I am professor of International Management at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and associate dean Internationalization at the School of Economics and Management. I also am a permanent visiting professor at LUISS University in Rome, and a regular visitor at the School of Management of Zhejiang University in China. I have been head of the Department of Management at Tilburg University for many years, but since about one year I devote more time to research and teaching.
My research concentrates on two broad areas, International Management and Project Management. Within these fields I am most interested in collaboration processes, and the human factors that influence these processes. Topics are for instance culture, trust and identity. I have also developed an interest in CSR, especially in the context of international management. My work has been published in major journals like the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Science. I regularly present my work on conferences like AoM, EURAM and EGOS.
I am happy to have the opportunity to teach at ISM because this is a young, entrepreneurial and ambitious university. I also like to be active in and contribute to the further advancement of Lithuania, a country that has regained independence only three decades ago and has developed spectacularly. In my experience the students at ISM are very mature and motivated.
I teach a seminar in qualitative research methods. I approach this in as much a practical manner as possible. What models for doing qualitative research (especially for theory development) are out there, what are the pros and cons of the various approaches, and when use what approach? This is discussed from two direction: (1) you have a research question, how to design your study to answer it?, and (2) you have (access to) particular data, how to fit your research to that? This is the basis of some very practical guidelines, that are nevertheless rooted in sound methodological ideas.
The key idea is that classes are as interactive as possible, and are relevant for the students’ own (research) interests.