A job for everyone

In Money
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:21
“I’m irritated by colleagues who say things in the media about the current crisis with the greatest authority. It’s precisely a crisis like this that shows economists need to be more modest in their pretentions. We can explain with hindsight exactly what went wrong, but making even rough predictions? No, we need to be much more modest in this.” Joan Muysken, economics professor and co-founder of the economics faculty, will deliver his valedictory lecture at UM on 29 November. He looks back on his career.

Although an increasing number of organisations are developing online training initiatives for their staff, participants’ hierarchical ranks are hardly taken into consideration. Are we all equal when we learn or does hierarchy influence our network behaviour? For his PhD, completed under the supervision of professors Wim Gijselaers and Mien Segers, Martin Rehm undertook research into the impact of hierarchical positions within online Communities of Learning (CoLs).

An eventful career

In Alumni
Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:15
Helmut Warmenhoven graduated from Maastricht University in 1996 as a business economist specialising in international management. But he is far from your traditional manager. By way of Palestine, Brussels and Thailand he made his way to China, where he teaches English and German at a university and is about to start a PhD in … anthropology.

In 2007, Professor Joost Pennings and his colleagues Arvid Hoffmann and Nikos Kalogeras launched a special master’s track at the School of Business and Economics in Maastricht: Marketing-Finance. At first sight, these are two vastly different disciplines. But the programme has been a resounding success, not least because of its practical orientation and academic relevance, as reflected in the recently established Marketing-Finance Research Lab.

It’s the quintessential economic nightmare: banks falling like dominoes. This is why, when bankruptcy comes knocking, governments tend to bail out large banks that operate globally and have ties to many other banks. Known as ‘systematically important financial institutions’ (SIFIs) – that is, banks whose failure could trigger a major financial collapse – thus take risks not only in their investments and financial products, but also in their accounting practices.

The ageing consumer (video)

In Money
Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:35
PhD dissertation Jessica Hohenschon

In ageing Western societies older people become increasingly important for companies’ sustained success, because older people form a big and attractive market segment. This PhD research shows that the prevailing stigma of older people being poor, frail and old-fashioned, is often incorrect – many 50plus consumers are healthy, wealthy, active and curious. 

The value of green buildings

In Money
Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:19
In his research, financial economist Nils Kok uncovers the truth behind the market value of sustainable real estate. The real estate sector is responsible for 75% of global energy consumption. A green energy label can therefore increase the sales price of residential and commercial buildings: “Sustainability really pays, and is the best way to climb out of a recession.” 

Gap in the market

In Alumni
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:18
Esther Baaijens spent 10 years in various marketing and commercial positions before founding The Pricing Company. “Companies weren’t really bothering with price management”, says the UM alum of her motivation at the time. “And there were no professional consultancies around that were 100% focused on pricing. I filled a gap in the market.”

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