H.J. (Henk) van Rhee

RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2015

Henk van Rhee is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). His research focusses on work environments, how to combine and optimize employee well-being and business performance, and the role of the government in this. He holds an MSc in Management of Innovation and an MSc in Human Resource Management, both from RSM.

Optimizing work environments at small companies for business performance and employee well-being: Ability, motivation, and opportunity to do so and the role of governments

Ideally, one would have a work environment that is good for employee well-being and business performance. Although one might interpret this as if it is a trade-off between employee well-being and business performance, evidence indicates that there actually can be a win-win situation. That is, a work environment that is simultaneously good for employee well-being and for business performance. However, if this is true, why are there still work environments that impose significant risks on the well-being of employees? The first aim of this PhD project is to find an answer to this question. Thus, examine why some companies organize the work environment such that it has positive effects on both employee well-being and business performance, and others do not. The second aim is to examine whether governments should regulate or deregulate for optimal employee well-being and business performance. To unravel these issues, we will relate employee well-being and business performance to the ability, motivation, and opportunity of companies. Moreover, we will investigate whether governmental affects the ability, motivation, and/or opportunity of companies. The main study of this PhD project is a 2-year monitoring of about 60 companies from the Dutch metal industry.

Employee well-being; Business performance; Work environment; Governmental regulation
Time frame
2014 -


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-47
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

R. Suurmond, H.J. van Rhee & T. Hak (2017). Introduction, comparison, and validation of Meta-Essentials: A free and simple tool for meta-analysis. Research Synthesis Methods, 8 (4), 537-553. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jrsm.1260[go to publisher's site]

Supervisory team

Henk van Rhee
Alex Burdorf
Henk van Rhee
Professor of Technology and Human Factors