The research group Organisations in Digital Transition explores how digital transformation impacts organisations and their employees, how digital transformation can be deployed to the advantage of employees and the organisation, and how we can prepare and support organisations and people in successful change processes in digital transformation.

Research group Organisations in Digital Transformation studies, from an organisation perspective, which human and organisational factors impact the success of digital transformations of organisation, and how the interaction between human factors, organisational factors and technology can be optimised. The research group defines these transformations as successful when these contribute to individual wellbeing, organisational effectiveness, and societal progress.

The research group aims to generate a body of knowledge that allow practitioners to address issues regarding digital transformation and societal challenges. Within the context of digital transformation, the research group considers it her mission to contribute to creating value at:

  1. an individual level (empowerment, improvement of productivity and wellbeing, development of digital skills)
  2. through increased organisational effectiveness (i.e. better use of individual qualities by designing improved employee journeys)
  3. societal wellbeing (by preventing that employees and their skills become obsolete in the labour market)

Lines of research within the research group

This research line focuses on the re- and upskilling challenge in the face of digital transformation. The aim is to develop knowledge about the necessary skills with which people in digitalizing organizations (and society) can cope better with the dynamics and change that technology brings. These skills not only concerns digital/ICT skills, but also transformation skills.


This research line focuses on organizational change in complex digital transformation contexts. Digitalization affects organizations at all levels and components, and the complex interplay of factors requires a new view of organizational change (e.g. from episodic to continuous). What are success and failure factors for this new type of change processes?

This line of research focuses on opportunities and challenges of digitalization for organizations in achieving sustainability goals. Technology is often seen as a threat to sustainability, but it certainly also offers opportunities to achieve or pursue sustainability goals. Sustainability goals include sustainability in end products which benefit the society, also sustainability in the process within the organization. For example, digitalization can offer insights into leaner process that requires fewer  resources. Moreover, digitalization can also be used to gain insights into how work can be made easier, more fun, more inclusive, and more dignified.



The research group works closely together with various study programmes, including the Data Driven Business and Project Management masters of the Institute for People & Business. The researchers involve teachers and students in the research executed by the research group. They also develop specific student assignments and research workshops within educational programmes.


Our professors and researchers

Xander Lub

Xander Lub

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Machiel Bouwmans | Researcher | Research group Vocational Education

Machiel Bouwmans

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Machil Deinum

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Thuy Vy

Thuy-Vy Nguyen

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Xander Lub

Xander Lub

  • Professor
  • Research group: Organisations in Digital Transition