Businesses increasingly see the value in inspiring employees to work more creatively – and they’re offering more time and resources for out-of-the-box thinking. Technology giant Google expects staff to spend 80 per cent of their time on routine daily tasks and reserve 20 per cent for more creative work. But for all its popularity, little is known about how well this approach works, Maastricht University academics Alexander Brüggen and Christoph Feichter tell Tracy Brown Hamilton.
Richard H. Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics, has helped bring behavioural economics in from the fringes of the discipline and introduced its ideas to a broad audience. We talk to Maastricht University School of Business and Economics academics about his impact, the role of behavioural economics in their work, and its place in education at Maastricht University.
“Flexibilisation of labour” is a term that crops up with increasing frequency these days, and perhaps nowhere more so than
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.
During this year’s Schuman Lecture at Maastricht University on 9 May 2017—the 67th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration that laid the foundation for a united Europe— renowned historian Stella Ghervas reminded attendees that it is vitally important to learn from the past and not fall prey to a dangerous “political amnesia”
For the third time, the Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE) is offering the Fast Forward (FFWD) programme. FFWD is a leadership development programme that helps prepare and support academic talents in their personal and responsible leadership, to involve them in SBE’s strategy and to expand their network within SBE.
AACSB International is a quality assurance board that grants accreditation for business and accounting programmes at the bachelor’s, master’s and
The recently established European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Faculty of Law, offers professional training and certification programmes.
‘My pension? Hmm… I’ll look at it by that time.’ ‘Let’s worry about that when we get there.’ Particularly people who have a while to go until retirement, tend to stick their heads in the sand when it comes to their financial future. Somewhere in their mind they might have a voice telling them that this is not wise, but that voice is skilfully silenced. Lisa Brüggen, researcher at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, is looking for ways to strengthen that voice. Her research question is: How can you make Dutch people aware of their pension situation and encourage them to secure their future income?
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