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Maastricht Observatory on Resilient, Responsible & Sustainable Enterprise and Economy

The Maastricht Observatory on Responsible, Resilient and Sustainable Societies, Economies and Enterprise (MORSE) is an initiative set up by Maastricht University which aims to mobilise and bring together researchers across Maastricht University and beyond around the challenge of building more resilient, responsible and sustainable societies, enterprises and economies in Europe and globally as three distinct but related challenges.

MORSE examines the need for adaptive or transformative arrangements in a changing world, specifically how enterprise, the economy and society can become more responsible, resilient and sustainable.

MORSE motivates and inspires researchers to work across disciplines and fields on complex, real-world questions, together with stakeholders. We call this Problem Based Research. By pooling the different expertises and via education, outreach and new research projects, MORSE aspires to having a visible and real-world impact in the transition towards resilience, responsibility and sustainability. MORSE closely works together with private corporations, NGO’s, representing organisations, the public sector and academic partners that all share a commitment to doing impactful research and making research impactful


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    The MORSE Week “Conferences of Conferences” 2022

    Friday, December 2, 2022

    A series of events organized by the Maastricht Observatory on Resilient, Responsible & Sustainable Enterprise and Economy initiative took place during this year's MORSE "Conference of Conferences" week in October 2022.

    This week included workshops, student conferences, and a CEO meeting from October 20-26, 2022. In addition, MORSE hosted the Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) in Maastricht from October 26-28, 2022.

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    Not doing so good, doing well

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    It was an eye-opening moment: a few years’ ago, I attended a huge conference on microfinance, together with one of my PhD students. In attendance at the conference was a nice mix of academics and practitioners. Our paper, presented by my PhD student, was about what has become known as ‘mission drift’: what happens when firms start to drift away from their original mission? Mission drift is especially interesting in markets where for-profit and not-for-profit firms compete, like healthcare, education … and microfinance. Why? Because in that case, mission drift can happen in two directions: from a pure for-profit start to a more mixed mission, and from a pure not-for-profit start towards the same middle.

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  • A Green New Deal strategy for Europe – results from the GROWINPRO project

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    The GROWINPRO project brought together eleven international academic institutions and three statistical offices to provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the anaemic growth performance observed in Europe during the last decades and after the Great Recession. On the grounds of such analysis, GROWINPRO has prepared a set of policy solutions aimed at restoring sustained and inclusive economic growth with particular attention on building resilience to current challenges such as the climate and COVID-19 crises.

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