As of March 18, the Erasmus Centre of Behavioural Ethics has been launched. The Erasmus Centre of Behavioural Ethics (ECBE) fosters and promotes fundamental (social) psychological research in behavioural ethics that has implications for a wide variety of fields such as management, law, and social sciences in general.
Stijn van Osselaer will chair, along with Darren Dahl and Gita Johar, the 2010 ACR North American Conference to be held in Jacksonville, Florida. They will be joined by Priya Raghubir and Patti Williams, who will serve as the Doctoral Symposium co-chairs. The Association for Consumer Research organizes the North American Conference every year in October.
On March 19, Anne Nederveen Pieterse has defended her PhD thesis entitled “Goal Orientation in Teams: The Role of Diversity”. This dissertation highlights means to heighten team performance through selection or interventions in existing teams.
Prof. dr. ir. Uzay Kaymak – Professor in Intelligence and Computations in Economics at Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, has delivered his inaugural address entitled "The Information Metamorphosis in Economics" on Friday March 6.
Both Gail Whiteman, Associate Professor of Business-Society Management and visiting professor Noreena Hertz are featured in this week’s issue of the reputable magazine Nature. The issue is talking about the global economic downturn that brings both predicament and promise. How will science fare and what role should scientists play on the long road back to recovery and growth? Ten of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners, amongst which Gail and Noreena, provide analysis, experience and advice.
On February 20, Tao Jiang has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Capital Structure Determinants and Governance Structure Variety in Franchising” at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Tao Jiang’s dissertation deals with two main topics in franchising. Firs, his thesis investigates the determinants of capital structures in franchising firms and their subsequent impact on the franchise financing decisions. Secondly, the thesis studies the efficient governance structure choice in franchising firms.
ERIM welcomes new Members Jolanda Hessels and Gabor Maroti and new Associate Members Martijn van den Assem, Sebastian Gryglewicz, Agnieszka Markiewics, Michel van der Wel, Marieke van der Poel, Peter Neuteboom, Maarten Jennen and Elivira Sojli. In this news item an overview of their current and previous positions.
On February 12, Ferdinand Jaspers has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Organizing Systemic Innovation”. Jaspers’ thesis provides insights that will help managers to organise and manage new product development (NPD) projects. These projects indeed often fail to meet quality, budget, and time objectives. This especially holds true for systemic innovation projects, i.e. projects that involve the change of numerous highly interrelated components.
On January 30, René van der Eijk has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Behind Networks: Knowledge Transfer and Favor Exchange in Research and Development Labs”. Firms’ success in today’s marketplace depends on their ability to innovate. Faced by this emerging reality, companies are spurred to manage, (re)combine and increase their knowledge stocks. This development has led to a recent and marked interest in the benefits of networks and technological aids for improving knowledge transfer. But the real question, as this dissertation posits, is not so much what processes aid knowledge flows but how knowledge comes to be transferred to begin with. Companies’ interests are obvious but not necessarily in line with those of its employees. Why would knowledge workers want to share knowledge in light of the potential costs?
On January 22, Merel van Diepen has defended her PhD thesis entitled “Dynamics and Competition in Charitable Giving”. In her thesis, Merel van Diepen studies the effects of charitable direct mail requests on donations, as the public opinion appears to become more and more dominated by negative aspects. She studies whether society’s current opinions translate to actual donating behavior and provide socially relevant insights to charities to guide their mailing strategies and help increase their revenues.