On June 23, Niels van der Weerdt has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Organizational Flexibility for Hypercompetitive Markets”. How can firms develop flexible organisations? While facing fierce competition, do flexible firms really perform better? Niels van der Weerdt focuses on the ability of organisations to adapt itself to an increasingly turbulent business environment. He investigates the following questions. How can firms develop flexible organisations? How does firm size affect the flexibility of the organisation and its potential to profit? The effects of high flexibility on company performance are demonstrated using a database containing rich information on the flexibility of more than 1900 companies.
Chien-Ming Chen has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Evaluation and Design of Supply Chain Operations Using DEA” on June 19.Performance evaluation has been one of the most critical components in management. As production systems nowadays consist of a growing number of integrated and interacting processes, the interrelationship among processes have created a major challenge in measuring system and process performance. Moreover, rapid information obsolescence has become a commonplace in today’s high-speed environment. Process design decisions managers need to take, are therefore often based on incomplete information regarding the future market.
The prestigious Journal of Finance has accepted a paper written by Ingolf Dittmann and co-authors Ernst Maug (University of Mannheim) and Oliver Spalt (Tilburg University). The title of this article is "Sticks or carrots? Optimal CEO compensation when managers are loss-averse".
On June 16, Fred Gertsen has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Riding a Tiger without Being Eaten: How Companies and Analysts Tame Financial Restatements and Influence Corporate Reputation”. In his PhD thesis Fred Gertsen investigates how companies and analysts deal with financial restatements. These corrections of errors of earlier published financial statements caused panic and great declines in stock prices in the financial markets at the beginning of this century, for example during the Ahold and Enron accounting scandals.
On June 12, Tao Jiao has defended her PhD thesis entitled “Essays in Financial Accounting”. Her thesis is devoted to investigate the interaction between the quality of accounting information and the external environment where firms operate, such as stock exchange and stock market. The quality of accounting information is the key for investors to make their investment decisions and to evaluate the performance of managers.
ERIM currently ranks first again on the SSRN ranking of non-US business schools. The ranking of international business schools contains the working papers of over a thousand non US schools.
On June 11, Bart Dietz has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Managing (Sales) People towards Performance: HR Strategy, Leadership & Teamwork”. In his thesis, Dietz explores several business relevant topics in the field of HRM. His findings indicate that managers can indeed manage people towards performance by managing the organisational environment
ECC is a group of people geared towards creating, disseminating, and applying knowledge regarding cooperatives by blending detailed description, informal theory, formal modeling, and empirical analysis in order to contribute to cooperative business practice as well as to science. This asks for bringing different knowledge, from enterprises as well as science, together.
Regulation continues to play a pervasive role in the liberalised electricity industries. It influences the attributes of the electricity transactions, the new governance structures and the adaptation process towards the new structures. Moreover, the vertically integrated hierarchies that characterised the industries before the liberalisation are more efficient structures to coordinate the electricity transactions, and the current hybrid structures should therefore be regarded as second-best solutions.
On June 5, Ronald Wall has defended his PhD thesis entitled “NETSCAPE: Cities and Global Corporate Networks”. This dissertation is focused on empirically showing that the fate of cities is strongly related to their hierarchic importance within global corporate networks. These connections concern the shares held between multinational headquarters and their thousands of subsidiaries around the world. It is shown that urban development should not only be concerned with economic development within the municipal boundaries but should compliment this with understanding and improving the number and diversity of connections with other cities worldwide. In this way in future a more effective urban development can be created which unites local and global knowledge. The study is based on several advanced network analysis techniques and most importantly, unique datasets on corporate networks. Furthermore, it is well founded in economic network literature.