Royal distinction for prof. Beatrice van der Heijden - research group HRM & OB


Prof. dr. Beatrice van der Heijden, guest professor in our research group HRM & OB (and professor at Radboud University) is receiving the royal distinction ‘Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion’ (Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw) for her exceptional academic and social achievements.

Prof. Beatrice van der Heijden is Professor of Business Administration (Strategic HR Management). Beatrice van der Heijden's areas of expertise are career development, sustainable employability, age stereotyping and ageing in the workplace. She is a pioneer in the field of sustainable employment. She was the first to include topics such as age diversity, perceived workload, long-term perspective and informal learning curves in her research on sustainable employability. Van der Heijden’s research also provides organisations with instruments that give them insights into people’s choice behaviour during their careers. She makes her scientific insights accessible to professionals in HR Management as well as to a wider audience. Van der Heijden is passionately committed to the sustainable employability of all employees, with a special focus on older employees, out of the complete conviction to, and deep respect for, the value of everyone’s talents for an organisation. Her scientific ambitions merge seamlessly with her social goals. There is no clear distinction between her academic activities and her social ones. One flows from the other, and both provide insight into, and inspiration for, their counterpart.

Those interested can attend the award ceremony tomorrow, on Wednesday 28 April. Mayor Bruls of the municipality of Nijmegen will present the royal awards at a gathering in the Aula of Radboud University. Due to the coronavirus, it is unfortunately impossible to attend this award ceremony in person. (Award ceremony from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm, via livestream).

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This is another recognition of the quality of the publications of Beatrice and her scientific and societal impact. We hope that our colleague Beatrice Van der Heijden can feel all the pride and happiness she deserves and we offer our warmest congratulations.

Congratulations from the HRM & OB research group of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration!