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As from 1 February, the Faculty of Economics and Business appointed Laurens Sloot as Professor by special appointment of Entrepreneurship in Retailing. Sloot will focus on the success factors of independent entrepreneurs and on the consequences of the increasing digitization of retailing. The new chair was established at the request of Stichting Lokaal Retail Ondernemerschap (LRO; the foundation of local retail entrepreneurship) for a period of five years.
Launch of the Energy Innovation Atlas!
Powerful leaders experience stress when they are at risk of losing their powerful position. This can lead to problems in organizations that work with self-managing teams, for example. When leaders are afraid that they will lose their position of power, they are less willing to delegate responsibilities and authority to their employees. This is the conclusion reached by Sanne Feenstra, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 3 February.
Why do consumers not choose the more sustainable option more often? An argument that is often cited is that sustainable equals expensive but research shows that there may be more to it than that.
Research conducted by Prof. Jenny van Doorn and her colleagues shows that people do not always experience organic products as being any better than non-organic products, for example.
Hungry? There is always food nearby... The food sector aims to provide people with food anywhere, anytime. People themselves have a tendency to focus on having plenty of food in inventory at home, just in case. This ensures that people have food when they want it, but comes at considerable societal costs due to inefficient resource use. The huge amount of food wasted shows the need for a system change in food provisioning. This is where a new project comes in. Professor Jenny van Doorn is one of the researchers involved.
This year, the increase in municipal residential taxes will be significantly higher than the inflation rate. Tenants will pay 5.1 percent more; owner-occupiers 4.3 percent. The waste collection levy will increase significantly – by 5.9 percent – as many municipalities are only now adjusting their levies on the basis of an increase in a state tax in 2019. Property tax will increase relatively significantly – by 4 percent – partly due to shortfalls in government funding for the social domain. This is the conclusion of the report ‘Kerngegevens Belastingen Grote Gemeente 2020’ (Key Data on Taxes for Large Municipalities in 2020), which has been drawn up by the Centre for Research on Local Government Economics (COELO) of the University of Groningen.
Digital transformation is something that just has to be done; in small steps and by quickly learning from outcomes. This is the conclusion of the sub-report ‘Tijdshorizon van het Noord-Nederlandse MKB’ (Timeframe of SMEs in the Northern Netherlands) based on the Northern Netherlands Innovation Monitor 2019, conducted by the University of Groningen (UG) and the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN) under the leadership of researchers Thijs Broekhuizen and Erzsi Meerstra. Companies with a clear vision for the future but which, at the same time, do not look too far ahead show the strongest digital transformation.
In the future, robots will play an important role in our everyday lives. In the healthcare sector, for example, an extra pair of hands is always welcome. But whatever you do, please do not give these robots a name or a human face, warns Professor Jenny van Doorn. Surrogate people make us feel uncomfortable, resulting in all sorts of consequences.
Research among the entire Dutch population by the University of Groningen, the UMCG and the HAN University of Applied Sciences has shown that districts with a higher percentage of sports clubs members have lower health care costs. In addition, populations of 'poor' neighbourhoods (with a low socio-economic status (SES)), that exercise more generally have lower health care costs than a comparable neighbourhood that exercises less. For the 'richer' neighbourhoods this connection is less clear.
Four researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Business are in the annual Economists Top 40 published in ESB magazine (Economisch Statistische Berichten): Peter Verhoef (position 18), Robert Inklaar (position 29), Bart Los (36) and Gaaitzen de Vries (39).
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