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2020

Dr Aline Seepma

Defending a PhD thesis during Corona times

Date:15 December 2020

Aline Seepma was one of FEB’s PhD students affected by the covid-19 measures taken by the Dutch government. Although this created uncertainty for her, in the end there were also some positive side effects.

Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom

Seminar with some reflections on the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Date:15 December 2020

The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2020 was awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their “improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats” (Royal Academy of Science, 2020). 

Dr Susanne Täuber (left) / Frederik Wermser MSc (right)

What a Dutch-German army integration can teach us about employee engagement

Date:10 December 2020

In 2016, the Dutch and German army placed multiple units of the 43 Mechanised Brigade and the First Armored Division under each other’s command and started exchanging personnel between these units. In one unit, 350 German and 100 Dutch soldiers work...

Meer met minder? Hoe teams kunnen blijven presteren tijdens personele bezuinigingen

Meer met minder? Hoe teams kunnen blijven presteren tijdens personele bezuinigingen

Date:01 September 2020

Personele bezuinigingen zijn helaas aan de orde van de dag. Onlangs maakte de Nederlandse Spoorwegen bekend 1,4 miljard EURO te moeten besparen waardoor mogelijk 2300 banen verloren gaan, terwijl Ryanair al eerder bekendmaakte 3.000 van de ongeveer 16.000...

Assistant Professor Evelien Croonen

Hand in hand comrades? Is "franchise camaraderie" a curse or a blessing?

Date:03 July 2020

I regularly see beautiful collaborations between local entrepreneurs. Think of entrepreneurs who develop a collective city app with delivery service, or a joint drive-in of catering entrepreneurs during the Corona crisis. These examples show how powerful...

Professor Floor Rink

The danger of subtle forms of discrimination

Date:01 July 2020

Last week, the media was full of national and international demonstrations against discrimination and social inequality. And this while many countries are still in lockdown, or just slowly coming out of a lockdown, due to the new coronavirus. For months,...

Assistant Professor in Economics Swarnodeep Homroy

For Floyd or Money: Why are CEOs commenting on racial injustice?

Date:16 June 2020

US CEOs, mostly from conservative backgrounds, are widely commenting on the tragic killing of George Floyd, despite a potential for adverse reaction of the investors to these statements. In recent times, CEOs are increasingly speaking on social issues,...

Covid-19: Challenges of motivating compliance with large-scale behavioral change

Covid-19: Challenges of motivating compliance with large-scale behavioral change

Date:16 June 2020

A recent study suggests that lockdowns in Europe have saved more than three million lives, illustrating the relevance of compliance with behavioral change measures such as social distancing. But especially in the beginning of the pandemic, violations of...

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Masks instead of coffee filters and ventilators rather than cars

Date:28 May 2020

What are the implications of adaptive innovations for Post-Covid-19 Innovation Policies?  

Professor in Sustainable Banking and Finance Bert Scholtens

How can companies cope with disruption from Covid-19?

Date:06 May 2020
The spread of Covid-19 virus has made perfectly clear that both global value chains and domestic production can be severely disrupted. Disruption and risk is on everyone’s agenda. The pandemic is a non-financial risk and it lead almost all firms to take action. This blog with finance professor Bert Scholtens focuses on how firms can improve their mastery of adverse events and how they can these events better manage when they occur.
Prof. dr. Peter Verhoef - A Forced Digital Transformation in University Education

A Forced Digital Transformation in University Education

Date:28 April 2020

[text in Dutch below] Digital transformation is gaining much attention in the business press. Digital transformation concerns the change of business to a fully digital operation of their activities to create value for their customers. Firms like Amazon,...

Assistant professor Pedro de Faria, professor Bart Los and assistant professor Florian Noseleit explain that pandemic-related innovation cannot be left to markets.

Pandemic-Related Innovation: Don't Leave It to Markets

Date:21 April 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has put unprecedented pressure on health systems around the world. Curbing the effects of the virus requires a massive use of complex products, such as ventilators and testing equipment. Past large investments in science and R&D have...

Professor Bert Scholtens talks about the effectiveness of a green monetary policy.

