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 is the professor of Organizational Change and Development at TIAS School for Business and Society. In April 2013 he became Academic Director of the TIAS Master of Management and Organization (MMO) program. Van Olffen studied and obtained his doctorate (in 1999) at Maastricht University and was senior lecturer of strategy and organization at the 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 organizational change and talent development. Van Olffen also acts as a personal and professional coach in these fields.

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.



  • Engage! Travel guide for change adventures. Van Duuren Media, 2016 (in Dutch – Engage! Reisgids voor veranderavonturen , 1st edition (2016) and 2nd revised edition (2019) with R. Maas and W. Visser.
  • Olffen, W. van, Solinger, O.N. and Roe, R.A. (2016). Capturing the process of committing: design requirements for a temporal measurement instrument. In: Meyer, J. (Ed.). Handbook of employee commitment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.