Research at SBE


SBE research is challenge-driven. Our School provides a home to researchers working in disciplines ranging from business and economics to sustainability and governance, to address the complexity of societal challenges using multidisciplinary approaches.

SBE's spearhead research projects

SBE strives to create a fruitful environment for research and the exploration of societal issues. By co-creating knowledge with partners both within academia as well as other industries, our goal is to help us have an important and lasting impact on the world we live in.

To help us achieve this goal, SBE has three spearhead projects that bring together three key themes for our School: Sustainable Development, Digitalisation and Globalisation. Their goal is to develop new research strongholds and provide knowledge and innovative ways of thinking to the academic community, companies, policy-makers and society.


Two graduate schools working together towards the same goal

The School’s greater emphasis on co-creation with stakeholders to increase societal impact can be illustrated by the integration of the Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG), which became part of SBE in September 2019. Through this integration, we created our new graduate school named GSX.

Since 2011, the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) has been coordinating the Research MSc programme and PhD research supervision to increase the quality and attractiveness of the doctoral programme. For instance, GSX and GSBE are increasingly collaborating in joint PhD activities and internal conferences.

Both graduate schools are supported by the Research Support Office (RSO), which provides the infrastructure for proposal evaluation, grant writing, academic job placement and other research support facilities.


Linking fundamental and applied research

One trend in research that has become more visible and pronounced is a stronger link between fundamental and applied research. Research is increasingly evaluated on both its quality and its societal relevance and impact. Fundamental and applied research are equally appreciated within our School as both are needed to address current and future societal challenges.


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    Sympathetic, says professor Nils Kok on points plan against sky-high rents

    Monday, November 28, 2022

    More middle-income people should be able to live in the city. That is why Minister Hugo de Jonge (Wonen) is this week coming up with a new regulation plan. Nils Kok responds.

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    Labour market chances of mbo graduates quickly restored after easing Covid-19 measures

    Thursday, November 17, 2022

    MBO graduates who obtained an MBO diploma between 2017 and 2019 were hit hard by the Covid-19 measures in 2020

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    MaastrichtMBA retains topspot in Better World MBA Ranking

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    MaastrichtMBA retains topspot in Better World MBA Ranking

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    'The (gas) price of working from home is too high for employee and society'

    Monday, November 7, 2022

    'The (gas) price of working from home is too high for employee and society'. According to Linde Kattenberg en Martijn Stroom in Parool.

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    Graduates during COVID-19 pandemic more satisfied with completed course than their predecessors

    Monday, October 31, 2022

    Graduates during COVID-19 pandemic more satisfied with completed course than their predecessors

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    Citizens can do more for a better climate than they think

    Thursday, October 27, 2022

    Citizens can do more for a better climate than they think, according to Professor Patrick Huntjens

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    Return on home insulation is so high that subsidies are largely unnecessary

    Thursday, October 27, 2022

    Return on home insulation is so high that subsidies are largely unnecessary

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    SBE awarded AACSB re-accreditation!

    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    We are delighted to announce that Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) has received a renewal of the AACSB accreditation as part of AACSB's Continuous Improvement Review. This achievement continues SBE’s membership of a select global group of business schools that hold this accreditation. 

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  • A matter of courage

    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    The new dean of SBE, Marielle Heijltjes, is a product of Maastricht University. In 1985 she was among only the second cohort of business-economics students. “When I take office as SBE dean, I’ll be the first alum and the first woman in that role. I’ve always thought fondly of the school."

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    Failures are a source of innovation

    Friday, October 7, 2022

    Failures are a source of innovation

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    Technology and equal opportunities in education

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Technology can increase as well as decrease inequality in education. That is the conclusion of professor of education Carla Haelermans of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) in Maastricht. She conducted years of research on the subject and will deliver her inaugural address at Maastricht University on Friday 30 September. 

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    Old taboos around poverty and money stress may now disappear

    Monday, September 26, 2022

    Old taboos around poverty and money stress may now disappear

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    "Sustainability reporting: panacea or pacifier?"

    Wednesday, August 31, 2022

     In his farewell lecture on 8 September, Professor Ruud G.A. Vergoossen, Professor of International Financial Accounting, will indicate what opportunities and threats he sees with regard to sustainability reporting. He will also discuss the role of the accountant. 

