Awards

Awards

Professor Jo van Nunen Award

This annual award is to recognise and honour the outstanding quality of the Master thesis.

Prof.Dr.Ir. Jo van Nunen (1945-2010) was Professor of Operations Research and Information Systems and is considered one of the founding fathers of Rotterdam School of management, Erasmus University. He was well known for his energy and enthusiasm for bridging management science and management practice. He inspired many generations of students, faculty, alumni, managers, and entrepreneurs.

The winner of the award is selected by an academic committee consisting of the academic directors and thesis coordinators of the three master programmes and the members assess the theoretical contribution, methodological rigor, and managerial impact.

2018 winners

Business Information Management

The winner of the thesis award is Thijmen Calis with the thesis: "Multi-homing sellers and loyal buyers on darknet markets".

Management of Innovation

The winner of the thesis award is Nicolas Illg with the thesis: "Capturing the Valuation Impact of Investment Delays in Innovation Projects: A Real Options Approach".

Supply Chain Management

The winner of the thesis award is Markus Lorenz Hahn with the thesis: "Controlling Uncertainty: Optimizing Capacity Management in an Intensive Care Unit". The thesis studies bed capacity management in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Erasmus Medical Center. Built on thorough statistical analyses of patient arrivals and length of stay, the thesis proposes an effective but easy-to-implement heuristic to reduce bump-out rate of premature patients and an integer programming model to allocate bed capacity under this heuristic.

2017 winners 

Business Information Management

The winners of the thesis awards are Christian Sitepu with his thesis entitled "A blockchain based ecosystem Blueprint for International Trade" and Dirk de Raaff with his thesis entitled "The effect of personalized referral policies: A randomised field experience".

Management of Innovation

The winner of the thesis award is Violetta Rodopoulou. Her thesis entitled "Innovation and Technical Efficiency of Crowdsourcing Ideas: A Multimethod Study of the My Starbucks Idea Platform" is about a very important and novel research topic: the difficulty of evaluating and selecting new ideas. In her thesis, Violetta introduces and tests the concept of"idea efficiency" - how much input is necessary to implement a particular idea and what is the expected output once an idea is implemented? 

Supply Chain Management

The winner is Christian Kaps for his thesis “Towards better warehouse efficiency distinction through cross-efficiency measurement“. The thesis presents several new DEA cross-efficiency measures that can be used for benchmarking and comparing decision making units.

2016 winners

Business Information Management

The winner of the thesis award is Lizan Bakker. Her thesis deals with the use of personalized product recommendations in the context of e-mail marketing; a novel and relevant topic from an academic and managerial perspective.

Management of Innovation

The winner of the thesis award is Emma Schootstra. Her novel thesis investigated the effect of mindfulness on creativity. Emma meticulously designed an experiment that delivered findings that can be readily applicable to many organisations particularly because mindfulness interventions are quite easily carried out.

Supply Chain Management

The winner of the thesis award is Pascal Kolb, with his thesis: "Tackling Demand Fluctuations in Supply Chains with Lean Management"

2015 winners

Business Information Management

The winner of the thesis award is Linda Weekers with the thesis: "The Effect of Product Benefits, Persuasion Cues and Image Color on Ad Effectiveness in a Social Network Environment", coached by Dimitris Tsekouras.

Management of Innovation

The winner of the thesis award is Joost H. van Houten with the thesis: "When Resource Constraints lead to Innovation Success", coached by Murat Tarakci.

Supply Chain Management

The winner of the thesis award is Esmee Hoondert with the thesis: "Same-Day Delivery at Coolblue" coached by Niels Agatz.

2014 winners

Business Information Management

The winner of the thesis award is Caroline Masart with the thesis: "Rethinking privacy in the Era of Big Data - The Impact of Corporate Privacy Strategies on Customer Behaviour in the Fianancial Services Industry".

Management of Innovation

The winner of the thesis award is Pieter Nijs with the thesis: "The Mutual Impact of Standards and Stakeholders in Sports Business - a longitudinal Case Study of Formula I Motor Racing as a Multi-sided Platform".

Supply Chain Management

The winner of the thesis award is Christoph Klein with the thesis: "Digital Colour Communication in the Textile Supply Chain - a Standards Batttle".