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.