Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots, computer programs that can simulate actual human conversations, were the stuff of science fiction. Today, however, companies such as Munich-based e-bot7, co-founded by SBE graduates Fabian Beringer (BSc in International Business) and Xaver Lehmann (MA in Finance) are using this technology to help customer service departments in companies to handel queries more efficiently.
Teaching children a moral code when it comes to their behaviour and treatment of others online is a challenge for teachers who don’t have experience with social media or understand young people’s usage of it, which in turn can lead to ineffective approaches to discussing the issue of cyberbullying in schools. This was the discovery of SBE graduate Joerie Nijhuis who, together with fellow SBE graduate Tom Peeters, developed the online educational programme “It’s up to you”.
On Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June, football club MVV Maastricht organised the Maastricht United Gamin Cup, a youth tournament for the U19 category (A-youth) that applies the so-called ‘Catch-Up Rule’.
How rational is the decision-making process? This is the focus of Marie Curie fellow and assistant professor at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Dominik Karos’ research project, BEiNG (Behavioural Economics in Network Games).
Wibral will be conducting research into how to encourage ‘broad bracketing’ when making decisions involving risk.
The main question Werner seeks to answer is how much information about wage structure an employer should reveal to employees. The project contributes to the emerging field of economic design, combining insights and methods from behavioral and experimental economics, social psychology and management research.
The rise of populism and discontentment with globalisation has made the European Union seem steadily vulnerable, not only with extreme actions such as the Brexit vote but in more subtle ways, as individuals increasingly feel discontentment with how society is organised and run. To help understand and also counter these ‘anti’ feelings, Jozef Ritzen—honourary professor at Maastricht University among many other distinguished titles—has edited a new book, ‘A Second Chance for Europe.’
The signing of the Maastricht Treaty marked the first step towards the establishment of the European Union (EU) as we know it today. Now, 25 years later, it is time to take stock. Has the EU lived up to expectations? Is it up to the task of addressing the problems of our time – the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, Brexit and rising anti-European populism, with Trump as just the latest variation on this theme? Has the ideal of an integrated Europe become obsolete? If it were up to Luc Soete, professor of International Economic Relations, Brussels should be given more power.
Maastricht was the place to be on 22 April when the SBE Alumni Office and SCOPE joined forces and celebrated Alumni Day 2017!
Therese Grohnert, PhD candidate at Maastricht University, wanted to know why audit firms sometimes form insufficiently supported judgements on their clients’ financial statements. Over the past years, these firms regularly received bad publicity because of insufficiently supported judgements. She examined the judgements of 252 auditors and discovered that only one third of those were sufficiently founded. Grohnert presented these results to the involved audit firms and succeeded in convincing them of the solution: learning at the workplace. The auditors received her advice with great professionalism and relief.