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With our research, we (Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance) enable companies and entrepreneurs to reduce their footprint on space, materials, employees and human beings with the help of digital technology. We combine perspectives from tech and business and we mainly focus on the high-tech manufacturing industry (including agro and health), smart mobility and fintech. We develop digital technology, but also investigate its role in business operations and the value chain.

In addition, we develop education for students and employees in which the focus points are: solving issues related to sustainable development, (in)equality and digital technology. Students learn how to shape a sustainable economy through smart technology and data. Not only through education, but also by letting students participate in scientific research.

Currently, seven research groups are part of Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance: Change Management, Fotonica, New Finance, Platform Economy, Purposeful Marketing, Smart Sensor Systems & Smart Sustainable Manufacturing.

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Projects

Projects

TranSIT-Transferable Smart Industry Templates

TranSIT-Transferable Smart Industry Templates

A significant proportion of the SME companies in our region engineer and assemble custom or small series products. The emphasis is on short lead times and high quality. Quality control is very important. Process improvements are almost always aimed at reducing errors, searches and unnecessary actions. But they don't want to invest in the wrong technology or working methods and are very wary of vendor lock-in or lengthy projects with external consultants. Automation of production steps 'as-such' is, due to the single piece/small series nature, only interesting if the programming effort is limited and the return of investment (ROI) is short.

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RE/manufacturing LAB

RE/manufacturing LAB

The Re/Manufacturing Lab brings together education and research in the domain of Industry 4.0. With cross-links through all degree programmes of our Faculty of Technology, Innovation and Society and the research group Smart Sustainable Manufacturing. Practical questions come from manufacturing companies in the region. The solutions are applications of so-called 'key technologies': engineering, manufacturing and digital technologies. Of course, while considering sustainability, flexible manufacturing and 'Factory-as-a-Service'.

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E-learning course for lecturers ‘How to Teach Critical Thinking with Film – an Introduction’

E-learning course for lecturers ‘How to Teach Critical Thinking with Film – an Introduction’

This e-learning course supports lecturers who want to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills with the help of film (clips). The course is based on the research by Wypkje van der Heide (research group Change Management), and the ‘Reshaping Business Education’ line of research, within the Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance.

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The Future of Money

The Future of Money

The digitization of our economy and the rise of new forms of money has sparked a battle about the (digital) future of our money. This project explores options to redesign the money system of the future in a way that will make it subservient to society. It is a collaboration between researchers of New Finance, cartographer Carlijn Kinga and research journalist Thomas Bollen. Together we develop three products (cartographies, a book, educational material) and organize events (exhibitions, conferences, lectures).
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Agrotech

Agrotech

We see an increasing convergence of technology and agriculture. The Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance at The Hague University of Applied Sciences plays a role in this by conducting practice-oriented research on the use of robotics, automation, sensors, data science and artificial intelligence in greenhouse horticulture. This effort should have a positive effect on the cultivation and processing of the greenhouse horticulture products. The goal of this research is to make the sector more sustainable. The Agrotech research focuses on South Holland, a region that is home to more than half of all greenhouse horticulture companies in the Netherlands. 
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The Hague Student Investment Fund

The Hague Student Investment Fund

In the autumn of 2020, an enthusiastic group of students started researching the feasibility of a student investment fund at The Hague University of Applied Sciences: The Hague Student Investment Fund. They want to use the fund to invest in start-ups and scale-ups of students and alumni from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The fund can be a hub in a network of entrepreneurs, students, the Hague region, alumni, financiers and lecturers.

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Integrated Reporting

Integrated Reporting

The Integrated Reporting project of the New Finance research group within the Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise involves the PhD research of Egbert Willekes. In this project, the lecturer-researcher examines how companies can respond to economic, ecological and social values,  how they can show their impact on business results by using a good management and accounting system  and how they can respond to the needs of stakeholders in a more targeted way.

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KOIOS - Experimental research and development project

KOIOS - Experimental research and development project

KOIOS is an experimental research and development project to promote educational innovation and provide education, especially on FinTech technologies, to students and professionals. In addition, the project links education, research and business. The aim of KOIOS is to facilitate and promote lifelong learning, which is available to everyone thanks to the open source concept. The project originated from the blockchain minor and is a joint initiative of the New Finance research group (part of the Centre of Expertise for Digital Operations & Finance) and the Finance & Control degree programme (Faculty of BFM). KOIOS also actively cooperates with the Faculty of IT & Design.

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PrimaVera

PrimaVera

In the national project ‘Predictive maintenance for very effective asset management’ (PrimaVera), we are studying how we can use big data to create algorithms that predict when capital assets require maintenance. The work packages focus on three sectors: maritime, infrastructure and high-tech manufacturing.
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Reshaping Business Education

Reshaping Business Education

In the Reshaping Business Education project, we focus on a different orientation of the education and development of business students. We develop education that enables students to create businesses that are socially and environmentally sustainable and thus contribute to a fair economy.
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SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

The province of Zuid-Holland is rich in manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies that develop and sell all kinds of products with the help of technology. These companies would like to produce faster, cheaper, more durable and higher quality products, but are often unaware of contemporary, digital possibilities such as robotisation and 3D printing. SMITZH brings together supply and demand and aims to make the manufacturing industry more innovative, competitive and future-proof. The Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences is one of the knowledge and research partners in the SMITZH consortium.

