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Matthijs Bal, PhD

Reader in Human Resource Management
University of Bath, School of Management

Matthijs Bal was born in 1981 in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands. He studied work and organizational psychology at Utrecht University, which he started in 1999. In 2005, he started his PhD-project on “Psychological Contracts of Older Workers with their Organizations” at VU University Amsterdam, department of Management & Organization. In 2008, he spent three months as visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2009, he obtained his PhD cum laude. From 2010-2012, Matthijs Bal worked as an assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, he is working as Reader in Human Resource Management at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. His current research focuses on older workers, motivation to continue working after retirement, idiosyncratic deals, and the effects of reading fictional narratives on work behaviors. Matthijs Bal lives in Amersfoort and is married to Olivia. His interests outside academia include cycling and literature.

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