The labour market is picking up, while the workforce is shrinking due to the ageing population. The resulting staff shortage is a recipe for disaster, as demographers and researchers well know. The crucial question for employers, of course, is: how can I get my staff to stick around? Fred Zijlstra, UM professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, and his colleague Thomas Dohmen from the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) pull up a chair for an intense discussion.

Five or so years ago the question was raised at the Province of Limburg: how are we doing in terms of sustainability? A budget was made available to find the answer, and Annemarie van Zeijl-Rozema’s PhD research was born. “When it comes to sustainable development, you need an environment that supports and facilitates. A province can be highly suited to this.”

Shared decision making

In Body
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:35

Doctor and patient deciding together

The sixth International Conference on Shared Decision Making will take place in Maastricht from 19 through 22 June. Prof. Dr. Trudy van der Weijden, professor of Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (FHML) succeeded in getting this international conference to Maastricht. “It is important that this movement receives the attention it deserves.” In shared decision making, the health care professional does not decide on his or her own which treatment will be administered, but the professional and the patient decide together, on the basis of understandable and clear information.

When is homecare no longer sufficient?

In Money
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:21

European study on improving dementia care

What would be the best moment to stop giving elderly people with dementia homecare and give them nursing home care instead? This is a key question that a consortium of European researchers from eight different countries, in a survey coordinated by UM professor Jan Hamers, will be asking over the next three years. PhD candidate Basema Afram, who hopes to obtain her PhD within this European project entitled ‘RightTimePlaceCare’, is certain: ‘It is important to keep the quality of life as high as possible for elderly people who suffer from dementia by providing them with the best care available.’ Therefore, the wider goal is to improve total dementia care.

Corporate governance put into practice

In Society
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:38

ICGI Research Institute: multidisciplinary corporate governance

While governance is a term widely used in many circles including academia, a precise and uniform definition seems to be lacking. Yet Bas Steins Bisschop, endowed professor of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance at Maastricht University, does not seem too worried. ‘If we knew exactly what it meant, we’d already have thought of a Dutch term for it,’ he says with a laugh. Luckily, he and his colleague, Prof. Jan Eijsbouts, are able to offer concrete examples of research conducted in the field of corporate governance, which is exactly the focus of the newly established Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies (ICGI).

Moskowitz Prize for UM researchers

Companies that have a good handle on their environmental management pay millions of euros less when financing themselves with debt than companies with questionable environmental practices. This is the outcome of a study by PhD candidate Daniel Hann and his promoter Professor Dr. Rob Bauer from the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Theirresearch is one of the first to demonstrate the effect of environmental management on the costs of corporate bonds. For this, it has been awarded the American Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing from the renowned Haas School of Business in Berkeley.

Separating the apples from the oranges

In Money
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 13:53

Diversity in reimbursement systems

The decision whether or not to reimburse a new medication largely depends on its cost effectiveness. Are the extra costs justified; that is, is the medication efficient for the patient population? Naturally, patient populations are composed of many different people, including patients who won’t benefit in the slightest from the medication in question. Dr Janneke Grutters intends to research how these differences between patients can be inventoried in a uniform manner, so that the relevant reimbursement policy can be geared towards individuals in a more focused way. With this idea, she recently landed a scholarship prize worth €25,000.

Dr Tom van Laer earned his PhD from Maastricht University on how companies can best respond to negative reviews in social media.  

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