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    Your gut microbiota is affecting your decisions

    Friday, August 26, 2022

    Your gut microbiota is affecting your decisions

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    We need to consume less and more sustainably

    Monday, August 22, 2022

    Everyone notices it: prices are rising. Inflation has not been this high in years.

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    Blue sky thinking – the hidden threat of fine particulate pollution

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    For three years in a row, Steffen Künn and colleagues went to a seven-week-long chess tournament in Cologne to establish a link between levels of air pollution and cognitive performance. The somewhat alarming results were eagerly scooped up by the media, but it took even more data to convince the academic community that air pollution might affect our economy.

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    How Private Shareholder Engagements on Material ESG Issues Affect Companies

    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Investors are increasingly engaging with companies about their impact on the environment and society. This seems to be bearing fruit, as shown by a study conducted by Maastricht University.

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    Sustainability courses are booming

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    Sustainability has become a business model. Not only for companies struggling for new markets, more reliable supply chains and a good reputation with their customers. Training centers for managers have also discovered the opportunities of change for themselves.

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    Should you play roulette or buy stocks?

    Tuesday, August 2, 2022

    Let's say you want to make some money: will you go to the casino or buy stocks?

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    Companies should help you buy less

    Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    A pair of pants that tear after a year, a laptop that only lasts three years. We keep buying and throwing away and buying. We know it's destroying our planet, but we let it happen. Professor of sustainable business Nancy Bocken investigates how we can break that pattern.

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    Four Vidi grants for talented Maastricht University researchers

    Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded four experienced researchers at Maastricht University a Vidi grant of EUR 800,000.

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    COVID-19 pandemic major impact on graduates university of applied sciences

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on the lives of young hbo graduates. This is evident from a longitudinal study by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), which examined the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of young hbo graduates at three points in time.

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  • What does commitment to well-being mean for your employees?

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    Integration of Maastricht School of Management into Maastricht University

    Monday, May 23, 2022

    The Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Maastricht University (UM) are complementary institutions that have the potential to strengthen one another. Therefore, the boards of both organisations signed an agreement on 20 May 2022, integrating MSM into the School of Business and Economics (SBE), one of UM's six faculties.

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  • Mariëlle Heijltjes

    Mariëlle Heijltjes appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics

    Monday, May 23, 2022

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University has appointed Mariëlle Heijltjes, professor of managerial behaviour, as dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE).

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  • What is the cause of labor market tightness and is there anything that can be done about it?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Read more
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  • Patrick Huntjens wins Nautilus Book Award

    Monday, May 16, 2022

    Patrick Huntjens, Professor of Governance of Sustainability Transitions at Maastricht University, has won the Nautilus Book Award 2022 with his book 'Towards a Natural Social Contract'. 

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  • Work-related learning drops in first covid year

    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Training participation among workers has dropped from 54 percent in 2017 to 51 percent in 2020. The time spent on tasks from which one can learn has also decreased. This decrease in work-related learning seems to be the result of the pandemic.

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  • Why does even the biggest climate denier need to make his home more sustainable?

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022

    With today's energy prices, you almost don't dare turn on your heating. Yet for many, solar panels and a heat pump still sound like an expensive joke.

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  • Inspectorate: reading, writing and arithmetic in education still not in order

    Tuesday, April 19, 2022

    The years-long decline in basic skills of language, mathematics and citizenship in education must be stopped.

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  • HBO-Monitor: Good labour market prospects for HBO graduates

    Monday, April 11, 2022

    Hbo-afgestudeerden doen het in de regel nog steeds goed op de arbeidsmarkt. Dat blijkt uit de jaarlijkse HBO-Monitor van het Researchcentrum voor Onderwijs en Arbeidsmarkt (ROA) van de Universiteit Maastricht.

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  • UM researchers stimulate the regional circular economy transition

    Tuesday, March 22, 2022

    Researchers at UNU-MERIT, the Maastricht Sustainability Institute and the Department of Chemical Engineering of Maastricht University have obtained a 1.5 million euro grant to contribute to an EU-funded project on plastic packaging recycling.  The EU is allocating a total budget of 9.6 million euros for the SYSCHEMIQ project as part of the Horizon Green Deal programme. The project is intended to facilitate the systemic transition to a circular economy in the region.

