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2018 week 38
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ARCA Seminar Malte Max - 24 September
Malte Max (VU University Amsterdam) will present his paper (co-authored with Jacco Wielhouwer and Eelke Wiersma) titled: “Tax Loss Carryforwards and Firm Investments”
This seminar will take place on Monday, September 24 from 12.00 to 14.00 in 8A-44 VU Main Building

To register for the ARCA seminar, please send an email to: l.m.abinta@vu.nl
Mariana Stori ABRI's new Programme Assistant
On August 27, Mariana Stori started as the new Progamme Assistant at ABRI.

Mariana possess a broad international career background due to her work and study experience from Australia and Brazil.

During her time in Australia, she obtained a Master´s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of New South Wales. Furthermore, she gained professional experience from high-end organizations in the Event Management and Tourism sectors.

After returning to Brazil, she began to work supporting foreign executives and international students. During this period, she worked for the University Studies Abroad Consortium as a Student Affairs Coordinator, in partnership with the International Relations department of the Federal University of South Brazil, where she acquired solid experience working in an academic setting.

As a Programme Assistant, Mariana will be involved in organizing seminars, conferences, summer schools and other ABRI events. Furthermore, she will help the faculty with the planning, preparation and administration of courses, and support the ABRI tracks with a range of research activities.

You can find Mariana in room HG 4A-91, or contact her by email at m.t.stori@vu.nl or phone +31 20 59 83094

SBE in the top 40 of the Shanghai Ranking
The VU School of Business and Economics is ranked 40th in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities in the subject of economics.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, is the foremost quality ranking of research universities worldwide. Each year, the ARWU surveys over 1000 universities. The best 500 universities make up the ARWU.
Femke van Horen presents at Marques conference

Why do consumers like copycats? What makes copycats successful? Femke van Horen introduced some psychological perspectives to trade mark law in her presentation during Wedenesdays international conference for trademark law (MARQUES), at the session “Design Your Mark”. The panel was chaired by Lydia Gobena of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu.

Drawing on research about consumer attitudes and the assimilation effect, Femke presented insights into the factors that influence perceptions about copycats, including: How much is copied? What is copied? And where is it copied?


The research covered brands such as Bertolli, Milka and Tropicana, and showed that consumers actually like copycats with moderate similarity more than those with high similarity. “A thematic imitation is far more successful,” she explained: “Blatant similarity is disliked, whereas subtle similarity is liked. And consumers think different than lawyers may think.” The latest marketing research focuses on using fMRI studies of brain activity to supplement self-reports.

Stefan Völker of Gleiss Lutz and Tom Scourfield of CMS presented the results of two MARQUES surveys on colour and shape trade marks covering 25 jurisdictions, covering topics such as acquired distinctiveness, the importance of surveys, graphical representation/description and enforcement. The full results of the surveys will be posted on the Class 46 blog shortly, and submissions are welcome from other jurisdictions.

The panellists – Giordano Cardini of Ferrero, Birgit Choudhry of Red Bull GmbH and Sandrine Royer of Nestlé Legal – discussed practical questions about the challenges of protecting and enforcing the designs of new and established products. Topics covered included how consumers perceive different aspects of brands and court decisions from Europe, China, South Africa and elsewhere on likelihood of confusion, unfair competition and passing off. Questions included when to file, what to seek protection for, the use of surveys and the criteria applied by the courts in cases involving non-traditional marks.

Mirella Kleijnen joins Journal of Business Research as Associate Editor
Mirella Kleijnen has accepted the role of Associate Editor with the Journal of Business Research.

Recognizing the intricate relationships between the many areas of business activity, JBR examines a wide variety of business decisions, processes and activities within the actual business setting.

Theoretical and empirical advances in buyer behavior, finance, organizational theory and behavior, marketing, risk and insurance and international business are evaluated on a regular basis. Published for executives, researchers and scholars alike, the Journal aids the application of empirical research to practical situations and theoretical findings to the reality of the business world. In her role, Mirella will be responsible for the section Technology, Interactive and Social Media.

