Researchers at Nijmegen School of Management often work together with organisations. For example, Associate Professor Sjors Witjes, who for years has had close contact with Bart de Bruin, the director of Dar. Together, they work on various circularity projects.
Sjors Witjes works in Business Administration at the Strategic Management Group. ‘I study how companies contribute to a more sustainable society and a circular economy. Increasingly more organisations are interested in what role they could play in that area. As a scientist, I’m studying how we can connect the university and the outside world. By clever collaboration, I use the knowledge of the entire university – not just about management but also about law, medicine, physics, even philosophy. I also work together with the HAN (University of Applied Science) and the ROC (Regional Education Centre).’
For five years, Bart de Bruin has been the director of Dar, the prominent waste collector and manager of public spaces in the Nijmegen region. ‘My work varies from operational to strategic issues. Operationally, the waste in the streets has to be collected and the wastebins emptied each day. If our people don’t do their job for a week, you’ll immediately see that outdoors. Strategically, we’re aiming at a circular, fresh and green living environment. Dar has an important task in this.’