Petra van den Bekerom
Petra van den Bekerom is an Assistant Professor in Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University. Her research interests include the external management of public organizations, public sector performance, and citizens’ performance perceptions of public organisations. She is particularly interested in the question to what extent public management can contribute to public service performance.
Petra van den Bekerom is an Assistant Professor in Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University. Her research interests include the external management of public organizations, public sector performance, and citizens’ performance perceptions of public organizations. She is particularly interested in the management of the external environment of public organizations and its relationship with public service performance. In today’s dynamic world, public managers are vital for the performance of public organizations. By shielding the organization from environmental changes, public managers ensure that the organization operates in an effective, efficient, and reliable manner. Most of her empirical work focuses on the context of education.
Van den Bekerom received her PhD in Public Administration from Leiden University in 2016. In her dissertation, she examined to what extent primary school principals’ networking activities mitigate the negative effects of changes in the external environment (such as budget cuts and changes in client characteristics) on school performance. To answer this question, she conducted a large-scale survey and combined these data with independently measured, longitudinal performance data. The results show that different dimensions of networking that are aimed at attaining a controllable flow of resources (such as networking with government agencies and co-producers) mitigates the negative effect of environmental turbulence. During her PhD research whe was a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University (with prof. Kenneth Meier).
Currently, Petra teaches the courses Introduction to Social Sciences in the Bachelor, and Performance Management in the Master ‘Management of the Public Sector’. Together with Joris van der Voet, she has developed a Small Private Online Course (SPOC) on Research in Public Administration.