In her dissertation 'Competition in the Retail Market of Consumer Packaged Goods’, Wei Li investigated competition in the retail market of consumer packaged goods from different angles. The study on brand competitive reactions has found that the reaction is influenced by brands’ relative market shares. The study on retail chain competition has found that private label positioning has an impact on chain shares’ price sensitivities. The study on sales forecasting compared different methods of including competition information.
In his dissertation 'New models and applications for railway timetabling’, Gert-Jaap Polinder developed methods that can support the design of an optimal railway timetable such that the timetable is as good as possible. Using this ideal timetable, one can make clear whether regular departure patterns are useful or not, and how this is related with the expected travel time of passengers.
In his dissertation 'Through Mind and Behaviour to Financial Decisions’, Nishad Matawlie described three theoretical essays on the impact of behavioural traits on financial decisions. Every essay presented a theory based on mathematical and financial foundations that combines rational theory with behavioural elements.
In his dissertation 'With New Eyes: The Recognition of Novelty and Novel Ideas’, Davide Bavato explored the factors and forces regulating how people respond to novel and creative manifestations, and in particular what guides their recognition of novelty and novel ideas.
In her dissertation ‘Accelerating Leadership Development: An evidence-based perspective’, Pisitta Vongswasdi unpacks the notion of program effectiveness and broadens the understandings of what counts as evidence in leadership development. To further understand the different evaluation metrics of experiential leadership development programs, she then identifies how negative emotional experience and mindfulness can together contribute to training effectiveness that goes beyond training satisfaction to influence leadership learning and behavioral transfer.
In his dissertation 'The Principles of Private Equity: Ownership and Acquisitions’, Dyaran Bansraj provided a positive view on private equity and showed that private equity ownership is related to elevated acquisition activities and enhanced post-acquisition operating performance, which can partially be explained by their experience in acquisitions.
In his dissertation 'Information, Communication and Organizational Behaviour’, Behrang Manouchehrabadi provides an explanation for the extensive use of documents in organizations and its effects on decision making and performance of organizations.
In her dissertation 'A Configural Approach to Understanding Voice Behavior in Teams’, Jing Wu takes a configural approach to furthering investigation of voice in a team context. Specifically, she have attempted to unpack how configuration in antecedents may predict occurrence of voice behavior and how configuration of voice influences team process and effectiveness.
In her dissertation 'Engaging with Emerging Technologies: Socio-cognitive foundations of incumbent response’, Tatjana Schneidmüller studies the socio-cognitive dynamics within technology emergence. In three studies, she explores when and how different social communities engage with emerging technologies based on their expertise and field affiliation, examines the effect of their engagement on incumbent response, and highlights the importance of established regulation for incumbent experimentation with emerging technologies.
New research into climate-related risks and opportunities in the investment portfolios of pension funds and insurance companies has been awarded a €250,000 grant by Netspar. The study is being conducted by Prof. Mathijs van Dijk and Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) with the aim of developing new methods and best practices to support pension funds in measuring and managing climate risk.