Prof.dr. Woody van Olffen

Prof.dr. Woody van Olffen

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


Prof. Dr. W. van Olffen holds the Chair in Organisational Change and Development at TIAS. In April 2013 he became Academic Director of the long-standing TIAS program Master of Management and Organisation (MMO) programme. Van Olffen studied and obtained his doctorate (in 1999) from Maastricht University. He was Associate Professor of Strategy and Organisation at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of Erasmus University from 2007 to 2013. Besides his academic work, he works since 2011 part-time as senior academic associate at Ami Consultancy in Rotterdam where he is responsible for consulting on organisational change and for executive knowledge development. Van Olffen also acts as a personal and professional coach to change agents and change leaders.

His scientific research has focused on a broad range of topics such as team composition, organisational commitment, justice and location selection. His scientific co-creations have been published in international journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and 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, on new leader socialization and on learning to cooperate in explorative R&D partnerships.

Combining academic change knowledge with practical change wisdom has resulted in the guide to change adventures, Engage! Travel guide for change adventures. This book is a practical manual for those who wish to initiate, stimulate and survive change adventures in organizations.  

In addition to his work he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, mountain hiking, running, documentary watching and Zen meditation.


  • Olffen, W. van, Maas, R. en Visser, W. (2016). Engage! Reisgids voor veranderavonturen, Van Duuren Media
    • Olffen, W. van, Solinger, O.N. en Roe, R. (2016). Capturing the process of committing: design requirements for a temporal measurement instrument, in: Meyer, K. (Ed.), Handbook of employee commitment, Chapter: 34, pp.476 – 489, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Solinger, O. N., Hofmans, J., & Olffen, W. (2015). The dynamic microstructure of organizational commitment. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(4), 773-796.

    • 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.