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The use of Personal Development Plans in the workplace Effects, purposes and supporting conditions Simon A.J. Beausaert © Simon A.J. Beausaert, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2011 ISBN: 9789461590749 Cover: Jo Frenken, Jan Van Eyck Academy All rights reserved Printed and bound by Datawyse, Maastricht, The Netherlands The use of Personal Development Plans in the workplace Effects, purposes and supporting conditions Proefschrift Ter verkrijging van de graad van doctor aan de Universiteit Maastricht op gezag van de rector magnificus prof. mr. G. P. M. F. Mols volgens het besluit van het College van Decanen in het openbaar te verdedigen op woensdag 19 oktober 2011 om 16:00 uur door Simon A.J. Beausaert UM UNIVERSITAIRE PERS MAASTRICHT P Promotores Prof. dr. M. S. R. Segers Prof. dr. W. H. Gijselaers Beoordelingscommissie Prof. dr. A. De Grip (chair) Dr. P. van den Bossche, University of Antwerp/Maastricht University Prof. dr. R. Poell, University of Tilburg Prof. dr. K. Smith, University of Bergen, Norway Prof. dr. C. van der Vleuten Acknowledgements This book that contributed to my learning process and personal development as a researcher and teacher can be seen as a kind of personal development plan which was supported by many inspiring mentors and coaches. I would like to thank everyone that contributed to this book in his or her way. Although I find it hard to express my gratitude in words, I would like to dedicate a special thank you to: Henny Dankers, for her logistical support, for listening and caring, for being my second mother; Jeannette Hommes, for always being interested in my research, for helping me with finding companies who were willing to participate in my research, for giving the trainings to the supervisors, for mentioning relevant articles; Piet van den Bossche, for providing me with a survival guide ‘A Belgian living and

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