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2018 week 8
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PhD Council Lunch Seminar - 26 February
The seminar on 26 February in room HG 6A-33 at 12:00 is intended for SBE PhD students.

Let’s talk about your future! Not sure about which steps to take to start your career after the PhD? SBE Career Services and the PhD Council want to support you in this quest. Therefore, we are interested to hear more about your search and possible difficulties. During this lunch seminar, we invited the SBE Career Services to explain which services they can offer you to help ease your search. After that we would be interested to hear more about your needs related to career development, to further organize career related events that best fit your needs.

Lunch included. Please sign up here.
GLOMO Application Deadline PhD positions - 28 February
On 28 February the application deadline expires for 15 Early Stage Researcher (PhD) positions in the field of „Global mobility of employees” in the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) GLOMO. For more details please click here.
ABRI Visiting Professor Andrew Sturdy: Management consultants fail to improve efficiency in the NHS
In a recent study in Policy & Politics, Prof. Andrew Sturdy (University of Bristol) has shown that management consultants are failing to improve efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. In most cases, they make the situation worse. Every £100,000 spent on NHS firms was associated with extra costs of £880. The NHS yearly expenditure on management consultants almost doubled from £313 million in 2010 to £640 million in 2014.

Although some trusts did improve their performance after hiring consultants, it was the exception rather than the norm.

Prof. Sturdy’s findings received widespread national news coverage in the UK, and was discussed in a number of major news outlets such as the Times, the Telegraph and the Mirror.

Prof. Andrew Sturdy is Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Bristol (UK). He has held academic posts in various institutions including at the University of Bath, the University of Melbourne, Australia and Imperial College London. In 2004, he became a professor of organisational behaviour at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, where he was subsequently appointed Associate Dean.

As of January 2018, Prof. Sturdy is also an ABRI Visiting Professor at the Department of Management and Organization for the duration of one year.

Article on logistics planning in the earthquake response phase by Najafi, Eshghi and Dullaert most cited paper since 2012

An article by, Mehdi Najafi and Kourosh Eshghi and Wout Dullaert titled "A multi-objective robust optimization model for logistics planning in the earthquake response phase" has become the most cited article of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review since 2012. The journal is one of the most influential journals in the field.


The paper was published in 2013, and found that usually, resources are short in supply when earthquakes occur. In such emergency situations, disaster relief organizations must use these scarce resources efficiently to achieve the best possible emergency relief. This paper therefore proposes a multi-objective, multi-mode, multi-commodity, and multi-period stochastic model to manage the logistics of both commodities and injured people in the earthquake response. Also, a robust approach is developed and used to make sure that the distribution plan performs well under the various situations that can follow an earthquake. Afterwards, it proposes a solution methodology according to hierarchical objective functions and uses it to illustrate the customized robust modeling approach.
March 5 | 13:30 - 16:00 | 14A-36
Seminar and Workshop | Dr. Nicky Dries | Secrecy and ambiguity in the workplace | Register here
March 06 | 12:00 - 13:00 | Pantry 4th floor
ABRI Seminar Ronny Manos | Language and Market Inclusivity for Women Entrepreneurship: The Case of Microfinance | Register here
March 8 | 9:45 | Aula
PhD Defence Wenjing Cai | Awakening Employee Creativity in Organizations
March 8 | 14:00 - 16:00 | Alma 12
Special Session Executive Education | Prof. Winfried Ruigrok, Dean Executive School of Management, University of St. Gallen | How to be successful in Executive Education? Some key lessons
March 16 | 09:30 - 11:30 | Vrije Universiteit
Self-Organizing Knowledge on Enterprise Social Media | Dr. Bart van den Hooff, Dr. Jeff Treem, Dr. Han Gerrits | Register here
March 16 | 13:45 | Aula
PhD Defence Nick Oostervink | Self-Organizing Knowledge: Examining the conditions under which professionals share and integrate knowledge
March 20 | 09:30-15:00 | HG 9A-29 and HG 9A-33
ABRI PhD Day | Register here
March 23 | 16:30 - 17:30 | Pantry 5th floor
KIN Talk | Arjan Bartlema and Ad Rietberg | The power of blockchain | Register here
April 1 | 0:00 | Vrije Universiteit
KIN Summer School Application Deadline | Register here
April 10 | 16:00 | HG 1A43
PhD Research Seminar | Lauren Waardenburg | Predictive analytics in the making: Data in practice




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