I am Assistant Professor in the area of Organizational Communication at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In October 2015, I received my Ph.D. degree (Cum Laude) for my dissertation entitled "A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Mentoring Relationships at Work."
In my qualitative studies, I study how communication processes in organizations can contribute to employees' motivation and optimal functioning. I am especially interested into how work relationships and technology use can contribute to more fulfilling work environments. Therefore, I qualitatively explore topics including employee communication, basic need-fulfillment, technology use and experience, and the social construction of technology.
I study how employees’ professional development, motivation, and thriving are affected by their organizational environment. My qualitative approaches focus on theory building in the context of self-determination theory and basic need-fulfillment in organizations.
During my Ph.D. research, I focused on the role of mentoring relationships and developmental networks in employees’ professional development. Therefore, I interviewed protégés, mentors, dyads of mentors and protégés, and co-workers in their direct work environment. My studies showed how self-determination theory is a relevant framework for understanding mentoring processes. From a basic need-fulfillment perspective, my qualitative studies provided more insight into the role of need-fulfillment processes in interpersonal relationships. This resulted in several key publications in major journals in the fields of management and organizational behavior.
My current research focuses on understanding the ongoing impact of technologies on organizations. An important aspect of this is to understand the relevance of technology to employees and to examine how they interpret, use, and engage with those technologies. The question of how technologies can contribute to employees' basic need-fulfillment in work environments is central to my research interests.