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Harry Garretsen appointed to the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Board
When:15 February 2019

Prof. Harry Garretsen has been appointed as a member of the NWO Domain Board for Social Sciences and Humanities (SGW) for a three-year term. Garretsen, Professor of International Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, was nominated by the deans of Economics and Business of the Dutch universities.

Tensions in sustainable supply chain management
When:14 February 2019

In his thesis, Chengyong Xiao applied three theoretical perspectives to develop a thorough understanding about tensions in Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM). Xiao studied the relationship between corporate sustainability performance and corporate financial performance. He found that firms in countries with higher levels of sustainability performance generally find it more difficult to capitalize on corporate sustainability performance than their counterparts in countries with relatively low levels of sustainability performance.

Lex Hoogduin to join the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW)
When:13 February 2019

The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities [Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen] has recently appointed 18 new Directors and 22 new members. Lex Hoogduin has been appointed as Director.

Why managers tighten the reins when under threat
When:08 February 2019

Never waste a good crisis, is sometimes said. But after the fall of Lehman Brothers and the great recession that followed, leaders have hardly changed, according to research by Professor of Leadership Janka Stoker and Professor of Economics Harry Garretsen.

More sustainable governments can save billions on international financial markets
When:07 February 2019

The sustainability policies of OECD countries have a small but significant impact on the interest that they are paying on international financial markets. The higher their sustainability level, the lower their ‘spread’: that is, the premium that countries pay in addition to so-called ‘risk-free interest’. If the sustainability score of a country increases by 1%, the spread of 10-year government bonds decreases by 0.15%. These are the conclusions of an international team of academics that includes Bert Scholtens, Professor of Sustainable Banking and Finance at the University of Groningen.

Festive celebration of SOM’s 25th anniversary
When:07 February 2019
Thursday 31 January the Research Institute SOM celebrated its 25th anniversary with over 200 colleagues. The celebrations took place right after the mid-term review. Professor Arie Kapteyn (University of Southern California and chair of the research midterm review committee) shared some of the prelimanry results. “It’s looking good, it’s looking good”, he said, while at the same time providing suggestions for SOM to take the next step.
A new political divide? Contemporary beliefs may no longer be just left or right
When:05 February 2019

The traditional debate on political ideology has been dominated by the view that political preferences are either left or right. However, recent events in the political landscape have blemished this traditional view of ideology, raising questions as: is the left-right divide ill-suited for the contemporary political environment? And if so, what could be an alternative ideological divide? Inspired by these questions, Maite Laméris studied the role of political ideology in political economy research. She will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 14 February 2019.

Marc Kramer is RUG Lecturer of the Year 2018
When:31 January 2019

Marc Kramer of the Faculty of Economics and Business has been chosen as Lecturer of the Year 2018.

Our insatiable appetite for consumption is driving up global CO2 emissions
When:30 January 2019

Changes in the structure of international trade have had little effect on the growth in global CO2 emissions. That is the conclusion of Professor Erik Dietzenbacher, based on data from the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) for the period 1995-2008.

Large regional differences in development of water board tax
When:29 January 2019

The development of the water board tax varies strongly per water board. This is the conclusion of the University of Groningen’s Centre for Research of Local Government Economics (COELO). COELO researched the development of the tax rates of water boards across the last management period (2015-2019), with a view to the approaching water board management elections on 20 March.

Employee incremental and radical creativity
When:24 January 2019

Employee creativity provides the raw materials or ingredients for organizations to remain flexible and to successfully adjust to shifting markets, competition, and technological developments. Employees exhibit creativity when they come up with novel and potentially useful ideas concerning products, services, processes, and procedures. Inherent in this definition is that creativity can range from incremental adaptations to existing thoughts and practices to radical breakthroughs that deviate substantially from the status quo. Although the conceptual distinction between incremental and radical creativity has been made before, the vast majority of empirical research has defined and measured employee creativity as a unitary construct.

Change | Inaugural lecture by Nancy Kamp-Roelands on 22 January
When:21 January 2019

Our external environment is changing fast with huge environmental, social, economic and technological challenges. Also the role of business in society is changing. Achieving long term value creation to multiple stakeholders with a more purpose driven business model increasingly gains ground. Our current financial reporting focuses on reporting the position and performance of an organization. However, is this sufficient in times of disruptive change? In the view of Professor Nancy Kamp-Roelands it isn’t.

Loyalty is at the heart of the matter
When:16 January 2019

Selling as much detergent and ketchup as possible is no longer the holy grail in marketing, says Professor Tammo Bijmolt. He is involved, for example, in a ‘savings programme’ that stimulates medication compliance among cardiovascular patients. ‘This is research that is improving the world around us. I am not saying that all my studies are, but some of them really have immediate social value.’

Results control in the public sector raises motivation and performance
When:15 January 2019

Using results to manage and control public sector employees appears to have a positive effect. So-called ‘results control’ increases extrinsic motivation among staff and improves the department’s overall performance. These are the conclusions of Professor Paula van Veen-Dirks and Professor Henk ter Bogt from the University of Groningen and Professor Berend van der Kolk (IE University Madrid), based on research carried out among staff working in 105 public affairs departments in Dutch municipalities. Their conclusions have been published in the scientific journal European Accounting Review.

Corporate governance and strategy – preparing firms and their stakeholders for the digital era | Inaugural lecture Jana Oehmichen
When:11 January 2019

Strategic Corporate Governanch research needs to incorporate new digital challenges to provide answers and solutions that are meaningful to firms, regulators, and the society. Professor Jana Oehmichen’s lecture thus provides an outlook on an integrated research agenda.

Higher waste tax causes steep rise in municipal residential taxes
When:10 January 2019

The municipal residential taxes have risen steeply this year compared with previous years. Tenants will pay 5.4 percent more, owner-occupiers 4.3 percent. The rise is a knock-on effect of the central government’s decision to raise waste taxes by 139 percent. Municipalities have passed this extra expense on to their residents. This is apparent from the report ‘Key Items Relating to Taxes in Large Municipalities 2019 [Kerngegevens belastingen grote gemeenten 2018]’, written by the University of Groningen’s Centre for Research on Local Government Economics [Centrum voor Onderzoek van de Economie van de Lagere Overheden, COELO].

Four FEB researchers in Top 40 Best Dutch Economists
When:09 January 2019

Four researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Business are in the annual Economists Top 40 published in ESB magazine (Economisch Statistische Berichten): Robert Inklaar (position 16), Peter Verhoef (21), Marcel Timmer (32) and Jakob de Haan (other position: Head of Research at DNB, the Dutch central bank, 34).

Municipal reorganization does not lead to less collaboration
When:04 January 2019

Following the Coalition Agreement, municipalities that collaborate too much will be reorganized. But municipalities will not collaborate any less following such reorganization. On average, municipalities are becoming even larger and, at the same time, they are also collaborating more. These are the findings of research by COELO Professor Maarten Allers, published today.

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