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  • Gatt, C. (Carla)
  • Jansen, J.J.P. (Justin)
  • Mom, T.J.M. (Tom)
Monday, 4 November 2019
Founded in 1999 by three Erasmus University students, the Dutch e-commerce firm Coolblue has gone on to experience exponential growth, mainly due to its obsessive focus on data and its two KPIs, the Net Promoter Score and EBITDA. In 2017, Coolblue’s main aims – make customers happy and make money –…
Coolblue: Thriving and Making Customers Happy is the New Blue cover
  • Kleinsmith, N. (Niela)
  • Mom, T.J.M. (Tom)
  • Jansen, J.J.P. (Justin)
Monday, 4 November 2019
On March 27, 2018, Hugo de Koning, co-founder of YoungCapital, a web-based, recruitment agency focused on students and young professionals, laughed on the phone with one of his largest clients. In anticipation of April Fool's Day, YoungCapital's marketing department had launched a campaign to ease…
YoungCapital: Reinventing the Staffing Industry cover
  • Bogenrieder, I.M. (Irma)
  • Gatt, C. (Carla)
Monday, 4 November 2019
Founded in 2009, HousingAnywhere started as a student-to-student platform proposing its services to universities. At the time, the focus was to help international students find a suitable home in the Netherlands. Not only did the need for accommodation grow bigger, but international mobility became…
Housing Anywhere: Finding Accommodation Abroad at the Click of a Button cover
  • Yue, T. (Tao)
  • Schoenmaker, D. (Dirk)
  • Mulder, A. (Arjen)
  • Moolenaar, S. (Simon)
  • Arellano Geoffroy, P. (Paula)
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Commonland had the ambition to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land worldwide by 2040 – 5% of the then 2 billion hectares of degraded land on the planet. Encompassing 1 million hectares, Altiplano Estepario in Southern Spain was one of its successful restoration initiatives. However, in…
Sustainable Finance for Landscape Restoration in Spain cover
  • Vaz Patto, J. (João)
  • Ataíde, R. (Rodrigo)
  • Renato, R. (Rosa)
  • De Sousa, M. (Milton)
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The North and Centre of Portugal encompass many productive forest areas that are particularly prone to fires. In the year of 2017, the most destructive fire season in the history of the country devastated extensive areas of land. Somewhere in the middle of this burnt region, the parish of Alvares…
Reborn from Ashes: The Alvares Project cover
  • Arellano Geoffroy, P. (Paula)
  • Yue, T. (Tao)
  • Van Tulder, R. (Rob)
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The Arento Group case examines how an agricultural business tries to make the transition towards higher levels of sustainability. Arento Group, based in the Zaragoza region in Spain, is slowly but surely adopting sustainable innovation practices and projects such as diverfarming entering the…
Arento Group in Spain: Towards a Sustainable Future cover
  • Hilmarsdóttir, L. (Lára)
  • Yue, T. (Tao)
  • Werner, M.D. (Mirjam)
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The case is about a Dutch organisation, Commonland which scouts, launches, and manages business-driven landscape restoration projects. In 2014 it started a new landscape restoration project in the Southern region of Spain in an area that covers 630,000 hectares of land spanning across three…
Commonland: The AlVelAl Project cover
  • Orradottir, B. (Berglind)
  • C. Barrio, I. (Isabel)
  • Boyaninska, D. (Daniela)
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The case of Hekluskógar (meaning “Hekla woodlands”) in South Iceland examines how to transition from barren desertified land to a resilient and healthy woodland that can provide ecosystem services to the people in the area and beyond. The case provides a thorough description and background of the…
From Bare to Birch: Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration in Iceland cover
  • Yue, T. (Tao)
  • Zhang, Y. (Ying)
  • Wang, S. (Shaofei)
  • Koene, B.A.S. (Bas)
Monday, 29 July 2019
Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) had been considered one of the important policy reform applications in the past decade for China. It has created very high expectations from both domestic and international stakeholders. Being motivated to create an experimental zone for dealing with China's slowing…
Excitement and Confusion: Shanghai (Pilot) Free Trade Zone cover
  • Yue, T. (Tao)
  • Song, Y. (Ye)
  • Zhao, J. (Jing)
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Anbang Insurance Group is a Chinese financial services conglomerate that has grown at an astonishing rate since its inception in 2004 mostly through acquisitions. From 2014 Anbang expanded its acquisition activities abroad buying up majority shares of European and North American firms in banking,…
Anbang Acquiring Vivat: A One-Euro Deal cover