After completing his Master’s studies in electrical engineering, industrial management and business administration, Rob continued his academic education with a large number of post-doctoral courses in many different fields, including supply management, logistics, learning and development, and finally counselling psychology. He obtained his PhD degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Utrecht University, where he wrote his dissertation on the alignment between individual and organisational competencies.
Between 1993 and 2001 Rob worked for KPN, a leading Dutch telecom and ICT provider, and for Volker Wessels Netwerk Bouw, a Dutch group of building companies. In both organisations, he held many advisory and management positions. Since 2001 and on a part-time basis, Rob has been working as an independent business consultant and interim manager. His main focus lies with strategy development, change processes and management development issues in commercial enterprises and in the public service sector.
Currently, Rob operates as a associate professor at Nyenrode Business University and heads its Centre of Leaderschip and Personal Development. In addition, he also works as full professor Human Resource Management at the Hotelschool in The Hague, where he leads the HRM knowledge network.
“I am a practician. I always put knowledge at the service of applications and work in actual practice. For me, client questions always come first. Identifying, defining and solving issues or problems is what matters most. Alternatively, work in practice never fails to offer a wealth of knowledge in support of theoretical issues.” back