In her dissertation, 'Unringing the Stigma Bell: Investigating Informational and Social Mechanisms Behind Boards of Directors’ Appointments', ERIM’s Ilaria Orlandi focused on how people make decisions when a lot of information is unknown or kept hidden. Ilaria examined this by exploring the appointment of directors by board members: How do board members gather information, evaluate it, and make their decisions?
In his dissertation, 'Vulnerability Through Vertical Collaboration in Transportation: A Complex Networks Approach', ERIM’s Camill Harter showed that vulnerability in collaborative transport networks is strongly influenced by the market structure of carriers; systems with mainly similar-sized carriers are robust to targeted disruption, whereas the total magnitude of potential failure is very large; systems with a few dominating players have a lower magnitude of failure but are highly susceptible to targeted disruption; moreover, there is an optimal level of collaboration where the increasing risk of disruption cascades outweighs the decreasing marginal added benefits of additional collaboration.
In her dissertation, 'Behavioural Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Studies on Compliance, Vaccination, and Entrepreneurship', ERIM’s Annelot Wismans studied the understanding of behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. She covered three themes: Compliance with COVID-19 measures, COVID-19 vaccination, and entrepreneurship during the pandemic.
Entrepreneurs have lower vaccination willingness and female students were less likely to have entrepreneurial aspirations during the corona pandemic, according to the PhD research of Annelot Wismans of Erasmus School of Economics. Conducting surveys among students also yielded interesting behavioural insights on compliance with COVID-19 regulations.
In his dissertation, 'Valorizing Innovation through Imaginativeness in Business Venturing', Brian Chung developed a deeper understanding of innovation. He studied the psychology and imaginativeness behind innovation and the effectiveness of this when exploring market opportunities. His research uncovered that the psychological and motivational attributes that mould an entrepreneur can affect their ability to innovate and spot opportunities for development and marked market expansion.
In her dissertation, 'Essays on Consumers and Numbers', Manissa Gunadi focused on consumers' relationship with numerical information. Numbers are becoming increasingly omnipresent; as individuals we encounter numerical information in a variety of the different decisions and activities we undertake in our daily lives. Manissa states that consumers' relationship with numbers is in fact complex and nuanced, and should not only be viewed from a purely normative and mathematical perspective.
In her dissertation, 'IoT – Inducing Organizational Transformation?', Katharina Badenhausen dove into coordination and communication between firms in a supply chain. She focused on how firms can adopt new software-based systems to provide companies with the opportunity to improve how they govern, coordinate, and execute intra- and interorganisational process.
In his dissertation 'Cooperation, Reliability, and Matching in Inland Freight Transport', Alberto Giudici explored inland container and bulk transport, which focused on the intercontinental journey connecting production areas to port, ports to warehouses, and the last-mile distribution. He theorised three solutions addressing the improvement of transport performance in terms of capacity, technology, and infrastructure.
In his dissertation 'Essays in Financial Accounting', Jeroen Koenraadt evaluated the current financial disclosure mechanisms in place, finding sub-optimal levels of quality brought forward through market frictions and an overly complex process. He explored ways financial disclosures can be improved and how regulation and discovery is perceived. His research contributes to a profound field that is constantly changing and under scrutiny.
In his dissertation 'The Mind with a Touch of Madness? Mental Health and Well-being Of Entrepreneurs', Plato Leung developed an insight into the mental health of entrepreneurs. He evaluated the psychiatric symptoms of entrepreneurs throughout their career suggesting key personality and psychiatry traits of the entrepreneur. His research pierces into an emerging field of study and opens up questions for further research regarding the well-being, upbringing, and emotional capacity of modern entrepreneurs.