Rotterdam School of Management

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)
RSM Erasmus University - Logo.jpg
Established 1966
Dean Dean Steef van de Velde
Students 7,500
Location Rotterdam, Netherlands
Affiliations AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB, CEMS
Website www.rsm.nl

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (or RSM) is the international business school of the Erasmus University Rotterdam located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught mostly in English, including MBA, executive education, and PhD programmes.

RSM is ranked as one of the best European business schools, including 10th[1] in the Financial Times meta-ranking and 3rd in Western Europe by Eduniversal.[2] RSM is in the 1% of business schools worldwide which possess the distinguished Triple Crown Accreditation - AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. In addition, RSM's programmes are accredited by the Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO) and is part of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS), a consortium of Europe's leading schools and corporate partners. RSM is also a member of the Partnership in International Management (PIM) network, and hosts a diverse international student body.[3] In 2013, RSM became part of the Alliance of European and Chinese Business Schools, which is under the patronage of the European Federation of Management Development.[4]

History[edit]

Erasmus University[edit]

The roots of RSM stretch back to the founding of Erasmus University as the Dutch School of Higher Commercial Education in 1913. Originally a business-oriented institution, the Dutch School of Higher Commercial Education was a private initiative established with the support of the Rotterdam business community.

In 1966 Erasmus University (then the Netherlands Institute for Economic Science), commissioned an investigation into the feasibility of founding a Graduate School of Management dedicated to the subject of ‘business administration’. The result, inaugurated in 1969, was the ‘Interfaculteit Bedrijfskunde/Graduate School of Management’, a joint initiative of the schools of economics, law and social sciences of Erasmus University, and the schools of civil, mechanical and maritime engineering and general sciences at the Delft University of Technology.

Graduate School of Management[edit]

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University first opened its doors in 1970 in the suburb of Kralingen, Rotterdam. The first 30 students began classes in the two-year ‘post-kandidaats’ programme (equivalent to a master’s). The school became the first in the Netherlands to offer the degree “Doctorandus in de Bedrijfskunde” post-kandidaats, for students with a university qualification in a non-business discipline.

In 1972 the school moved to new premises in Delft and was once again remodelled, this time as the Interuniversities Institute for Business Administration (‘Interuniversitair Instituut Bedrijfskunde’ or IIB). It had only one division, the ‘Interuniversitaire Interfaculteit Bedrijfskunde/Graduate School of Management Delft’. In November that year the first 29 students graduated with the new academic degree ‘Doctorandus in de Bedrijfskunde’ (Drs.), and the Alumni Association VIB, the ‘Vereniging van afgestudeerden van de Interfaculteit Bedrijfskunde’ was formally established.

Internationalisation[edit]

In 1975 the curriculum was revised and, from 1977 onwards, the focus turned towards the internationalisation of the school. The first exchange programme was established in 1980 with the French Institut Supérieur des Affaires, visited by IIB-students Hans van der Laan and Rino Schreuder. The second exchange programme was established with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. The number of English-language modules with an international focus expanded. In 1984 the four-year ‘doctorandus’ programme was launched. The first European CEMS master’s degree was conferred in 1991, a result of RSM’s assimilation into the renowned CEMS network.

In 1986 the Graduate School of Management Delft moved back to the premises of Erasmus University, and was renamed the Faculty of Business Administration. The doctoral programme was established in the same year. In 1993 the ERASM research school was founded, bringing together researchers from the Faculty of Business Administration and the School of Economics. It is known today as the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).

In 2003 the BSc International Business Administration programme (IBA) was established, an English-language bachelor (undergraduate) programme which aims to provide a truly international learning experience with a large proportion of students from outside the Netherlands.

Rotterdam School of Management[edit]

In 1966 a consensus on the lack of suitable training and higher educational facilities for managers in the Netherlands spurred Dutch-based multinationals including Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and Philips to establish the Foundation for Business Administration, an institute for postgraduate management education that later became Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).

The founders of RSM each donated two million guilders and included:


In 1985 the Rotterdam School of Management launched its International Full-time MBA programme, initially offered in both Dutch and English. In 1986 the ‘post-kandidaats’ IMSEC exchange programme was absorbed into the MBA, and a new IMScEC ‘doctorandus’ programme was launched.

In 2003 RSM joined four schools located in three continents to create the "Global Executive OneMBA".

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University[edit]

In 2004 Rotterdam School of Management merged with Erasmus University's Faculty of Business Administration and the Erasmus Research Institute of Management to become Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

In 2006 the MSc General Management programme was established, a new master degree for non-business graduates, now called the MScBA Master in Management.

In 2011 the school welcomed a new dean, Professor Steef van de Velde.

