PhD Network Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society


Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society is a PhD network of executives, business leaders and professionals, who seek to bring innovation into organizations. We believe that while business leaders can outsource routine tasks to specialized service providers, they cannot outsource thinking about the future of their organization and their business to others. For this reason, in 2014 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam together with professionals and business leaders from the Amsterdam area have started up an executive science platform to work on pressing issues for business and society, by personally engaging in scientific research relevant for their own organizations.

Today the executive PhD network involves more than 45 members from organizations such as ESMT Berlin, Lidl Benelux, Philips, Deloitte, Siemens, and Nuon-Vattenfall, but also knowledge institutions, public agencies and a number of SME’s.  It spans the boundaries of the Amsterdam region, and includes participants who fly in to be part of the meetings from countries such as Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, the UK, the USA. While pursuing their personal research interests in such topics as digital transformation, leadership development, effective executive boards, social entrepreneurship, integration of migrants and many other, leading to a PhD degree, they actually generate new evidence-based knowledge that will determine the future of business and society.  

Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society network meeting on 16 November  

On November 16, the PhD network organizes an network dinner meeting for exective PhD students and practitioners. The event is open to everyone, from any branch of industry, who is interested in actively supporting the PhD research of one (or more) member(s) of our network. Participation is free of charge.

Date:       November 16, 2017 

Time:       17:00 – 21:30 

Location: Restaurant Rosarium, Amstelpark 1 Europaboulevard, 1083 HZ Amsterdam  

During the executive dinner meeting, we will share a selection of the projects that executives in the network currently work on, and knowledge they have developed. We will also discuss what it would mean to have a more evidence-based management in organizations. Additionally, we will share some of the projects that are still seeking corporate funding, inviting you to consider becoming an organizational or individual sponsor/donor of one of the projects. 

Please let us know whether you plan to join the event by filling in the welcome form below. 
You will receive the agenda and additional information about the event in due course.