In her inaugural address, Michaéla discusses the role of self-regulatory behaviors that people can employ in order to live a full-filling life. These behaviors include reflection and personal goal setting, in order to formulate a direction or purpose in life (Ikigai). In the inaugural address, an evidence-based goal-setting intervention is discussed. This relatively brief intervention has shown to have lasting results: not only does it increase well-being of students, the intervention also boosted academic performance of students by over 20%. Moreover, the intervention significantly decreased the gender and ethnic minority performance gap. The goal setting is shown in a broader perspective with examples in education, business and operations management. The perspective presented in this address emphasizes taking control of one’s life in order to optimize performance and happiness.

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Keywords Goal setting, Study success, Reflection, Self-regulatory behaviour, Well-being and happiness, Gender and ethnicity gap, Personality, Team reflexivity, Behavioural operations management, Performance management
JEL Business Administration: General (jel M10), Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior (jel L2), Personnel Management (jel M12), Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies (jel L12)
ISBN 978-90-5892-484-1
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Series ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management
Schippers, M.C. (2017, June 16). IKIGAI: Reflection on Life Goals Optimizes Performance and Happiness. ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management. Retrieved from