I'm a Professor of Management and Senior Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise) at UNSW Business School, Sydney. Previously, I was Vice-Dean Research at King's College London, Head of Department at Ghent University (Belgium) and I held visiting positions at ESSEC Business School (France), Bocconi University (Italy) and University of Groningen (The Netherlands). I currently serve as the President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology and am an elected Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
I study the motivational microfoundations of why and how people contribute to organizational success. Recent work focuses on how individuals can overcome motivational obstacles during the innovation and entrepreneurial process to “keep their fire burning”. My research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Psychological Science. My work has also been featured in media such as Harvard Business Review, BBC, Science, Nature, Psychology Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
Apart from my work in academia, I have several years of industry experience by founding and managing two consulting firms, including one university spin-off, The Vigor Unit. Through keynotes, executive education and consultancy, I contributed to leadership development and performance management initiatives in a variety of industries such as banking, healthcare, consulting, government, energy management, and manufacturing. I have worked with executives in some of the leading business capitals in the world (London, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sydney). Consulting clients include Ageas, AG Insurance, Ahold, KBC, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, KPMG, RICS, Gallup, Econocom, Engie, Philips, Volvo, VPK Packaging Group.