Servant Leadership Research Programme

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Meet the key teaching faculty of the programme:

Trompenaars, Fons
Fons Trompenaars

Fons Trompenaars is the Managing Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Intercultural Management Consulting (previously known as the Centre for International Business Studies; CIBS, founded 1989), and now part of KPMG. At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Fons holds the chair Cross-cultural Management and is SERVUS co-director. He works with major global corporations to benefit from the vast opportunities presented by cultural differences. He studied Economics at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and later earned his PhD at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, writing his dissertation on the 'differences in conceptions or organizational structure in various cultures'. After completing his studies he worked for the personnel department of the Royal Dutch Shell Group in Rotterdam. His list of clients includes Shell, Motorola, Mars, TRW, Philips, Heineken, Applied Materials, Dow Chemical, GM, CSM, Telfort, Masterfoods, Dexia and Bombardier. Fons Trompenaars has developed a model to analyze cultural differences, the 'Seven Dimensions of Culture Model'. He explains how reconciling cultural differences will lead to competitive advantage, and how servant-leadership is about reconciling dilemmas. He is the author of the book 'Riding the Waves of Culture, understanding cultural diversity in business’ (2nd edition, Nicholas Brealey, 1998). He co-authored with Charles Hampden Turner 'The Seven Cultures of Capitalism’ (Doubleday, 1993) and `Mastering the Infinite Game’. October 2000 his book 'Building Cross-Cultural Competence’ was published. In 2010 he co-authored with Ed Voerman ‘Servant-leadership across Cultures’ (McGraw-Hill). Trompenaars received the International Professional Practice Area Research Award from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
Bunt, Sylvia van de
Sylvia van de Bunt
Co-director of SERVUS at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.

Sylvia has an international career in business consultancy and academia. She has been serving as a management consultant in various firms such as Digital Equipment, Vendex International, KLM and Ahold, the European Commission, UNESCO and NGO’s. From 2004 onwards she is Visiting Professor at Middlesex University London, she is Visiting Professor at Suffolk Business School. At VU-SBE she is SERVUS co-director, and co-coordinates master courses in the field of Talent Development and Cross Cultural Management (2001-present). 'Academic Pilgrims' (Tilburg University Press, 1996) was her PhD on organizational and talent determinants of international staff mobility. She published on cross cultural issues, talent diversity and internet in international journals, edited the book ‘World Wide Work’ (VU University Press, 2006) and co-edited the books ‘The Space between Words’ (Tilburg University Press, 1991), Handboek Internationaal Talent’ (Weka, 2007) and ‘Competing for Talent’ (Van Gorcum, 2009). During 2003-2006 she was coordinator of a large scale European project FILTER, investigating the credibility/integrity and cultural filtering of online content. She was member of the Supervisory Board of Compu’Train (2000-2005), Kennisnet (2006-2013), and is member of the Advisory Board of Nova Academy (2008-present, chairperson) and the Access to Medicine Index (2013-present). She is President of NGVO, the Dutch Speaking Society for Comparative Education, the Flemish/Dutch branch of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, see www.wcces.net > Member Societies (1995-present). She was nomineed Best Reviewer of EURAM 2013.
Blokpoel, Barbara
Barbara Blokpoel

Barbara Blokpoel is a Trainer/Consultant at Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT), now part of KPMG. In addition to her current role at THT, Barbara has lead the tutorial session for the Master’s Cross Cultural Management course at Vrije University since 2007 and is the SERVUS coordinator. She has co-translated Fons Trompenaars and Ed Voerman’s book, Servant-leadership Across Cultures and contributed to the resent book, 100+ Management Models. Born to Dutch parents, Barbara grew up in Canada where she completed degrees in Comparative International Studies and Native (Indigenous) Studies, and Master of Social Work (MSW).
Sousa, Milton
Milton Sousa
Executive Director MBA Programs at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Milton has a PhD in Business and Management from Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management. His dissertation is entitled Servant-Leadership to the Test. Milton Sousa initiated his career as an Engineer at Philips Research in the Netherlands. After 8 years in the semiconductors industry, Milton started working as a consultant on Innovation and Organization Development at Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao and afterwards at the HR consulting firm Hay Group. In 2009 he started his own business, Leaders2Be, offering talent and leadership development solutions for business schools and universities. Since 2010 Milton is also Executive Director of the Estoril Conferences, a large international forum on globalization that gathers renowned world leaders from business, academia and public sector. In that quality he has worked with the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, NATO, and several world-class universities. Milton is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on the topics of servant-leadership and organizational behavior in several universities and business schools. Having published numerous articles, his research interests include the relationship between leadership, work motivation and organizational performance, as well as complexity and innovation in a global context.
 Khapova, Svetlana
Svetlana Khapova
Professor of Careers and Organization Studies at VU Amsterdam & Scientific Director ABRI

Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova holds the Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom chair in Careers and Organization Studies at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of VU Amsterdam. She is the Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI), and is one of the founders of the institute. She also holds a visiting professor position at ESMT – European School of Management and Technology. Her research focuses on the link between careers and institutions. She studies individual careers as a resource upon which both individuals and organizations draw to innovate. She was Division Chair and Programme Chair of Careers Division at the Academy of Management during 2009-2013. For her research and leadership efforts, she was nominated for De Jonge Academie KNAW (in 2011), and the Jubilee Prize of the Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (in 2011) by the Board of SBE (VU). Her awards include: the Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service by Careers division of the Academy of Management, Orlando, 2013; the Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service by Academy of Management, Montreal, 2010; the Highly Commended Award (2008) from Emerald Publishing Group; the Small Group Meeting grant from the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2008); the Best Reviewer Award (2007) and a nomination for the Best Symposium Award (2007) by Careers Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006 and 2013, she was nominated for the Best Lecturer award of SBE (VU).
 Flikkema, Meindert
Meindert Flikkema
Associate Professor VU Amsterdam, Director VU Postgraduate course Management Consulting

Dr. Meindert Flikkema has obtained a master degree in Econometrics from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, a PhD in Economics and a master degree in Management Consulting (with honors), both from VU Amsterdam. He was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Management and Organization in 2003 and associate professor in 2009, after a career start in management consulting. He teaches Bachelor and Master courses on service and innovation management in Business Administration programs, in MBA programmes, and in Post Graduate programmes. In 2005, he won the Best Teacher Award from the School of Business and Economics and he was nominated for VU Best Teacher award. The evaluations of his teaching capabilities are always ranked in the top 2%. Currently, he is programme director of the VU Post Graduate Course Management Consulting, member or chairman of various Advisory Boards in Professional Service Firms, and involved in research on Managing Service Innovation, Trademark Economics and Knowledge Worker Productivity.
 Akkermans, Jos
Jos Akkermans
Assistant Professor of HRM & Organizational Behavior, VU Amsterdam

Dr. Jos Akkermans is Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. He received his MSc degree (cum laude) in Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, and also completed his PhD in W&O Psychology at Utrecht University. His PhD research focused on career development and work-related wellbeing of young employees who have recently started their working lives. As part of this research, he developed the Career Competencies Questionnaire (CCQ) and the CareerSKILLS intervention. Jos Akkermans coordinates the first year Bachelor course Organizational Behavior. He is also involved in teaching several Methods and Statistics courses such as BRM, ABRM, and Research Seminar I. In addition, he is supervises Bachelor and Master theses.
 Voerman, Ed
Ed Voerman
Board of Directors Centre for Servant-Leadership Europe, Founder of Voerman International

Ed Voerman, former Managing Director of the Voerman Group, is the Chairman and founder of the Greenleaf Center Foundation for Servant-Leadership in Europe. www.gcsl.eu