Dr. Yvette Taminiau

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faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling organisatiewetenschappen )
University lecturer


Monday - Friday


Institutional and cultural pressures on accountancy and consultancy professionals

My research focuses on institutional and cultural pressures on the accountancy and consultancy professions.

First of all, I am particularly interested in the "working" of informal client contacts and informal settings, such as business lunch, dinners, drinks, seminars, golf, art exhibitions, concerts. This research culminated into a large research project, in which 250 consultants and accountants were interviewed by our master students. The interviews were conducted in eleven countries in Europe, the US and Canada.

In line with this research theme I have continued with the following projects:

  • informal client relationships development
  • informal client contacts of women partners in consultancy,

The newest research master research projects focus on:

  • success and fail factors in accountancy tender process, perceived by clients, 
  • cultural differences between Big 4 auditing firms, perceived by their clients,
  • the shifting identity of accountancy profession due to changing clients demands,
  • the changing client demands of the accountant perceived by supervisory board members. 

II. Application fields

  • Accountancy & consultancy

III. Methods

  • Qualitative research


  • Lecturer "Strategie en beleidsvorming"and "Strategisch Management"
  • Lecturer and coordinator "Strategisch Management Toepassing"
  • Lecturer Bachelorthesis and Pre-masterthesis
  • Lecturer Master's thesis
  • Coordinator of the international research project: "Het strategisch belang van informeel klantcontact binnen de consultancy en accountancy sector"


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

Peer-reviewed academic articles

  • Taminiau, Y.T.A., Heusinkveld, H.S. & Both, J. (2016). Nevenschade of nieuwe kansen? De impact van accountancywetgeving op de professie van fiscalist.Maandblad voor accountancy en bedrijfseconomie, 90 (3), 60-70
  • Taminiau, Y.T.A. & Ferguson, J.E. (2015). From purists players? How service industry professionals develop social skills for informal client relationships.International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 9 (1), 40-62. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMCP.2015.075122
  • Taminiau, Y.T.A., Heusinkveld, H.S. & van Riel, E. (2015). Veranderende interne dynamiek binnen Big 4-accountantsorganisaties: De impact van de Wta op de relaties tussen accountants, consultants en belastingadviseurs.Maandblad voor accountancy en bedrijfseconomie, 89 (6), 208-217
  • Taminiau, Y., Heusinkveld, S., Roos, B. de (2014). Het accountancytenderproces en het belang van een gefaseerde klantrelatiestrategie, MAB, Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie, 88(4), 115-126
  • Taminiau, Y. (2013). “It looks like friendship but it’s not”, the institutional embeddedness of informal client relationships of Big 4 accountants and -consultants compared, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 7(2): 128-149.
  • Taminiau, Y., Berghman, L.A. & Besten P. den (2013). Informal client relationship development by consultants: The star players and the naturals. In: Exploring the Professional Identity of Management Consultants (Research in management consulting book series). Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, pp. 51-71
  • Taminiau, Y.T.A., Boussebaa, M. & Berghman, L.A. (2012). Convergence or divergence? A comparative analysis of informal client-consultant relationship development practices in Britain, France and Germany. Service Industries Journal, 32(10), 1707-1720.
  • Taminiau, Y, Berghman, L. & Nonahal, D (2012). Informeel klantcontact: De verschillen tussen topvrouwen en –mannen binnen de consultancy- en accountancysector, MAB-Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfskunde, 86(4): 132-140
  • Taminiau, Y., Das, E., Berghman, L. & Fangman, Y. (2011). Not beyond the tipping point: Restrained emotions and the functionality of business meals in consultancy. International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion, 4(2), 184-211
  • Taminiau, Y., Berghman, L. & den Besten, P. (2011). Informeel contact tussen adviseur en klant, M&O Maandblad voor Management en Organisatie, 5:5-25
  • Taminiau, Y. & Berghman, L. (2011). Informeel klantcontact bij de Big4-organisaties: De verschillen tussen accountants en adviseurs nader bekeken. MAB - Maandblad voor Accountancy & Bedrijfseconomie, 85, 7-8        
  • Taminiau, Y. & Berghman, L. (2010). Let’s go to lunch! Informal clients contacts by consultants in the UK. International Journal of Managerial Concepts and Philosophy, 4(2): 194-211
  • Taminiau, Y., Smit, W., Lange, de, A (2009) “Innovation in management consulting firms through informal knowledge sharing”, Journal of Knowledge Management, 13(1): 42-55.
  • Bijlsma - Frankema, K.M., Rosendaal, B.W. & Taminiau, Y.T.A. (2006). Acting on frictions: Learning blocks and flows in knowledge intensive organizations. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30(4), 291-309.
  • Taminiau, Y. (2006). Beyond known uncertainties: Interventions at the fuel-engine interface.Research Policy, 35(2), 247-265.
  • Taminiau, Y. & Wilts, A.S. (2006). Lobbying in Europe: Knowledge as the main lobbying resource.Journal of Public Affairs, 6(2), 122-130.
  • Taminiau, Y., Molenkamp, M. & Tashchilova, M. (2006). The pendulum, the auto-oil programmes revisted. Energy & Environment, 17(2), 243-262.
  • Koolen, S., Taminiau, Y.T.A. & Faber, C.W. (2005). Monti and market dynamics: the strategy of a national car importer.European Management Journal, 23(4), 413-425.
  • Molenkamp, G., Taminiau, Y.T.A. & Muiswinkel, J. van (2005). Maatschappelijke verslaggeving: de huidige Nederlandse situatie, resultaten van een onderzoek bij de top 100 ondernemingen. Maandschrift Accountancy en Bedrijfskunde, 25(9), 3-8.               

Conference papers

  • Taminiau Y. 2012, The homo ludens: how consultants engage in the non consulting activities with clients, 27th EGOS Colloquium, July 2012
  • Taminiau, Y., Berghman, L. 2011. Informal client contacts in the consultancy and accountancy sector: Game or art? 5th International Conference on Management Consulting, Academy of Management, Management Consulting Division, Amsterdam, June 2011
  • Taminiau Y, (2011) La valorisation des réserves d’énergies fossiles : comment les professionnels du marché raisonnent avec les incertitudes techniques et économiques ? conference/workshop, Journée « Energie», Grenoble, Ecole de Management.
  • Taminiau, Y., Berghman, L. & Skovgaard Smith I. 2010. “I should do more of it”- Informal client contacts in consultancy organizations in seven European countries, 26th EGOS Colloquium, July 2010
  • Taminiau, Yvette, Lefsrud, Lianne & Suddaby, Roy, (2009), ‘Mind the Gap, Exploring the role of professions to bridge the corporate-regulator gap within the oil and gas industry’, Egos conference, subtheme 10: Energizing energy markets: Institutions, devices and experiments, convenors Peter Karnoe, Petter Holm and Fabian Muniesa, Barcelona, July 2009    
  • Berghman, L. & Taminiau, Y. 2009. The consultant-client relationship: Variations in informal settings. International Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities, April 2009
  • Taminiau, Y., Berghman, L. & Verhoef, H. 2009. Let’s have lunch! Informal clients contacts in consultancy organizations. International Critical Management Conference, July 2009


  • Taminiau, Y.T.A. (2001, November 30). Room for Manoeuvre. 25 Years of European Emission Regulations Culminating in the Auto-Oil Programme Analysed from a Technology and Policy Perspective. Erasmus Universiteit (Amsterdam: Menno van de koppel). Prom./coprom.: prof. dr. J. Kooiman & dr. L.M. van Vliet.

Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017