SOM is the research school of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen. The mission of SOM is to stimulate mono-disciplinary and interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research, meeting international standards, related to the firm in its economic environment and to provide high-level MSc and PhD programmes in this field.SOM was accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 1998 and accredited again in december 2003 . The school consists of SOM fellows and associate fellows, post-docs and PhD students. As per December 2010, approximately 160 fellows and associate fellows, 50 research master students and 150 PhD candidates participated in SOM. SOM distinguishes several research programmes centred around a certain topic.