"At Rabobank we don’t investigate, for example how ‘the blockchain’ is going to effect the skill of future employees. Or how the blockchain works out on confidence employees have in the organization they work for. There, the Hub can be a great help and partner for us.”
What could be a concrete research assignment for the Hub?
"An analysis of informal networks at Rabobank, tested against the GDPR legislation, with focus on privacy and ethics. For example, we are curious to know whether the hierarchy and old structures in an online social network might disappear. Can the right people find each other easily and quickly enough for a gig, regardless of their function, more in a specific role? Can we recognize leadership within social networks and thus expose a characteristic of new leadership?"
Interests of big companies and science, do they go together well enough?
“As a company, we want to make decisions based on facts, not just on our own hypotheses, so we think it's important that fundamental research is being done.”
“We believe in the power of the triple helix: government - education/research - business and see that we, as Rabobank, have a role to play in this. Scientists can collect research questions here, and because of the large scale of our company, it is an interesting place for research participants. In turn, we accept that the results of scientific research are not always the answer to an issue that we want to solve. An unfavourable answer can be better than no answer at all. Suppose we want to bring about something and we ask science: which button do we have to turn for that? The answer, with insights from different disciplines, may be that you have to turn up high 15 buttons. Or that turning certain buttons has no effect at all. That is no problem. The added value of working with science is that one continues to learn, that one keeps refining the strategy."