As faculty members at a leading business school, we are producers and distributors of relevant knowledge. We can change the world of work at the interface between science and society. This is what truly makes our work meaningful.

Prof. dr. Lidewey E.C. van der Sluis is the distinguished professor of Strategic Talent Management and prominent thought leader in Organizational Leadership at Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands. She brings a fresh and economic view to traditional HR topics and social and pyschological dymensions of organizations and labour relations. Bringing to bear her knowledge and experience of economics (EconDrs, University of Amsterdam), management (PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and London Business School) and leadership (VU University Amsterdam), she scrutinizes the interface between work relationships, business economics, and talent management.

Lidewey is well-known as inspiring scholar and knowledge partner bridging theory and practice with business and sector leaders. She is business wise and a master in the transfer of academic knowledge into instrumental models and practical tools for HR-practitioners, talent managers and organizational leaders.

Lidewey van der Sluis is an enthusiastic speaker, innovative thinker, and trusted advisor with insight into and vision on themes such as talent management, strategic management, labor market trends, organizational design, professional leadership, sustainable and inclusive HR practices, employee engagement and motivation, and the acquisition, retention and maintenance of labor power in all her diversity. The future of work is central to her thinking and message.

Secundary positions

Lidewey works internationally as a keynote speaker, boardroom advisor, and leading expert on talent management, organizational design/leadership, and strategic human resource management. Some of her key clients are Achmea, Van Lanschot Bankiers, Rabobank, SNS Bank/De Volksbank, Leiden University Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO), Gemeente Apeldoorn, Gemeente Tilburg, Koninklijke Marine, PO-Raad, VO-Raad, MBO-Raad, Espria, Centrale Bank van Aruba, Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland, McDonalds, Adecco Group, Southern Business School (Zuid-Afrika).

She is a member of supervisory boards of educational institutions and participates in the CDA, a Christian-democraticpolitical party in the Netherlands, on national and local level.

International activities

Lidewey has an international profile with a chair as extraordinary professor at the North-West University in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa and being a visiting professor at various business schools in Europe, Africa and Scandinavia. Her specific areas of interest are transformational leadership, talent management, human resource development, organizational design, work engagement, team dynamics, and social trends in society. 

Anchored in the academic world with strong connections with the business world, Lidewey E.C. van der Sluis is the founder of the International Powerhouse Competing for Talent, the exclusive professional sponsor network linked to her chair at Nyenrode. She is the director of  the Talent Management and Organisational Leadership Module in the International MBA program of Nyenrode Business University. This educational program as well as her research is based on gaining and sharing knowledge and insights from theory into practice and vice versa with very close connections with business partners in Europa and Scandinavia.


In her spare time, she can be found for her running and relaxation in the dunes and at the beach of her biotope Bloemendaal, where she lives with her husband and teenage children.

Most recent publications

  • Lidewey van der Sluis has more than 200 publications to her name, including several management books such as Competing for Talent (2008), Haakse Hakken (2012), Talent is good, Ambition is better (2012), Traces of Talent (2014), and The Selection Process.
  • Sluis, E.C. (Lidewey) van der, (2018). Activate Talent: Capture the full potential towards common goals, Journal of Contemporary Research in Management, vol. 13 (1), p. 1-10.
  • Sluis, E.C. (Lidewey) van der (2018). World class organizations know how to optimize the talent value chain. Journal of Economic and Social Development, Vol. 5 (2), p. 22-29.
  • Sluis, E.C. (Lidewey) van der. (2018). MD-professional: Kritische gatekeeper van bruisende holocratische organisaties. MD - Tijdschrift voor talent- en managementontwikkeling, nr. 2, p. 4-7.
  • Schutte, N., Barkhuizen, N., & Sluis, (Lidewey) E.C. van der (2016). The development of a human resource management (HRM) professional competence model: A pilot study, Journal of Psychology in Africa, Vol. 26 (3), p. 230-236.
  • Sluis, E.C. (Lidewey) van der (2016). Hoe word je een bekende Nederlander? Talent, mentaliteit en context. MD. Tijdschrift voor talent- en managementontwikkeling, nr. 2, p. 16-19