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Klaas Stek

PhD student
Room: RA-2246


Klaas Stek (1967) is a researcher in Business Administration at the University of Twente on the subject of purchasing and supply management (P/SM). He graduated in 1991 (Teacher Training Economic Sciences & Law, NHL University of Applied Sciences, Groningen), in 1993 (Economic Systems & History, University of Groningen) and in 2016 (Business Administration [P/SM], University of Twente). He graduated on his thesis Purchasing skills: Comparing Dutch and Austrian industrial job advertisements with the help of KODEĀ®X.

Working experience

After graduation at the institutes in Groningen Klaas worked as a teacher in economic sciences secondary schools (Havo) and pre-university education (VWO). From 1998 till 2005 Klaas was appointed by ING-Postbank as a paralegal responsible for a portfolio in complaints and disputes, representing the bank at the adjudication committees concerning banking, mortgages, securities and credit references (Geschillencommissies Bankzaken, Hypotheken, DSI/Effecten en BKR). Later Klaas was co-founder and chef de bureau of the internal ING law firm. After this banking intermezzo he turned back to education as a lecturer and final thesis supervisor at a university of applied sciences (management, economics and law). Since September 2016 he is PhD Researcher at UTwente.

PERFECT project

Since his graduation Klaas is participant of the PERFECT project, which stands for Purchasing Education and Research for European Competence Transfer. PERFECT is a cooperation between:

TU Dortmund University (Germany)
Hochschule Mainz (Germany)
University of Twente (Netherlands),
Staffordshire University (England)
Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)

The aim of PERFECT is to design an academic P/SM curriculum and to post a massive open online course (MOOC) by August 2018.

Research interests

  • P/SM skills & competencies (employers needs in the P/SM field)
  • P/SM skills & competencies (of successful P/SM professionals)
  • Academic P/SM curriculum development
  • P/SM education & skills development