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Next generation work

Research projects

Current projects (2)

Has work changed? Impact of disruptive events on work.

Research on the impact of a pandemic, war, and energy crisis on the work environment. What has changed since 2020 in the way we work?

Type project Research project
Project partners VBO/FEB en HRPro.be - this research is made possible thanks to Indiville/Bpact, HRmagazine, B-Tonic (subsidiary Baloise) and the SD Worx Chair Next Generation Work
Duration June 27, 2023 - June 27, 2026

Academic Partnership of the Demography Fund

Academic support for the group of experts of the Demography Fund, consisting of literature study, case-study and analysis, tool development, workshop support.

Type project Sustainable HR
Project partners Essenscia and three trade unions
Duration September 01, 2019 - December 01, 2024
Contact person Peggy De Prins, PhD

Past projects (21)

What makes absenteeism intervention work?

Absenteeism at work is a major problem for many labor organizations and their employees. Such absences disrupt work processes, lead to loss of productivity and increase work pressure among co-workers. Moreover, absence is an indicator of employee health and well-being. (Ybema et al., 2010)

The research project is led by Kathleen Vangronsvelt and Eva Geluk.

Type project Research project as part of the preliminary process for the Chair of "Wellbeing Works"
Project partners Mensura, Bpost, B-Tonic (dochteronderneming van Baloise Insurance)
Duration January 01, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Contact person Eva Geluk

Getting everyone on board with digitization in the workspace

The main goal of this research project is to develop a roadmap for small to medium size organizations on their way to digitization, providing clear tools for leadership and HR managers to make sure that everyone in the organization is supported and empowered throughout the process.

Type project Qualitative research project: interviews and focus groups with the end goal of developing a tool to be used by leadership, managers and HR in small organizations
Project partners Skilliant (Syntra West Vlaanderen) Sirris, POM West Vlaanderen, COBOT, Woodwize
Duration November 01, 2020 - April 30, 2023
Contact person Annebeth Bels, PhD

The impact of COVID-19 on human capital within organizations

The coronavirus crisis has forced organizations to adopt new ways of working, and employees have shown great adaptability in recent months. What can we learn from this for the future of work? And what does this mean for sustainable careers? To find out, we have been regularly surveying employers since April 2020, together with, more recently, employees.

Type project Research project within the SD Worx Chair ‘Next Generation Work: Creating Sustainable Careers’
Project partners VBO, HRPro.be
Duration April 01, 2020 - October 01, 2022

Sustainable Career Paths

The aim of this project is to unravel sustainable career paths. How do these careers develop? Which different pathways can we discover?

Project partners House of HR, Jos Akkermans (University of Amsterdam)
Duration June 01, 2021 - December 31, 2022
Contact person Sofie Jacobs, PhD

Pioneering Employer

De Lijn, Antwerp Management School and Jobat are jointly launching the Baanbrecht Werkgever charter. This charter gives organizations a framework and an extra incentive to embed hybrid work and new mobility in a policy where the employee is central.

Project partners Jobat, De Lijn
Duration June 01, 2020 - December 31, 2022
Contact person Peggy De Prins, PhD

Participation barometer

The COVID-19 workplace not only increases physical but also social distance. In pre-pandemic times it was still pretty easy to find ways of sharing ideas or giving feedback within your organization, but today you may well be feeling a bit more inhibited. Because of the massive working from home, there is a risk you are not letting your voice be heard spontaneously. Informal coffee breaks are gone, making it more difficult to openly discuss decisions made by your manager or coworkers. So you prefer to keep quiet, even if you do not agree.

Project partners Jobat, SD Worx
Duration June 01, 2021 - December 31, 2023
Contact person Peggy De Prins, PhD

Welt: Agile Careers for All Talents

Welt is committed to a future-oriented HR policy. Through analysis, expertise and exchanging experiences, we set out to create and facilitate optimal sustainable careers within companies. That is how you help all your talents unlock their full potential!

Type project ESF project call 500 – Inclusieve ondernemingen
Project partners Voka (promotor) and Jobroad
Duration October 01, 2020 - December 31, 2022

The impact of training in companies

Why and how do employees succeed in transferring learned social skills (soft skills) from the training to the workplace?

Type project ESF project call 443 – Training in companies
Project partners UCL, Universiteit Leiden, KU Leuven
Duration January 01, 2018 - December 12, 2020
Contact person Bart Cambré, PhD

CARST: A stakeholder perspective on sustainable careers

The EOS-CARST project is an inter-university research project to enhance our understanding of how organizational and individual career management can lead to career sustainability, applying a multiple stakeholder perspective.

