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FEB research areas

The University of Groningen is the institute for academic education and research in the Northern Netherlands. Our Faculty of Economics and Business specializes in a number of research areas.

Below is an overview of the different research areas with the respective experts and centres of expertise.

- Finance Economics & Financial markets
- Energy Economics & Energy Transition

- Customer Experience & Consumer Behavior

- Local Government Economics

- Logistics Management & Operations

- Digital Business

- Economic Growth & Economic Development

- HRM & Organisational Behaviour
- Governance
- Leadership

- Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Health Economics & Health Care Management

Centre for International Banking, Insurance and Finance (CIBIF)

This centre answers questions about banking, insurance and finance. The CIBIF focuses on the impact of financial decisions on society and on involving non-financial consequences. In this way, it shares knowledge about Impact Analysis and Impact Investing.

Dr L. Dam
Prof. B. Scholtens

Areas of research and examples
The CIBIF provides useful insights for different target groups. For governments, NGOs and financial institutions focused on development finance, the Centre provides Impact Analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of development policies. In addition, the Centre offers Impact Investing expertise for institutional investors and banks. For example, our experts can help you evaluate your investment strategy or portfolio.

More information about the CIBIF Centre of Expertise.

Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER)

This centre deals with various topics within Energy Economics. The themes covered include energy companies, energy markets, consumer behaviour in relation to energy, the macro-economic effects of developments in energy markets and government policy related to the energy business. Research within this Centre can contribute to addressing important scientific and social challenges, such as climate change and the transition of energy systems to renewable energy.

Prof. Mulder

Areas of research and examples
Topical CEER research includes, among other things, Groningen’s good starting position to lead the energy transition. Another example is a research on the consequences of Electrification of heating and transport the Netherlands .

More information about the CEER Centre of Expertise.

Customer Insights Centre (RUGCIC)

Despite the fact that a lot of customer data and information is being collected, it remains difficult in practice to translate this data into well-founded insights and decisions. This is why CIC was founded. Its objective is to develop and share recent and relevant customer insights between business and science, to help you understand market and customer developments faster. The following questions are relevant in this context:

· What are the trends and developments in customer behaviour in the Netherlands?
· How can my employees remain permanently up-to-date in the field of marketing?
· What proven success factors can I apply to customer-oriented projects? For these purposes, the RUGCIC offers substantiated customer and market knowledge.

Prof. J. Wieringa
Prof. P. Verhoef
Prof. L. Sloot
Prof. K. van Ittersum

Areas of research and examples
The Centre develops ‘fact-based’ knowledge that allows your company to make a difference. Understanding deeper customer insights requires new academic research on practical themes such as consumer behaviour, purchasing motives, customer psychology, multi- and omni-channel communication strategies, social media, big data, customer data, metrics, customer intelligence, customer value, accountability, churn, loyalty, success factors of implementations, etcetera.

More information about the RUGCIC Centre of Expertise .

Centre for Research on Local Government Economics (COELO)

COELO conducts research into the economic and financial aspects of local and regional governments . These include municipalities, water boardsand provinces, but housing corporations also fall within the scope of our research. The work varies from applied policy research to academic researches with highly abstract content. The Centre conducts research on its own initiative as well as on behalf of third parties.

Prof. M.A. Allers

Areas of research and examples
COELO research may relate to the effects of certain policy measures. Research has been carried out, for example, into the effect of paying per kilo of waste on the amount of household waste; into the effect of municipal re-division or collaboration on municipal expenditure; and into the effect of corporate mergers on efficiency. However, COELO research can also deal with finding a mutually acceptable way of sharing the costs of a safety region among the participating municipalities.

More information about the COELO Centre of Expertise .

Centre for Operational Excellence (COPE)

This centre aims to optimize processes within your company or organization. The COPE centre of expertise has a large number of professors and internationally renowned researchers who specialize in research areas such as Supply Chain Management, Smart Manufacturing and Logistics. They will be happy to help you to develop an effective operational strategy and achieve excellent operational performance. Your organization can benefit from our knowledge, for example in the form of a research project, workshop or guest lecture.

Prof.I.F.A. Vis
Dr P. Buijs
Dr W.M.C. van Wezel
A.J. Dreisscherf (PhD student)

Areas of research and examples
A COPE study of the Physical Internet Lab that opened in May 2018 could serve as an example. The Physical Internet Lab is a strategic vision on the logistics of the future. This makes the Lab a place where companies, researchers and students can meet, share insights and exchange data about the physical internet. COPE is also setting up a Sustainable Goods Hubs Field Lab to support innovation in the logistics industry in the province of Drenthe.

More information about the
COPE Centre of Expertise .

Groningen Digital Business Centre (GDBC)

The GDBC is a knowledge centre of the University of Groningen that focuses on developing, sharing and transferring knowledge in the fields of Digital Business and Data Analytics. The GDBC’s activities and objectives are aimed at strengthening the digital sector in the Northern Netherlands. The Centre develops training opportunities and makes research capacity available. Students get the opportunity to do internships at leading digital companies and to do research using the many data that these companies make available. Conversely, digital entrepreneurs benefit from the academic knowledge available at the University of Groningen.

Prof.P.C. Verhoef
P.K. Kannan (University of Maryland)

Areas of research and examples
GDBC research is about, for example, how data and digital technologies are changing the world of marketing. Other ongoing research projects include digital readiness and digital transformation. The GDBC has already helped various organizations to solve practical digital issues and optimize their digital policies.

