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First edition of Top HR Leadership Programme successfully completed
When:24 May 2019

The University of Groningen Business School (UGBS) and the In the LEAD centre of expertise at the University of Groningen are looking back on a successful first edition of the Top HR Leadership programme. On 21 May, eight top HR professionals with different backgrounds were granted their certificates.

University of Groningen and VU Amsterdam join forces in the Executive Master of M&A and Valuation
When:23 May 2019

The part-time executive master's programme for M&A and Valuation professionals will be offered in cooperation by the business schools of the University of Groningen (UG) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) from now on.

Waiting times in healthcare are longer than necessary | Inaugural speech by Taco van der Vaart, Professor of Supply Chain Management
When:20 May 2019

‘Putting patients first’ is a slogan that is often used in healthcare. It is also an empty slogan according to Taco van der Vaart, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen. In his inaugural speech on Tuesday 21 May, he will argue that speed is underrated in Dutch healthcare. ‘Speed should play a much more important role in our care system. Patient waiting times are currently unnecessarily long. Healthcare should focus on patient flows rather than individual patients.’

Retaining customers? An app works better than a mobile website
When:16 May 2019

For retailers, it is worthwhile to add an app to their sales channels. Customers who use the app are more likely to make a purchase, have a higher purchase frequency and spend more money than customers who only use a store’s website.

Femke Cnossen to Coimbra Group Three-Minute-Thesis Competition in Krakow
When:13 May 2019

"Should you fear technology?" That was the question PhD student Femke Cnossen, from the Faculty of Economics and Business, addressed during her prize-winning pitch at the UG 3MT competition held in March of this year.

State-owned enterprises reluctant to reduce their labor force
When:10 May 2019

When firms need more resources to meet increasing demand, they usually add more resources. However, when demand declines, will firms reduce idle resources to respond to the decline? The answer is yes, but the reduction will often not be equivalent to the increase. As suggested by recent accounting studies, increasing resources is easy, but firms often find it difficult to remove idle resources for various reasons. Ronny Prabowo analyzed this phenomenon called “cost stickiness” in the context of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and family firms.

Peter Verhoef new dean Faculty of Economics and Business
When:24 April 2019

The Faculty Board is pleased to announce that Peter Verhoef has been appointed by the Board of the University as our new dean, starting 1 June 2019 for a period of four years.

Marcel Timmer to be appointed board member of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)
When:15 April 2019

The CPB is to appoint Marcel Timmer as a member of its board as from 1 September 2019. Prof. Timmer has been Professor of Economic Growth and Development at the University of Groningen since 2010. He is currently also the Director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC).

European fiscal rules are effective, but 3%-rule seems to elicit strategic behavior
When:11 April 2019

PhD Candidate Jasper de Jong investigated the effectiveness of European fiscal rules. On the plus side, if recommended to consolidate, member states do impose fiscal measures aimed at reducing excessive budget deficits. At the same time, and less desirable, the 3%-rule seems to elicit strategic behavior. Fiscal forecasts for euro area countries by the European Commission, which are used to judge compliance with the fiscal rules, are biased upwards when the budget decit threatens to exceed the 3%-threshold.

Studenten Executive MBA naar New York
When:05 April 2019

Studenten Executive MBA naar New York

Physical Internet and the opportunities for more sustainable logistics in e-commerce
When:04 April 2019

The Physical Internet (PI) is a future vision on completely open and connected logistics networks, revolving around physical, digital, operational and financial connectivity. Exchange between logistical parties, the bundling of deliveries and the sharing of storage and transport capacity create opportunities for a more efficient and sustainable logistics in e-commerce.

Political access boosts company performance
When:03 April 2019

Political connections offer significant benefits to companies, new research from the University of Groningen reveals. The research shows firms with political connections increased in value by approximately 8 percent compared to non-connected companies, in a study of 338 companies listed in the United Kingdom.

High provincial unemployment rates decrease fertility
When:01 April 2019

High provincial unemployment rates decrease fertility, improve the socio-economic cohort composition of mothers and lead to a lower birthweight in boys. Moreover, girls exposed to unfavorable business-cycle conditions at birth are at an increased risk for fatal cardiovascular disease events in adult life. Also, stress caused by high unemployment levels can increase the probability of Cesarean delivery for male babies. These are the conclusions of Laura Viluma, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 8 April.

Holmer Kok and Niels van der Laan win SOM Awards 2018
When:28 March 2019

Research school SOM presented the 2018 Awards for Best Graduate of the Research Master and best PhD Thesis at the PhD Conference last Tuesday. Niels van der Laan won € 1,000 and the title Best Graduate of the Research Master in Economics and Business. Holmer Kok won € 1,500 and the SOM Award for the best PhD research.

Local levies for home owners rise by 2.7%
When:27 March 2019

Households that own their own homes will on average pay 2.7% more in municipal, provincial and water board taxes. Municipal taxes are set to rise by 3.5% on average, the water rates by 2.3% and the provincial taxes by 0.3%. This is revealed by the Atlas van de Lokale Lasten [Atlas of Local Levies] presented by the Centre for Research on Local Government Economics [Centrum voor Onderzoek van de Economie van de Lagere Overheden (COELO) today. COELO is a University of Groningen research institute.

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