Centre for Economics & Values

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The Erasmus Centre for Economics & Values

The Erasmus Centre for Economics & Values has been launched in 2019, following the acceptance of the chair on Relational Economics, Values & Leadership by prof. dr. Lans Bovenberg at the Erasmus School of Economics.

The Centre facilitates fundamental research on the relationships between economics and human values, the role of leadership and the dynamics of cooperation. It forms an academic network within Erasmus University Rotterdam with respect to values and economics, attracting experts, postdocs and graduate students from the fields of economics, theology, management and business.

The relational mode of thinking in research is also promoted by the Centre to serve to the benefit of society. Three initiatives pursue this goal in the realms of business, education, and society.


For businesses and organizations there is [Re]Value, an educational and coaching program that offers an interactive mix of lectures, in-company workshops and executive coaching. It is highly recommended to managing directors if they desire:

  • The alignment of individual employee behaviour with their personal values, the shared values in teams and organizational values of the organization;
  • Addressing the deep, intrinsic motivations of employees in a program that views personal and social values as both a means and an end itself;
  • A hands-on approach to manage the power and threats of uniformity and diversity when it comes to values;
  • Raising awareness on the responsibility of leaders and their impact on productive cooperation within the organization.

The SIEO Foundation for Innovation in Economics Education

A modern teaching method for Dutch secondary education that aims to integrate the basic foundations of relational economics and a values-based economy with the existing curriculum for high school students.

The ERGO network on Economics, Religion & Governance

ERGO is an inter-university partnership between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University that organizes public and private network events aimed at integrating a values-based perspective in economic affairs.

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