More information about the GDBC Centre of Expertise .

Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC)

This centre studies the interactions of globalization, technology and institutional change, and their impact on long-term economic growth, structural change, productivity and inequality. The GGDC is a platform for research into economic growth and development and a provider of high-quality research and statistics on economic growth. In addition, the Centre provides unique information on comparative trends in the global economy in the form of easily accessible datasets, along with extensive documentation.

Prof. M. Timmer
Prof. R. Inklaar , Penn World Table coordinator
Dr G. de Vries , 10-sector database coordinator
Dr J. Bolt , Maddison Project coordinator

Areas of research and examples
The GGDC provides unique information on comparative trends in the global economy in the form of easily accessible datasets, along with extensive documentation. This data is made public, allowing researchers and policymakers from around the world to analyse productivity, structural change and economic growth in detail. Data includes the Penn World Tables, the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) and the Maddison Historical Statistics.

More information about the GGDC Centre of Expertise .

Centre for Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour (HRM&OB)

This centre links academic research to questions from the business community regarding Human Resources Management (HRM) . Do you want to know, for example, how to keep your organization innovative, creative and competitive? We use our expertise in areas such as leadership research and ethics to analyse which HRM strategies suit your ambitions and how you can get the best out of a diverse team. Practical knowledge and specific measurement instruments contribute to the optimization of team performance and partnerships while taking into account the interests of individual team members.

Prof. B.A. Nijstad
Prof. F.A. Rink
Prof. O. Janssen
Prof. H.B.M. Molleman
Prof. G. van der Vegt

Areas of research and examples
Based on academic research, the Expertise Centre offers solutions to all of your HRM problems and issues advice on the behaviour within your organization. One research project, for example, shows how to make optimal use of the creativity of staff members and thus create value for your organization. Another project studies the psychology of regulation and the types of regulation to which people respond the best.

More information about the HRM&OB Centre of Expertise .

Institute for Governance and Organisational Responsibility (iGOR)

This centre brings together UG academics with an interest in issues related to the functioning of Boards of Commissioners and Supervisory Boards . Our researchers are driven by curiosity about the effectiveness of existing practices, new developments, and answers for the future. iGOR focuses on three themes: Corporate Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Reporting.

Prof. D.A. de Waard, RA MA
Prof. C.L.M. Hermes
Prof. A.E.M. Kamp-Roelands, RA

Areas of research and examples
How do accountants and financial bodies deal with CO2 objectives? This question was central to research carried out by iGOR in collaboration with the Dutch Association of Accountants (NBA). Other relevant questions included: how can you organize adequate supervision, what are the standards, and what are the specific criteria for your specific organization? iGOR provides support with objective, research-based answers.

More information about the iGOR Centre of Expertise .

In The LEAD (Leadership, Evidence, Advice & Data)

Leadership is crucial for the functioning of organizations and society. This Centre of expertise aims to use academic research and teaching to support organizations and strategic leaders in making effective decisions, emphatically putting the contexts of these organizations and leaders at the heart of its activities.

Prof. J.H. Garretsen
Prof. J.I. Stoker
C.A. de Haan (PhD Student)

Areas of research and examples
An example of a research project is the comparison of management practices in different countries. The insights gained from this study are very informative for Dutch industry as well as for individual organizations. Other research concerns the internal effects of the financial crisis in organizations. What does such a shock do to an organization and its leaders? This, among other things, is what In The LEAD is researching.

More information about the In The LEAD Centre of Expertise .

Value in Collaborative Innovation (VinCI)

Change that leads to improvement – that is the core of innovation. New products, new services and new ways of working exemplify this. VinCI is the Centre of expertise in the field of innovation, with a focus on collaborative innovation . After all, collaboration makes innovation cheaper, easier, faster and better, but it can sometimes be difficult to achieve. By carrying out research projects, VinCI aims both to increase academic knowledge about collaborative innovation and to apply this knowledge in practice.

Prof. B.A. Nijstad
Dr M.J. Brand
Dr E.P.M. Croonen
B. Verwaeren (postdoc researcher)

Areas of research and examples
Together with the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN), VinCI has studied the innovative power of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Northern Netherlands. In addition, several companies have already benefited from the academic insights produced by VinCI. For example, the Centre has helped the municipality of Ooststellingwerf to further its understanding of innovation during a leadership day and is working together with FrieslandCampina on a project regarding open innovation.

More information about the VinCi Centre of Expertise.

Aletta FEB-Health

Centre of Expertise Aletta FEB-Health is a centre of expertise at the University of Groningen that links academic expertise to questions from the field by arranging multidisciplinary research to support the healthcare sector. The knowledge, models and methods we use come from a range of disciplines, including human resource management, operations management, innovation and change management, ICT and management of information systems, marketing, consumer psychology and health economics.

Koert van Ittersum
Jochen Mierau
Marije Bosch
Oskar Roemeling

Wat wordt er onderzocht?
CoE Aletta FEB-Health dedicates its research to rethinking and improving processes in the healthcare sector and helping safeguard the future of healthcare. In collaboration with organisations, we seek academically grounded solutions for practice-driven questions and issues.

More information about the Aletta FEB-Health Centre of Expertise .

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