4 March 2021

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

A rewarding experience

For Boxine as well as the students, this was a rewarding collaboration: ‘The cooperation with Maastricht University was very insightful and inspiring.’ explains Juliane van Reedt Dortland. ‘Twice per week, students could video-call with us, ask all the questions they had, and discuss their ideas and input on our global strategy with us. We appreciated the open and honest exchange as well as the very professional analyses a lot and are very impressed by the farsighted mind with which students approached our joint project. As the [students’] presentations greatly interlinked with our daily work, the output was very valuable for us.’ One of the students that took the class adds: ‘It was the first time I had the opportunity to work so closely with a company in a course and I am very grateful for that.’

The success of this experience clearly demonstrates that in times of remote working and studying during the corona pandemic, the interlink between theory from a university perspective and practice in the vision of a company can still be achieved, even without face-to-face meetings. 

Juliane van Reedt Dortland

Maastricht University alumna Juliane van Reedt Dortland completed her Bachelor in Economics and thereafter embarked upon the Master in International Business: Strategy & Innovation. She wrote her master thesis with Associate Prof. Dr. Boris Lokshin, and successfully graduated in 2014. Subsequently, she gained professional experience in internationalisation and innovation, and as of last year she has been working for Boxine GmbH in International Business Development: evaluating, planning, and implementing international expansion. Recognising that Prof. Dr. Lokshin’s Global Business course content closely aligned with her team’s tasks at Boxine, she proposed to him the idea of interlinking the two, and they came to the conclusion that it would be a perfect match.

'The project was very enjoyable for the entire team—we all had the feeling students really acted as consultants advising us on our next steps. We were also happy to collaborate with so many people enthusiastic for our product along the way. Let's be honest—in our work-life, we deal with kids’ toys on a daily basis, isn't this one of the best things you can do?'

Boris Lokshin

Boris Lokshin is an associate professor at the department of Organisation and Strategy at Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics (SBE). He holds PhD in economics from the University of Maastricht and an MA in economics from Indiana University, USA. His research deals with topics at the intersection of fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and it has been published in many leading management, innovation, and economics journals.

'As a course coordinator of Global Business it was rewarding to see students learn theoretical embedding, apply concepts to solve a real business problem and get feedback from tutor and company management all within a few weeks. Collaboration with Boxine shows great value added can be achieved by combining a research-led curriculum with a practical application.'

By: Alice Pan