PHD Council

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What the PhD Council is 
The ABRI PhD council was formed in 2010, and currently consists of four SBE PhD candidates. Since all SBE PhD students are affected by the same regulations, the council - although embedded within ABRI, aims to represent the interest of all SBE PhDs. Hence, we would like to invite you to contact us if you feel like there is something that needs to be addressed (in addition to filling out the annual PhD-survey, see below).

Aside from representing SBE PhDs, the council also organizes PhD lunches, approximately 4 times a year, where we enjoy a lunch while discussing a serious topic that we have encountered or might encounter in our lives as PhDs. Usually the council invites an expert to teach us something new regarding this topic. For 2016-2017 we plan to have informative sessions on work-life balance, the PhD defence day, supervisors, funding, resources of the VU library and the writing process. The council also organises social events about two times per year, such as dinners, and fun activities like bowling and laser tag. For more information, check the schedule below and the ABRI newsletter!


Council Representative

Broek, Elmira van den
Elmira van den Broek
KIN Center for Digital Innovation
Elmira van den Broek is a PhD candidate at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the VU University Amsterdam. She holds a 2-year Research Master degree in Business in Society at the VU University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, and a BSc degree in Sociology and Economics & Business Economics at Utrecht University (all cum laude). She has been an active member of the program committee of the Research Master Business in Society, and now represents the interests of SBE PhD's in the worker's council. Her current research focuses on how real-world Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are developed and used in practice, by studying a large multinational organization and a scale-up vendor working on AI in recruitment. In her free time, Elmira aims to broaden her horizon by painting, reading absurdist novels, and hiking in nature.


Borner, KathrinKathrin Borner
KIN Center for Digital Innovation
Kathrin Borner is a PhD candidate at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the VU Amsterdam. After having worked for several years in Germany and the United States, Kathrin studied Business and Economics in Germany and China and continued with a Masters in Entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam and the VU Amsterdam. Kathrin enjoys learning new things and passionately discovers change and progress in various settings. For her PhD project she investigates how digital innovations are created in practice. By doing so, Kathrin wants to create new insights that help organizations to effectively and responsibly manage digital innovations and ultimately drive forward our society. In her free time Kathrin loves to swim, cycle or discover a new part of the Dutch culture!
Max, Malte

Malte Max

My name is Malte, I am a PhD candidate in the Accounting department. I worked and did my Bachelor in International Management in Germany, before I moved to Amsterdam for my Master studies. My research focuses on how taxation influences business decisions (investments, for example). I enjoy playing soccer, meet friends and find Amsterdam a great place to explore.
Mockeviciute, AkvileAkvile Mockeviciute
M&O Department
Akvile is a PhD student at the department of Management and Organization, HRM group. Her research concerns feedback at the team and organizational levels. In particular, she aims to conceptualize and develop a tool to measure organizational feedback culture: a culture, where feedback flows freely, is continuously given, sought and valued among employees. Prior to starting her PhD, Akvile has obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Groningen and completed her Research Master in Educational Sciences at Utrecht University. Next to academia Akvile has been involved in projects aimed at fostering inclusivity in higher education context and social innovation. Besides that, she enjoys swing dances!
Oskan, SelenSelen Oskan
M&O Department

Retkowsky, JanaJana Retkowsky
M&O Department
My name is Jana Retkowsky. I am a PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Economics of the department of Management and Organization. I studied business and law at the University of Mannheim. In law I focused on labor law due to my previous research assistant job at the University of Mannheim and internships. During my law studies, I discovered my curiosity and passion to better understand people within organizations on a deeper level. Driven by this, I followed the Human Resource Management Master at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017-2018.  When finishing my master, I strongly noticed that my curiosity and passion on a scientific level even grow which led me to the decision to pursue a PhD. Next to learning Dutch, in my private life I love to do yoga. 
Schartman, NoudNoud Schartman
Marketing Department
My name is Noud Schartman (1995) I’m a PhD candidate at the Marketing Department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I finished my Research Master Business in Society at the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My PhD project is a collaboration between the VU and Validators, a communication and market research company in Amsterdam and the focus of the PhD is the measurement of brands and the impact of brands on consumers. In my free time, I like to play football and I enjoy spending time in Amsterdam, where I live.


ABRI PhD lunches & Dinners
The ABRI PhD Council organizes both lunches and dinners where you can interact with your fellow PhD students. Do not miss them! Dinners are usually off campus and start around 18:00. Lunches are on campus (with educational elements) and are from noon to 13:30.

Overview 2017-2018

10 October 2017
Kick-off meeting
10 October 2017
Research Seminar Ada Sneekes
10 October 2017
PhD Council welcomes all PhD's from SBEthe Basket
28 November 2017
Research Seminar Inge Brokerhof
BV 1H24
30 January 2018
Research Seminar Florian Buehler
HG 5A24
26 February 2018
PhD Council Lunch Seminar
HG 6A-33
10 April 2018
Research Seminar Lauren Waardenburg
HG 1A43
12 June 2018
Research Seminar Iina Ikonen
HG 1A43