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Female board index

The Dutch Female Board Index© is an annual survey of female directors in Dutch listed companies. The publication is a study by Prof. Mijntje Lückerath-Rovers (TIAS School for Business and Society).

Read the latest results of the Female Board Index here


National Supervisory Board Member Survey

National Supervisory Board Member Survey (Nationaal Commissarissen Onderzoek) is an annual survey. In recent years, the survey has given rise to several publications and contributed to the debate on governance and supervision in various sectors. Several hundred non-executive directors and supervisors in these sectors, including listed companies, family businesses, healthcare institutions, housing associations, etc., participate every year and thus increase our knowledge of their supervision mechanisms.

The survey is conducted by Prof. Mijntje Lückerath-Rovers (TIAS) and Prof. Auke de Bos RA (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Read the latest results of the National Supervisory Board Member Survey here (in Dutch)

Management within complex systems 

With worldwide movements of decentralization, autonomy magnification and a development “from government to governance”, management within complex systems has become a hot topic. This applies to both academic research and policy. It concerns diverse social sectors, including education, healthcare, and housing. This research focuses on education and aims to generate conclusions that would be relevant to other policy areas involving management within complex systems, with multiple managing centers (poly-centric) and multiple managed layers (multi-level).

The research is supervised by Prof. Sietske Waslander (TIAS) and Prof. Edith Hooge (TIAS). For more information on this study consult the website of the Nationaal Regieorgaan Onderwijsonderzoek (National Steering Body for Education Research).

Management within complex systems

This study focuses on the administrative capacity of school boards in primary education in relation to how, and to what extent, the boards manage the quality of education.  The concept of administrative capacity is researched using social capital theory where school boards are regarded as social networks. Social network analysis and multilevel analysis are used to find out whether and how administrative capacity affects the management of the quality of education. To this end, school directors, administrative staff members, and school principals of 491 schools in 23 school boards of primary education, ranging in denomination, size and degree of urbanization, were asked to take part in a digital survey. This study provides insight into what the concept of administrative capacity entails for, and how it is linked to, the performance of school boards seen as a social network. The sociological perspective of social capital helps highlight the important fact that management is a social construct.

 The research is conducted by Prof. Edith Hooge (TIAS), Selma Janssen MSc (TIAS), Karin van Look MSc (Utrecht University), Nienke Moolenaar (Utrecht University), Prof. Peter Sleegers (University of Twente).

The excellent teacher

In September 2013, Onderwijsgroep Tilburg (the organization of a group of high schools and vocational schools in Tilburg) started with a program called ‘The excellent teacher’. This education program for teachers of the schools of Onderwijsgroep Tilburg is focusing on professionalization of teachers. The GovernanceLAB of TIAS will monitor the program, in order to determine the perceived added value of the program, for the individual participating teacher as well as the organization as a whole. 
The monitoring research project will take two years and is conducted by Prof. Edith Hooge (TIAS) en Eva Buwalda-Groeneweg MA (TIAS).

Phd-research: Recruitment and selection of managers and executives

Within the Vanderkruis Chair ‘Leadership in public-private sector enterprises’ at the GovernanceLAB of TIAS, Phd-research is conducted about the recruitment and selection of managers and executives of these organizations. The research is effected by Drs. Morris Oosterling (TIAS) with the supervision of Prof. Theo Camps (TIAS, Vanderkruis Chair) and Prof. Marc Vermeulen.
His research consists of three parts, successively he refers to the changing demands on the management of public-private sector enterprises, the determining factors in the process of recruitment and selection and the question how different parts of the organizations are judging certain characteristics of managers.

Cooperation and innovation in SMEs

Compared to large organizations, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) have fewer means for innovation. Collaborating with others may help them to improve their innovation performance. How these collaborations are structured and under which conditions they lead to innovations are the core themes within the ICOON knowledge center. These questions are addressed in several studies, such as two PhD studies and three empirical studies of innovations in the areas of care, human resource management, and services. The research program is supervised by Prof. Ferry Koster (TIAS/Erasmus University Rotterdam), Van Spaendonck Chair Innovative Collaboration.

PhD-research: Personal characteristics of CEO’s and the performance of banks

Do personal characteristics of CEO’s (f.e. narcism, background, education) and governance factors (f.e. performance rewards of the CEO and characteristics of the Supervisory Board) influence the performance of a bank? This question will be analysed for the banking sector in the United States and Europe in PhD-research of Joris van Toor MSc. For the United States, he analyses differences between banks that needed support during the financial crisis or even were bankrupted and banks that survived the crisis on their own. 

Also, he investigates for the United States and Europe the influence of the performance of banks before and after the financial crisis on the Stock Returns. At last, he examines for a large European bank what the influence is of the characteristics of the local CEO and the quality of the local Supervisory Board on the performance of banks. Joris van Toor is conducting his research under the supervision of Prof. Kees Cools