Governance of the Herbert Simon Research Institute

Scientific Director and support staff (RST)

The scientific director of the Simon Institute is in charge of the overall coordination. The Vice-Dean for research will also fulfill the role of Scientific Director of the Simon Research Institute. His coordination tasks are as follows:

  • Development of the concept research program in close consultation with the research program leaders of the nine departments and the management team (MT). The MT is in charge of approving the draft research program/finalizing
  • Assessment of the necessary budgets for the next 3-5 years as well as the annual budget
  • Stimulating research grants, in close cooperation with the academic staff and Grant Support as well as stimulating the participation in collaborative research projects (consortia, gravitation programs)
  • Monitoring research output/quality as well as related research assessments
  • Stimulating impact of the research of our School
  • Admission of PhD students and the subsequent education of PhD students through our Simon Graduate School

The scientific director reports directly to the Dean of the TSB.

Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Program Advisory Committee is composed of the nine program leaders of the affiliated departments of our School and three cross-cutting theme leaders. They meet once every six weeks. One of the nine program leaders will be chosen/selected as chairperson. The meeting will be prepared by the Research Support Team in close cooperation with the chairman of the PAC and the Scientific Director of HSRI, who will also be present during the meetings.

The tasks of the PAC is to give advice on the following matters:

  • Research program of HSRI with a special focus on the three cross-cutting themes as highlighted above
  • Progress in and contribution of our School to the TiU impact program in close cooperation with the three impact coordinators and our own ‘linking pin’ academic staff members
  • Research quality and the kind of qualitative and quantitative indicators which can or will be used for monitoring research quality
  • Composition of the Supervisory Board
  • Guidelines with respect to the content of PURE
  • Necessary budget for the years to come as well as suggesting investment plans
  • Nominations of academic staff members for prizes, awards, honorary doctorates, best PhD, etc.

The final decisions with respect to these topics will be taken by the MT/Dean.

Next to the above-mentioned advisory tasks, the PAC is responsible for the carrying out of the following activities:

  • Composition and approval of the yearly annual research report
  • Stimulating the new initiative of the so-called Simon junior and senior visiting research fellows
  • Stimulating grant applications and the participation in collaborative projects. This of course in close cooperation with the academic staff members themselves. Grant Support and RST will facilitate this as much as possible
  • Discussing (once a year) progress of PhD trajectories within TSB, based upon analyses as provided by the RST
  • Discussing (once a year) the course program of our own Graduate School and the experience we have with courses of the National Graduate Schools
  • Keeping track/informing each other’s/having an overview of all the events taking place in the School and University for the sake of informing staff members, preventing overlap and make sure that we have a good spread/distribution over the year

Supervisory Board

An internationally composed supervisory board will be appointed in order to supervise progress and development of the HSRI in line with international standards of academic research, which is leading edge, up to date and of high quality. In total 4 internationally renowned academics will be appointed. Our aim is to appoint active researchers, who together can be considered representative for the kind of research we perform at the various levels of analysis (individual, team, organization, societal), bearing in mind the three selected themes.

The dean of TSB will host and chair the meetings of the supervisory board. Meetings will take place every other year. The supervisory board assesses the progress of the Simon Research Institute (content development, profile, publications, networks, consortiums, impact, fundraising, talent development, research master's, PhD graduate school, research assessments etc.) and gives advice on this. This advice is used to adjust policy and strengthen strategy development.