Prof.dr. Nicolette van Gestel

Prof.dr. Nicolette van Gestel

Full Professor
Expert areas: Business & Society (Civil Society), Context (Politics, Sociology), Family Business (Social Entrepreneurship), Health & Education (Health Care Management, Innovation, Strategy), Management & Organisation (Change Management, Decision Making, Human Resource Management, Implementation of Change and Transition Processes, Leadership, Public Administration, Public Policy, Service Management), Strategy & Innovation (Process Innovation, Strategic Decision Making)


Nicolette van Gestel is a Full Professor of New Modes of Governance at TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University. She is an academic member of the Social and Economic Council (SER), a core advisory board of the Dutch government. She holds a MSc (with distinction) in Human Geography and a PhD in Public Administration from Radboud University Nijmegen. Van Gestel is an academic expert on public sector reform and organizational change. Her theoretical interests are decision-making in plural settings, institutional theory and collaborative governance. She has published a dozen books, and more than 80 book chapters and journal publications, e.g. in Public Administration, Organization Studies, Human Resource Management, Personnel Review, BMC Health Services Research, Public Money & Management, Public Management Review,Scandinavian Journal of Management, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Administrative Sciences, Policy & Politics,  British Journal of Management, and Public policy and Administration.

Nicolette van Gestel has extensive experience in leading (inter)national research projects and supervises researchers and PhD students. She was lead partner of the EU Horizon 2020 project COGOV (2018-2022) ‘Co Production and Co Governance: Strategic Management, Public Value and Co Creation in the Renewal of Public Agencies across Europe’ (grant agreement No 770591), working with 9 partner universities across six countries. She publishes with colleagues from Copenhagen Business School, King's College London, University of Montreal, and Oslo Metropolitan University, among others. Van Gestel is Editorial Board member van Public Management Review.

Van Gestel was co-chair of the Standing Working Group ‘Organizing the Public Sector’ of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS, 2007-2015), member and director of the Center for Public-Private Social Enterprises (TIAS, 2009-2013) and chair of the Dutch Labor and Employment Relations Association (2006-2012). Next to her full professorship, she serves as advisor of the national government, e.g. as a member of the Social and Economic Council (SER), and of Advisory/Supervisory boards. She is regularly invited for lectures and expert meetings, home and abroad, e.g. in Malmö, Oslo, Alberta.


  • van Gestel, N. (in press). A persistent ideal of public services networks amid alternative reform strategies: A study over three decades. Accepted for publication (8 October 2023). Public Management Review.
  • van Gestel, N., Kuiper, M., & Pegan, A. (2023). Strategies and transitions to public sector co-creation across Europe.Public Policy and Administration, First published: June 26, 2023.
  • van Gestel, N., Ferlie, E., & Grotenbreg, S. (2023). A public value strategy for SDGs: Transforming an existing organization? British Journal of Management, First published: 02 June 2023.
  • van Gestel, N. (2023). The changed role and position of professionals in the welfare state across Europe. In: K. J. Baehler (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Public Management for Social Policy (pp. 725-736). Oxford University Press.
  • Hendrikx, W., Kuiper, M., & van Gestel, N. (2022). Engaging professionals in the strategic renewal of public services: A literature review and research agenda. Public Policy and Administration, First published online May 27, 2022.
  • van Gestel, N., & Grotenbreg, S. (2021). Collaborative governance and innovation in public services settings. Policy & Politics, 49(2), 249-265(17).
  • van Gestel, N., Waldorff, S. B., & Denis, J. L. (2020). (Mis)taking Social Responsibility? Implementing Welfare State Reform by Private and Non-profit Organizations. Public Management Review, 22(12): 739-1759.
  • van Gestel, N., Denis, J.-L., Ferlie, E. (2020). Hybridity in Public Organisations. In: D. Billis & C. Rochester (Eds.), Handbook on Hybrid Organisations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing (pp.48-65).
  • van Gestel, N., Kuiper, M., Hendrikx, W. (2019) Changed roles and strategies of professionals in the (co)production of public services, Administrative Sciences9(3), 59, Open Access, published 14 August 2019.
  • Vossen, E. & van Gestel, N. (2019) Translating macro-ideas into micro level practices: the role of social interaction. Scandinavian Journal of Management35(1): 26-35.
  • van Gestel, N., Denis, J.-L., Ferlie, E. & McDermott, A. (2018) Explaining the policy process underpinning public sector reform: The role of ideas, institutions and timing. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance,1(2), 87–101.
  • van Gestel, N., Oomens, S. & Buwalda, E. (2018) From quasi-markets to public-private networks: Employers’ engagement in Public Employment Services. Social Policy and Administration, 32(3), 434-448
  • Hendrikx, W. & van Gestel, N.  (2017) The emergence of hybrid professional roles: GPs and secondary school teachers in a context of public sector reform, Public Management Review, 19(8), 1105-1123.
  • Vossen, E., van Gestel, N., van der Heijden, B.I.J.M. & Rouwette, E.A.J.A. (2016). ‘Dis-able bodied’ or ‘dis-able minded’: Stakeholders’ return-to-work experiences compared between physical and mental health conditions. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(10), 969-977.
  • Denis, J.-L., van Gestel, N. & Lepage, A. (2016). Professional agency, leadership, and organizational change. In: M. Dent, I.L. Bourgeault, J.-L. Denis & E. Kuhlmann (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism (pp. 215-227). Routledge Companions.