Ferry Koster

Ferry Koster
Erasmus University Rotterdam | EUR · Department of Public Administration and Sociology

Professor of Work and Institutions

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Introduction
Ferry Koster is Professor of Work and Institutions at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Additional affiliations
February 2015 - June 2018
TIAS School for Business and Society / Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Position
  • Professor
September 2010 - present
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2008 - present
Leiden University

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Publications (169)
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Design. A vignette study was conducted to investigate hypotheses. In total 914 workers from the Netherlands responded to 4 different vignettes (n = 3656 vignettes). Purpose. Based on compensation hypothesis, this study formulates several hypotheses about the relationship between work insecurity and preferences for protection. By combining a vignett...
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Organizations face several challenges to which they try to adapt their human resources. This study tests the hypotheses that organizations achieve external fit via (1) the development of organizational learning practices; and (2) by collaboration with other organizations. Quantitative data gathered with a survey among 711 private organizations from...
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Dit artikel richt zich op de vraag of de opkomst van digitale platforms van invloed is de inrichting van organisaties. Een veelgehoorde redenering luidt dat digitale platforms tot versnippering van werk leiden en dat dit het dominante organisatiemodel wordt (en dus dat het ook wordt overgenomen door niet-platformorganisaties). In de literatuur is e...
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Farm animal veterinarians are often involved in on-farm end-of-life (EoL) decisions and questions concerning euthanasia. These decisions can be challenging for the veterinarian, particularly if the interests of the animal and owner conflict. Moreover, the challenge is related to fundamental assumptions about roles and responsibilities veterinarians...
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Farm animal veterinarians are often involved in on-farm end-of-life (EoL) decisions and questions concerning euthanasia. These EoL decisions can be challenging for the veterinarian, particularly if the interests of the animal and owner are conflicting. Moreover, the challenge is related to fundamental assumptions about roles and responsibilities ve...
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Purpose. This paper aims to investigate whether knowledge intensification of the economy (e.g. an increasing reliance in knowledge in the production of goods and services) is related to the work practices of organizations (consisting of the provision of autonomy, investments in training and the use of technology). Design. The analyses are based o...
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Design. The article relies on a quantitative analysis of 707 Dutch companies. Purpose. Prior research focused on the positive relation between organization’s size and its innovation performance. This study investigates the role of human resource development mechanisms, in particular organizational learning and renewal of human resource management...
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Purpose Studies of inter-organisational relationships have mainly investigated collaborations in the technical domain. There is considerably less research conducted in the field of inter-organisational collaborations in the domain of human resource management (HRM). At the same time, it is acknowledged that inter-organisational collaboration in thi...
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This study aims at explaining innovation performance of organizations as a combination of resources and capabilities. This study starts with asking the question how the relationship between firm-specific knowledge and innovation performance can be explained. To answer this question, insights from the resource-based view (RBV) and the dynamic capabi...
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While innovation studies generated a great number of insights regarding the conditions under which innovation performance occurs, there are two main points of criticisms. First, many studies focus on a narrow conception of innovation (namely product innovation). Secondly, many studies are based on data from the manufacturing sector. The present ana...
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This four-year longitudinal study examines how two facets of employability—professional ability and developmental proactivity—are linked to career events among workers ages 45 years and older. We construe employability as a personal resource that predicts a higher likelihood of experiencing positive career events and a lower likelihood of experienc...
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This article aims at explaining work autonomy using contingency theory and agency theory. While prior research relies on individual level data (sometimes across nations), the present analysis specifically aims at understanding work autonomy as a management decision at the organizational level. Data were collected among 670 private companies in the...
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The present study aims at investigating employer’s investments in the employability of employees. To do so, three theoretical approaches are used to build testable hypotheses, namely human capital theory and the employee-organization relationships approach (which rests on social exchange theory), arguing that the kind of training the need, the type...
