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Build trust with employees, customers and communities

Servant-Leadership Research Programme

This unique combination of a community project and in-company business experience, will provide research-based outcomes to guide you on how to practice and nourish Servant-Leadership in your own organisation.

Servant-Leadership is driven by the motivation to enable others to work more effectively and be successful. Servant-Leadership thus means leading a group or organisation in the service of people: clients, customers, employees, or members of your network. The more you serve, the more you lead fellow servers. 

Field (re)search on how Servant-Leadership can bring meaning to your organisation will be a vital part of the course experience. You can expect intensive dialogues with professors and peers, stimulating workshops and practice cases, fieldwork in a community project with a cross-company team and the opportunity to research an organisational leadership challenge within your own organisation.

Integrating both head and heart, Servant-Leadership expands into the principle of serving a community and acting as a steward of the environment and all that inhabit it (Trompenaars & Voerman, 2009). We should not underestimate the concept of Servant-Leadership in making organisations sustainable for the future.

prof. dr. Fons Trompenaars

prof. dr. Fons Trompenaars

Fons is recognised around the world for his work as a consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business.  In the academic space, he serves as Co-Director at the Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education (SERVUS) at the VU Amsterdam. 

Fons is listed regularly as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers and was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2017.

In 1979, Trompenaars received his MA in Economics at the Vrije Universiteit and in 1983 his PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for the thesis The Organisation of Meaning and the Meaning of Organisation.

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Fons Trompenaars

Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt

Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt

Sylvia van de Bunt is co-director of the research centre SERVUS at the VU Amsterdam, coordinator of MSc courses in Cross Cultural Management and Organisational Behavior, and Program Director of Servant-Leadership at VU Amsterdam, and Visiting Professor at University of Suffolk, UK. 

During the last four decades, she has gained extensive supervisory and governing board experience. She is a VU Advisory Board member of Community Service Learning/A Broader Mind. Quote elected her one of the 600 most influential Dutch business persons.

She has an international career in business and academia. For the European Commission she was coordinator of a large-scale (12 countries) novel European project FILTER. She published extensively on cross-cultural management, executive education and talent diversity e.g. in handbooks of leading academic publishers

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Sylvia van de Bunt

Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova

Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova

Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova is a full-professor of Organisational Behaviour at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is Head of Department - Management & Organisation, and Head of Section - HRM/OB. 

Between 2009-2017, she served as a founding Director of Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). ABRI caters for doctoral education in management and organisation studies at VU. She also served as Director of Doctoral Education between 2009-2015. Since 2013, she is Director of the part-time PhD programme in Business Studies. Her research focuses on the link between careers and institutions. Topics:

  • Individual careers as a resource for innovation
  • Employees who take initiative to make changes
  • Nascent entrepreneurs who make their careers successful
  • Board members who define the future of their firms
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Svetlana Khapova

Milton Sousa

Milton Sousa

Milton co-founded the Leadership for Impact Knowledge Centre at the Nova School of Business and Economics where he has also been Associate Dean for Institutional Relations and International Development and Academic Director.

Previously, he was Director of the MBA Programs at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Milton currently serves as President of the Estoril Institute for Global Dialogue, a think tank dedicated to globalisation and local change.

In business, Milton founded Leaders2Be, an organisation offering leadership development programs. He worked in various research and management positions, including Royal Philips Electronics, and the Hay Group.

Milton is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topics of leadership and organisational behavior. His research interests include ethical leadership and servant leadership

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Milton Sousa

Prof. dr. Meindert Flikkema

Prof. dr. Meindert Flikkema

Currently, dr. Meindert Flikkema is programme director of the VU Postgraduate Course Management Consulting, member or chairman of various Advisory Boards in Professional Service Firms, and involved in research on Managing Service Innovation, Trademark Economics and Knowledge Worker Productivity.

He obtained a master degree in Econometrics, a PhD in Economics and a master degree in Management Consulting (with honors). 

He teaches BA and MA courses in Business Administration programs, in MBA programmes, and in Post Graduate programmes. 

In 2005, he won the Best Teacher Award from the School of Business and Economics and he was nominated for VU Best Teacher award. The evaluations of his teaching capabilities are always ranked in the top 2%. 

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Meindert Flikkema

Dr. Jos Akkermans

Dr. Jos Akkermans

Dr. Jos Akkermans is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behavior. He received his MSc degree (cum laude) in Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, and also completed his PhD in W&O Psychology at Utrecht University. His PhD research focused on career development and work-related wellbeing of young employees who have recently started their working lives. As part of this research, he developed the Career Competencies Questionnaire (CCQ) and the CareerSKILLS intervention. 

Jos Akkermans coordinates the first year Bachelor course Organisational Behavior. He is also involved in teaching several Methods and Statistics courses such as BRM, ABRM, and Research Seminar I. In addition, he is supervises Bachelor and Master theses.

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Jos Akkermans

Module 1

Servant-Leadership Fundamentals (8 hours)

This module provides an introduction to different leadership styles to understand the basics of Servant Leadership.

Module 2

Basics of Servant-Leadership (re)search (8 hours)

The objective of this module is to explore and provide an understanding of different dilemma-focused research methods and techniques. After this module you will start your fieldwork in a Community project. In cross-company teams you will examine ServantLeadership in societal practic

Module 3

The Complexities of Helping (8 hours)

In this module, we will reflect on participants’ experience during their Community fieldwork, and practice the complexities of helping to explore how serving the community can bring about more leadership

Module 4

From problems to dilemmas and learning to reconcile (4 hours)

During this course, held in the morning, we will evaluate what the learning outcomes for your organisations are and compare across companies.

What are similarities on Servant-Leadership challenges between the different organisations? Focus on what it means to reconcile serving

Module 5

Double-loop feedback in your organisation (4 hours)

Topic

This final course, held in the afternoon, will involve presenting your findings to the Board of your organisation and others of this learning community.

  • Module 1 & 2

    Module 1

    Servant-Leadership Fundamentals (8 hours)

    This module provides an introduction to different leadership styles to understand the basics of Servant Leadership.

    Module 2

    Basics of Servant-Leadership (re)search (8 hours)

    The objective of this module is to explore and provide an understanding of different dilemma-focused research methods and techniques. After this module you will start your fieldwork in a Community project. In cross-company teams you will examine ServantLeadership in societal practic

  • Module 3 & 4

    Module 3

    The Complexities of Helping (8 hours)

    In this module, we will reflect on participants’ experience during their Community fieldwork, and practice the complexities of helping to explore how serving the community can bring about more leadership

    Module 4

    From problems to dilemmas and learning to reconcile (4 hours)

    During this course, held in the morning, we will evaluate what the learning outcomes for your organisations are and compare across companies.

    What are similarities on Servant-Leadership challenges between the different organisations? Focus on what it means to reconcile serving

  • Module 5

    Module 5

    Double-loop feedback in your organisation (4 hours)

    Topic

    This final course, held in the afternoon, will involve presenting your findings to the Board of your organisation and others of this learning community.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV AMSTERDAM

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  • Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt
  • Associate Professor, Co-director of SERVUS, Coordinator of VU MSc courses in Cross Cultural Management and Organisational Behavior, and Program Director of Servant-Leadership at VU Amsterdam
  • Visiting Professor at University of Suffolk, UK
  • +31 (0)20 5986105
  • s.vande.bunt@vu.nl
Sylvia van de Bunt