Rankings[edit]

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is ranked as follows:[5][6]

Globally RSM has been ranked as follows:

Global Ranking Programme 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
FT Full-time MBA Ranking MBA 26 25 36 30 33 39
FT Executive MBA Ranking EMBA 31 24 39 41 48 TBA
FT Executive MBA Ranking OneMBA 27 22 26 24 27 TBA
FT Executive Education Ranking Exec. Ed 40 32 42 51 56 TBA
FT Masters in Management MSc International Management / CEMS 10 11 10 7 5 TBA
Aspen Institute Grey Pinstripes Ranking MBA 7 n/a 19 n/a n/a n/a

Within Europe RSM has been ranked as follows:

European Ranking Programme 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
FT Full-time MBA Ranking MBA 8 11 14 10 12 12
FT Executive MBA Ranking EMBA 16 13 17 19 24 TBA
FT Executive MBA Ranking OneMBA 14 12 10 19 15 TBA
FT Executive Education Ranking Exec. Ed 19 14 17 24 27 TBA
FT MSc Ranking MSc 10 10 9 7 5 TBA
FT European Business School Ranking All 7 6 7 9 10 TBA
Elsevier (Dutch ranking) BScBA 1 1 1 1 2 TBA
Aspen Institute Grey Pinstripes Ranking MBA 1 n/a 3 n/a n/a n/a

Accreditations[edit]

RSM holds a prestigious triple accreditation from the international accrediting bodies of management education; AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. Only only the top 1% of business schools in the world have acquired a triple accreditation.

Programmes[edit]

Bachelor and Master programmes[edit]

  • BSc in Business Administration / Bedrijfskunde (in Dutch)
  • BSc in International Business Administration (IBA)
  • MSc in International Management / CEMS
  • MScBA in Accounting & Control
  • MScBA in General Management
  • MSc in Management Consulting
  • MSc in Business Information Management
  • MSc in Chinese Economy & Business
  • MSc in Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing
  • MSc in Finance & Investments
  • MSc in Global Business and Stakeholder Management
  • MSc in Human Resource Management
  • MSc in Management of Innovation
  • MSc in Marketing Management
  • MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting
  • MSc in Strategic Management
  • MSc in Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Business Research
  • Pre-master Business Administration (Dutch- and English-language programmes)

MBA programmes[edit]

  • International Full-time MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Global Executive OneMBA
  • MBA / Master in Financial Management Dual Degree

Research programmes[edit]

  • ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research
  • PhD in Management

Executive Master programmes[edit]

  • MSc in Corporate Communication
  • MBA / Master in Financial Management Dual Degree
  • MSc in Management Consultancy
  • MSc in Maritime Economics & Logistics
  • Executive Master in Business Services
  • Part-time Master Bedrijfskunde / Doctorandus Bedrijfskunde (in Dutch)

Customised programmes[edit]

Through RSM’s customised programmes, employees can access the latest in business and management thinking while engaging with some of the world’s most influential thought leaders. These programmes are designed for each client by a team of expert consultants, and can be delivered in-house.

Open programmes[edit]

Led by internationally recognised academic and business experts, RSM's current portfolio of open programmes includes:

  • General Management
  • Leadership & People Development
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Strategy
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Management of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Corporate Communication

International partner schools[edit]

RSM students can take part in study exchanges with other leading business schools around the world.

Partner schools include :

Distinguished Alumni[edit]

Name Notability Class
Boudewijn Beerkens CFO, SHV Holdings Full-time MBA 1991
Else Boutkan Founder, Something Else Part-time MBA 2002
Maria van der Heijden Founder of Women on Wings, owner of ComVerander Part-time MSc Bedrijfskunde 2000
Hans Smits CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority (2005-2013), now President of the Board of Trustees, Erasmus University Rotterdam Post-kandidaats Opleiding Bedrijfskunde 1973-1975
Saskia Stuiveling President, Netherlands Court of Audit Post-kandidaats Opleiding Bedrijfskunde 1970-1972
Alexander Ribbink Partner, Prime Technology Ventures, formerly Executive Board Member and Chief Operating Officer of TomTom Full-time MBA 1990
Bart Becht Former CEO, Reckitt Benckiser Post-kandidaats Opleiding Bedrijfskunde 1977-1980
Sukhbir Jasuja CEO, ITpreneurs Full-time MBA 1998
Johan H. Andresen Jr CEO, Ferd Norway Full-time MBA 1993
Meiny Prins CEO, Priva BV Part-time Bedrijfskunde 2000
Hans van Ierland Co-founder and CEO, Holland Private Equity Full-time MBA 1990
Diederik Laman Trip Former CEO, ING Netherlands Doctorandus Post-kandidaats 1970
Feike Sijbesma CEO, Royal DSM Post-kandidaats Opleiding Bedrijfskunde 1987
Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg Cycle for Water MScBA 2009 and BScBA 2009 & MScBA 2010
Robert-Jan van Ogtrop The Circle Economy Doctoraal Post-kandidaats Bedrijfskunde 1980
Jente de Vries and Lisanne van Zwol Founders, Kromkommer Both MScBA 2012
Martin Kersbergen Manager Corporate Communication and Marketing Strategy, DELA Executive MScCC 2009

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