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In order to be innovative, organizations can benefit from having inter-organizational relations. Through these external relations, organizations get access to valuable resources and they have the possibility to learn from other organizations. At the same time, these ties need to be managed to overcome cooperation problems. Prior studies revealed th...
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Thuiswerken staat in de huidige corona-tijd volop in de belangstelling. Met uitzondering van de werkenden met een vitaal beroep is het thuiswerken in Nederland snel toegenomen. Verschillende opinie-onderzoeken laten bovendien zien dat steeds meer mensen een voorkeur hebben om vaker thuis te kunnen werken. Dat wil niet zeggen dat iedereen er ook geb...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the role of organisational conditions and workplace characteristics in midcareer and senior employees’ intention to volitionally provide career support to junior organisational members, their protégés. Design/methodology/approach Hypotheses are tested using multilevel linear modelling on a heterogene...
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Purpose External factors such as global competition and new technologies, require organizations to be innovative. Such organizational innovations also ask for innovative human resource management (HRM). However, in the current literature, it is not completely clear what innovative HRM means, as it is conceptualized in different ways. This study aim...
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This study aimed to unravel the complexity of interprofessional teamwork in primary care teams by testing the relationship between functional heterogeneity and team performance through the mediating role of information elaboration, and the moderating roles of directive leadership and participative leadership. The moderated mediation model was valid...
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In dit Working Paper is onderzocht op welke wijze organisaties omgaan met de inzet van de factor arbeid, en welke verklaringen de literatuur daarvoor biedt.
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In order to be innovative, organizations can benefit from having inter-organizational relations. Through these external relations, organizations get access to valuable resources and they have the possibility to learn from other organizations. At the same time, these ties need to be managed to overcome cooperation problems. Prior studies revealed th...
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This research note summarizes the findings of a literature review of innovative HRM. Based on an analysis of 47 articles, three main approaches to innovative HRM are identified. First, innovative HRM can refer to innovation of HRM. Other studies focus on how HRM responds to innovations. And, thirdly, the term innovative HRM is found in the literatu...
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Over het combineren van banen is in de wetenschappelijke literatuur steeds meer bekend. Tegelijkertijd is het meeste onderzoek crosssectioneel van aard en heeft het betrekking op één of slechts enkele landen. In deze onderzoeksnotitie proberen we in deze empirische lacune te voorzien door voor 27 EU-landen over de periode 2005-2015 te analyseren we...
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Evaluation studies of active labour market policy show different activation measures generate contradictory results. In the present study, we argue that these contradictory results are due to the fact that the outcomes of activation measures depend on other institutions. The outcome measure in this study is the long-term unemployment rate. Two labo...
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This study examines the determinants and trends of having multiple jobs in Europe. In recent years, the number of studies on having multiple jobs increased substantially. But in contrast to the existing literature, we explicitly focus on cross-national determinants and trends. Furthermore, we distinguish between individual-level variables, workplac...
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With the aging of the workforce, organizations are face with the question how to ensure the employability of their older workers. To date, most of the research focuses on internal policies and practices (training, work load reduction, and so on). is study explores an external option, namely hiring older workers from other organizations and sending...
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Previous studies demonstrated that the relationship between human resource (HR) practices and organizations commitment varies across countries. This study aims to explain this variation by exploring the role of national culture on this relationship. Two cultural dimensions of Hofstede’s model are investigated, namely (1) individualism and (2) power...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate how active labour market policy (ALMP) training programmes and hiring subsidies increase or decrease differences in the unemployment risk between lesser and higher educated people during an economic downturn. A focus is put on potential job competition dynamics and cumulative (dis)advantages of th...
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Most active labour market policy (ALMP) research investigates potential socioeconomic consequences such as unemployment risks and earning potential but too often neglects potential cultural effects. When approaching ALMP research based on institutional and socialisation theory, researchers would expect that people internalise cultural and normative...
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This study contributes to our knowledge about the relationship between inter-organizational cooperation and innovation performance. While research shows that ties between organizations can be a precondition for innovation, less is know about how to govern these inter-organizational relations. Theoretically, relations between organizations can be ba...
