What will I learn?

The research conducted within the HRM&OB research programme focuses on the human side of organizations: How can the motivation of and cooperation between employees of organizations be optimized to facilitate individual and team effectiveness positive attitudes, and well-being. The research programme comprises five interconnected research themes: teams, diversity, innovation, leadership, and ethical behavior.

Research within these themes examines

(1) the relationship between the design, functioning, and outcomes of work teams,

(2) the impact of differences between employees on individual motivation and effectiveness, and the conditions under which these differences lead to positive or negative outcomes for organizations,

(3) how personal and work context characteristics (de)motivate employees to come up with creative ideas that can improve and innovate work processes, products, or services,

(4) how and under which conditions leadership behaviors positively affect individual and organizational effectiveness, and

(5) the variables that influence individuals’ (un)ethical behavior. Researchers of HRM&OB research programme conduct research in a wide variety of settings, including manufacturing, healthcare, finance, education, and the service industry. They have expertise in using a variety of research methods including surveys, interviews, and observations. A variety of research approaches is used, including longitudinal and multilevel data collections, field and lab experiments, case studies, and simulation studies. Members of the programme have (co-)authored numerous influential articles in top journals like the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, and Organization Science.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Economics and Business

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

3 February 2020, 1 September 2020


University of Groningen


9700, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language requirements: TOEFL computer based - 237; TOEFL paper based - 580.

For international students

General requirements for three-year positions (financed by the RUG)

  • Applicants must have a research Master degree or equivalent in Economics or Business.
  • Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme

General requirements for four-year positions (applicants with scholarships or own funding)

  • Applicants must have preferably a research master degree, but at least a master of science with a clear research profile.

About this uni

The University of Groningen is a top 100 university with students from over 120 countries.

  • Ranked 79th in THE World University Rankings
  • Offers 45 world-class bachelor’s programmes
  • Provides 160 highly-ranked master’s programmes
  • Groningen is chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe