A place to grow
Rooted in academia, concentrated on business. UMIO is not just any place to go. We are the executive branch of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE), a School leading in the fields of economics and international business.
Endorsed by Maastricht University, we provide high-quality learning trajectories and conduct cutting-edge research, yet our scope reaches further than these academic walls. We thrive on serving individuals and organisations by generating perspectives that advance management knowledge and practice.
Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with nearly 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.
Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.
At UMIO we take a highly personal and resourceful approach to learning by adopting Maastricht University’s renowned Problem Based Learning (PBL) as our leading philosophy. Within a rich network of academic experts, business-savvy professionals, and talented students, we create dynamic, small-scale learning environments that ensure invigorating insights and practical outcomes for the challenges at hand.
Engaging with UMIO means you’re in good company. Maastricht University is considered one of the best young universities in the world, consistently performing well in national and international rankings. Maastricht University School of Business and Economics even belongs to a select group of 1% of educational institutes worldwide with a Triple Crown accreditation by the international accrediting bodies AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.
Areas of expertise
UMIO’s scope of expertise is broad, versatile, and focused on multi-disciplinary connections. Yet we also created an exclusive set of three areas of expertise to focus our services on.
The human side of business
We put an emphasis on the human side of business by taking a closer look at leadership practices and impact, strategic change processes, decision-making, and learning.
Organisations consist of people, and organisational challenges logically arise through issues that are related to the professionals working in it. At UMIO, we put an emphasis on the human side of business by taking a closer look at leadership practices and impact, strategic change processes, decision-making, and learning.
We thrive on finding the optimal way for people to lead themselves, their teams, and their organisations in environments that are driven by change and the need to be innovative.
Service design & innovation
With a focus on service design and innovation, we offer valuable insights into what is needed to develop enduring innovations that allow organisations to evolve in future.
How can organisations create innovations that make use of important trends? How can firms incorporate the customer perspective into business and design processes? What are things to take into consideration when it comes to implementing a sustainable innovation?
With a focus on service design and innovation, UMIO offers valuable insights into what is needed to develop enduring innovations that allow organisations to evolve in the 21st century and beyond.
Accounting & control in a global context
We incorporate current discussions and state-of-art knowledge in our teaching to help you acquire a thorough understanding of accounting information and the underlying financial aspects.
Managing organisations and strategic decision-making requires a thorough understanding of accounting information and the underlying financial aspects. While accounting seeks to facilitate and improve decision-making in general, management control guides and control the implementation of decisions. The area of accounting and control is not limited to financial information but information in general, such as customer needs, employee requirements, emissions and other non-financial aspects that matter for firms.
At UMIO we strive to incorporate current discussions and state-of-the-art knowledge in these areas into our teaching. As accounting deals with the preparation and use of information in general, we also incorporate the latest analytical methods and developments of information technology into our curricula.
Our distinctive qualities
At UMIO we are driven by a strong desire to expand perspectives. We help individuals and organisations adopt an innovative way of thinking that allows them to gain that competitive edge.
In everything we do, four core qualities guide the route we take in designing and organising learning journeys together with individual professionals and organisations, both in the region and on a global scale.
UMIO builds transparency in a web of organisational challenges to help you and your organisation probe for effective approaches to increase performance
In a volatile, ambiguous and globally connected world, each action we take immediately affects many other elements in our environment. Let’s navigate through this complex web of interdependencies hand in hand and take meaningful new steps together!
Navigating complexity means…
- Adopting a strategic mind-set
- Fostering perspective-taking and learning to work with contradictions
- Daring to look beyond the obvious
- Creating the right conditions for learning
- Understanding the necessity to stay agile
- Developing the personal resilience to deal with uncertainty
UMIO broadens horizons beyond the here and now by triggering thoughts about required changes and innovations for making your organisation future-proof
Your business can be booming today and redundant tomorrow. Nothing is as delusive as short-term success. Adding value is key, yet staying relevant is a different ball game. UMIO invites you to build a sustainable future for you and your organisation!
Futurized practice means…
- Anticipating continuous change
- Learning to keep an open mind
- Applying proven tools and methodologies
- Becoming a conduit of fresh ideas
- Creating relevant value
UMIO stands at the crossroads of business and academia, connecting and combining different viewpoints that allow you to see more than ever before
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Today, knowledge and a strong network need to go hand in hand to make individuals thrive and organisations flourish. UMIO invites you to connect and create an impact together!
Dynamic connections means…
- Building and bridging networks
- Learning from a variety of voices
- Co-creating in a collaborative environment
- Harnessing resources from academia, industry, and business
- Thriving in an inclusive and supportive community
UMIO provides for accelerated opportunities, learning in a dynamic environment, and professional and personal growth in order for you to be ahead and stay ahead
Life-long employment has been surpassed by life-long learning. Professionals need to continuously develop themselves to retain their competitive edge. UMIO builds learning environments that actively challenge you to get ahead and stay ahead.
Personal growth means…
- Acknowledging the need for and impact of life-long learning
- Reaching beyond your comfort zone
- Learning from others and allowing others to learn from you
- Identifying, improving, and using your competencies
- Building and strengthening professional relations