“At Nyenrode we shape people and organizations to help them achieve their aspirations for healthy and sustainable performance. I contribute to this ambition in my position as Professor of Behavioral Research in Auditing and Director of the Accountancy Programs. Furthermore, I am Academic board member and one of the Managing Directors of the Foundation for Auditing Research, and am visiting faculty Change Management & Organizational Behavior at University of Twente.”
“My expertise lies in the field of Behavioral Research in Auditing, the study of auditors’ professional behavior and its determinants, with a focus on personal, institutional, and cultural drivers in relation to safeguarding audit quality in the financial reporting and assurance supply chain. Because auditing is to a large extent about the professional behavior of the auditors actually doing the audits (e.g., their judgment and decision making, their professional skepticism, their interaction with clients, their ability to speak up, etc.) and about the factors driving that behavior (e.g., personality, cognition, values, organizational and national cultures, leadership skills, etc.), it is this very auditors’ behavior that drives audit quality – and ultimately the quality of the (financial) information that capital markets, stakeholders, and society at large base their business decision on”.
“As Director of the Accountancy programs I am responsible for the Bachelor, Master and post-Master degree programs in Accountancy. In this role I take great pride in our close working relationships with our students and the audit firms where they work. At the heart of our programs is the educational philosophy of the “Robust Auditor”: helping organizations to become a reliable business partner for their stakeholders. Nyenrode shapes the next generation of auditors and is moving forward in integrating the professional, personal, academic, and societal development of our students and of current and future auditing professionals. At the end of the day the Robust Auditor should be able to make the difference for organizations and society at moments of truth. I am an alumnus myself of Nyenrode’s accountancy school, where I won Nyenrode’s Essay Prize after graduating in 2003.”
“The Foundation for Auditing Research (FAR) is a unique collaboration between science and practice – conducting and disseminating relevant and rigorous academic research into the drivers of audit quality to strengthen the audit industry’s learning curve, based on empirical data of the affiliated audit firms. Leading the FAR as Academic Board member, jointly with Prof. dr. Jan Bouwens, provides for many novel research projects in auditing based on unique access to proprietary data and audit files for the auditing research community internationally, both seasoned scholars and new PhD students – and with that, strengthening the learning curve of the auditing profession and its contribution to society. For more information see: http://foundationforauditingresearch.org/ ”.
“I am especially proud of our team at Nyenrode. We work together with professionals and organizations as business partners to identify ways to leverage our academic knowhow to improve everyday practice. My focus in executive education is on professional services firms, the financial services industry, and family-owned businesses. I am a much invited speaker, lecturer, and facilitator at executive seminars, round table discussions, and master classes, and I regularly publish academic and professional articles and thought leadership pieces internationally.”