Bart Wille

Assistant Professor (tenure track)

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About Bart Wille

Bart Wille is an Assistant Professor of ‘Personnel and Organizational Development' at University of Antwerp, Department of Training and Education Sciences. His research is situated in the broad domain of human behavior in work and organizational contexts, with particular focus on the development of professionals during and across various career stages. Examples are: The transition from school to work, occupational transitions, and vertical mobility. A second line of work is centered around the assessment of psychological individual difference variables (e.g., personality, interests, ambitions and capabilities) in study and work domains. The central objective here is to develop innovative tools and methodologies to facilitate the process of matching personal and environmental characteristics. He has published his work in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior and Harvard Business Review. Bart Wille is also an editorial board member of Journal of Counseling Psychology and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

As regards his teaching, Bart Wille provides courses on Organisation Theory, Knowledge Management, and Strategic Human Resource Development.

Finally, Bart Wille also advises organizations in issues regarding Human Resource Management (HRM) and Human Resource Development (HRD).

Keywords: Organizational behavior; Career development; Professional development; Organizational development; Personality; Individual differences; Person-Environment fit


Selected publications:

  • Wille, B., & De Fruyt, F. (in press). Development of vocational interests in adulthood. In C. D. Nye & J. Rounds (Eds.), Vocational Interests in the Workplace.
  • Wille, B., Wiernik, B. M., Vergauwe, J., Vrijdags, A., & Trbovic, N. (2018). Personality characteristics of male and female executives: Distinct pathways to success? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106, 220-235.
  • Wiernik, B. M., & Wille, B. (2018). Careers, Career Development and Career Management. In D. S. Ones, N. Anderson, C. Viswesvaran, & H. K. Sinangil (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of industrial, work and organizational psychology (2nd ed., Vol. 3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2018). The double-edged sword of leader charisma: Understanding the curvilinear relationship between charismatic personality and leader effectiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 110-130.
  • Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). The “Too Little/Too Much” Scale: A new rating format for detecting curvilinear effects. Organizational Research Methods, 20, 518-544.
  • Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). Development of a Five-Factor Model charisma compound and its relations to career outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 99, 24-39.
  • Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Feys, M., De Fruyt, F., & Anseel, F. (2015). Fear of being exposed: The trait-relatedness of the impostor phenomenon and its relevance in the work context. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 565-581.
  • Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Maturation of work attitudes: Correlated change with Big Five personality traits and reciprocal effects over 15 years. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 507-529.
  • Wille, B., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Vocations as a source of identity: Reciprocal relations between Big Five personality traits and RIASEC characteristics. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 262-281.
  • Tracey, T. J. G., Wille, B., Durr, M. R, & De Fruyt, F. (2014). An enhanced examination of Holland’s consistency and differentiation hypotheses. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 237-247.
  • Wille, B., Tracey, T. J. G., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). A longitudinal and multi-method examination of interest-occupation congruence within and across time. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 59-73.
  • Woods, S. A., Lievens, F., De Fruyt, F., & Wille, B. (2013). Personality across working life: The longitudinal and reciprocal influences of personality on work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 7-25.
  • Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & De Clercq, B. (2013). Expanding and reconceptualizing aberrant personality at work: Validity of Five-Factor Model aberrant personality tendencies to predict career outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 66, 173-223.
  • Wille, B., Beyers, W., De Fruyt, F. (2012). A transactional approach to person-environment fit: Reciprocal relations between personality development and career role growth across young to middle adulthood. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 307-321.
  • Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & Feys, M. (2010). Vocational interests and Big Five traits as predictors of job instability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 547-558.

A complete reference list can be found under 'My website'.

Statute & functions

Zelfstandig academisch pers.
  • tenure track docent


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