Visiting Professor Janka Stoker has been Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change at the University of Groningen since 2003. In her work she has always combined academic research with practice.
When working on her doctoral research at the University of Twente, she was also a freelance advisor to KPN and ADC. For many years she combined her role as senior managing consultant at Berenschot with her professorship, and as Vice Dean at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, she has had five years’ of first-hand experience of what it means to be a manager.
Her research has always focused on questions that are both relevant to the academic world and of immediate interest to organisations. She frequently works on behalf of third parties, such as in projects with Ahold, De Nederlandsche Bank and Aedes. In her advisory role, she has advised large private and public organisations – such as ProRail, MeesPierson, the municipality of Groningen and Unilever – on issues of leadership and change. She was also a member of the ‘DNB culture change’ monitoring committee .
As a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Twente and as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, she has gained substantial practical experience of the ins and outs of leadership. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and on courses for managers and administrators. She also makes regular media appearances.