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Happy at work

Our employee surveys don’t just look at happiness at work

Date:20 May 2019
Many organizations have a need for more in-depth employee satisfaction surveys. Traditional surveys provide a good idea of employees’ feelings and thoughts about their jobs, but they often leave it unclear why satisfaction is rated high or low and fail to provide a lot of important information. To examine these points, it is important to look at the explanatory factors in detail.
Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Do immigrants really 'steal' jobs?

Date:17 May 2019

Is there any truth to the claims that immigrants steal jobs from the native population? What is the balance of brain drain and brain gain among member states? Post-doctoral candidate Magda Ulceluse sorts truth from fiction when it comes to migrants, job...

Staff satisfaction

Concrete tools for improving staff satisfaction

Date:16 May 2019
What do staff members need in order to perform? The unique organizational research by the HRM & Organisational Behaviour Centre of Expertise answers this question and offers concrete tools for organizations. Director Dr Peter Essens and principal researcher Prof. Gerben van der Vegt explain their working method.
New research examines whether 'new girls' networks could replace 'old boys' networks.

Leaders select copies of themselves. Will the ‘old boys’ networks give in to the ‘new girls’?

Date:08 May 2019
Author:Janka Stoker and Floor Rink

The percentage of women in senior management positions is still rather low. In the Netherlands, a target of securing 30 percent of women in leading positions was legally set down on 1 January 2013 with the Management and Supervision Act (Wet Bestuur en...

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Why do some countries grow wealthy while others do not?

Date:07 May 2019

What do the modern day Ivory Coast and the 19th century Netherlands have in common? According to research from the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, the size of their economies is virtually identical.

Nancy Kamp-Roelands is professor in non-financial information, integrated reporting and assurance

Fighting to keep companies accountable

Date:30 April 2019

Since earlier this year, Nancy Kamp-Roelands is, by special appointment, Professor of Non-Financial Information, Integrated Reporting & Assurance. She sees this appointment as a bold, well-timed step on the part of FEB. “Although integrated reporting and...

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business news that matters to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: The slippery slope of corporate misconduct

Date:18 April 2019

Imagine you’re on the banks of a river, watching the white water rapids rage past you. You’re surrounded by a group of your closest friends who booked a rafting trip, but you’re scared. You are deathly afraid that the raft will tip over, and you’ve heard...

Jan Willem Bolderdijk is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

When being green is socially awkward

Date:15 April 2019

Climate change, one of the grand issues facing society today, is at its root a behavioural problem. We know what to do (e.g., drastically reduce carbon emissions) and have the tools to accomplish it (e.g., energy-neutral technologies, radical consumer...

How to Optimize Your Partnerships to Create Breakthrough Innovation?

How to Optimize Your Partnerships to Create Breakthrough Innovation?

Date:09 April 2019

For some time now it has been clear that firms need to innovate if they are to survive in a competitive industry. This can include minor improvements to its existing products and services, but to really thrive firms need to generate new breakthrough...

Having a politician on the company board can pay off.

Political access boosts company performance

Date:02 April 2019
Author:Swarnodeep Homroy

Political connections offer significant benefits to companies in the United Kingdom, new research shows, illustrating how even in otherwise low-corruption countries having a politician on the board can pay off.