University Lecturer

Frans van Eijnatten


Dr. Frans M. van Eijnatten is Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) , Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. He has a bachelors- /masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (1974-1978), and a Ph.D. from Radbout University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (1985), dissertation subject: Socio-Technical Task Analysis of Philips Industries in four European countries. He is a member of the Research School for Operations Management and Logistics (BETA), and is engaged in research and development in the domains of human performance management, chaos and complexity in management, and organisational development and change. Some research topics in the last ten years were: Integral Organisational Renewal, Intensive Work, Worklife Balance, Intelligent Manufacturing and Participative Simulation, Workspace Design, socio-technical aspects of Workflow Management Systems, Collaborative Networked Organisations, Chaordic Systems Thinking, and Learning Organisation. His original research interest was in Socio-Technical Systems Design, an ambition he pursued by initiating and co-ordinating Ph.D. design-oriented action research projects in R&D and information systems design. He produced several English- language reviews on the subject as well as a comprehensive bibliography of the paradigm. Currently, Dr. Van Eijnatten is exploring the implications of Chaos and Complexity theories for Socio-Technical Systems Design and Organizational Renewal (i.e. 'Chaordic Systems Thinking' – CST). He co-edited two guest issues about CST for the Journal of Organizational Change Management and The Learning Organization, and published an overview of Chaos and Complexity in Organisation and Management in the Revue Sciences de Gestion. He is founder and coordinator of the European Chaos and Complexity Network ECCON, and convenor for the annual meetings of this network. He participated in several European-Union-funded research and development programs (4th, 5th Framework: Esprit, Brite- EuRam, IST, IMS), and is reviewer for the 6th Framework ('New and Emerging Science and Technology' – NEST, Pathfinder activity), European Commission, Brussels. He served as an invited expert to Framework 6 Integrated Project: European Collaborative Networked Organizations Leadership Initiative (ECOLEAD). Dr. Van Eijnatten chairs the NOSMO Socio-Cybernetica working group, based in The Netherlands. In 2004, he spent two months as a visiting research fellow at Yokohama National University, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Eco- Technology Systems Laboratory, Yokohama, Japan. Dr. van Eijnatten is a lecturer, coach, and project supervisor in bachelor and master programmes – Innovation Management (IM) and Operations Management and Logistics (OML) – where he teaches compulsory and elective subjects in socio-technical systems design, organisational behaviour, and complexity science. He is also teaching organisational development and change at TU/e post- graduate level in the International Program in Logistic Management Systems. Dr. Van Eijnatten is a Certified Member of the Dutch Accreditation Board for Universities of Professional Education, and a board member of the Dutch Chaosforum Foundation

Ancillary Activities

  • Methodologische ondersteuning afstudeerders, TIAS Business School
  • Cursus Methodologie, Technische Universiteit Twente