Many nonprofit and non-governmental organizations rely on volunteers. However, due to many new challenges in our contemporary society, these organizations face huge challenges in managing their volunteers effectively. Research and teaching in the context of this project focus on how organizations can adjust their managerial practices to the current needs and preferences of their valuable volunteers, in order to keep volunteers motivated and committed.
- Willems, J. & Walk, M. 2013. Assigning volunteer tasks: The relation between task preferences and functional motives of youth volunteers. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(6): 1030–1040, DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.03.010
- Deyaert, J., Willems, J. & Mortelmans, D. 2013. De opkomst van de Nieuwe Vrijwilliger. Een longitudinale studie bij Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen, Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, 34(2):149-170. [Dutch]
- Vantilborgh, T., Bidee, J., Pepermans, R., Willems, J., Huybrechts, G., Jegers, M. 2013. From “getting” to “giving”: Exploring age-related diﬀerences in perceptions of and reactions to psychological contract balance. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 22(3): 293-305, DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2012.721354
- Bidee, J., Vantilborgh, T., Pepermans, R., Huybrechts, G., Willems, J., & Jegers, M. 2013. Autonomous motivation stimulates volunteers' work effort: A self-determination theory approach to volunteerism. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 24(1): 32-47, DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9269-x
- Willems, J., Huybrechts, G., Jegers, M., Vantilborgh, T., Bidee, J., & Pepermans, R. 2012. Volunteer decisions (not) to leave: Reasons to quit versus functional motives to stay. Human Relations. 65(7): 883-900, DOI: 10.1177/0018726712442554