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New Member Spotlight: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)

The Netherlands


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is the top-ranked, international business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. RSM provides high quality research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam Ð a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Its full-service range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourages them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

Accreditations: NVAO, AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Dean: Professor Ansgar Richter, PhD
Ambassadors: Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director; Eva Rood, Director Positive Change

Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC)


The PrC is is an international research and knowledge centre for public-private collaboration for sustainable and inclusive development. It researches how cross-sector partnerships work and how they can contribute to sustainable transformations. Its knowledge agenda focuses on: creating knowledge to enhance the transformative capacity of partnerships, connecting academic and practical knowledge to support mutual learning, and sharing knowledge to navigate the strategizing processes of partnering.

Network Engagement

Current Partnerships with GBSN Member Schools

RSM offers the Global Executive OneMBA programme, the only executive MBA programme designed with equal input from five premier business schools in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Its OneMBA partner in Brazil is Funda‹o Getœlio Vargas Escola de Administra‹o de Empresas de S‹o Paulo (FGV EAESP), a GBSN member.

RSM is the Dutch business school in CEMS, a global alliance of academic and corporate institutions dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. Business schools in the CEMS alliance offer international students a unique blend of high-quality education and professional experience in the CEMS Master in International Management (MIM). www.cems.org

GBSN partners in the CEMS alliance are:

  • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Corvinus Business School (Hungary)
  • HEC Paris School of Management (France)
  • HKUST Business School (Hong Kong)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (India)
  • Ivey School of Business, Western University (Canada)
  • American University in Cairo, School of Business (Egypt)
  • WU Ð Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria)

Ways the institution will support the GBSN mission to improve access to quality management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.

RSM’s mission is to be a force for positive change in the world. We will use our GBSN membership to actively contribute to positive change by continuing to share our educational materials, in particular those related to business and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with everyone who wants to learn, and with the GBSN network so that we can increase access to them Ð for example:

  • our free MOOCs (massive open online courses) that spread RSM’s expertise on global issues and trends
  • our series of books on Positive Change Ð which are free to download
  • our free-to-attend SDG events (which are now online)
  • and by forming co-creation partnerships with business schools in other parts of the world and actively participating in GBSN’s activities and events.

Institutional contributions to the network platform in the first year

We will start by organising a Cross-Border Coffee Break (CBCB) Webinar for GBSN members, and attend the GBSN Annual Conference in November 2020.

Institutional engagement with fellow GBSN member institutions

  1. By sharing our knowledge on the role of business in addressing the SDGs (through our MOOCs, SDG videos, and free online learning materials) and promoting discussion on this topic.
  2. By building institutional partnerships with mature, new, and emerging business schools throughout the global GBSN network to share expertise and learn effective approaches in business education and research.
  3. By hosting and attending Cross-Border Coffee Break Webinars.
  4. By contributing to ongoing projects and by forming new partnerships.

The biggest challenge facing management in your community and how the institution addresses this challenge.

Designing or reforming supply chains, digital processes, logistics, and marketing in such a way that they become future-proof and responsible, sustainable, and ethical is the biggest challenge for managers in this corner of Europe. Our research and teaching focuses on designing, implementing and promoting sustainable and inclusive business models that leave no one behind and deliver values beyond financial value. The GBSN membership will help us to further develop this inclusive view.

RSM is proud to enter the Global Business School Network and is fully committed to contributing to its mission, which aligns completely with RSM’s mission ‘to be a force for positive change in the world’. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration and to co-creating new initiatives with many of the GBSN members.

Ansgar Richter, PhD, Dean

Program Highlight

1) RSM believes that business is a powerful instrument to help scale up global sustainability efforts to create a safe and just operating space for humanity and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In the one-year MSc Global Business and Sustainability programme, students examine how businesses create proactive strategies to deal with issues such as resource scarcity and climate threats. They learn how to innovate, to create, and to deliver value to people, planet and profit, by tackling sustainability challenges in business and society. This programme in particular aims to create new generation of leaders with the capacity to think critically about business strategies and create new sustainable business models for the future.



2) RSM’s free online course called Driving business towards the SDGs takes learners on a journey in which academic and industry leaders share best practices and inspire learners to integrate SDG thinking in their professional as well as personal lives.

It explores the role of business in contributing to a better future for people and the planet without giving up profits. It empowers participants to make a difference for themselves by showing them how change starts with ‘the power of one’, and how to gather followers and scale up the impact of individuals’ changes. The seven-week course is for people who want to start to create a culture of sustainable business. This MOOC has won several awards and continues to receive outstanding feedback.

https://www.rsm.nl/about-rsm/news/detail/14839-excellence-award-for-rsms-mooc-driving-business-towards-the-sdgs/ and https://www.coursera.org/learn/sdgbusiness