My research focuses on organizational processes at the micro- and meso-levels of analysis. Specifically, I study the dilemmas between individual and collective interests. For organizations and the individuals and groups that operate within them, finding a balance between own interests, ideas and opinions and those of the larger collective is essential for achieving effective outcomes. I examine the ways in which individuals and groups deal with the challenges and opportunities this creates. As such, my studies focuses on the motivational and contextual factors that drive behavior in settings such as teamwork, negotiation and interpersonal conflict. I examine these factors using laboratory experiments, surveys, and qualitative studies.
I am the chair of the Organizational Behavior Research Group in de Department of Organization Sciences at VU University, Amsterdam. I am the recipient of an NWO VENI Grant and an ERC Consolidator Grant.