Graduate School of Business and Economics

The Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) is SBE’s central authority on academic research and administers SBE’s PhD programmes and research master’s programmes. The graduate school also stimulates research in various ways, provides incentives for new research initiatives, and oversees quality and productivity.

GSBE’s Mission

GSBE’s research mission is to generate and promote knowledge that advances economics and business sciences by:

  • Performing high-quality and internationally recongnised business and economics research;
  • Offering top-level research master education;
  • Continuing to train transferable research skills and techniques to PhD candidates (ethics, research management, personal effectiveness, team-working, career management, presentations skills and language skills);
  • Further developing a competitive, inspirational and fertile research environment;
  • Establishing a stimulating research community in which people can share values and ideas, and
  • Valorising knowledge and transferring research knowledge and skills for economic benefit and society.

News

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    Breaking free of the Great Recession: Maastricht researchers join Horizon 2020 project

    Monday, July 29, 2019

    GROWINPRO, a new EU-funded project led in part by Prof. Pierre Mohnen and Assistant Prof. Tania Treibich will provide a raft of joined-up policies to set Europe on a more balanced course of development – one fuelled by innovation but sensitive to issues like climate, demographic and labour changes. Six months into the project, we caught up with Pierre and Tania to hear the latest updates.  

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    UM professors contribute to the Dutch pension reforms

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    At Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE), our academics regularly carry out research that has a direct impact on society. Today, we sit down with one of these academics: Professor Antoon Pelsser who regularly contributes to the nation-wide debate surrounding pension funds in the Netherlands.

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  • A summer in the life of an academic

    A summer in the life of an academic

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    Ever wonder what academics do during the summer break? Well, wonder no more! Associate Professor of economics Christian Seel shares with us his summer plans and, as you'll quickly find out, they consist of a lot more than three months of sipping cocktails on the beach.

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    Meet the team conducting research on the exciting future of Augmented Reality

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Housed at SBE, the Augmented Research Initiative is a global research group dedicated to studying AR technologies for Marketing. The group investigates the value-added through AR applications in a variety of B2C and B2B contexts, such as online and offline retail, warehousing and logistics.

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    Creating an inclusive social innovation ecosystem in Lesvos, Greece

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    In May, Dr Jarrod Ormiston, Assistant Professor in Social Entrepreneurship, was a keynote speaker at the Changemakers Summit in Lesvos where he presented his insights from the Inter agency (UNCTAD / IOM / UNHCR) Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Refugees and Migrants.

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    Meet Melanie Feeney: an advocate of interdisciplinary research

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Originally from Australia, Melanie Feeney's career path includes the completion of a master's degree in sustainability in Sydney, research on sustainable business in remote and rural Australia and Southeast Asia as well as a role as Education Development Officer at UM. Building on her extensive experience, Feeney has decided to now focus her research on how organisations transition towards sustainability, under the umbrella of the SBE research theme Sustainable Development.

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  • Pension research: more choice does not lead to greater pension engagement

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Very few people worry much about their retirement planning. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly important for everybody to be as informed as possible about their own situation.

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    Investment in the tobacco industry is risky

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Research at Maastricht University (UM) shows that investing in tobacco stocks can carry substantial financial risks. Professor Rob Bauer worked with a team of six students from the Honours Programme at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics to contribute a scenario analysis to the report Tobacco: Reviewing the Growing Financial Risks.

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  • Learning at work: gap between lower and highly educated people increases again

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    In the years of economic growth, workers’ participation in courses and training has remained stable. However, the gap between lower and highly educated workers is still growing.

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    Robot caregivers: friends or foes?

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    In countless areas of modern life, we are told, the robots are coming… and among the roles they may some day fill are those of “socially assistive” tools for the elderly. But what do the older people in question think of these developments? Martina Čaić, a PhD student in the School of Business and Economics, is working on helping to find the answer. 

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  • Large cross-national research project on youth not in employment or education

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Mark Levels (ROA and GSBE) won a research grant in the highly competitive Open Research Area grant scheme, organized by NWO, ANR, JSPS, DFG and ESRC, to conduct a large cross-national research program on youth Not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs).

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