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Sjoerd Beugelsdijk editor of striking report ‘Denkend aan Nederland’
When:11 July 2019

At the end of June, the report ‘Denkend aan Nederland’ [Thinking of the Netherlands] conducted by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) garnered national attention on radio and television. Despite stark contradictions in public debate, the researchers concluded that the Dutch are, in fact, united in what makes the Netherlands actually the Netherlands. FEB professor Sjoerd Beugelsdijk was closely involved as one of the three editors of this much-discussed publication. At the same time, FEB PhD student Juliette de Wit followed a six-month internship at the SCP. Like Beugelsdijk, she also wrote multiple chapters of the report.

Major companies’ annual reports too vague about climate impact
When:11 July 2019

Many major Dutch companies publish extensive information about climate impact in their annual reports. However, very few companies provide concrete, detailed information about their own CO2 emissions, the impact of climate change on their business operations and their future plans to limit this impact. This is according to research carried out by Dick de Waard, Professor of Auditing at the University of Groningen. De Waard was commissioned by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency to analyse the 2016 and 2017 annual reports of 199 companies.

SMEs in the Northern Netherlands embrace innovation
When:11 July 2019

Enterprises in the Northern Netherlands innovated plentifully in 2018 This has been revealed by the Northern Netherlands Innovation Monitor, an initiative of the Centre of Expertise Vinci of the University of Groningen (UG) in collaboration with the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN). ‘These are numbers that the northerners should be proud of, and they suggest that a beautiful future is to be expected’, says UG researcher Dr Thijs Broekhuizen.

Erik Dietzenbacher and Jan Oosterhaven receive Jiri Skolka Medal
When:10 July 2019

At the 27th conference of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA) held in Glasgow from 1-5 July 2019, 400 participants saw Erik Dietzenbacher and Jan Oosterhaven receive the Jiri Skolka Medal. Jiri Skolka was one of the founding members of the IIOA and its first secretary. This medal honors officials of the IIOA who have served the association with exceptional quality over a long period of time. The medal has been awarded twice before.

PhD student Bart Noort wins EHMA Research Award
When:09 July 2019

Bart Noort has recently won the Karolinska Medical Management Centre/European Health Management Association (EHMA) Research Award for the draft version of his thesis. The PhD student’s research into the directive role played by healthcare purchasers in delivering chronic care was assessed as ‘the best contribution to the field of care management’. Noort was awarded a certificate and a cheque worth € 1,000.

Cheap train tickets boost public transport use but reduce customer satisfaction
When:03 July 2019

Offers of cheap single train tickets through retailers such as Kruidvat or Etos have a positive impact on the number of kilometres travelled by rail. This impact is much bigger than that of more general TV, newspaper or magazine advertising. However, the increase in public transport use following retailer promotions is only temporary. It also brings reduced customer satisfaction, possibly because of the difficulties in providing sufficient seating in the short term and a resulting decline in the quality of train journeys.

Taco van der Vaart appointed President of the European Operations Management Association
When:02 July 2019

Professor Taco van der Vaart has been appointed President of the European Operations Management Association, an international network of academics and practitioners who have a shared interest in the further development of the discipline. The network serves as a valuable bridge between research and practice.

Laurens Sloot wins MOA knowledge platform’s Insights Scientist 2019 Award
When:21 June 2019

Marketing professor Laurens Sloot has been hailed as Insights Scientist of the Year 2019. With his presentation De Squeeze tussen discount en digital: nieuwe uitdagingen voor servicesupermarkten [‘The Squeeze between discount and digital: new challenges for service supermarkets’], he won the elections of the MOA Center for Information-Based Decision-Making & Marketing Research.

Economic growth can be stimulated by imposing higher taxes on capital, especially in wealthy countries
When:17 June 2019

Taxes influence the behaviour of individuals and therefore also influence the economy as a whole. Economists and policymakers often assume that these effects are the same everywhere. If a certain tax influences the economy of one country positively, it is expected that this tax will have the same effect in another country.

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.’

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