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DSM Grant for research in People Analytics (HRS)

Published: 17th December 2019 Last updated: 06th January 2020

Prof. Jaap Paauwe and dr. Karina van de Voorde have obtained a grant (€200.000) for a four-year appointment of a PhD student in the area of People Analytics. PhD Student Rubin Steegh will be involved in several projects in the area of well-being, engagement and performance, based on the availability of workforce data and the sampling of so-called experience data

During the PhD, Rubin Steegh (photo) will work in close collaboration with the P&O (HR) Strategy & Operations department and People Analytics team to aid DSM in becoming more HR fact and data driven. This implies that Rubin will work at DSM’s offices in Heerlen (HQ Global) and Sittard (HQ Netherlands) as well as in Tilburg for the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Before starting with the PhD Rubin was an extended master student in HR-Studies and Junior Teacher for the Department of HR-Studies.

Rubin Steegh

This is the third grant Jaap Paauwe has managed to obtain based on working closely together with large companies. Preceding DSM, PhD contracts have also been settled with Shell and ING. Paauwe is moderator of a group of Chief HR Officers of the 10 largest companies in the Netherlands. DSM is also member of this group.

The Department of HR-Studies, more specifically the People Management Centre, also organizes quarterly Roundtable sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity for practitioners and academics to meet and discuss actual topics in the area of people management, based on both practical insights as well as the latest research findings. The staff of the Department of HR-Studies, including PhD students like Rubin Steegh, are often present at roundtable sessions. The roundtables are organized in close cooperation with TIAS School for Business and Society. Talks and discussions at the roundtable sessions form a fertile ground for more intensive collaboration later on, for example in the form of jointly appointing a PhD candidate. Moreover, it adds to the Impact program of the university.