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Smart Urban Mobility MetA Lab (SUMMAlab) 

Smart Urban Mobility MetA Lab (SUMMAlab) 

Researchers in the Smart Urban Mobility MetA Lab (SUMMAlab) are working on traffic mobility issues. They develop tools and methods to evaluate and assess these issues. They base their work on business models, technical and economic feasibility studies and scaling-up possibilities. They provide practice-oriented advice on setting up and evaluating sustainable experiments within the mobility domain.
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Access to Finance

Access to Finance

The Research group New Finance is involved in a number of EU projects around access to grassroots finance: European Migrant Entrepreneur Network project (EMEN) and the Young Migrant Entrepreneur Capacity Building project (YMCB) and LEarning, Teaming up and Saving - SAVing groups for Employabiliy and Empowerment (LETS SAVEE).
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Autonomous wheelchair

Autonomous wheelchair

The research group Smart Sensor Systems of The Hague University of Applied Sciences researches the application of mobile and intelligent robotics. It's conducting research on making wheelchairs safer and more user-friendly with new functions such as: 'automatic driving', 'collision detection' and 'support when performing difficult manoeuvres'. This project is part of the Smart Mobility & Smart Control research line of the Research group Smart Sensor Systems.

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Exercise research from questionnaire to measurement

Exercise research from questionnaire to measurement

CBS - HHs - RIVM Exercise research: replace the SQUASH questionnaire for determining metabolism through questions about activities and duration by objective measurements with inertial measurement units and (motion) sensors. This project is part of the Smart Health research line of the Research group Smart Sensor Systems.

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Biosensors for detecting enzymes, DNA and viruses

Biosensors for detecting enzymes, DNA and viruses

This project is the result of a collaboration between Smart Sensor Systems, TNO and the company Delta Diagnostics. In a short period of time, this company has become an important player in the further development (TNO spin-off development) as well as the further market introduction of these Microring Resonators (MRRs) as a point-of-care diagnostic technique. This project is part of the Smart Health research line of the research group Smart Sensor Systems.

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Digital Government Funding

Digital Government Funding

The goal of this project is to develop and share knowledge about the digitisation of money, the decline in the use of cash and opportunities provided by a new form of (programmable) government funds (digital cash, digital central bank money).

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Disability and its affective affordances

Disability and its affective affordances

How are affective reactions such as fear, surprise or sympathy to functional limitations portrayed in literature and other art forms? Read about it in this research.

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Education on film and critical thinking

Education on film and critical thinking

How are the critical thinking skills of students enhanced by working with film and documentary?

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The image and obstacles of Fintech

The image and obstacles of Fintech

This research aims to provide insight into the opportunities for fintech companies and their image in equity financing and payment services and the obstacles they face. Together, these can increase own equity in society (and reduce debt) and provide greater individual responsibility.

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IT for financials

IT for financials

Together with alumni and the business community, the Research group New Finance has developed IT education that is aligned with the current and future professional practice of financials.

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Stewardship

Stewardship

In many economic degree programmes and companies, the 'homo economicus' paradigm still prevails. We are now seeing a search for an alternative, as this old paradigm has contributed to ecological, economic and social crises.

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Gossip in organisations

Gossip in organisations

A large number of studies have shown that gossiping in organisations is not only unavoidable, but can even be used as a positive communication tool. However, by gossiping inappropriately, staff members can easily lose the trust of their colleagues and very quickly be seen in a negative light.

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Theatre and other art forms in education

Theatre and other art forms in education

This is a study about the possibilities and impossibilities of theatre and other art forms in education.

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VIT for Life

VIT for Life

The Medical Delta Living Lab Vitality Innovation & Technology (VIT) for Life focuses on promoting the vitality of people with (an increased risk of) lifestyle-related health issues. The lab focuses on the development of sustainable social and technological innovations. This could include, for example, the development of an app that encourages healthy dietary choices and enough exercise. This project is part of the Smart Health research line of the research group Smart Sensor Systems.

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Wearables for Occupational Health

Wearables for Occupational Health

The project Wearables for Occupational health: Measuring vests for Body Parameters and Exposure and Motion started on 1 February, 2019. In cooperation with Kinetic Analysis and CBS, the research group is developing measuring vests with light sensors that can measure exposure, movement and body parameters. This project is part of the Smart Health research line of the research group Smart Sensor Systems.

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Care aesthetics

Care aesthetics

Care aesthetics is a new concept in the Netherlands and concerns the focus on perception and experience in care and care education programmes.

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Completed projects

Completed projects

An overview of projects that have been completed by the Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise.

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Publications

Research Group Change Management

All the publications and blogs from research group Change Management are displayed here: lectoraatchangemanagement.nl
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