dr. D.H. van Dun (Desirée)

Universitair docent

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Dr. Desirée van Dun is Assistant Professor at the Organizational Behaviour, Change Management & Consultancy group. OBCC fits well with her professional research and consulting expertise and aims to make a societal impact.

In 2015, Dr. van Dun completed her part-time Ph.D. research (Cum Laude) at the UT. Her dissertation, entitled "Improving Lean Team Performance: Leadership and Workfloor Dynamics," won various awards including the Overijssel PhD Award 2016 and the international 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Operations and Production Management category.

In her research she typically bridges the fields of Operations Management and Organizational Behaviour in a variety of ways. She published her work in top-tier journals like International Journal of Operations & Production Management, European Management Journal and International Review of Industrial & Organizational Psychology. She is part of the Academy of Management's Operations & Supply Chain Management division board as communications leader and has organized their doctoral student and junior faculty consortia in 2020 and 2021.

Prior to her academic career, during ten years, she also worked at House of Performance: a boutique management consultancy firm aimed at improving work floor performance. Here, she specialized in process improvement, strategy execution, change management, team-effectiveness, and (Lean) leadership development in large Dutch organizations. In 2017 she also headed their Research & Development.

Besides academic publishing, teaching, and management consulting, she frequently shares her insights through her weblog, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and AOM, EurOMA or practitioner conference presentations or workshops.


Business & Economics
Business Performance
Mixed Methods
Team Performance
Work Behavior
Social Sciences


In her research Dr. Desirée van Dun typically bridges the fields of Change Management, Organizational Behaviour and Operations Management in a variety of ways. Particularly, she use high-tech research methods such as video-observation or wearables, and/or study the implications of high-tech applications such as Industry 4.0 on the people who work within such contexts. Through her research she helps shaping Behavioural and Operational Excellence in the workplace.

As a researcher she is co-promotor of multiple (external) PhD students with various international backgrounds and industrial experiences. She is also involved in various multidisciplinary Master thesis projects. Moreover, she collaborates with researchers from respectable international institutes.

Her current research projects constitute:

  • Longitudinal, Multi-level Study of Work Values and Behaviors of Lean Leaders and their Work Teams
  • Lean, Leadership and Employee Engagement in Health Care (with Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)
  • Team Psychological Safety in Health Care (with University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Industry 4.0 and Lean (with Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)
  • Industry 4.0 and Emotional Intelligence of Change Leaders (with Cardiff University, UK)
  • Supply Chain Performance and Organizational Culture
  • Lean and Green Adoption
  • Leadership for Employee Strategic Alignment (with Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Agile Squad Performance (with ING Benelux)
  • Developing innovativeness among staff members, 2-year action research project (with Ministry of Defence)


Puspani, N. S. , van Dun, D. H. , Yokozawa, K. , & Wilderom, C. P. M. (2022). Becoming and Staying Lean and Green: A Longitudinal Study of Japanese-oriented Firms in Indonesia. Paper presented at 6th World Conference on Production and Operations Management, Nara, Japan.
Exterkate, M. , van Dun, D. H. , & Saptoto, R. (2022). Thriving in Times of COVID-19: Through Transformational Leadership and Coworkers' Support. 1-39. Paper presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2022, Seattle, Washington, United States.
Puspani, N. S. , van Dun, D. H. , & Wilderom, C. P. M. (2022). Leading lean and green adoptions by logistics and transportation firms in Indonesia: A longitudinal study. 1-10. Paper presented at 29th EurOMA conference 2022, Berlin, Germany.
Åhlström, P., Danese, P., Hines, P., Netland, T., Powell, D., Shah, R., Thürer, M. , & van Dun, D. H. (2021). Is lean a theory? Viewpoints and outlook. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 41(12), 1852-1878. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-06-2021-0408
Saptoto, R. , van Dun, D. H. , & Wilderom, C. P. M. (2021). Are you ready for a change? Instrumental leadership through positive affect and thriving in organisations. Paper presented at 35th British Academy of Management Conference, BAM 2021, Virtual Conference.

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Dr. Desirée van Dun is one of the main teachers in the Bachelor Honours track Processes of Change, co-coordinator of the Master Honours programme Change Leaders, and coordinator of the International Management & Consultancy track that is part of the MSc Business Administration. Moreover, she teaches and coordinates the Change Making module of UT's Transdisciplinary Master Insert program Shaping Responsible Futures. In terms of minors, she teaches in the five-faculty Energy Transition Perspectives minor and the Going Dutch minor. She is also involved in executive educational programmes (Master of Risk Management) and regularly provide workshops for practitioners.

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Vakken Collegejaar  2021/2022

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Vakken Collegejaar  2020/2021



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Universiteit Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2414
Postbus 217
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