Occupational and Organizational Psychology & Professional Learning

Research unit Occupational and Organisational Psychology & Professional Learning
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Jeroen Stouten is a professor at KU Leuven and was an associate researcher of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge (2015-2019). He obtained his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in social and economic psychology. His research focuses on leadership, justice, and organizational change.

Our research is primarily devoted to understanding leadership. Leaders are major influencers in organizations as they initiate not only the strategy of a company but also the values, structure and culture, systems and processes, staff hiring, performance reviews, … Because leaders touch virtually everything in an organization they have an unmistaken influence on employees’ well-being, motivation, creativity, and performance. A challenge in leadership is to use this influence wisely. Leaders influence employees to pursue goals and perform successfully. As such, how leaders choose to influence directly affects how successful they will be in helping employees reach their potential. Leadership with care for respectful and fair interaction with employees and with concern for employees’ needs and growth has shown to be essential for effective leadership.