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J.G.W.L. Smits MSc (Jacco)

PhD Candidate

About Me

My PhD research aims to further our understanding of the (oftentimes subtle) behavioral patterns that contribute to effective leadership. An important aspect of effective leadership in organizations is successful interaction with team-members. Nonverbal behavior plays an essential role in this because it accounts for a big portion of meaning and impact conveyed during social exchanges. Conveying effective nonverbal behavior is beneficial for both leaders and team-members because it affects both perceptions of, for example, a leader’s competence, authenticity or trustworthiness, and follower/team-related outcomes such as job satisfaction, high-quality relationships, and performance.

To examine the role of nonverbal behavior in effective leadership, I analyze video-based field data collected from regularly held staff-meetings in private and public organizations. I am interested in questions such as: “How does the nonverbal repertoire of highly effective leaders differ compared to that of relatively ineffective leaders?” or “What specific nonverbal patterns of behavior do transactional and transformational leaders display?”. To this end, I make use of specialized annotation software (The Observer XT) and a newly developed coding scheme to precisely annotate the nonverbal behavior of leaders and followers during work meetings.

Expertise

Health
Health
Physicians
Telemedicine
Habits
Habits
Refining
Managers

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Education

Teaching:

  • CMCiCG: Change Management and Consultancy in a Global Context (MSc)
  • CHANGEL: Change Management and Leadership (BSc)
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc Business Administration students
  • Guest lecturer in BSc and MSc Honours programme

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Other

Courses

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2412
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2412
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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