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  • SBE Dean Peter Møllgaard steps down

    SBE Dean Peter Møllgaard announces departure to join the University of Southern Denmark

    Monday, March 7, 2022 Read more
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    Students collaborate with researchers to tackle policy issues across the globe

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    On 3 December, the students from the Master of Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics presented the output from their project work on a wide range of topics from the impact of Covid-19 in Northern Africa, South Africa and Zambia to migration in the EU and Industrial policy. Their project work was in collaboration with researchers from UNU-MERIT, Neil Foster-McGregor and Katrin Marchand, and under the general supervision of Kirsten Haaland.

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    “Start your business during your studies”

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Graciëlla van Vliet studied Econometrics in Maastricht, followed by a master’s degree in Rotterdam—a near guarantee for a top job at a top organisation. Instead she opted for independent entrepreneurship.

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  • Fouarge

    More Sergio Herman than Gordon Ramsay

    Friday, October 29, 2021

    When it comes to food, Didier Fouarge has a wealth of happy memories. An only child raised in Namur, Belgium, he was used to eating fresh, delicious food from an early age. For this economics professor, cooking is more than a mere hobby.

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    SBE academics react to 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

    On 11 October, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel with one half to David Card “for his empirical contributions to labour economics” and the other half jointly to Joshua D. Angrist and Guido W. Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

    News of this years' prize was received with a lot of excitement at the School of Business and Economics. Many of our experts across multiple departments have stated that the work of this years' laureates has been incredibly influential in teaching and economics in general. In this article, SBE's academic experts share their thoughts on the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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    SBE academics react to 2022 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

    On 11 October, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel with one half to David Card “for his empirical contributions to labour economics” and the other half jointly to Joshua D. Angrist and Guido W. Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

    News of this years' prize was received with a lot of excitement at the School of Business and Economics. Many of our experts across multiple departments have stated that the work of this years' laureates has been incredibly influential in teaching and economics in general. In this article, SBE's academic experts share their thoughts on the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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    SBE awarded five-year EQUIS re-accreditation!

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    We are delighted to announce that SBE has been awarded renewal of our EQUIS accreditation for the maximum length of five years. This achievement continues SBE’s membership of a select global group of business schools that hold this accreditation.

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    The bigtime software toolbox: an Elinor Ostrom grant project

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    In this piece, Dr. Ines Wilms and SBE master student Enrico Wegner introduce the bigtime software toolbox they have developed with the support of the Elinor Ostrom Fund.

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    A colleague’s retirement: a tribute to Erik de Regt

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    After a fruitful career spanning 35 years at SBE, Dr. Erik de Regt retired at the end of August. Erik joined our School in 1986 and has made valuable contributions over the years, as a researcher, teacher, course coordinator, and most recently as the Chair of the Board of Examiners.

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  • Inge Hooijen and Prof. F. Cörvers

    Maastricht after graduation: to stay or to go?

    Friday, July 16, 2021 Read more
  • Peiran Jiao awarded NWO Vidi grant

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Associate Professor Peiran Jiao of Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics with a NWO Vidi grant. The NWO Vidi grant of up to 800,000 euros is awarded to excellent researchers who, after obtaining their doctorate, have conducted research successfully for several years.


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    Crisis Case Challenge 2021

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021

    The Crisis Case Challenge is an SBE initiative to help local companies during COVID-19. It was created by students for students, and it offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s CCC had a total of 176 student participants.

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    Developing Best Practices in Technology Enhanced Learning — Candid Perspectives from the SBE Community

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    For this article, master student Alice Pan went on a search through SBE to find and interview members from the community about the topic of technology-enhanced learning. Through this exercise, she heard from academics and students about their experiences with technology-enhanced learning this past year and discussed with them what they see as challenges and opportunities technology can bring to learning.

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    Masterclass: guiding companies to better understand circular strategies

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    To innovate for a circular economy, companies need to make changes on many different levels. This can be difficult to organise. That is why Jan Konietzko created the Circularity Deck, a card deck-based tool that helps people in companies better understand the circular strategies and the levels at which they can be applied. Jan recently created a Masterclass with Impact Hub Amsterdam that goes over this Circularity Deck. 

