Dr. S.B. Ybema

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afdeling organisatiewetenschappen )
Universitair hoofddocent


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  • Processen van identiteit
  • Cultuur en politiek bij verandering in organisaties


Sierk Ybema’s research interests are in culture, identity, power and the politics of sensemaking in (inter)organizational settings. His focus on how organizational actors present themselves and others and, vice versa, how they are ‘identified’ by others, directs attention to what people find essential about their organization, their profession, their position, their culture, and their work. His ethnography of an amusement park (de Efteling) and of the editorial staffs of two Dutch national newspapers (Trouw and de Volkskrant) examine the internal struggles over organizational change. For the last couple of years he has focused on multinational companies, police organizations, the Amsterdam municipality, and health care organizations, funded by NWO, public organizations and industry partners. He has published journal articles and book chapters on, inter alia, management discourse and ‘postalgia’, cross-cultural collaboration, inter-organizational relationships, organizational change and resistance, and identity crises in organizational settings. Books include Organizational culture (with D. Yanow and I. Sabelis) and Organizational ethnography: Studying the complexity of everyday life (with D. Yanow, F. Kamsteeg and H. Wels). He is co-chair of the International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Associate Editor of Organization, and member of the Editorial Board of Organization Studies.


  • Kernthema’s Organisatiewetenschappen (bachelor & premaster)
  • Sensemaking in Organizations (masters COM)
  • Organisatie van Zorgprocessen (BCO/ Bestuurswetenschappen)
  • MSc Thesis (overzicht thesisonderwerpen)


Publicaties (Bron: METIS VU)

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