Meet students and staff of Organization Studies

Student interviews


Michelle Bakx

Michelle Bakx, The Netherlands, Organisation Studies Student

"The Master of Organization Studies fitted my interests as it is a broad program and the focus is on people (social and behavioral sciences) rather than on management. Obviously the main focus in this program is on organizations and this complements my previous education perfectly."

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Iva OS

Iva Plocheva, Bulgaria, Organization Studies Student

“This Master’s program is for people interested in the life of organizations, how organizations are composed, how they change. One has to be interested in people, processes, and structures; complexity, diversity, and dynamics. This Master’s program has an interdisciplinary approach; therefore, it is aimed at people who think creatively and logically, people who are interested in a broader way of thinking.”

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Romana Lughofer

Romana Lughofer, Austria, Student Organization Studies

“You should be really interested in the life of an organization. How it is composed, what changes it undergoes …, how it deals with questions of complexity, diversity or legitimacy, how it builds new networks and launches strategic ventures.”

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Hemalatha Venkataraman, India, student Organization Studies

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Chioma Nwosu, Nigeria, Student of Pre-Master Organization Studies

  • 32 years old
  • Study program: Pre-Master Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2011
  • Nationality: Nigerian

"I chose the study program because I really wanted to study organisations, but most importantly because I wanted to go to a foreign country in which English is the primary language for Master's programmes. I also chose this program to help me become a consultant, and I wanted to do something worthwhile that would give me more personal satisfaction. Its excellent reputation and student recommendations are also factors. The fact is that I can meet not only Dutch students, but also students from all over the world. I was surprised about how open minded and easy going the lecturers were. The experience so far has been positive because it opened my mind up to new cultures and realising in this short while, I have added more to my knowledge."

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Mareike de Boer, Germany, Student of MSc Organization Studies

  • 23 years old
  • Study program: MSc Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2010
  • Nationality: German/Dutch

"I chose the Master's program Organization Studies because it was presented as being interdisciplinary and challenging. I did my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and wanted to immerse myself in another field. And, the best thing about this decision is that this program has already met my expectations! It is challenging and broadens my horizon in all kinds of directions."

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Traian Bossenmayer, Romania, Student of MSc Organization Studies

  • 25 years old
  • Study program: MSc Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2010
  • Nationality: Romanian

"I chose the Master's program Organization because I am interested in the consultancy field and I found the subjects to be very appropriate for my future plans. The curriculum focuses on the broad connections between organisations, but also on the relationships formed within these organisations. I especially appreciate two subjects, "Complexity within organizations" and "Organization dynamics" because they address topics that relate to my former work as a Human Resource consultant."

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Codruta Ciuca, Romanian, Student of MSc Organization Studies

  • 26 years old
  • Study program: MSc Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2010
  • Nationality: Romanian

"I think that the program Organization Studies, track Organization of Cultural Diversity is an extremely interesting and challenging field of study. Secondly, it is a defining characteristic of the contemporary global society. I find the program challenging because there is a lot of information regarding different areas which has to be processed in a short period of time (one semester). Therefore, I dedicate more than 40 hours per week (as many hours as possible in most cases) to studying."

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Jennifer Zhao, China, Student of MSc Organization Studies

  • 22 years old
  • Study program: MSc Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2010
  • Nationality: Chineze

"I chose Tilburg University because it has a very good reputation in China. My cousin works at Philips in Shanghai, and he told me many of his colleagues were graduates from Tilburg University. The University provides a lot of opportunities with respect to the globalisation process. And so far, I am very much enjoying my campus life. Every day is very busy but enriching. The University provides first-class facilities; I even found a piano in one of the buildings. There are a lot of guest lectures, which is very valuable to me."

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Radu Ciocan, Romania, Student of MSc Organization Studies

  • 26 years old
  • Study program: MSc Organization Studies
  • Year of graduation: 2010
  • Nationality: Romanian

"My main reason for choosing this Master's program comes from a personal preference. I have always been interested in culture related subjects, so choosing this track was a natural selection. So far, my opinion is that the program is ambitious and challenging both from the perspective of the approached subjects as well as regarding the working style."

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Professor interviews

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Prof. dr. Leon Oerlemans, Holland

Professor Organizational Dynamics,  Extraordinary Professor of Economics and Innovation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

"The Master's program in Organization Studies aims to train professionals who will understand the role and management of complex modern organizations. The program combines training in theory and methods of organization science, the study of coordination and organization, and empirical research on organizational phenomena." Read more


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Prof. dr. Patrick Kenis, Belgium, Professor of Organization Studies

"If you want to be challenged intellectually and would like to find out about the multiple ways of examining the organizational world, this MSc is what you are looking for."


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Dr. Joerg Raab, Germany

"What happens when people have to work together to achieve common goals within and between organizations? What factors influence and what can be done to improve cooperation between people and organizations? What roles do networks and teams play in this process and how do organizations develop their strategies in this regard to improve their innovative capacities? If you want to learn about key theories and develop expertise and the analytical capacity to deal with these crucial questions in the management of a wide range of today's organizations, this is your program to choose! Welcome to our challenging one-year, intensive, interactive professional Master's program Organization Studies."



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