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    LIJN-50 regional foresight study

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    The new Dutch Environment and Planning Act (‘Omgevingswet’) aims for more integrated policy to be developed in a participatory way. To support the so-called LIJN-50 municipalities Vaals, Gulpen-Wittem and Eijsden-Margraten in South Limburg, the Netherlands, the Maastricht Sustainability Institute and Pantopicon (a foresight and design studio in Antwerp) explored the potential of the region towards 2050 by means of a foresight study.

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    UM Researchers help map how people in cities get a health boost from nature

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Trees lining a street may encourage people to take a longer stroll or choose to bike to work. New research shows how access to natural areas in cities can improve human health by supporting physical activity. The researchers plan to equip city planners with tools to create healthier, more sustainable cities around the world.

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    International Case Competition @ Maastricht (ICC@M) 2021

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    For the eleventh year running, our School of Business and Economics was proud to host the prestigious International Case Competition @ Maastricht (ICC@M) from Sunday, 18 April until Friday, 23 April. During this week, sixteen teams of students from renowned business schools all over the world have been relying on their knowledge, business savvy and inventiveness to compete unseen against each other in a battle of wits. 

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    BISCI helps Limburg remain a leader in logistics

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Read more
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    Crafting sustainability, value and beauty during Covid-19

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    SBE alumna Felizitas Oppel was disappointed by the options she had as a consumer when it came to finding sustainable yet affordable jewelry. So she started her own sustainable jewelry business! 

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    Meet the SBE alumnus on a mission to eliminate extreme poverty

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    Inspired by his own life and education, SBE alumnus Thanh Binh Tran created Moonshot Mission, a digital platform with the aim of eliminating extreme poverty by connecting donors with NGOs that utilise proven scientific methods to have the greatest possible impact per Euro invested. In this blog article, Thanh writes about the project and how his experiences at SBE have been influential in his career.

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    The sense and non-sense of early supplier involvement

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    In this blog post, Assistant Professor Robert Suurmond explores the common argument that earlier supplier involvement is an effective approach to new product development. 

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    VerDus-Synthesis Study: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Energy, Climate, & Circularity

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    How do we involve citizens in the sustainability transition? When do they start participating? What solutions could reliably count on wide public support and how do we find these? What implications could such an approach have for governmental practices? What barriers do sustainable solutions encounter at the institutional level and how could these be overcome?

    By synthesizing the results of twelve different research projects, Joop de Kraker and René Kemp (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) try to provide answers to questions like these.

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    Melissa Siegel: Creating impact, one YouTube video at a time

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    As we move forward to address global challenges, facts and scientific research need to feed community knowledge and play an important role in public decision-making. For this, effective research communication is key! For this article, we spoke about this topic with Professor Melissa Siegel, who is an expert in migration and an avid communicator herself. 

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  • TOF: Proud of Family-run Businesses

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Read more
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    SBE launches three spearhead initiatives to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals

    Monday, March 8, 2021

    As a faculty committed to having a positive impact on the world, SBE believes one of its main responsibilities is to rise to the occasion, contributing its resources and expertise toward solving  critical challenges faced by our global community. To help achieve its mission, SBE recently launched three Spearhead initiatives focused on themes that are integral to the SDGs: sustainable development, digitalisation, and globalisation.

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    Career counselling for highly-skilled refugees in Maastricht: a student initiative

    Friday, March 5, 2021

    People often form preconceived ideas of what being a refugee means and of what kind of life they might have lived. But every refugee, every person, has their own story. The School of Business and Economics believes it is important to tell these stories and to support inclusivity within our local community. In this article, we speak with Safwan who recently attended the Career and Development Days through the SBE Refugee Project. 

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    Global business students bridge theory with practice in real company case study

    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    SBE’s Global Business course, led by Professor Boris Lokshin, examines and explores the opportunities and challenges that multinational companies face in a globalised world. This year for his class, Professor Lokshin decided to collaborate with the internationalisation department of Boxine GmbH, a start-up that develops child-friendly audio systems. Through this partnership, Boris’ goal was to give students the opportunity to obtain first-hand insights into the company.

