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.


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

We welcome our new colleagues!

Tilburg University has appointed Dr. Joks Janssen, MSc, as Professor of Practice for ‘Broad Prosperity in the Region’, effective January 1, 2021. Janssen works for knowledge institution Het PON & Telos as a senior advisor and researcher in the field of sustainable regional development. He will conduct his activities at the Department of Public Governance of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM). He will also act as a coordinator for the recently established ‘Broad Prosperity in the Region’ Academic Collaborative Center, a joint initiative of Tilburg University and Het PON & Telos.

Public Governance - Kees Cools

Prof. Kees Cools joins the Department of Public Governance as Fellow. Kees has always worked in strategy consulting, as a partner at the Boston Consulting Group and subsequently at Strategy&/PwC. Simultaneously was a professor of Corporate Finance and Governance at the University of Groningen and later at TIAS Business School at Tilburg University. His main research interests are corporate finance and corporate and public governance. We are excited to have him on our team.