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Professor of Human Resource Management
Room: RA-2337

General information

Prof.dr. Jan Kees Looise (1949) holds a master degree in organizational sociology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1973) and a doctoral degree from the University of Twente (1989). From 1973-1982 he worked as a researcher at the scientific institute of the Dutch trade unions and as a policy advisor with the trade unions confederation CNV. From 1982 till now he works as (associate) professor at the University of Twente.

Research interests

Looises research interests are in the field of ‘social innovation’: deliberate changes in employment relations systems at national and regional level and human resource management systems within organizations and their effects on performance, especially the innovation capacity (see inaugural speech, 1996).

Since 2007 he is the leader of the programme Competences for Innovation. In this project several colleagues from OOHR and NIKOS (including 3 PhD-students) cooperate with a group of industrial SME’s in the Eastern part of the Netherlands to research and develop new ways to enlarge their innovation capacity. Within this programme he has the primary responsibility (together with Martijn van Velzen) for the PhD-project Employee competences for innovation.

Besides that Looise is involved in the following (PhD)projects:

  • Transformation of the HR-function (with Tanya Bondarouk and 2 PhD-students)
  • HRM and entrepreneurship (with Maarten van Riemsdijk and 2 PhD-students),
  • The changing role of line managers in HRM (with Maarten van Riemsdijk and a PhD student),
  • Task redesign in the medical sector (with Jan de Leede and a PhD-student)
  • The performance effect of works councils (with Andre Nijhof and a PhD-student),
  • Employability in the ICT (with Beate van der Heijden and a PhD-student)

Memberships, editorial (advisory) boards, etc.

Since the start in 1997 Looise is a member of the board of the Dutch HRM Network. He is also a member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor HRM (Dutch HRM Journal) and of the editorial advisory boards of Employee Relations, Management Revue and Creativity and Innovation Management

Teaching activities

Looise is the coordinator of the HRM-master track within the MSc-programme Business Administration.

He teaches the following courses:

  • Human Resource Management (bachelor)
  • Human Resource Management and organizational Development (master)
  • HRM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (master)
  • Master Class HRM (master)

He is also involved in the PhD-course of the Dutch HRM Network


International refereed journals

Bondarouk, Tanya & Jan Kees Looise (forthcoming), Framing the implementation of HRM Innovation: HR professionals vs. line managers in a construction company, Personnel Review

Wigboldus,Jan Ekke, Jan Kees Looise and Andre Nijhof (2008), Understanding the Effects of Works Councils on Organizational Performance: A Theoretical Model and Results from Initial Case Studies from the Netherlands, Management Revue, 19(4), 307-323

Torka, Nicole, Marianne van Woerkom and Jan Kees Looise (2008), Direct Employee Involvement Quality (DEIQ), Creativity and Innovation Management, 17(2), 147-154

Sanders Karin & Jan Kees Looise (2006), The Value of HRM?! Optimising the Architecture of HRM, Management Revue, 17(3), 219-222.

Nehles, Anna, Maarten van Riemsdijk, Irene Kok & Jan Kees Looise (2006), Implementing Human Resource Management Succesfully, Management Revue, 17(3), 256-273

Looise, Jan Kees and Jan de Leede (2006), Collective bargaining innovation in the Netherlands, what does it really mean? Decentralised and individualised employment relations in a long-term perspective, International Employment Relations Review, Vol. 11 (1/2), 37-59

Torka, Nicole, Jan Kees Looise and Maarten van Riemsdijk (2005), Commitment and the New Employment Relationship. Exploring a forgotten perspective: Employers Commitment, Management Revue, 16 (4), 525-539.

Looise, Jan Kees, Fred Huijgen & Olaf Fisscher (2005), Editorial special issue on `The role of HRM in Innovation’, Creativity and Innovation Management, 14(2), 105-107

Leede, Jan and Jan Kees Looise (2005), Innovation and HRM: Towards and integrated framework, Creativity and Innovation Management, 14(2), 108-117.

Bondarouk, Tanya and Jan Kees Looise (2005), HR contribution to IT innovation implementation: results of three case studies, Creativity and Innovation Management, 14(2), 160-168

Looise, Jan Kees and Maarten van Riemsdijk (2004), Innovating Organisations and HRM: A conceptual Framework, Management Revue, 15 (3), 277-288.

Ruël, Huub, Tanya Bondarouk and Jan Kees Looise (2004), E-HRM: Innovation or Irritation. An Explorative Empirical Study in Five Large Companies on Web-based HRM, Management Revue, 15(3), 364-380.

Leede J. de, J.C. Looise & M. van Riemsdijk (2004), Collectivism versus individualism in Dutch employment relations, Human Resource Management Journal, 14 (1), 25-39.

Looise J.C & M. Drucker (2003), Dutch works councils in times of transition. The effects of changes in society, organisations and work on the position of works councils, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 24(3), 405-435.

Nijhof, A.H., J. Krabbendam & J.C. Looise (2002), Innovation through exemptions. Building upon the existing creativity of employees, Technovation, 22. 675-683.

Nijhof, A.H., O.A.M. Fisscher & J.C. Looise (2002), Inclusive innovation. A research project on the inclusion of social responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 9, 83-90.

Leede, J. de, J.C. Looise & M. Verkerk (2002), The mini-company: a specification of sociotechnical business systems, Personnel Review, 31(3), 338-355.

Looise, J.C. &. M. Drucker (2002), Employee participation in multinational enterprises. The effects of globalisation on Dutch works councils, Employee Relations, 22(1), 29-52.

