management, performance and well-being

-advanced topics in HRM

-organization and management

-comparative industrial relations

Next to his regular teaching and research activities he has numerous contacts with the business community, giving inputs to strategy meetings, management team meetings and one on one conversations with CHRO's about the strategic challenges they are facing. Incidentally he is also involved in consultancy assignments.


Jaap Paauwe (1953) is Professor Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University and vice-dean for research of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Before becoming chair of the Human Resource Department, he worked as a professor within Organization at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam heading the department Business and Organization at the School of Economics. At Erasmus University, he is still involved with the supervision of PhD students.  Before he started his scientific career, he was working in the business for several years (SHV/GTI and CNV).

Apart from many scientific publications in top academic reviews (IJHRM, HRMJ, SJRM), he has written the book HRM and Performance: Achieving a long term viability published in 2004 by Oxford University Press for which he received the Dutch HRM Network Award. Besides the fact that prof. dr. Paauwe is head of the department Human Resource Studies and the Resource Program: HRM and Performance, he is also academic director of the Advanced Human Resource Program connected to the Tias Nimbas Business school. He also teaches executive HRM training programs as the Bedrijfskundige Leergang (Health Care Sector) and Avicenna (KMBV).

He also initiated the People Management Centre (PMC); this is the Human Resource Studies institute for partnerships between industry and academia. The PMC is devoted to HR professionalization in organizations. Prof. dr. Paauwe is also connected as Founding Board member of the Dutch HRM Network. He is also member of the jury of the Dutch Proffie Prize for selecting companies/organizations with the best HRM policies and practices.

Therefore, prof. dr. Jaap Paauwe is ranked at the 15th place in the top 20 shortlist 2012 of 'Most influential international thinkers' in the field of HRM. In between the hot shots like Chris Argyris (Harvard), Manfred Kets de Vries (INSEAD), Dave Ulrich (U of Michigan), Rosbeth Moss Kanter (Harvard), Henry Mintzberg (McGill U.), Peter Cappelli (Wharton) and Barry Posner (Santa Clara U.)

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