Research at TiSEM

Department of Public Governance

The Department of Public Governance at Tilburg School of Economics and Management is a truly multidisciplinary and innovative community of scholars with an interest in the public domain. The department integrates different disciplines such as Economics, Organization, Management and Public Administration. We thus contribute to Tilburg University’s leading role in these fields.

Innovative approach in investigating the public domain

The Department of Public Governance hosts an international group of scholars with a diverse set of expertise. Our research stands out for its innovative approach in investigating the public domain. Members apply methods and insights from organisational studies, finance, or social psychology to long-standing governance topics (for example public service motivation, banking regulation, organisational networks). As TiSEM’s youngest department, Public Governance aims at establishing itself as one of Europe’s leading research groups in the field. In this spirit, we contribute to Tilburg University’s ranking among the top 30 institutes in the field of Public Administration worldwide, according to the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Equally, our teaching mirrors this broad palette of expertise. Next to courses at TiSEM, our department members are well-received teachers with teaching mandates at Tilburg Law School, TIAS School for Business and Society, Middlesex University London, Vienna University of Economics and Business. Grounded in a solid scientific foundation, our teaching philosophy reflects the rigorous pursuit to expand our knowledge about society and the behaviour of its actors. Our students learn how to apply innovative research methods and insights to pressing questions of our society.


NWO research grant for Patrick Kenis and team

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 1.1 mln Euro to Patrick Kenis (Department of Public Governance) and team for a project within the Renewal of Supervision research theme of the National Research Agenda. The research will generate knowledge about innovative ways for supervising organizational networks that deal with complex social issues in the domains of care, social housing, education and safety. Patrick Kenis: “An organizational network is an increasingly common way to get things done. However, the tools for organization, coordination and governance that we have at our disposal are mainly based on the classic independently operating organization. That is why there is an urgent need for knowledge about how, for example, organizational networks can be monitored.”


1.1 million funding for research into supervision in organizational networks

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded funding to three research projects within the National Research Agenda, that will provide insights into the renewal of independent, public supervision. One of the winning projects was submitted by Professor of Public Governance Patrick Kenis together with co-applicants Jörg Raab (TSB, Organization Studies), Cor van Montfort (VU), Mirella Minkman (TIAS) and Melanie Ehren (VU). They will conduct research into innovative ways of supervision in organizational networks that deal with complex social issues in the domains of care, social housing, education and safety. Over 1.1 million euros has been allocated to the project. read more


Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

TiU ranking for Public Administration from position 27 to 16.

Shanghai Ranking Consultancy published the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2021 on May 26th, 2021. GRAS1 is fully based on research output. More than 1,800 out of 4,000 universities across 93 countries and regions are finally listed in the rankings. Tilburg University is one of these universities.  
Public Administration is one of the subjects within the ranking for which Tilburg University scored better than last year! Currently we are ranked 16, while last year we were ranked 27.

The Rankings use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in relevant subjects, including research output (Q1), research influence (CNCI), international collaboration (IC), research quality (Top), and international academic awards (Award). The index of international academic awards is based on Academic Excellence Survey (AES) conducted by Shanghai Ranking.

Top rankings for Anne-Wil Harzing

In the new research ranking based on Scopus citation metrics, professor Anne-Wil Harzing (Public Governance) is ranked 50 worldwide and 15 outside the USA in the field of Business and Management. In the Netherlands she is ranked 2nd (only after the late Geert Hofstede) and in the UK 7th (after Sumantra Ghoshal†, Mike Wright†, John Child (ret.), David Guest (ret.), Hugh Willmott (ret.) and Julian Birkinshaw). The new ranking is based on Scopus data and ranks the approximately 160,000 researchers worldwide who are in the top-2% most cited authors that have published at least five articles in Scopus.

TiSEM - Anne-Wil Harzing