M&O hosts reception party at AoM Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago
On August 10, the Department of Management and Organization has hosted the School of Business and Economics’ first ever social event connected to the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which took place in Chicago (United States) this year.
The event took place in the creative atmosphere of the Jackson Junge Gallery, and attracted over 200 management scholars from around the world. The organizing committee consisted of Katie and Shannon Stephenson, Christopher Wickert, Jost Sieweke , Evgenia Lysova, Neil Thompson, and Niki Konijn.
Sander de Leeuw wins two awards from Emerald Publishing

Sander de Leeuw's article “Toward a dynamic balanced scorecard model for humanitarian relief organizations’ performance management" published in Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been selected by the editorial team as Highly Commended in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards.

Besides that Sander de Leeuw has also been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for the same journal in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards. He has been selected by the editorial team based on his contribution to the journal in 2017.

KIN Center Collaborates with Emerce eDay Next Gen 2018

The event brings ambitious students and young professionals in contact with global leaders in the digital industry.


There will be presentations, roundtables, and lots of opportunities for networking. Topics that will be discussed are related to themes such as Digital Innovation, Big Data, Blockchain, Online Marketing, Mobile, Machine Learning, IT, Artificial Intelligence, Media, and E-commerce. Read more.


Brian Tjemkes and Oli Mihalache win SBE Educational Awards 2018

During the ‘End of the year event’ of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) on July 5, the School announced the winners of the Educational Awards 2018.

The Best Senior Lecturer Award 2018 went to Brian Tjemkes, Associate Professor at the Department of Management & Organization. Brian won this prize for his excellent lecturing skills and exceptionally high teaching scores from his students.


Bart van den Hooff (KIN Center for Digital Innivation), Gert-Jan Melker (Management & Organization and Mark-Jan Boes (Finance) were also nominated.

Oli Mihalache, Associate Professor at the Department of Management & Organization was the winner of the Best Lecturer Talent Award 2018. The committee was impressed by his teaching skills and his devotion to his students. The other nominees were Ella Hafermaltz (KIN Center for Digital Innivation), Jan Wrampelmeyer (Finance) and Mohammed Rezazade Mehrizi (KIN Center for Digital Innivation).

Finally Jos Akkermans (a previous winner of the Educational Awards) from the Management & Organization Department announced the winners of the SBE Best Students Award 2018, which went to Puck Terpstra this year. Puck has finished her bachelor and master with high grades in combination with social awareness. Maarten Goedmakers and Wong Wee Seng were also nominated for their excellent work.

Best Paper Award for "#Trending Topics in Careers" Paper

Jos Akkermans, together with Stella Kubasch has been awarded an Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award for the Career Development International Best Paper 2017.

The paper has already been downloaded over 1.100 times since it was published in October 2017.


His review of recent career research, entitled "#Trending Topics in Careers: A Review and Future Research Agenda", was chosen as the most influential and impactful paper in CDI in 2017.

The article involved working with two Master students and ultimately reviewing 693 papers in Career Development International, Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Assessment, and Journal of Career Development. The authors found that career success was the most popular career topic in recent years. Career decision making and employability came in at number 2 and 3, respectively. For each of the 16 trending topics, they also formulated an agenda for future research, which they hope will inspire scholars with their future work.

October 3 | 11:45 | Aula
PhD Defence Progress Choongo | Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Zambia: the engagement in and effect of sustaiable practices in small and medium-sized entreprises
October 3 | 13:45 | Aula
PhD Defence Mwansa Chabala | Small firm growth in a least developed country: how small firm owners affect the growth of their firms in Zambia
October 3 | 14:00 - 15:00 | HG 1D-26 (forum 6)
Seminar Catherine Tucker | Blockchain Research In Management Schools: A path forward? |
October 5 | 13:15-17:30 | Atrium Medische Faculteit
Conference on ‘Funding Universities’ | Pieter Duisenberg, Mirjam van Praag, Nicholas Barr, Bas Jacobs, Bas van der Klaauw and Marijk van der Wende
October 12 | 09:15 - 17:30 | Vrije Universiteit
Masterclass SERVUS | Meindert Flikkema | The Gentle Art of Helping
October 19 | TBA | Vrije Universiteit
Masterclass Culturele Duurzaamheid | Van statushouder naar talent
October 25-26 | TBA | Amsterdam
Conference "Reshaping Work"
November 9 | 12:00 - 13:00 | HG-06A37
Lunch Seminar Joris Ebbers | The perceived value of multi-dimensional intra-incubator entrepreneurial networks and new venture performance




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