Henk Jan van Essen, MSc

General info

Henk Jan is a PhD researcher at the University of Twente at the faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences (BMS) of the Human Resource Management and Innovation department. He has recently graduated cum laude from the Business Administration program (Radboud University, 2016). Before that he acquired his Post-Academic Master Degree in Management and Organisation from the Tias Nimbas Business School (Tilburg University, 2001). Henk Jan has worked in the health care sector as an operational psychiatric nurse and as an executive in various organizations. He is now the CEO of a medium-sized health care organisation. His research as an external PhD student will focus on what intrinsically motivates employees to show innovative work behaviour. With this research project he will develop an “empowering creative innovation theory”. The project started in November 2016 and is supervised by promotor Prof. dr.Tanya Bondarouk and co promotor Jan de Leede.

Research interests

  • Self-organisation and Socio Technics
  • Innovation
  • Human behaviour
  • Process and project management
  • Constructivism


A curriculum vitae is available for download.