Hans Vermaak

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Hans Vermaak is and adviser, lecturer and researcher. He is associate partner at Twynstra Gudde consultancy, a colleague of Léon de Caluwé and is known for his contribution on the approach of colour thinking.

Biography Hans Vermaak

His consultancy work focuses on challenges organizational changes with complex (social) issues as a recurrent theme. His six-year research study into complex tasks in organizations brought him a cum laude doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Amsterdam and a publication of his research in book form. This book Enjoying Tough Issues received the Best-book-of-the-year 2009 award from the Dutch Association of Management Consultancy Firms.

As a lecturer, Hans Vermaak professionalizes innovators and he provides shadow advice. Hans Vermaak is associate partner at Sioo where he co-designs the master’s degree programme ‘Advanced Change Methodologies’. And he is a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS/Simi) in Denmark.

Hans Vermaak regularly publishes articles using supporting research about change management, systems thinking and learning processes.

Publications and books by Hans Vermaak et al.

  • 2012. Facilitating local ownership through paradoxical interventions. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
  • 2009. Enjoying tough issues: Dynamics of innovation and stagnation. Deventer, Netherlands: Kluwer.
  • 2008. Thinking in colors – on video. Available at: http://hansvermaak.com/en/publicaties/thinking-in-colors-on-video/
  • 2004. Change Paradigms: An Overview. Organization Development Journal,from VU.nl
  • 2004. Thinking about change: Complexity and multiplicity in change processes. In J. Boonstra (Ed), Dynamics in Organizational Change and Learning (Series Handbooks in the Psychology of Management in Organizations) (pp.197-226). Chicester (UK): Wiley.
  • 2004. Comparing psychotherapists’ and change agents’ approaches to change. In A. Buono (Ed.), Creative Consulting: Innovative Perspectives on Management Consulting. Research in Management Consulting (vol. 4) (pp. 267-302).Greenwich (CT): Information A
    ge Publishing.
  • 2003. Learning to change. A guide for organizational change agents. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • 1999. Conspiring fruitfully with professionals: New management roles for professional organizations. Management Decision, 37(1), 29-44.
  • 1999. At least 10 islands of learning: In search of corporate learning. Amersfoort: Twynstra
  • 1986. A potential method for determination of gaseous and particulate lead in exhaust gas by microwave induced airplasma emission spectrometry and Zeeman furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Canadian Journal of Spectroscopy, 31(4), 95-99.

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