Geerten van der Kaa has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Standards Battles for Complex Systems; Empirical Research on the Home Network” on May 26. Have you ever tried to play movies directly from your computer on your television? To accomplish this, you will have to connect your computer to your television and that sounds easier than it actually is. Take a few moments to look at the available ports on a laptop and try to find similar ports on a television and you are in for a big surprise; the two technologies are incompatible. Why is there no USB port on hardly any television set - or an HDMI port on a computer? To make all of our lives simpler, a choice will have to be made between the different possible standards. But then again, which of these standards would be the best choice?
Gail Whiteman, associate professor of Business-Society Management, argues on Business Week.com that climate change is indeed the biggest management challenge of the century, maybe the millennium. She adds that sadly, most business schools, despite all their talk about sustainability programs and green buildings, are not paying enough attention.
In the context of its 7th Framework Programme for Research & Development (FP7) the European Union has granted nearly € 350,000 to the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University for its planned contribution to xDelia. xDelia, which stands for “Excellence in Decision-making through Enhanced Learning in Immersive Applications”, is an EU-funded project that investigates the role of behavioural biases and emotions in professional financial trading, private investment, and personal finance.
On April 9, Joost van Rosmalen has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Segmentation and Dimension Reduction: Exploratory and Model-Based Approaches”. The dissertation of Van Rosmalen is about developing new statistical techniques that can be used to summarize and visualize the information in a data set. In the thesis, he focuses on two types of statistical techniques. The first technique is dimension reduction, which tries to reduce the complexity of the data by identifying underlying dimensions or factors. These factors or dimensions can be used to visualize and help explain the data. The second technique is clustering, which divides the observations into a limited number of homogeneous groups (clusters). Van Rosmalen specifically focuses on two-mode clustering, in which the rows and columns of a data matrix are assigned to clusters simultaneously. He obtained his degree Cum Laude.
Today, Dutch leading newspaper NRC published an opinion article by David De Cremer, Professor of Behavioural Business Ethics and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre of Behavioural Ethics. He claims that what banking directors understand by “trust repair” is something different compared to what psychologists would mean. Namely, taking responsibility and move away from old norms and conventions. The current crisis asks for sacrifice, for sacrificial leadership.
Mark Greeven has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Innovation in an Uncertain Institutional Environment: Private Software Entrepreneurs in Hangzhou, China”, on April 2. The thesis provides insights that can be used by foreign firms contemplating to enter China in one way or the other, Chinese entrepreneurs in high-tech sectors and policy makers inside and outside of China.
A new research-based video, or PubCast, on Chinese entrepreneurship is now online at ERIM’s new YouTube channel ERIMTV.
On April 2, Niels Agatz has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Demand Management in E-fulfillment”. Internet retailers are in a unique position to adjust, in real-time, the product and service offering to the customer and to change the corresponding prices. While this flexibility provides a vast potential for demand management to enhance profitability, exploiting them requires sophisticated decision support. The various interrelated trade-offs between customer preferences, incentives, and operational considerations are much too complex for simple intuition to suffice. The number of quantitative models currently available in the literature to support demand management in e-fulfillment is rather limited.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) annually publicises the ‘global information technology report’. The Erasmus Strategic Renewal Center is partner-institute of the WEF and under the leadership of Henk Volberda, Professor of Strategic Management and Business Policy at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and collected the data for the Netherlands.
ERIM is pleased to announce that as of 1 April 2009, ERIM’s Management Team will welcome two exciting new appointments. Pursey Heugens, Professor of Organisation Theory at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University will succeed Patrick Groenen as ERIM Associate Director. Patrick Groenen, Professor in Statistics at the Econometric Institute of the Erasmus School of Economics, will move on within ERIM and succeed Eric van Heck as Director of Doctoral Education. Both Pursey Heugens and Patrick Groenen value and support the strategic collaboration of RSM and ESE in research and doctoral education in the field of research in management. With this new team, ERIM will be in a strong position towards its re-accreditation process for the KNAW in 2010.