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Research interests

Jan Wynen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Governance, Tilburg University School of Economics and Management and is partially affiliated to the Research Unit on Public Administration and Management, University of Antwerp. 

His main research focuses on the way public sector organizations react, or can be organized to adapt, to changing environments. 

In 2015, Jan received an FWO postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research to the effect of repeated structural reforms on de facto autonomy of public sector organizations at KU Leuven (Public Governance Institute) and the University of Antwerp (Research Unit on Public Administration and Management).

In 2018, he received a NWO VENI grant to expand this line of research by unravelling the relationship between multiple structural reforms and the entrepreneurial, non-bureaucratic nature of public sector organizations.

For more information, please visit his website.


Before joining Tilburg University, Jan worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp. Prior to his academic career, Jan worked as a consultant for IDEA Consult (research-based consultancy).

PhD supervision

2015-2019:      Co-supervisor PhD project, Research Unit on Public Administration and Management, Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp. Title: Stable or turbulent organizational reform histories in the public sector: causes and effects?

External positions

Research (UA)

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2021

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Research Output 2011 2019

Open Access
Panel study
Public organizations
Organizational memory
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How multiple organizational changes shape managerial support for innovative work behavior: Evidence from the Australian Public Service

Wynen, J., Boon, J., Kleizen, B. & Verhoest, K., 11 Feb 2019, In : Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
organizational change
public service
human resources management

Just keep silent…Defensive silence as a reaction to successive structural reforms

Wynen, J., Kleizen, B., Verhoest, K., Laegreid, P. & Rolland, V., Apr 2019, In : Public Management Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Structural reforms
Data base
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Linking turnover to organizational performance: The role of process conformance

Wynen, J., Van Dooren, W., Mattijs, J. & Deschamps, C., Jun 2019, In : Public Management Review. 21, 5, p. 669-685

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Organizational performance
Panel data

Challenges for large-scale international comparative survey-based research in public administration

Verhoest, K., Wynen, J., van de Walle, S. & Vandenabeele, W., 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe. Ongaro, E. & van Thiel, S. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1147-1168

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

public administration
response behavior
data quality

Prizes / Recognition

Best paper award

Jan Wynen (Recipient), 2013


Postdocotoral fellowship (PDMK)

Jan Wynen (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellowship

Jan Wynen (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship


Jan Wynen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship

Structural reforms
Public sector organizations