Faculty Profile

Irina Nikolova

Associate Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Irina Nikolova, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at BI Norwegian Business School. She holds a PhD in psychology from Open University of the Netherlands, and has been involved in research and teaching in the Netherlands, UK and Belgium. Her research focuses on organizational change, including digitalized workplaces and employee adaptation, leadership (e.g. engaging leadership, leader-member exchange), organizational climate (e.g. learning climate, job insecurity climate) and smart cities. Her work has been accepted for publication in journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, Work and Stress, European Management Journal and Journal of Personnel Psychology. She is a course responsible and lecturer in the master of science and bachelor programs at BI.


Nikolova, Irina & De Jong, Jeroen (2020)

Keeping up with the pace of change: a recipient-centered perspective on change and its outcomes

Griep, Yannick & Hansen, Samantha D. (red.). Handbook on the Temporal Dynamics of Organizational Behavior

We discuss organizational change (OC) events from the recipient’s perspective, and stipulate that these events account for a range of different learning and well-being outcomes. We offer a typology of change derived from two facets of employee change experiences: frequency and impact. We propose that each change event can trigger different learning and stress-related outcomes, and offer a theoretical rationale explaining why we deem it likely that each change event will be associated with specific outcomes. We further theorize that time will play a significant role in how change affects employees, and suggest that the duration of the exposure to change (in addition to the change frequency and impact) will largely account for employee change experiences and change-related outcomes. In addition, we discuss how the sequence of occurrence of change events and the prior change experiences (i.e., the recipient’s evaluation of the prior change experience as rather positive or negative) may determine how current change events will be approached. We conclude the chapter by elaborating on the challenges that lie ahead, and propose avenues for future research based on the theoretical propositions made in this contribution. You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Curşeu, Petru Lucian; Semeijn, Judith Hilde & Nikolova, Irina (2020)

Career challenges in smart cities: A sociotechnical systems view on sustainable careers

Human Relations Doi: 10.1177/0018726720949925

Vanderstukken, Arne; Nikolova, Irina & Ramioul, Monique (2019)

Technical literacy, communication literacy and skill development in virtual teams: Validating a scale and finding facilitating conditions

Presses Universitaires de Namur.

Nikolova, Irina; Schaufeli, Wilmar B. & Notelaers, Guy (2019)

Engaging leader – Engaged employees? A cross-lagged study on employee engagement

European Management Journal Doi: 10.1016/j.emj.2019.02.004

Nikolova, Irina; Van Dam, Karen, Van Ruysseveldt, Joris & De Witte, Hans (2019)

Feeling Weary? Feeling Insecure? Are Workplace Changes all Bad News?

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) Doi: 10.3390/ijerph16101842www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph

Nikolova, Irina; Van der Heijden, Beatrice, Låstad, Lena & Notelaers, Guy (2018)

The ‘Silent Assassin’ in your organization: Can job insecurity climate erode the beneficial effects of a high-quality leader-member exchange?

Personnel Review Doi: 10.1108/PR-09-2017-0266

Doorn, Yvonne; Van Ruysseveldt, Joris, Van Dam, Karen & Nikolova, Irina (2016)

Understanding well‐being and learning of Nigerian nurses: a job demand control support model approach

Journal of Nursing Management

Nikolova, Irina; Van Ruysseveldt, Joris, Van Dam, Karen & De Witte, Hans (2016)

Learning climate and workplace learning: Does work restructuring make a difference?

Journal of Personnel Psychology

Nikolova, Irina; Van Ruysseveldt, Joris, De Witte, Hans & Van Dam, Karen (2014)

Learning Climate Scale: Construction, reliability and initial validity evidence

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Nikolova, Irina; Van Ruysseveldt, Joris, De Witte, Hans & Syroit, Jef (2014)

Work-based learning: Development and validation of a scale measuring the learning potential of the workplace (LPW)

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Van Dam, Karen; Nikolova, Irina & Van Ruysseveldt, Joris (2013)

Het belang van ‘leader-member exchange’ (LMX) en situationele doeloriëntatie als voorspellers van job crafting.

Gedrag & Organisatie

Nikolova, Irina; Van Ruysseveldt, Joris, De Witte, Hans & Syroit, Jef (2013)

Well-being in times of task restructuring: The buffering potential of workplace learning

Work & Stress

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2015 Open University of The Netherlands PhD
2011 Tilburg University MSc in Leadership and Psychology
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2020 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2017 - 2020 Open University of The Netherlands, Faculty of Management Assistant Professor
2017 - 2017 KU Leuven, Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences Researcher
2016 - 2017 Norwich Business School Assistant Professor
2015 - 2015 Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven Researcher & consultant