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    Meet the SBE alumnus starting a nut butter revolution

    Friday, February 19, 2021

    In October 2020, SBE alumnus Benjamin Porten, together with business partner Lorenz Greiner, launched their new entrepreneurial venture Naughty Nuts GmbH. In this article, we cover their journey to launching a start-up in times of Corona. Benjamin also shares his top tips to guide other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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    Two SBE researchers awarded Marie Curie Fellowships

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Researchers Jonas Heller and Hannes Rusch from Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE) have each been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships to conduct their research. The fellowships are personal grants and are awarded to both promising and experienced researchers. We caught up with Jonas and Hannes to congratulate them on winning these prestigious awards and to find out more about each of their projects

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    On the move with the Urban Hotspotter measurement bike

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    You may have seen him passing by on the Groene Loper 9a greenway in Maastricht)—researcher Bram Oosterbroek on his Urban Hotspotter measurement bike. It is certainly eye-catching, with measuring instruments on the back and a laptop in a basket on the handlebar. 'I study the health effects of spatial planning', he says. He is happy to explain more. 

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    Five SBE academics granted Elinor Ostrom grants

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    Research has shown that women are more heavily impacted by the corona crisis than men. In a timely response to this challenging reality, the Elinor Ostrom Fund five grants to female academics as part of its semi-annual grants programme. We reached out to the most recent grant winners to learn more about how they will be using the grants, as well as their views regarding how initiatives such as the Elinor Ostrom Fund can help to increase gender equality in academia.

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    How businesses can help build a more sustainable world – Nancy Bocken

    Friday, January 15, 2021

    To tackle urgent planetary challenges such as resource depletion and climate change, we need to fundamentally rethink the way we do business. As part of her research, Professor Nancy Bocken explores how companies might experiment with new sustainable business models, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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    SBE alumni turn their thesis into a career opportunity with a social impact

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Last year, we covered the story of two SBE students, Esther and Stan, who collaborated with external stakeholders to help create a prototype matchmaking platform for charities. Since graduating from SBE with degrees in Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets, both students have now taken on the exciting challenge of bringing this platform for charities to life. 

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    Double PhD programme established with QUT to study social robots

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Mark Steins is SBE’s first ever PhD in our new double PhD programme established with our esteemed partner QUT (Queensland University of Technology). As part of his research, Mark will carry out part of his research here in Maastricht, observing social robots in restaurants and in aged care centres. He will also do part of his research in Brisbane, where he will have access to the QUT’s behavioural lab at the BEST centre.

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    AI and the people: co-creating for the future of work

    Monday, December 7, 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated digitalisation, intensifying considerations of how society should deal with the rapid increase of technology-driven change. It is for this reason that Dr. Marie-Christine Fregin and her colleagues joined forces with industry and policymakers to understand how technological change can be transformed into social progress.

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    'Thanks to my research, I'm finally empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation'

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Thanks to her research, Master's student in Public Policy and Human Development Riesa van Doorn has felt empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation in Nepal. In this blog post, Riesa shares her own experience, tying this to her research for her master's thesis, which focuses on shifting perceptions towards harmful menstrual practices in Nepal. 

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    Conference on causal data science brings together academics and industry experts

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    On 11 and 12 November, the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and Copenhagen Business School hosted the Causal Data Science Meeting. The two-day conference brought together academics and industry experts who work on one of the most fundamental questions in data science: discerning cause and effect from mere correlation.

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    Andy Mackenzie awarded a Veni grant for his project 'Robust decentralized institutions'

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    We are happy to announce that SBE’s Andy Mackenzie was awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for his project on robust decentralized institutions.

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    Service robots: rising or falling stars?

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    While the benefits of using robots may be easy to imagine, it is equally important to explore the flip-side in a nuanced manner. When, and where, do the benefits of robots outweigh their detriments and vice versa? At what point does 'almost human' shift from being endearing to being eerie? These are the questions explored by Prof. Dr. Odekerken-Schröder's and Prof. Dr. Mahr's international research group here at SBE. 

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    A conversation about 75 years of UN

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    On Tuesday 20 October, Bartel Van de Walle, new director of UNU-MERIT met with Limburg governor Theo Bovens, ahead of UN Day on 24 October 2020. The two leaders discussed the state of the province and the planet, how to ensure young people are listened to and empowered, and how UNU-MERIT's staff and fellows are ambassadors for the UN. 

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    LIMES: an interdisciplinary approach to studying borders

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    In this article, we spoke with two of the PhD candidates from the School of Business and Economics participating in the EU-funded project LIMES to find out what drew them to the project and to get an update on their research so far.

