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RSM Discovery: trains, police, banks and beer

Here’s our round-up of the latest management research that businesses can use straight away, direct from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) which was featured on RSM’s multimedia research platform, RSM Discovery.



How can we get trains back on track quickly after a disruption? What can every business learn from the Dutch brewing industry? And how well do police forces in Europe know each other? Our researchers talk to RSM Discovery about their latest findings and how these affect business.

How can we get trains back on track quickly after a disruption?

When Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) deals with severe disruptions, contingency plans are set in motion manually by the dispatchers of NS and infrastructure manager ProRail who select which trains can still be operated. It’s a time-consuming process. But it could be done much faster​, according to new research by PhD candidate Luuk Veelenturf of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in co-operation with NS. The manual process could be replaced by simply letting a mathematical algorithm create an optimal timetable within seconds. Watch Veelenturf explain how this works:

How well do police forces in Europe know each other?

A four-year interdisciplinary project on organisational change in police forces funded by the EU and led by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is now completed, and the results are in. According to Comparative Police Studies in the EU (COMPOSITE), change programmes, introduced within European police forces to modernise and rationalise policing, have delivered both successes and hiccups. Find out more:

What can every business learn from the Dutch brewing industry?

There are business lessons to be learned from the Dutch beer industry, because it seems to be one of the few industries which – in spite of domination from powerful players such as Heineken and Bavaria – has seen many individuals starting up successful new breweries. New research by PhD candidate Jochem Kroezen of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) shows that the key to successful rejuvenation in this sector is a combination of the resistance of consumers to established brewers, and building on the legacy of old breweries. Watch Kroezen demonstrate that other industries can benefit from his findings on the revitalisation of the brewing sector:

 

Which bank survives a crisis?

During the recent financial crisis some banks collapsed but others did not. Why do some banks fail during a crisis, while others get off without a scratch? New research by PhD candidate Philip Fliers of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), uses Dutch economic history to find out. Fliers suggests that factors like age, size, debt ratios, branch penetration and internationalisation were all crucial for determining whether or not banks survived the Dutch banking crisis of the 1920s, the country’s last big banking crisis before that of 2008. Fliers argues that this historical crisis holds potentially very important lessons for policymakers today. Find out more:

 

See more of RSM’s research and join the discussion at RSM Discovery.

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