Leede, J. de, J.C. Looise & B. Alders (2002), Innovation, improvement and operations: an exploration of the management of alignment, International Journal of Technology Management, 23(4), 353-368.

Looise, J.C. & J. Paauwe (2001), HRM-research in the Netherlands: imitation and innovation, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 12(7), 1203-1217.

Stoker, J., J.C. Looise, O.A.M. Fisscher & R.D. de Jong (2001), Leadership and innovation. Relations between leadership, individual characteristics and the functioning of R&D teams, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 12( 7), 1141-1151.

Leede, J. de & J.C. Looise (2001), “Demanding more than people can deliver: exploring the issues of loyalty and commitment in enterprise collaborations”, Journal of Production Planning and Control, 12(5), 504-513.

Douma, Marc U., Jan Bilderbeek, Peter.J. Idenburg & Jan Kees Looise (2000). Strategic Alliances. Fit of Failure?, Long Range Planning 33, 579-598

Nijhof, A.H.J., O.A.M. Fisscher and J.C. Looise (2000), Coercion, Guidance and Mercifulness; The different influences of Ethics Programs on Decision-Making, Journal of Business Ethics, 27, 33-42.

Leede, Jan de & Jan Kees Looise (1999), Continuous improvement and the mini-company concept, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 19( 11), 1188-1203.

Looise, Jan C., Maarten van Riemsdijk en Frans de Lange (1998), Company labour flexibility strategies in The Netherlands: an institutional perspective, Employee Relations, 20(5), 461-483.

International books/chapters

Looise, Jan Kees; Nicole Torka & Jan Ekke Wigboldus (forthcoming), Human Resource Management, Employee Participation and Organizational Performance. In search of an integrated model. In: F. Garibaldo & V. Telljohan (eds), New ways to Effective Workplace participation. Peter Lang, Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main.

Bondarouk, T. & Jan Kees Looise (2008), A Contingency Perspective on the Implementation of E-Performance Management, In: Teresa Torres-Coronas & Mario Arias-Oliva (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in E-HRM, IGI global Books, Pennsylvania USA

Jan C. Looise & Jan de Leede (2007), Employment Relations Innovation in the Netherlands. What Does it Mean and How Does it Go? In: György Széll, Carl-Heinrich Bösling, Ute Széll (Eds), Education, labour & Science. Perspectives for the 21st Century, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main

Leede, Jan de & Jan Kees Looise (2007), Cooperative Innovation Work and HRM: Towards an Integrated Framework. In: Joachim Ludwig, Manfred Moldaschl, Martin Smauder & Klaus Schmierl (Ed.), Arbeidsforschung und Innovationsfähigkeit in Deutschland, Rainer Hamp Verlag, München und Mering, 157-171.

Leede, J. de & Looise, J.C. (2005). Decentralisation and Individualisation of Employment Relations? The Dutch Example. In G. Széll, C.H. Bösling & J. Hartkemeyer (Eds.), Labour, Globalisation & The New Economy (Work - Technology - Organization - Society, 30) (pp. 269-289). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang

Cludts, S., Fisscher, O.A.M., Looise, J.C. & Nijhof, A.H.J. (2005). Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility; a Self-evaluation Method of Embedding Codes of Conduct. In G. Széll, C.H. Bösling & J. Hartkemeyer (Eds.), Labour, Globalisation & The New Economy (Work - Technology - Organization - Society, 30) (pp. 351-370). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Ruël, H.J.M., T. Bondarouk & J.C. Looise (2004), E-HRM, Innovation or Irritation. An exploration of Web-based Human Resource Management in Large companies. Utrecht, Lemma.

Drucker, Michiel & Jan Kees Looise (2004), New forms of work organization, direct and indirect worker participation. Evidence from the Netherlands. In: F. Garibaldo & V. Telljohan (eds), Globalisation, company strategies and quality of working life in Europe. Peter Lang, Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, p. 153-179.

Looise, J.C., M. Drucker & J. de Leede (2001), The end of national employee participation? The effects of changes in work and organisation on works councils. In: R. Markey et al (Ed.), Models of employee participation in a changing global environment: diversity and interaction. Federation/Blackstone, pp.193-212

Looise, J.C. & M.J. van Riemsdijk (2001), Globalisation and human resource management: the end of industrial relations? In: G. Széll (ed.), European Labour Relations. Vol. I. Ashgate Publishers, Avebury, pp 280-296.

Leede, J. de O.A.M. Fisscher & J.C. Looise (2000), “Human Resource Management in R&D: the Issue of Professional Autonomy”. In K.K. Brockhoff, A.W. Pearson, P.C. de Weerd-Nederhof & I.C. Kerssens-Van Drongelen, Readings in Technology Management, Twente University Press, Enschede, pp. 212-238.

Looise J.C. and J. Paauwe (1998), Human Resources Management: Evolving paradigms and research issues from an integrated stakeholder perspective. In: G.H.M. Evers, G.B. van Hees, J.J. Schippers (eds), Work and Organisation Research in the Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, p. 139-169.

Looise, Jan C. (1994), Industrial Democracy and Industrial Relations in the Future Europe. In: L. Nicolaou-Smokoviti & G. Széll, Participation, Organizational Effectiveness and Quality of Work Life in the Year 2000. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, p. .

Jan C. Looise (1991), Adopting European style employee participation policies: implications for personnel management. Publication London School of Economics, October. (28 pp).

Looise, J.C. (1990), The recent Growth of Employees Representation in the Netherlands: Defying the Times? In: C.J. Lammers and G. Szèll (ed.), International Handbook of Participation in Organizations. Vol.I. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p. 268-285.