Short CV/Education and training


    Research Professor (tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focus on research—BOFZAP) at the KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (Belgium)

    Research Fellow at Vlerick Business School (Belgium)


    doctoral research on talent management and (subjective) career success at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

    visiting scholar at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

  • 2009
    doctoral degree

    postdoc position at the KU Leuven

    visiting scholar at the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands), at Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna (Austria), at Reykjavik University (Iceland), and at IESE (Barcelona)

  • 2012
    Fulbright scholar at Boston University School of Management (US)

Selected publications

  • Dries, N. (2013). Talent management, from phenomenon to theory (Special issue editorial). Human Resource Management Review, 23 (4), pp. 267-271.

  • Inkson, K., Dries, N. & Arnold, J. (2015). Understanding careers (406 pages). London, UK: Sage.

  • Dries, N., Pepermans, R., & Carlier, O. (2008). Career success: Constructing a multidimensional model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73 (2), pp. 254-267.

  • Dries, N., Van Esbroeck, R., van Vianen, A., De Cooman, R., & Pepermans, R. (2012). Career Adapt-Abilities Scale − Belgium Form: Psychometric characteristics and construct validity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80 (3), pp. 674-679.

  • van Vianen, A., Klehe, U., Koen, J., & Dries, N. (2012). Career Adapt-Abilities Scale Netherlands Form: Psychometric properties and relationships to ability, personality, and regulatory focus. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80 (3), pp. 716-724.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Consortium for the Cross-Cultural Study of Contemporary Careers [5C]: Belgium team; Scale development team

    International project on the meaning, measurement, and empirical study of career success in different cultures.

    (Project leaders: Emma Parry, Michael Dickmann, Jon Briscoe, and Douglas Tim Hall), since 2011

  • The Career Adaptability/Life Design Project: Belgium team; Netherlands team; Research methodology team

    International project on the measurement and development of career adaptability in students from different cultures. (Project leaders: Mark Savickas, Maria Eduarda Duarte, Fred Leong, Raoul Van Esbroeck), since 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Academy of Finland, Strategic Research Council (SRC): Member of Expert Panel “Skilled Employees – Successful Labor Markets”, program call: Knowledge, Know-how and the Changing Working Life. Evaluator of strategic research consortium proposals, since 2016

  • Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO): Member of Expert Panel G&M3: Psychology, Pedagogy, Didactics and Social Work. Evaluator of doctoral, post-doctoral, and research project funding proposals in the field of I/O (industrial/organizational) psychology, since 2015

Media coverage

  • HR Square: Tijd voor het nieuwe talentmanagement: Wie kent de sterren van uw organisatie? 2016

  • MARK Magazine: HappyCareer−studie onderzoekt wat werknemers gelukkig maakt. 2015

  • HR Magazine: Talentmanagement in woord en daad. 2014

  • HR Magazine: Uw woord van het jaar, Nicky Dries: Potentieel. 2013

  • P&O Praktijkblad: Metacompetenties, meer dan een vaag begrip? 2010

  • HR Magazine: Nicky Dries, na onderzoek naar high potentials en talentmanagement: "Intern opvolgers opleiden rendeert veel beter", 2008

  • Scoop op Mens en Werk, uitgave van SD Worx: De expat en het thuisfront: "Begeleiding voor, tijdens en na het buitenlandse verblijf is geen overbodige luxe", 2008

  • HR Magazine: Talentmanagement: Het complexe plaatje van carrièresucces. 2008

  • Akademos, tijdschrift van de VUB: Junior researcher: Nicky Dries—Hoe meet je het succes van een carrière? 2008

  • HR Magazine: Hipo in huis: Hoe manage je high potentials? 2006

  • Vacature: Profiel van de Vlaamse expat. 2006

  • RH Tribune: Prix Persona: Expatriation—L'argent ne fait pas le bonheur! 2006

  • Jobat: Expats en heimwee: Nicky Dries wint Schelstraete & Desmedt HR−Award. 2006


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