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Meet the SBE alumnus on a mission to eliminate extreme poverty
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 post, Thanh writes about the project and how his experiences at SBE have been influential in his career.
International Case Competition @ Maastricht (ICC@M) 2021Thursday, 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.
Crafting sustainability, value and beauty during Covid-19Wednesday, 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!
Meet the SBE alumnus on a mission to eliminate extreme povertyTuesday, 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.
VerDus-Synthesis Study: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Energy, Climate, & CircularityTuesday, 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.Read more
The sense and non-sense of early supplier involvementTuesday, 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.Read more
SBE wins two international case competitions in one weekTuesday, March 16, 2021
The School of Business and Economics is very excited and proud to inform you that the SBE team submissions for both the CBS Invitational Case Competition (Copenhagen Business School) and the SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition (University of Windsor) were awarded 1st Place.Read more
Career counselling for highly-skilled refugees in Maastricht: a student initiativeFriday, 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.Read more
Global business students bridge theory with practice in real company case studyThursday, 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.Read more
Meet the SBE alumnus starting a nut butter revolutionFriday, 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.Read more
SBE alumni turn their thesis into a career opportunity with a social impactTuesday, 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.Read more
AI and the people: co-creating for the future of workMonday, 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.Read more
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.Read more
LIMES: an interdisciplinary approach to studying bordersTuesday, 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.Read more
SBE academics react to 2020 Nobel Prize in economicsThursday, 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.Read more
Philanthropic foundation collaborates with SBE students to develop a matchmaking platform for non-profit sectorTuesday, 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.Read more
SBE researcher awarded Marie Curie Fellowship to study firm R&D and skills investmentsMonday, 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.Read more
A system’s response time and its psychological consequencesWednesday, 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.Read more
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.Read more
Internship solutions for students, by studentsWednesday, 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.Read more
How research on entrepreneurship can drive positive changeThursday, 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.Read more
Centre for Entrepreneurship (re)launchThursday, 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.Read more
The Crisis Case Challenge 2020: an SBE student initiative to help local companies during COVID-19Tuesday, 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.Read more
SBE students use artificial intelligence to provide career coachingMonday, 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.Read more
Entrepreneurial advice from an SBE alumnaFriday, 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.Read more
Want to launch a startup next to your studies? 5 practical lessons I learned along the wayWednesday, 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.Read more
Twitter in times of corona: an analysis of business schools' coverage of the pandemicWednesday, 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.Read more
Sustainable Entertainment – Corona editionFriday, 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.Read more
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.
Sofía Castro: an exchange student’s experience staying in Maastricht during COVID-19Thursday, 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.Read more
Humanity as an integral part of SustainabilityWednesday, 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.’Read more
Facing the corona crisis with entrepreneurship and innovationFriday, 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.Read more
Two UM students share their experience living through the corona crisis in South AfricaWednesday, April 15, 2020
Jens and Chris, two students from Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics (SBE) were spending this semester abroad in South Africa when the corona crisis hit. As concerns for their safety grew, they made the difficult decision to return to their homes in Germany. However, this turned out to be a lot more difficult than expected. Read more about Jens and Chris's experience and how they made the best of a difficult situation.Read more
UM student interviews global entrepreneur on the business impact of COVID-19Tuesday, March 31, 2020
SBE student Sandro Esposito interviews global entrepreneur Suvra Chakraborty to find out more about the business impact of COVID-19.Read more
Adapting to virtual: Real life problem-based learningWednesday, March 25, 2020
We wanted to find out how some of SBE’s teaching staff have been experiencing the move to online teaching and learning so we interrupted their online creativity momentarily to find out what life is like behind the scenes of an online learning environment.Read more
Shula Mensah: my work-from-home survival guideTuesday, March 24, 2020
As a person who is easily distracted, working from home is not the most ideal situation for me. This is why I always studied in the library because lowkey, the peer pressure of seeing others work hard made me do the same. But this is our life for now so being in this situation forced me to adjust my ways. In this article I share some tips that have helped me to survive (so far).Read more
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