Bert Scholtens: a green monetary policy can be effective

Date:24 March 2020

Amidst the Corona pandemic, it is easy to forget that there is the climate crisis. Though the effects of the pandemic for the environment are visible from reduced pollution and congestion, the long-term effects are unknown. This contrasts with the climate...

Associate Professor Rian Drogendijk's specialisations include internationalisation of firms, organisation of multinational corporations, cross cultural management, and measures of cultural distance or differences.

Rian Drogendijk: Nurturer of talented researchers, with a personal touch

Date:16 March 2020

If the Faculty of Economics and Business were a professional football club (FC FEB), Rian Drogendijk would be the head of the scouting and youth division. The Director of Graduate Studies is closely involved in selecting students for the Research Master’s...

Philip Steinberg's research interests include corporate innovation strategies, knowledge sourcing, organizational boundaries of the firm and individuals within the organization.

Philip Steinberg: 'I am interested in how corporations can be innovative'

Date:09 March 2020

For assistant professor Philip Steinberg, innovation and how companies can thrive in dynamic environments are pressing topics for research. Steinberg joined the Faculty of Economics and Business after completing his PhD studies at the University of...

David Hagmann is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard

Nudging out support for a carbon tax: David Hagmann on achieving green change

Date:02 March 2020

How to accommodate human behavior to stave off severe forms of climate change? Around this question, the FEB signature area Markets and Sustainability organized an interdisciplinary symposium on January 24–25. Researchers from economics, operations,...

Andreas Lange is a professor of economics at the University of Hamburg and the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Trying to solve the world: Andreas Lange on real-life adaptations to climate change

Date:25 February 2020

How to accommodate human behavior to stave off severe forms of climate change? Around this question, the FEB signature area Markets and Sustainability organized an interdisciplinary symposium on January 24–25. Researchers from economics, operations,...

University of Oxford Professor of Finance Renée Adams visited Groningen to speak at Corporate Finance Day, an opportunity for academics to network and share their research

‘I’m interested in human behaviour’: Renée Adams boards, diversity and women in leadership

Date:18 February 2020

Renée Adams is Professor of Finance of the University of Oxford. She currently sits on the council of Society for Financial Studies, serves at Management Science and chairs the co-founded AFA’s “Academic Female Finance Committee”. Adams recently visited...

Janka Stoker is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change

Janka Stoker appointed member of the KHMW

Date:11 February 2020

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change Janka Stoker has been appointed a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Humanities) on 8 February.

In the Standup Economics festival, eight experts from the Faculty of Economics and Business shed light on important economic topics through wit and humour.

Our economy could use some comedy!

Date:11 February 2020

Can jokes be the best way to tackle the sometimes dry world of economics? Groningen set out to prove they are the perfect match in October, when the first Standup Economics festival came to the city. Making important economic topics tangible and open for...

Subasi's research found that colleagues are less likely to share information with people who are dissimilar to them in ethnicity or gender.

Burcu Subasi: 'diversity is a double edged sword'

Date:04 February 2020

The right thing to do, and good for growth. A new generation of researchers in the faculty are studying the topic of diversity in business. They are taking on questions like: what is the impact of increasing gender balance on a company’s bottom line? And...

Edwina Wong hopes to evaluate commonly used workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Edwina Wong: 'achieving both diversity and inclusion is difficult'

Date:28 January 2020

Good for the balance sheet, and the right thing to do: a new generation of researchers in the faculty are studying the topic of diversity in business. They are taking on questions like: how can diverse teams best work together? Does diversity in the...

Esha Mendiratta joined the University of Groningen in 2016 after a PhD in Sydney.

Esha Mendiratta: 'equal access of opportunity is good for all'

Date:21 January 2020

The right thing to do, and good for growth. A new generation of researchers in the faculty are studying the topic of diversity in business. They are taking on questions like: how can diverse teams best work together? What is the impact of increasing gender...

People suck at recognizing creative ideas. Here’s a way to overcome this.

People suck at recognizing creative ideas. Here’s a way to overcome this.

Date:16 January 2020

With a multitude of tools for efficient brainstorming, people often find themselves with more creative ideas than they can implement. Then, the hardest part begins: idea evaluation and selection. Perhaps it doesn’t feel this way, but we are exceptionally...