Research & Analysis

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Just imagine a major train accident happens and the hospital suddenly has to deal with large numbers of acute patients. Or the intensive care unit of a hospital is struck by an energy breakdown and all patients must be evacuated. In both cases the involved health care institutions will face a shortage of staff and the immediate need for a crisis team. We are all confident that our hospitals are prepared to face such an emergency, and so we should be. But how can we be sure?

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

The higher up the career ladder you look, the fewer women you see in universities in the Netherlands. Nine percent of Maastricht University professors are women – but this can and must be improved, according to Dr. Lisa Brüggen of SBE.
Brüggen, who created the Elinor Ostrom Fund in 2014 to provide a long-term source of funding for women at Maastricht University, was the project leader of the “Women in Academia” Service Science project initiated by the faculty board of SBE.

Working with customers to “shape the future”

Working with customers to “shape the future”

On Friday, 24 April, the “Shaping the future” event–part of the 30 Years of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) celebration–looked at what an organisation needs for successful transformation, innovation, and co-creation. The interactive session, attended by professionals from the private and public sector, got straight to work on establishing the future of the school with an underlying commitment to maintaining its existing innovative character.

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

The first Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium, which takes place 9 June at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), will bring together behavioural and experimental researchers from different disciplines, as well as policy makers and practitioners interested in human behaviour in economic environments.

Stock market losses negatively affect consumer behaviour of individual investors

Stock market losses negatively affect consumer behaviour of individual investors

After losing money with the shares of a particular company, individual investors are unlikely to buy that particular product or service again. Although investment results appear to have little to do with how satisfied a customer is with a company’s product, stock market losses do tend to diminish customer satisfaction and customer loyalty in the long run. This was found in research by Dr Arvid Hoffmann and Dana Ketteler of Maastricht University, which will be published in the International Journal of Bank Marketing.

PhD candidate piques professor’s curiosity

PhD candidate piques professor’s curiosity

As a researcher at the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Margriet van der Sluis was fascinated by a recurring question: how to enhance quality control in secondary vocational education? She found her way to Professor Lex Borghans, education economist at Maastricht University (UM). Six years and one PhD later, some answers have come to light and a new Academic Collaborative Centre (ACC) for Education has been launched.

A wealth of experience: An interview with Prof. Peter Schotman, Associate Dean of Research

Peter Schotman is Professor of Empirical Finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) and Associate Dean of Research, a 3-year rotating position on the SBE Faculty Board. Having taken up the role in September 2014, it is still early days for Peter; however, he is no novice when it comes to playing an active role at this level in the organisation. This is the third time he has been asked to serve on the SBE Faculty Board, in the 24 years he has been at SBE. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and a clear notion of our raison d’être.