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.
Jaiqi Yang has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Towards the Restructuring and Co-ordination Mechanisms for the Architecture of Chinese Transport Logistics” on January 22. This research focus on the establishment of the architecture of Chinese transport logistics (ACTL) with appropriate structure, complete functions and efficient operations, particularly on the macro environment and supporting system as well as on the fostering mechanism and monitoring model and the technique strategy of Chinese transport logistics.
In an article published by Steven Seggie and David Griffith in the Journal of Marketing (volume 73, January 2009) positions Stefan Stremersch on the number 2 position in their Top 58 of most prolific scholars in leading marketing journals in the period 1982-2006. For this ranking the authors considered publications in the four leading marketing journals: the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research and Marketing Science.
Prof. dr. Ingolf Dittmann – Professor in Corporate Finance and Managerial Accounting at Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam has delivered his inaugural address ‘The Structure and Level of Executive Pay’ on January 16th, 2009.
On Friday, January 16, Ting Li has defended her PhD thesis entitled “Informedness and Customer-Centric Revenue Management”. The past decade has witnessed an increased application of revenue management, where firms use various quantitative analysis techniques such as customer segmentation and pricing optimization to deal with capacity allocation and demand management. In particular, the demonstrated success in firms such as airlines and rental cars is encouraging scholars and practitioners alike to explore the possibilities of benefiting from revenue management. Yet despite the success in other transportation firms, public transport operators (PTOs) face difficulties in fully taking advantage of revenue management. Although PTOs have a strong need to reduce peak load passenger demand and increase capacity utilization, there are practical limitations that prevent them from exercising revenue management. PTOs state that “it is difficult to implement a profitable operating environment where the entire business strategy is based on ‘open access’ system for flexible travelling, and revenue management is nearly impossible for us.”