dr. R.L. (Bex) Hewett

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2017

Bex Hewett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management of Rotterdam School of Management. Her work is driven by a passionate belief that work should make people's lives better.

Bex's research focuses on the interface between HR practices and people's everyday experiences at work. She is interested in how work and employment can be designed to benefit the lives of workers whilst achieving organisational goals. Bex is currently looking at how people management works in self-managing organisations. Her research has been published in journals including Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Review and Human Resource Management

Bex is Academic Director of the part-time PhD programme, and teaches students on the MSc People, Organisations, and Change as well as RSM's Beyond HR programme for experienced HR professionals.

Bex works with organisations to apply research to practice via the Erasmus Centre for HR Excellence. She is currently an Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Review and a member of the Executive Committee of the HR Division of the Academy of Management. 

Bex was awarded her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this she worked for 10 years as an HR professional, finally as Head of HR Operations at Ofcom (the UK's communications regulator).


  • Academic (14)
    • Hewett, R., Sikora, D., Brees, J., & Moelijker, R. (2024). Answerable for what? The role of accountability focus in line manager HR implementation. Human Resource Management, 63(2), 165-185. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22189

    • Hewett, R. (2023). Dissonance, reflection and reframing: Unpacking the black box of motivation internalization. Journal of Management Studies, 60(2), 285-312. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12878

    • Sanders, K., Hewett, R., & Yang, H. (2023). Looking Back to Move Forward: A 20-Year Overview and an Integrated Model of Human Resource Process Research. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 41, 161–197. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120230000041007

    • Hewett, R., & Shantz, A. (2021). A theory of HR co-creation. Human Resource Management Review, 31(4). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2021.100823

    • Clinton, ME., Hewett, R., Conway, N., & Poulter, D. (2021). Lost Control Driving Home: A Dual-Pathway Model of Self-Control Work Demands and Commuter Driving. Journal of Management, 48(4), 821-850. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206321997912

    • Boekhorst, J. A., Hewett, R., Shantz, A., & Good, J. R. L. (2021). The double-edged sword of manager caring behavior: Implications for employee wellbeing. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000313

    • Clinton, ME., Conway, N., Sturges, J., & Hewett, R. (2020). Self-control during daily work activities and work-to-nonwork conflict. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 118, Article 103410. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103410

    • Demerouti, E., Hewett, R., Haun, V., De Gieter, S., Rodriguez-Sanchez, A., & Skakon, J. (2019). From job crafting to home crafting: A daily diary study among six European countries. Human Relations, 73(7). https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726719848809

    • Hewett, R., & Leroy, H. (2019). Well it's only fair: How perceptions of manager discretion in bonus allocation affect intrinsic motivation. Journal of Management Studies, 56(6), 1105-1137. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12445

    • Hewett, R., Shantz, A., & Mundy, J. (2019). Information, beliefs and motivation: The antecedents to HR attributions. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 40(5), 570-586. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2353

    • Hewett, R., Liefooghe, A., Visockaite, G., & Roongrerngsuke, S. (2018). Bullying at Work: Cognitive Appraisal of Negative Acts, Coping, Wellbeing, and Performance. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23(1), 71-84. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000064

    • Hewett, R., Shantz, A., Mundy, J., & Alfes, K. (2017). Attribution theories in Human Resource Management research: a review and research agenda. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(1), 87-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1380062

    • Hewett, R., Haun, VC., Demerouti, E., Rodriguez-Sanchez, AM., Skakon, J., & De Gieter, S. (2017). Compensating need satisfaction across life boundaries: A daily diary study. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90(2), 270-279. https://doi.org/10.1111/joop.12171

    • Hewett, R., & Conway, N. (2016). The Undermining Effect Revisited: The Salience of Everyday Verbal Rewards and Self-Determined Motivation. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37(3), 436-455. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2051

  • Academic (4)
    • Hewett, R. (2023). Skills-based pay. In Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Second Edition (pp. 362-363). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Hewett, R. (2023). Team pay. In Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Second Edition (2 ed., pp. 381-382). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Hewett, R., & Shantz, A. (2022). The role of line managers in the formation of employees' HR attributions. In Research Handbook on Line Managers (pp. 95-112). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Hewett, R. (2021). HR attributions: A critical review and research agenda. In Handbook on HR Process Research (pp. 7-26). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Internal (1)
    • Hewett, B. (2014). Examining the relationship between workplace rewards and the quality of motivational experience; a Self-Determination Theory perspective. [Doctoral Thesis, Royal Holloway University of London]. Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • Professional (2)
    • Hewett, B. (2020). Marking the boundaries between home and work. Web publication/site, RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge.

    • Hewett, B., & Leroy, H. (2019). Are formal bonus procedures actually motivating your staff?. Web publication/site, RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge.

  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Jingtao Zhu
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Rowan Moelijker
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: José Luis Gallegos
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Jorrit Alkema
  • Time frame: 2015 - 2022
Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, Resilience, and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Elliot Reed
  • Time frame: 2022 -
Future cognition in leadership: how future mental time travel impacts leadership development.
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Clovis Rondineli Silva
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Ho Wa (Hodar) Lam
  • Time frame: 2016 - 2023
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Miheer Prafulla Agnihotri
  • Time frame: 2023 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Folkert Mulder
  • Time frame: 2017 -
ERIM PhD Programme Information Event
As: Speaker


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