Type project Sustainable careers
Project partners Antwerp Management School, University of Liège / HEC & University of Leuven / Funding: EOS, Excellence of Science Project (FWO / F.R.S.-FRNS)
Duration January 01, 2019 - December 31, 2023
Contact person Sofie Jacobs, PhD

My Talents. For Diversity.

Supporting the employment of people with intellectual disabilities.

Type project HR - Inclusion
Project partners European Commission, Inclusion Europe, Plena Inclusion, EVPIT
Duration January 01, 2019 - December 30, 2021
Contact person Bart Cambré, PhD


In this project, we investigate which factors can ensure low-skilled and unskilled youngsters stay away from the low-wage job market.

Type project ESF, innovation by exploration
Project partners Mentor vzw, Rhizo Scholengroep
Duration November 01, 2017 - June 30, 2020
Contact person Roel De Rijck


Strengthening the sustainable employability of workers in the textile industry in a context of digital transformation.

Type project ESF Flanders - Innovation and Transnationality
Project partners Cobot, Centexbel
Duration December 01, 2019 - November 30, 2020


With the AMoS project we want to reach young people in the Ghent region who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and try to activate them through commercial techniques of online marketing, such as a mix of advertisements, stories and movies, tailored to their lifestyle.

Type project ESF-Innovation through adaptation
Project partners Samen Leven Oost-Vlaanderen vzw (Promotor,) KOPA Werkwillig vzw, OCMW Gent, Ethercentrum vzw, Chase Creative and Sinzer
Duration January 01, 2020 - March 31, 2022

Open hiring

Open Hiring® means that you just get a job if you want to. Without a job interview, a CV or any government interference.

Type project ESF, innovation by adaptation
Project partners University Ghent-Divergent (project supervisor), City of Ghent, UNIZO East Flanders
Duration January 01, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Reintegration after burnout

With this project we want to tackle the societal challenge of the reintegration of workers after a burnout. In this way, we are responding to the increase of long-term sick leave related to burnout. The research focuses on levers and drivers for a successful return to work.

Type project ESF, innovation by exploration
Project partners ESF, Mensura, Certimed and VESB (Association of Certified Stress and Burnout Coaches)
Duration January 01, 2020 - December 31, 2022
Contact person Eva Geluk

Loopbanen in Innovatieve Arbeidsorganisaties

ESF project “Innovation through Exploration”: research project on the impact of the shift towards Innovative Labor Organizations (ILO) on the careers of employees, and the development of an intervention that should support employees in ILO in their careers.

Type project Sustainable careers & sustainable HR
Project partners ESF Flanders In collaboration with Workitects and Tabor vzw
Duration November 01, 2017 - December 30, 2020
Contact person Ans De Vos, PhD

Co-sourcing as a solution for the extension of working life?

Research on the possibilities and critical success factors of co-sourcing as a solution for longer and sustainable careers.

Type project project in collaboration with Experience@Work, as part of the SD Worx Chair “Next generation work: Creating Sustainable Careers"
Project partners Experience@Work, SD Worx
Duration January 01, 2017 - January 01, 2020
Contact person Ans De Vos, PhD

Research on work environment & productivity for NNOFCARE

Research on the relation between work environment and the productivity and well-being of employees.

Type project NNOFCARE
Duration January 01, 2017 - January 01, 2020
Contact person Bart Cambré, PhD

Impactevaluatie ESF-interventies “Anders Organiseren”

Study on the impact of the shift towards an Innovative Labor Organization (ILO), as part of the ESF projects “Anders Organiseren”.

Type project Sustainable HR
Project partners ESF Flanders in collaboration with HIVA and KU Leuven.
Duration January 01, 2018 - January 01, 2020
Contact person Sarah Desmet

ID@Work: creating an inclusive work environment

ID@Work (Intellectual Disability at work) is a research project that focuses on integrating people with an intellectual disability in the regular economy. Through this project, Antwerp Management School and its partner HEC Liège are aiming to contribute to an inclusive society that focuses on talents and competences instead of on limitations.

Type project Inclusive work environment
Duration November 01, 2016 - November 30, 2018
Contact person Bart Cambré, PhD


With the ICOMflex project we wanted to support the supply and demand of teleworking possibilities in Flanders, on the one hand, by creating an awareness on the possibilities offered by teleworking and, on the other, by providing the methods and knowledge needed to practically introduce flex work.

Type project Mobility of people
Project partners Antwerp Management School, Finpower, Flanders Synergy, IMOB
Duration August 24, 2013 - November 30, 2016
Contact person Bart Cambré, PhD