TumTum - June 2021
About climbing the ladder from the VMBO, change processes that do not change anything and disinfecting with light. Another TumTum with Nyenrodians who have caught our eye in recent weeks! In this edition Prof. Tineke Lambooy, Thijs Homan (19750034), Seren Güven (Student Msc), Viktoria De Bourbon De Parme (20046004), and Mike van der Kamp (19960062).
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Corporate Law vs. Human Rights
When following Dutch news, you couldn’t have missed that one of the largest industrialists in The Netherlands, Tata Steel, is under heavy fire for environmental pollution and endangering public health. After the ruling in the case Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth) versus Shell, something similar may be on the horizon for the steel giant. Several cases are now pending against the company and the ruling against Shell will only increase the chances for the prosecutors, according to Tineke Lambooy, professor of corporate law at Nyenrode Business University. According to the professor, this ruling shows that free enterprise, within the boundaries of corporate law, does not always mean that a company can do as they please. In this case, it clashes with, for example, people's right to a clean living environment. Companies really have a responsibility here. Source: nhnieuws.nl
Change processes that don't change anything
Change processes, there is little that people dread more in a company. They come with a lot of extra work, there is always someone from outside to tell you how it should be done, and the whole story is irrevocably accompanied by the most horrible office jargon. And then emeritus professor of Implementation and Change Management Thijs Homan (19750034) also tells you that some of those processes are not even intended to bring about change. Are you lost yet?
Commissioned by Labor & Organization Fund Municipalities, the alumnus conducted research into municipal change processes. He found a whole web of them, at any given moment up to 20 are being executed at the same time in the average municipality. And some of them have a purpose other than bringing about change, which is to gain legitimacy for the current policy. Source: consultancy.nl
Climbing up from VMBO to accountant
Seren Güven, Master's student Accountancy at NBU, did so successfully. Her school recommendation was VMBO (preparatory secondary vocational education), mainly because she did not have a good understanding of the Dutch language. An observant high school teacher, however, saw that numbers were her cup of tea, and asked whether accountancy would not be for her. A profile paper and a conversation with an enthusiastic and empathetic partner from an accounting firm did the rest. Source: accountant.nl
In the spotlight: Viktória, spous of Prince Jaime
Princess Viktoria De Bourbon De Parme - Cservenyak (20046004) celebrated her birthday last week, reason for the Dutch tv-show "blue blood" to put her in the spotlight again. After finishing law school and a master's degree at the NBU, she made a name for herself as lawyer, author, filanthropist, and is now working for the World Benchmarking alliance. Source: blauwbloed.eo
To disinfect with light, is that possible?
The short answer is “Yes”. That is of course good news, now that the disinfectants are in high demand since the pandemic. The only thing that is still lacking is sufficient knowledge about how to use UV light effectively as a disinfectant, according to Mike van der Kamp (19960062), owner of UVSence. The funny thing is that an established disinfectant such as chlorine is almost never used properly, and is therefore often not effective. To really disinfect, chlorine must be in contact with the designated surface for at least 30 seconds, so one wipe with a cloth is not enough. UV light is potentially much more effective, because the processing time is much shorter. It can really be a godsend, especially in laboratories, hotels and hospitals. Provided, you guessed it, it is used properly. Source: servicemanagement.nl