Control combinations, organizational values and tensions

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What are the combined effects of different management tools on individuals in an organization? This week, our study addressing this question was published in the academic journal Management Accounting Research. Continue reading

Note on motivating civil servants

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The journal Public Money & Management (PMM) has both an academic and a practitioner readership, and called for contributions to a special issue about developing civil servants. A brief note on motivating civil servants that I submitted was published online this week.

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Writing for Follow The Money

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In an effort to not become an “ivory tower academic“, I accepted the invitation from Follow The Money (a Dutch platform for investigative journalism) to start writing some brief articles. In these articles, I focus on issues related to management, accounting, behavior and ethics, and try to communicate research findings from the fields of management, accounting and business ethics to a wider audience.

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Employee motivation as a driver of performance

(This article was also published via IE Insights)

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All organizations want motivated employees, but how can management practices contribute to employee motivation? A recent study points to the importance of organizational values and training opportunities to facilitate intrinsic motivation of employees, and the role of performance measurement to enhance extrinsic motivation. Furthermore, the findings suggest that if organizations focus on motivating their employees, performance will follow.

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Looking back on the BBA Business Challenge

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Last month, we hosted at IE Business School the very first edition of the #ieBBA Business Challenge in Madrid and Segovia: a competition between top universities and business schools from all over the world to solve a complex real-life business case. This year’s theme was “Responsible Innovation”, and as one of the organizers and case writers I’m happy to briefly reflect on this first edition.

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