HRM & Organizational Psychology

Focus and objectives

The HRM & Organizational Psychology Expertise Unit is one of the five expertise cells within the Applied Psychology programme of Thomas More Antwerp. The main focus is on carrying out applied scientific research on various themes within the broad domain of Human Resource Management (HRM) and organisational psychology. On the other hand, this expertise cell provides social services to the professional field through further training and scientific support for research projects. The expertise within this unit consists of providing advice, consultancy, training and training on HRM topics. This may include the provision of services relating to the inflow, through-flow and outflow of personnel, as well as competence management, customer and satisfaction surveys, market research,….

More concretely, our offer consists of drawing up competence profiles, reviewing the inflow, through-flow or outflow policy, giving training courses in basic conduct, behavioural interviewing, coaching in the context of career issues (in groups or individually), etc. Students are involved in the research and service provision through course units, internship and bachelor’s tests wherever possible.

Finally, we offer coaching where we are committed to actively learning new skills. Coaching focuses on both employees (consultant, supervisor, etc.) and managers. Coaching is a powerful tool for improving results, optimising communication and collaboration, developing a different approach, promoting motivation, dynamism and enthusiasm, etc. The added value of coaching has also penetrated organisations. After the process, all stakeholders experience the difference both measurable and tangible.


Interaction with education

Members of the expertise unit contribute to train professionals of the future by informing students about recent scientific research and involving them in community services.
In this way, students carry out the research and receive a thorough training in coaching and counselling.

Collaboration with practice

The expertise unit HRM & Organizational Psychology is mainly active in the fields of social services, scientific research and training of professionals in the fields of HRM & Organizational Psychology. A selection of recent research and social service projects:

  • Development of a methodology to enable the employees of Steunpunt Groene Zorg to map out the skills of a care farmer in an objective way.
  • Research on the validity and reliability of testing instruments within the field of work and organisational psychology (e. g. ASK)
  • Research into diversity management
  • Investigation of factors determining whether engineers are applying for employment at a particular company
  • Research into labour counselling of target group employees from disadvantaged groups
  • Organisational advice in the social economy’ in cooperation with VOSEC asbl.
  • Training in meeting techniques
  • Workshop on the power of non-verbal behaviour (possible in English)
  • The power of good basic conduct: an interactive and experience-oriented workshop on listening skills and questioning techniques.
  • Conduct competency-based selection interviews: learning to interview behaviour-focussed
  • Conducting bad news conversations
  • Conducting advisory interviews
  • Conducting mediation meetings yourself
  • Conducting Coaching conversations


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