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This research note summarizes the findings of a literature review of innovative HRM. Based on an analysis of 47 articles, three main approaches to innovative HRM are identified. First, innovative HRM can refer to innovation of HRM. Other studies focus on how HRM responds to innovations. And, thirdly, the term innovative HRM is found in the literatu...
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Nowadays, many European countries delegate health and social care responsibilities from the national level to local authorities. In January 2015, the Netherlands similarly introduced a policy programme authorizing municipalities to set their own social welfare policy. A specific feature of this programme is that it stimulates municipalities to impl...
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Human resource management in the platform economy The use of online platforms is a central aspect of the digitalization of organizations. In that light, some authors have coined the term “platform economy” to describe today’s organizational landscape. Besides the question how widespread the use of online platforms is, the question is how it relates...
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Kweekvijvers voor succesvolle startups en scale-ups. Tien beslisregels door Peter Ester en Ferry Koster. Innoveren als een startup in Silicon Valley, dat lijkt de droom van iedere ondernemer en niet alleen in de hightech sector. Kweekvijvers voor succesvolle startups en scale-ups. Tien beslisregels door Peter Ester en Ferry Koster. Innoveren als e...
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Van oudere werknemers wordt verwacht dat ze steeds langer doorwerken. Mede hierdoor is er steeds meer aandacht voor het inzetbaar houden van oudere werknemers. Werkgevers kunnen dit ondersteunen door het aanbieden van opleidingen en trainingen. Studies laten echter zien dat zij juist minder vaak opleidingen aanbieden naarmate werknemers ouder zijn,...
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Deze studie richt zich op de vraag welke organisatiekenmerken kunnen verklaren waarom organisaties gebruikmaken van digitale platforms. Waar bestaand onderzoek verklaringen vooral zoekt in kenmerken van de technologie zelf gaat in dit onderzoek de aandacht uit naar drie meer algemene organisatiekenmerken, te weten (1) ervaringen met technologie; (2...
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This study investigates whether and how support for welfare state arrangements for the old relate to the stereotypes of the young and the old within society. It is hypothesised that the social status that these groups have in society affect these attitudes through different mechanisms, relating to the deservingness criteria that citizens apply. An...
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Purpose Previous research lead to contrasting hypotheses about the relationship between extra effort of employees and the level of job security. According to agency theory, job security leads to lower levels of extra effort and social exchange theory argues that extra effort requires job security. This study formulates a set of hypotheses based on...
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While many organization aim at achieving multiple, sometimes contrasting, goals (such as combining innovation with efficiency) not that much is known about what managers can do to create organizational ambidexterity. Theory suggests that organizational ambidexterity requires collaboration with organizations and that, in turn, managers can facilitat...
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Individual responsibilities and individual capabilities are becoming increasingly important in public policies of European welfare states. Therefore, it is said that European welfare states are developing in the direction of social investment states. In this article we argue that the shift towards the social investment state may lead to new social...
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Het aantal flexibel werkenden in Nederland stijgt. De flexibilisering van werk heeft gevolgen voor zowel het functioneren van de economie als de individuele loopbaanontwikkeling van werkenden. Er zijn echter weinig studies bekend die zich richten op de vraag hoe organisaties omgaan met flexibiliteit en loopbaanontwikkeling. In deze bijdrage wordt n...
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Ethnic diversity and solidarity are often thought to be at odds with each other. In an increasingly diverse society, individuals find it more difficult to identify with other citizens and, therefore, are less willing to show solidarity. Empirical tests of the relationship between diversity and solidarity are, however, inconclusive. This book tests...
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Older workers throughout Europe are increasingly expected to participate longer in the labour market. While training appears to increase workers’ employability, prior research indicates that employers are less prone to provide training with increasing age of the workers. In this study, we aim at providing a better understanding of what affects empl...