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    SBE academics react to 2020 Nobel Prize in economics

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

    This week, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2020 to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson 'for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats'. The news of the prize was received with great enthusiasm here in Maastricht. We spoke to several academics with expertise in the field of game theory to hear their initial thoughts.

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  • supply chain valley

    The creation of a new innovation hub for supply chain in Venlo

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    At the end of August several companies, amongst them vidaXL, Moonen Packaging, Seacon Logistics, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions and Brightlands Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (BISCI), joined together to create Supply Chain Valley (SCV). The SCV is a collaboration that seeks to work with government, companies and academia to deliver joint goals that result in great outcomes for all involved and the wider environment, society and economy.

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    Philanthropic foundation collaborates with SBE students to develop a matchmaking platform for non-profit sector

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    What if we could use the same mechanisms behind popular dating apps such as Tinder, Harmony and Okcupid to help connect philanthropic foundations with projects and organisations in need of funding? This is the idea behind Fundii, a platform that is being developed by SBE Professor Paul Smeets together with Valette Capital and the Maastricht based philanthropic foundation the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation. To help them develop the platform, the Fundii team collaborated with two SBE master students, Esther Njoroge and Stan Van Haren. 

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    SBE researcher awarded Marie Curie Fellowship to study firm R&D and skills investments

    Monday, August 31, 2020

    Van Anh Vuong, an assistant professor at SBE's department of Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (OSE) recently received a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission to study firm R&D and worker skills investments in the service industries. We caught up with her to congratulate her and find out a bit more about the project.

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    How are family businesses getting through the crisis?

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Do family businesses have greater resilience in times of crisis than non-family businesses? And why is that? Dr Anita Van Gils looked at existing research into these questions, which was primarily carried out after the previous (financial) crisis in 2008.

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    First month at BISCI: the perspective of our two newest team members

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    Grant and Shreyas officially joined BISCI on 1 July as project managers. In this role, they work closely with Business Development Director Ton Geurts and support projects involving sustainability and digitalisation. After one month on the job, they share their first impressions and thoughts. 

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  • Emeri Efendic School of Business and Economics

    A system’s response time and its psychological consequences

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    In a recent paper, published in the journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making Processes we (myself and colleagues from the Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University, Dr. Philippe van de Calseyde and Dr. Anthony Evans) found that trust in an algorithmic system depends on how quickly or slowly a prediction is made. We found that people mistrust algorithmic systems that take time to make their predictions. 

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    Volunteering in Times of Corona - The Future of NPOs?

    Friday, July 17, 2020

    As a student at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, I am used to living in an international environment and constantly having opportunities to educate myself further by joining associations, initiatives and many exciting events. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, this accumulation of opportunity I had previously taken for granted, suddenly disappeared.

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    Internship solutions for students, by students

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The idea behind 'internative' is simple: connecting students and companies through a WhatsApp integration platform for a quick, down-to-earth, personal approach. The project was officially launched in October 2019, in those hazy, carefree pre-Covid days on the Maastricht terraces. It was born from the work and internship experiences of four UM graduates: Niels Geominy, David Noorthoek Iron Brands and Berke Verhey.

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  • Entrepreneurship Research at SBE

    How research on entrepreneurship can drive positive change

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Over the past few weeks, we have heard inspiring stories from both current SBE students and alumni about their entrepreneurial journeys as well as some really helpful tips and tricks on how to start something ourselves. This time, we turn the spotlight to those dedicating their work to creating new knowledge and understanding in the field of entrepreneurship: our researchers.

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    Centre for Entrepreneurship (re)launch

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Over the past month, we have posted a number of inspirational stories about students and staff who have embarked on a journey into the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. To help even more students and staff, aastricht University has (re)launched the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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  • Training

    'Invest in training your employees, especially now’

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    The corona crisis has affected many companies worldwide. One of the measures companies are considering taking to recover financially is to reduce training budgets for employees. However, that is not a wise move, argues Prof. dr. Andries De Grip.

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    The Crisis Case Challenge 2020: an SBE student initiative to help local companies during COVID-19

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    Many local businesses in Maastricht were hit hard by the consequences of the corona pandemic. This didn’t go unnoticed by SBE students who were quick to jump into action. In a matter of weeks, a group of students put together the Crisis Case Challenge 2020! The end result: 100 SBE students (and even a few alumni and staff) working together to provide five local businesses with creative and innovative solutions to help them weather the current crisis.  

