Trained as a work and organizational psychologist with 10 years of experience in HRM and consulting, I joined Tilburg University in 2003 to teach and to research about HRM.

I strongly believe that all organizations can benefit more from human resource management when more time is spend on understanding the causes of people-related issues in their specific contexts in combination with a better understanding of available research evidence. I take effort to understand the organizational context that relates to people management issues (research). I like to teach students (education) and practitioners (executive education, management) that it is possible to improve the quality of people related decision-making in organizations by making better use of research evidence and taking a bit more time to understand people related issues in organizations. 

New book:

Brigitte Kroon (2021). "Evidence Based HRM: What (do) we know about people in workplaces". Wolf Publishers/Tilburg Open Pres


My research focus is on extending HRM theory to work contexts that are less standard in HRM research, such as small entrepreneurial (family) businesses and low skilled work. I combine a business- with an ethical/employee perspective in evaluating HRM outcomes (decent work).

I have developed a modular approach that allows to appeal to various audiences who need an introduction course to human resource management (TSB, Tisem), while using the same underlying didactical set-up.

Teaching prizes: In 2007 and in 2011 I won the TSB Faculty Prize for Teaching Innovation. In 2013 and in 2014 I won the best teacher award (based on student evaluations).

Current roles:

  • Academic director Bachelor Human Resource Studies
  • Member of the Tilburg Institute for Family Business (TiFB) 
  • Member of the European Labor Authority (ELA) working group on information
  • Project leader "The impact of Covid-19 measures on work, welfare and careers of Central and Eastern European workers in NL"




I am the Academic Director of the Bachelor Human Resource Studies. HRS provides two Bachelor programs: Personeelwetenschappen (NL) and HRS: People Management (Int.). The programs offer a multi-disciplinary perspective on the management of people in organizations: psychology, business, economics, sociology, ethics, law and research methods are all relevant in understanding which Human Resource Management (HRM) is optimal for business, for individuals and society.

In my courses, I teach how to do ‘Evidence based HRM’. All managers should some basic understanding of HRM. However, since not every organization is the same, and because the challenges that organizations face are different, there is no ‘one best practice suits all’ recipe for doing HRM. Organizations need trained experts and managers who know where to find the best HRM interventions for the issues that they face. 




  • People Management Center (Tilburg University)
  • Tilburg Institute of Family Business (TiFB, Tilburg University)
  • European Labor Authority (ELA) working group on information (EU)
  • Instituut Gak
  • Journal editor 'Gedrag en Organisatie' 



Key publications:

Kroon, B., & Paauwe, J. (2021). HRM in 21st century small organizations: A midrange typology to describe, contrast and contextualize the phenomenon. The International Journal of Human Resource Management.


Recent publications

  1. Women in Ethiopia - Creating value through entrepreneurship

    Hailemariam, A. T., Hailu Gudeta, K., Kroon, B., & van Engen, M. (Accepted/In press). Women in Ethiopia: Creating value through entrepreneurship. In S. Yousafzai, C. Henry, M. Boddington, S. Sheikh, & A. Fayolle (Eds.), Research handbook of women’s entrepreneurs value creation Edward Elgar.
  2. ‘Longing to grow my business’ - The work-life interface of women entr…

    Hailu Gudeta, K., van Engen, M., Peters, P., Woldesenbet, K., Kroon, B., & Hailemariam, A. T. (2022). ‘Longing to grow my business’: The work-life interface of women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. In O. Kolade, D. Rae, D. Obembe, & K. Woldesenbet (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of African entrepreneurship (pp. 493-515). Springer.
  3. Refugees’ vulnerability towards precarious work - An intersectionalit…

    Knappert, L., Kroon, B., Kornau, A., & Abdelmageed, B. (Accepted/In press). Refugees’ vulnerability towards precarious work: An intersectionality perspective. In E. Meliou, J. Vassilopoulou , & M. Ozbilgin (Eds.), Diversity and precarious work during socio-economic upheaval: exploring the missing link Cambrindge University Press.
  4. HRM in 21st century small organizations - A midrange typology to desc…

    Kroon, B., & Paauwe, J. (2022). HRM in 21st century small organizations: A midrange typology to describe, contrast and contextualize the phenomenon. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 33(16), 3224-3251.
  5. The neglected contexts and outcomes of evidence-based management - A …

    Sahakian, T., Daouk-Oyry, L., Kroon, B., Kooij, D., & Alameddine, M. (2022). The neglected contexts and outcomes of evidence-based management: A systematic scoping review in hospital settings. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 36(9), 48-65.

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