SBE launches Executive PhD Network "Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society"

On 16 November 2017, SBE organized the first networking event of the Executive PhD Network "Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society".

11/21/2017 | 1:53 PM

"Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society" is a PhD network of executives, business leaders and professionals who seek to bring innovation into organizations. The network is connected to the Executive Part-Time PhD programme offered under auspices of Amsterdam Business Research Institute of SBE.

The executive PhD network involves more than 45 members from organizations such as Accenture, AIG, Deloitte, Effectory, ESMT Berlin, FrieslandCampina, Lidl Benelux, NVP / Dutch PE & VC Association, Nuon-Vattenfall, Philips, PwC, Reconsulting, Siemens, TetraPak, and other research and knowledge institutions, public agencies, a number of SME’s and self-employed professionals. It spans the boundaries of the Amsterdam region, and includes participants who fly in to be part of the PhD programme and scholarly events 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 from VU Amsterdam, executives generate new evidence-based knowledge that will determine the future of business and society. 

The programme director Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova, who also serves as Chair of the Executive PhD network “Amsterdam in Science, Business and Society”, tells: “the time when universities and business were existing separately from each other is long gone. With an increasing need for organizations to innovate, many business leaders turn to the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of VU Amsterdam for solutions to their business challenges. Today, the complexity of many business and societal challenges is much more sophisticated than it once was. Therefore, many more business and academia collaborations are needed. Together with organizational and business partners, we conduct research into their key challenges. 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. It is therefore important that research is becoming part of executives’ day-to-day reality.”

For more information about the network, please contact ABRI’s Policy Officer and Executive PhD programme coordinator Mr. Niki Konijn