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    SBE students use artificial intelligence to provide career coaching

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    Jumping into the world of entrepreneurship can be scary. Many SBE students have an entrepreneurial mindset, but feel that they need a little extra guidance before making the leap. That is exactly what Kibo is for! Kibo, founded by Robin, Ramses and Ronan, is a personal career coach powered by Artificial Intelligence. Its three founders met each other at SBE where they launched their first entrepreneurial venture.

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  • Josefine Staats

    Entrepreneurial advice from an SBE alumna

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    Owning your own business is a dream for many people. You get to be your own boss, realise your creative vision and interact with a wide range of companies and individuals. Here at SBE, many of our students have gone on to lead lives as successful entrepreneurs following their studies. We caught up with one of these very students: SBE alumna Josefine Staats. Josefine is the Founder and CEO of KULAU, a company she launched in 2009 that specialises in innovative organic food products.

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    BISCI contributes to research article on future of Purchasing and Supply Management

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    Ton Geurts, Business Development Director at BISCI, has recently contributed to a research article on the future direction of purchasing and supply management. 

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  • SBE blog

    Want to launch a startup next to your studies? 5 practical lessons I learned along the way

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    Louis Morgner, an International Business student here at the school of Business and Economics, wanted to gain some hands on experience in the business world, so he decided to launch a start-up next to his studies! In this blog post, he shares 5 valuable lessons he took away from his experience that might be helpful to other aspiring entrepreneurs. 

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  • Twitter

    Twitter in times of corona: an analysis of business schools' coverage of the pandemic

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Analysis by researchers at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics found schools around the world reacted differently to communicating about the pandemic and were largely reactive, waiting for official announcements before making their own contribution.

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  • Dr. Boris Blumberg

    The possibilities and future of online education

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    A conversation with Dr. Boris Blumberg, captain of MaastrichtMBA

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  • laptop_grass

    Sustainable Entertainment – Corona edition

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    In case you already binge-watched all your favourite sitcoms on Netflix and are bored of playing Trivia on Houseparty with your friends – why not get more into Sustainability? In this article, our fellow Sustainability Science, Policy and Society students prepared a little list of awesome podcasts, articles and movies dealing with different aspects of sustainability.

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  • Eu-commission

    The EU’s response to COVID-19: success or lost opportunity?

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis represents a common threat for all 27 member states of the European Union; however, Europe has been criticised for being slow to formulate a collective response. We reached out to Prof. Clemens Kool, professor of Macroeconomics and International Monetary Economics to hear his thoughts on the matter.


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  • Sofia Castro

    Sofía Castro: an exchange student’s experience staying in Maastricht during COVID-19

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    When Sofía Castro found out that she would be doing her exchange in Maastricht at SBE, she couldn't wait for her trip! This would be her first time in Europe and she had big plans. But after just one and half months in the Netherlands, the corona crisis hit, forcing her to adapt these plans.

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  • Polluting industries

    Humanity as an integral part of Sustainability

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    'Recovering ecosystems due to an economic crisis will not solve the problem of global warming if we return to do “business as usual” after the pandemic fades. Instead, we should work on improving our economic system in a way that it reduces its reliance of the depletion of natural resources and an ever-increasing economic growth.’ 

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    CIRCULAR X: new EU-funded project on Circular Service Business Models

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Lead by Professor Nancy Bocken, CIRCULAR X will develop a new field of research on experimentation with circular service business models (CSBMs) in the transition to a circular economy.

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  • hearttalks

    Connecting with loved ones during the final stages of life

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Adjusting to this new way of life during the Corona crisis is a challenge all of us are facing, but for some people, the reality of this crisis is more acute. For those people affected by the loss of a loved one to Covid-19, how to say goodbye, provide support and begin to mourn that loss under such difficult circumstances is also part of this new and difficult reality. 


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    Facing the corona crisis with entrepreneurship and innovation

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    The goal of the Maastricht University Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is to boost the entrepreneurial eco-system of Maastricht University and leverage the innovative potential of SMEs in the region. Due to the corona crisis, the centre has had to postpone several of its activities; however, the CEI team has now shifted their priorities to helping local businesses create more sustainable business models and be innovative in these uncertain times. 

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