Organisations increasingly outsource activities to volunteers that they approach via an open call on the internet. The phenomenon is called ‘crowd sourcing’. For an effective use of crowd sourcing, it is important to understand what motivates these online volunteers and what the influence of a reward system is. In her PhD dissertation entitled Understanding Crowdsourcing: Effects of motivation and rewards on participation and performance in voluntary online activities, Irma Borst examines the effects of motivation and rewards on the participation and performance of online community members. She studied motivation, rewards and contributions in three crowdsourcing initiatives that vary in reward systems.
A large majority of analysts and investors is optimistic about earnings announcements to be released in the next few weeks. Optimism about the European economy is, however, clearly lagging behind optimism for other regions. Discomfort about the European sovereign debt crisis lies at the heart of this, according to recent research amongst some 400 analysts and institutional investors worldwide performed by Erasmus University in co-operation with PwC. The research is initiated by Dr. Erik Roelofsen, researcher at Erasmus University and director at PwC, and Professor Gerard Mertens.
At the annual ERIM Awards Ceremony, ERIM honoured its best researchers of the joint institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics. The prizes are divided into different academic disciplines such as the Dissertation Award, the Book Award and the Impact Award.
Dr. Clement Levallois has won the NWO Open Research Area (ORA) Grant for the project: NESSHI : The ‘Neuro-turn' in European Social Sciences and Humanities: Impacts of neurosciences on economics, marketing and philosophy.
Justin Jansen, Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Studies (JMS).
Cooperation among people dates back as far as human beings team up in production for mutual benefit. Modern cooperatives are founded also for members’ mutual economic and social benefit. Cooperatives differ from conventional firms in many aspects. They are owned by a group of suppliers or consumers, rather than investors in business corporations. This special kind of ownership leads to a distinct way of managerial motivation, production coordination and allocation of cognition. How do these differences influence the comparative advantage or disadvantage of cooperatives? In her dissertation Motivation, Coordination and Cognition in Cooperatives, awarded cum laude, Li Feng compares the efficiency of cooperatives and a number of other organisational forms from various perspectives.
Industrial tourism comprehends visits to sites that enable visitors to learn about economic activities in the past, the present and the future. It can be seen as a small but growing segment of the tourism industry. In his dissertation, Alexander Otgaar provides insight in how to employ industrial tourism as a tool of marketing and public relations and an additional source of income. It also informs businesses about how to cooperate with regional organisations that look at industrial tourism from a different point of view.
In conversations, consumers like to discuss their product and service experiences with other consumers. These conversations are important and influential sources of information as they may impact consumer buying decisions. In her dissertation entitled Language Abstraction in Word of Mouth, Gaby Schellekens analyses the language consumers use when they describe their product experiences.
On December 6, 2010, Erasmus University, the Rotterdam city government, the Port of Rotterdam, and the association of port companies Deltalinqs signed the agreement to cooperate in Smart Port. The signing marked the launch of Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam, a new centre of excellence for maritime and port-related research and education.