TiSEM Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) of Tilburg University is a permanent and independent committee, established by TiSEM’s management team.
The IRB reviews all research that falls within the IRB scope and that is to be conducted by:
- TiSEM Faculty
- TiSEM PhD candidates
- TiSEM Master's students: either under supervision of a faculty member or a PhD candidate at TiSEM, or when the student’s research may be used for future publication requires.
Research proposals are submitted to the IRB by the principal investigator, who is a faculty member or PhD candidate at TiSEM.
Only after IRB approval, research is ought to be conducted. In addition, the IRB does not provide post-hoc approval after research has started or has been completed.
Mission and guiding principles
The TiSEM Institutional Review Board is a permanent and independent committee, established by TiSEM’s management team. The IRB evaluates research proposals to be conducted by TiSEM faculty, PhD candidates, and Research Master students. Research proposals are evaluated on ethics of data collection and data management, including participant privacy protection, and the quality of data management, including data accessibility. The IRB does not provide post-hoc approval after research has started or has been completed.
The TiSEM IRB aims to sustain and improve the quality of research at TiSEM; for
- Research participants: by protecting their privacy and preventing them from physical, psychological or other harm.
- Institution and Society: by supporting and facilitating the integrity and transparency of data collection and management, as well as the accessibility of research data and results.
- Researchers: by supporting, informing, and helping researchers to conform to the IRB aims and procedures, while keeping their workload at a minimum.
Research proposals are evaluated on:
1. Ethics of data collection
- Fully inform participants about the data collection procedure and the intended use of their personal data.
- Obtain informed consent from participants before starting data collection.
- Prevent any physical and/or psychological harm or strain to participants as much as possible.
- Assess to what extent the above goals have been achieved.
- Take immediate remedial action to solve any problems due to or during data collection.
2. Data management and GDPR
- Transparency in data management by documenting which data are stored where, and how and who has access to this.
- Privacy protection of the participants.
- Accessibility of data and procedures to contribute to the replicability and reproducibility of research results.
The committee consists of representatives from different TiSEM departments:
- Prof. dr. Eddy Cardinaels (Chair, Department of Accountancy)
- Prof. dr. Tobias Klein (Department of Econometrics and Operations Research)
- Prof. dr. Sigrid Suetens (Department of Economics)
- Dr. Ben Vollaard (Department of Economics)
- Prof. dr. Carol Ou (Department of Management)
- Prof. dr. Fabio Braggion (Department of Finance)
- Prof. dr. Marnik Dekimpe (Department Marketing)
- Dr Anne Brouwer (Data Representative and IRB Manager, Research Support Team)