Erik Stam, Professor of Strategy, Organization & Entrepreneurship, is appointed Head of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.), effective as of 1 September 2018.
Stam is Full Professor since 2011 and is currently acting Director of Research at the Utrecht University School of Economics. Next to this he is co-founder and Academic Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and founding board member of the Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions for Open Societies.
Creating new value
He wants to sharpen the profile further of all the economics education and research in Utrecht. "We are sitting on gold here and we have to show our potential much more to the outside world. Since the financial crisis, there has been a demand for a different view of the economy, which is already being used very well here in Utrecht. I am thinking, for example, of research into the influence of technology on the labour market, which includes Maarten Goos and Anna Salomons in Future of Work, and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, which Niels Bosma co-founded." According to Stam, studying economics in Utrecht, is about much more than just gathering economic and financial knowledge. It is also about how you make the economy better, create new value, and how to tackle societal problems with new economic knowledge.