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Purpose This paper aims at integrating previous studies investigating the relationship between inter-organizational cooperation and organizational innovation. Earlier research provides mixed results regarding this relationship. In this paper, it is argued that this may be because of an empirical bias in these studies, as they tend to focus on one s...
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Background As the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in hospitals may be challenged by different responses of different user groups, this paper examines the differences between doctors and nurses in their response to the implementation and use of EMRs in their hospital and how this affects the perceived quality of the data in EMRs....
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Innovation projects are prone to “escalation of commitment” (the tendency to continue projects even if it is clear that they will be unsuccessful). In this study, we introduce a construct measuring the escalation prevention potential (EPP) of innovation projects as perceived by individuals in the organization. EPP consists of three components: (i)...
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Individual responsibilities and individual capabilities are becoming increasingly important in public policies of European welfare states. Therefore, it is said that European welfare states are developing in the direction of social investment states. In this article we argue that the shift towards the social investment state may lead to new social...
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Background: Escalation of commitment is the tendency that (innovation) projects continue, even if it is clear that they will not be successful and/or become extremely costly. Escalation prevention potential (EPP), the capability of an organization to stop or steer implementation processes that do not meet their expectations, may prevent an organiz...
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Most research on outsourcing looks at cost-driven, resource-based or transformational motives to understand outsourcing decisions at the company-level. This article brings in the workers’ perspective, which is a topic that has not been the focus of attention of most previous studies. The article takes cross-national data for 18,264 companies in 18...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate three distinct hypotheses about the relationship between human resource (HR) practices (discretion and skill enhancement) and the level of trade openness and foreign direct investments of countries. Design/methodology/approach – The study applies multilevel analysis using data of 16,701 employe...
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The Netherlands have been known for their early exit culture. In recent years the retirement age and the labour market participation of older workers have successfully been reversed. Several measures increased workers’ need to stay in the labor market longer to fulfill their pension requirements: Occupational pension funds changed from a pay-as-you...
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Dutch Abstract: In de literatuur wordt het nodige geschreven over "innovatief personeelsbeleid". Echter zonder dat altijd duidelijk is wat daaronder wordt verstaan. Dit rapport brengt deze literatuur in kaart. Het laat zien dat er 3 verschillende benaderingen zijn van het begrip innovatief personeelsbeleid, die elk tot een andere uitwerking leiden....
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Employers’ willingness to invest in older workers’ training Employers’ willingness to invest in older workers’ training Employers’ willingness to invest in older workers’ training can be regarded as a rational decision. Moreover, we investigate the extent to which employers’ willingness to invest is affected by two other actors: governments and the...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate employers’ recruitment strategies to address distinct job-related agency problems before establishing an employment relationship. Insights from agency theory and the social embeddedness perspective are combined to hypothesize whether and why employers adapt their recruitment strategies to the jo...
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Economic globalization is often considered to be one of the main causes of recent changes in the workplace and the way in which organizations manage their human resources. Nevertheless, an empirical study putting this claim to the test by relating the internationalization of the economy to the use of human resource practices has not been conducted...
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Employability-enhancing practices usually refer to training or courses, but also practices directed towards older workers to sustain their work capability can be embraced by this term. In the context of an ageing population and workforce, older workers' labour market participation gains an increasingly important role. Therefore, the importance of e...
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In a changing and uncertain environment, the psychological contract becomes more important. This research attempts to explain of the degree of fulfi lment of the psychological contract has an eff ect on solidarity behaviour of employees. Just as the psychological contract, solidarity behaviour is becoming more important. Employees have increasing r...
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Research has shown that there is a strong negative relationship between social spending and poverty levels. Among urban inequality researchers it is often assumed that, compared with the USA, the welfare state has mitigated social differences explaining lower levels of urban inequality in most European countries. However, research on the role of th...
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Summary The resilient labor market. An exploration across 29 countries This paper presents a novel way of conceptualizing and measuring the resilience of labor markets. While earlier accounts of resilience focus on explained variance and concentrate on economic circumstances, the analyses presented here starts from the premise that much can be lear...