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2019 week 4
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Inaugural Address prof.dr. M.H.P. Kleijnen - 25 January
Searching for information via websites, shopping with your mobile in the store and ordering your groceries via robots. Anything is possible. From one "touchpoint" to the other and back again. But how do customers and companies deal with this cacophony of contact moments? How do we compose a good customer experience in a world in which the role of technology is constantly increasing? And is creating the optimal customer experience actually the ultimate goal?

In her inaugural lecture, Mirella Kleijne examines what these challenges mean for academics and practice. 25 January at 15:45 in the Aula.
Research Seminar Friederike Wüsteney - 29 January
Friederike Wüsteney will hold her presentation titled "The mediating role of Social Capital in international assignments. A systematic literature review" on 29 January at 16:00 in room HG 5A-37. This will be followed at 17:00 with drinks in the Basket. For the abstract please click here.
PhD Defence Nienke Hofstra - 31 January
Nienke Hofstra will defend her thesis titled "Individual decisionmaking in operations: A behavioral perspective" on 31 January at 13:45 in the Aula. For more information please click here.
Two-day Masterclass 'People Analytics for HR Leaders' - 28/29 January
On January 28 - 29 the KIN Center for Digital Innovation is collaborating with the HR Analytics Academy to give a two-day masterclass on People Analytics for HR Leaders. This masterclass offers a unique blend of both theory and practice. You will learn how data-driven HR and analytics fits within the latest organizational theories relating to Human Resources Management. More information and registration.  Currently there are four seats left.
Deadline Global Essay Competition St. Gallen - 1 February
Every year, international current and future leaders come together on the occasion of the St. Gallen Symposium to discuss relevant topics of business, politics and society. The 49 th St Gallen Symposium will take place from 8-10 May 2019 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Apply now at symposium.org/competition and submit your essay no later than 1 February 2019.
ABRI Lunch Seminar Mary Beth Watson-Manheim - 29 January
ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Professor Mary Beth Watson-Manheim (University of Illinois) - “How Many is Too Many?  Investigating Multiple Team Membership”.

The lunch seminar will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room OZW-6B04. For the abstract and the biography please click here.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (m.t.stori@vu.nl), latest on Friday, January 25. Lunch will be provided.
ABRI seminar Murat Tarakci - 1 February

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Professor Murat Tarakci (Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management) about “The race to cure Ebola: Do innovation races help or hurt innovation performance of alliances?” Please click here for more information and the abstract.

The lunch seminar will take place on Friday, February 1, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room OZW-6B01.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (m.t.stori@vu.nl), latest on Wednesday, January 30.

Doctoral Grant NWO for project “From Waste to Taste”
Anna de Visser-Amundson and her PhD supervisor Mirella Kleijnen have received a Doctoral Grant for Teachers by NWO (180,750 Euros) for the project “From Waste to Taste: The effect of Product Cues on Consumer Preferences for Rescued-based Food”. Both the project as well as the candidate were evaluated highly by the panel, praising especially the project’s contribution to society, the field experiments already completed, and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the candidate.
The project itself explores how product cues influence consumer preferences for rescued-based products. i.e., products that used rescued food as an ingredient. Imagine for example a restaurant menu that uses left-over tomatoes, pimple pumpkins and crooked carrots in their dishes (the restaurant Instock in Amsterdam is such an example). Considering that consumers have an inherent resistance to food imperfections and associations with food spoilage such rescued-based products can trigger disgust. In a series of experiments, including field experiments in the restaurant of Hotelschool The Hague where Anna is based, her work considers how the salience of the imperfect origin of rescued-based products through different types of product cues can be used to mitigate such feelings and help social entrepreneurs to develop effective marketing strategies.
Winners VU New Year's Gala 2019

On Thursday the VU New Years Gala took place in the Auditorium. The afternoon has been opened by Vinod Subramaniam and presented by Ernest van der Kwast.

The Student Talent Award has been won by Joyce Sombroek. The Bachelor's Thesis Award by Birgit Henrich, the Master Thesis Award by Inken Kröger.


Students from each faculty have nominated their best young teacher for the Teaching Talent Award. This has been won by Beatriz Gimenez Gonzalez from ACTA.

The University Student Council celebrates student initiatives that connect VU Amsterdam students with each other and with the university with the The Student Initiative Award. This has been won by Zakaria Laaraj with his initiative StudeerSamen ('Study Together').

A prize worth €7,000 is awarded to a remarkable teacher who has worked at VU Amsterdam for at least ten years and who has made an outstanding contribution to improving teaching. The nominees of the Van der Duijn Schouten Teaching Award were Ellen Bal (Director of Studies for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences), Annemie Halsema (Lecturer in Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities) and our direct colleague Brian Tjemkes (Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management). The Award has been won by Ellen Bal.

March 15 | 0:00 | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Deadline Application PhD Positions
April 16 | 12:00 - 13:00 | HG-05A37
ABRI Seminar Pietro Micheli | Design thinking for digital transformation | Register here




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