Prof.dr. Woody van Olffen

Prof.dr. Woody van Olffen

Full Professor
Expert areas: Family Business (Change Management, Consulting, Transition Management), Management & Organisation (Career and Professional Development Coaching, Change Management, Executive and Leadership Coaching, Implementation of Change and Transition Processes, Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Development, Organisational Learning), Quantitative Methods (Business Research Methods), Strategy & Innovation (Strategic Management, Strategy and Leadership)

Prof. Dr. W. van Olffen is the professor of Organisational Change and Development at TIAS School for Business and Society. In April 2013 he became Academic Director of the TiasNimbas Master of Management and Organisation (MMO) programme. Van Olffen studied and obtained his doctorate (in 1999) at Maastricht University and was senior lecturer of strategy and organisation at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University from 2007 to 2013. Since 2011 he works part-time as senior academic associate at AMI Consultancy ( in Maastricht and The Hague, where he is responsible for organisational change and talent development. Van Olffen also acts as a personal and professional coach in these fields for individuals as well as teams.

His scientific research has focused on a broad range of organisational topics such as team composition, organisational commitment, justice and location selection. His scientific co-creations have been published in international publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology. A common theme is his interest in change and development processes in individuals, groups and organisations. His current study focuses on measuring and monitoring (complex) organisational changes. He is also a personal and a professional coach.

In addition to his work he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, walking, skiing, reading and Zen meditation.


  • Solinger, O.N., Olffen, W. van, Roe, R. & Hofmans, J. (2013). On becoming (un)committed: Toward a taxonomy and test of newcomer on-boarding scenarios, Organization Science (forthcoming).
  • Belderbos, R., Olffen, W. van & Zou, J. (2011). Generic and Specific Social Learning Mechanisms in Foreign Entry Location Choice. Strategic Management Journal, 32 (12), 1309-1330.
  • Brockner, J., De Cremer, D., Fishman, A. van Olffen, W., Mayer, D. and Van Dijke, M. (2010). When Do Procedural Fairness and Outcome Fairness Interact to Influence Employees' Work Attitudes and Behaviors ?: The Moderating Effect of Uncertainty, Journal of Applied Psychology, 95 (2), pp. 291-304.
  • Roe, R., Solinger, O. & Van Olffen (2008). Shaping organizational commitment, in: S. Clegg & C. Cooper (Eds.) Handbook of Macro-Organizational Behaviour. London: Sage.
  • Solinger, O., Van Olffen, W. & Roe, R. (2008). Beyond the Three-Component Model of Organizational Commitment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93 (1), pp. 70-83.
  • Van Olffen, W. & De Cremer, D. (2007). Who Cares about Organizational Justice? How Personality Moderates the Effects of Perceived Fairness on Organizational Attachment. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 16 (4), pp. 386-406.
  • Van Breugel, G., Van Olffen, W. & Olie, R. (2005). Temporary liaisons: the commitment op ' temps' toward their agencies, Journal of Management Studies, 42 (3), pp. 539-566.
  • Boone, C., Van Olffen, W. & Van Witteloostuijn, A. (2005). Team locus-of-control composition, leadership structure, information acquisition and financial performance: a simulation game study, Academy of Management Journal, 48 (5), pp. 889-909.