Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance

Research Group New Finance

A sustainable economy is probably unlikely without fundamental changes to the financial sector. The research group New Finance, founded on 1 October 2018, contributes to this transition. The need for a transition originates intrinsically in the industry itself; in addition to maximising profits, we see non-financial values, such as sustainability and social inclusion, playing an increasingly important role. This shift involves major system issues, for which the market is still looking for solutions. The sector must also undergo a transformation to operate with more stability and efficiency in the digital economy. The current education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences must provide a curriculum that is aligned with this transition of the financial sector.

About the research group

Mission

The New Finance research group contributes to the transition of the financial sector by:

  • Researching opportunities for digital technologies in the transition of the financial sector
  • Researching and developing new forms of financial services
  • Providing alternatives for structural issues
  • Developing business and economic education that is suited to New Finance

About the professor

Martijn van der Linden

Martijn van der Linden started as professor of New Finance at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on 1 October 2018. He is currently completing his dissertation at Delft University of Technology. His PhD research is focused on the transition of the monetary financial system in the digital era.

Van der Linden studied Finance and Control (Strategic Management) at the University of Tilburg (2004) and started his career as a management trainee at ING. After working in the financial sector for six years, he decided to concentrate on economic transitions. From September 2011 to January 2014 he was chair of the Sustainable and Solidarity Economy Platform and in 2012 he developed a vision for Arnhem in 2050 (Energetic City). From 2014 to 2017, Van der Linden worked as a researcher at the EU project: Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation. Van der Linden currently holds three additional positions: chair of the Foundation Ons Geld, treasurer of the Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons ) and chair of Our New Economy. In addition he regularly writes articles for the journalism platform Follow the Money and is a consultant for various startups. In the past decade, Van der Linden has become particularly interested in the possibilities of digital technologies. These seem to make a stable monetary system by design possible and offer fundamental new opportunities. The introduction of programmable money can lead to a restructuring of processes, business models and systems, for instance. Digital technologies can also be used to link financial data and non-financial data (for example data about raw material flows). A circular economy can be realised in this way.

m.j.vanderlinden@hhs.nl

Projects

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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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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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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