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Floor Rink

Position and department:
Full Professor at HRM & OB.

Short bio:
Floor Rink obtained her PhD in Social Psychology at Leiden University (2005) and currently holds a professorship in organizational behaviour and identity management at the University of Groningen. She regularly presents her work to academic audiences and stakeholders in the field and is involved in several executive teaching programs. Her work is currently funded by NWO, but she has also received financial support for her research from government agencies and private companies. Floor Rink publishes her findings in psychological and management outlets, including, for example, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Psychological Science, Organization Science and Academy of Management Journal.

Floor Rink has achieved important research outcomes on the influence of intra and inter-relational dynamics on decision making outcomes in organizations. Drawing from intergroup identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1986), which posits the notion that humans derive part of how they view themselves from the groups to which they belong (i.e., their social identity), Floor Rink has generated valuable insights on the functioning of teams and boards, informing us how boards can overcome distrust in diverse settings, how new board members can best communicate their intentions, how top management teams and boards function under different work structures and on expected leadership behavior.

Ongoing projects:
One of Floor Rink’s key research projects, funded by NWO, directly fits with the central goals of this Signature Area on Board Effectiveness. This project will be described below.

Internal and External Regulation of Top Management Decisions (VIDI- 016.165.370)
The central goal of this project is to test a theoretical framework on how internal supervisory boards and external regulators influence top management decisions that helps resolve this debate. The project has three objectives. Subproject 1 systematically examines the unique and combined influences of internal supervisory boards and external regulators on management decisions. Subproject 2 examines whether the influence of internal supervisory boards is contingent on three work structures discussed in the literatures (supervisory sub-committees, two-tier systems and director mobility). Subproject 3 examines whether the influence of external regulators depends on two communication strategies that psychological literature proposes to use in intergroup settings (comprehensive practice framing and indirect communication channels). I will use experimental, survey and archival methods to test my predictions. This method triangulation will ensure project rigor and will generate insights on outcome generalizability.

This project is managed by a research team consisting of Floor Rink, 2 PhD students, and some of the researchers in this signature area (e.g., Prof. Dr. Stoker, Dr. Veltrop). Findings will advance the discussion about the regulation of top management decisions because they bridge the diverging theoretical perspectives across different disciplines and because they have clear practical implications for how the two supervisory bodies should position themselves in their monitoring role.


  1. Getting on top of the glass cliff: Reviewing a decade of evidence, explanations and impact. Ryan, M. K., Haslam, A., Morgenroth, T., Rink, F., Stoker, J., & Peters, K. (in press). Leadership Quarterly
  2. How much relationship conflict really exists? Biased perceptions of diverse groups. Lount, R. B. Jr., Sheldon, O. J., Rink, F., & Phillips, K.W. (2015). Organization Science, 26 , 1351-1364
  3. The effects of specific and general rules on moral behavior. Mulder, L. B., Jordan, J., & Rink, F. (2015). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 126, 119 - 125
  4. eam receptivity to newcomers: Evidence and future research themes. Rink, F., Kane, A., Ellemers, N., & van der Vegt, G. S. (2013). Academy of Management Annals, 7 , 1 -47
  5. Formal and informal dimensions of compliance effectiveness. De Waal, M. M., Rink, F., & Stoker, J. I. (2015). Business Compliance, 2, 15 - 27
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