Petra van den Bekerom is an assistant professor at the department of Public Administration of Leiden University. Her research interests include public management, public sector performance, and performance management. She is particularly interested in the question to what extent public management can contribute to public service performance. In her dissertation, she studied the question of under what conditions managerial networking activities of Dutch primary school principals affect school performance. Next to research, she teaches both bachelor and (pre-)master courses on research design.