Your future career
Your future career
More than 75 % of corporate recruiters have said the most important criteria in choosing graduates is whether or not they understand the social and environmental responsibilities of corporations. The MSc in GBS covers the responsibilities and agenda of every general and strategic manager within for-profit and non-profit organisations. As such, the programme prepares you for any position in which generalists are required. Our experience indicates that around 60% of our alumni got jobs in the private sector or founded their own company; 25% work for government; 15% for non-profit or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or have founded their own NGO.
Orientation year for non-EEA graduates
Non-EEA graduates can remain in The Netherlands after graduation in order to find a job. Please read further to find out how this 'Orientation Year' works.
Bas Van Den Berg
"The study of Global Business and Stakeholder Management pivoted my way of thinking and doing. By analysing and researching different corporate activities and societal problems it gave me insights on how important it is to work together; on a local, regional and global scale. Although big multinationals are unfortunately still very important for many people in the world to satisfy all our needs, it's up to various non-profit organisations and young start-ups to generate awareness and provide new tools for the new thinking generations in the world. It's a transition from the old economy to the new. At Nudge - a young organisation that focuses on creating a more sustainable society - I've learned that it's not only about having a good concept or being an idealist, it's also the business model that counts. Effectuating a solid business model for an idealistic case requires the active participation of many stakeholders, the large multinationals but also entrepreneurs, governments and society. Now I've developed my own. In the end, the most important thing is to find your own source of happiness. This master study is a good way to start finding that source."
Project Employee Sales at BMW Group Nederland
“GBSM has changed the way I look at business and will affect the way I will do business for the rest of my life. In addition to interesting classmates that provide you with a unique network for the rest of your life, you will be challenged to get the best out of yourself and the environment around you. You will master the skills to do effective business in our global economy and be aware of how to identify and address all important stakeholders in your field of interest. You will have the foundation to become a thought leader in your personal and professional life.”
Sustainability Disclosure Database Intern, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
“I liked the MSc in GBSM and would recommend it because it focuses on issues that companies, governments and civil society must increasingly address, such as environmental concerns and sustainable development. It has also influenced the manner in which I approach and examine issues by providing me with the tools to take a more inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach. In addition, the programme has also strengthened my certainty in the significant roles that business, governments and civil society can all play in addressing the world’s largest issues, such as climate change.”
Frans Deelen Souza
Associate Consultant at Euromonitor International
“GBSM is a unique RSM master programme that discusses worldly problems from a business perspective. GBSM provides a solid training into conducting thorough research. The courses are challenging in which critical thought and practical value are rewarded. GBSM also emphasizes on improving your communication skills. For example, we simulated board-room presentations in which the CEO wanted a brief but thorough overview of your analyses. The GBSM courses strongly align with my passion for sustainability and organisational business strategy. Indeed, many discussed problems, such as climate change, depleting resources, inequity and corruption, are at the intersection between businesses, governments and NGOs. Zooming into the blurring boundaries and the organisational consequences was an invaluable experience during my master thesis. Through GBSM professors I gained access to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and investigated their business partnership portfolio. An invaluable experience, since my professors challenged me to deliver a thesis with theoretical and practical value. The size of the class is also an advantage. Fewer students allows for interactive discussion and generally more time with the teaching staff. Besides, within days you will get to know all fellow students!”
Business Analyst at Deloitte
“The programme provides good insights from a holistic perspective as well as a more business perspective. Being able to see it from both perspectives is an added value, especially in consultancy or any other corporate organisation. I truly believe the way we do business will change, through sustainable business model innovations, and through reporting. We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift and I can therefore recommend everyone to do an MSc in GBSM.”
Organizational Development Advisor at BiZZdesign
“During the GBSM programme, I acquired the knowledge to see beyond boundaries. With best practices, theories and methodologies on fields such as corporate communication, leadership issues and philanthropic management, I gained the theoretic basis to create synergy. But GBSM also gave me the skills to make optimum use of this knowledge through working intensively on papers, presentations and discussions with different teams. In addition, it was a lot of fun to work so closely with a group of people whom I may call friends for live.”
Business Development Social Entrepreneurship at bfu AG
“The GBSM programme provides you with the perfect ingredients to develop your sustainability skills and start you career in this exciting field. It bridges the gap between issues in business, society and ecology and helps you to understand the connections between the various actors involved. After completing a BSc in International Business, I didn’t want to continue my career on a “traditional” career path. RSM has helped me to not only develop my understanding of the important global sustainability issues, but also to discover truly meaningful jobs afterwards. This journey led me into exciting experiences at BASF SE and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). I currently assist social and sustainable entrepreneurs to implement their ideas and projects. The GBSM programme really opens the door to a wide spectrum of potential employers, including multinational corporations, NGOs, and government or international organisations. So if you are searching for a meaningful, future-oriented and fun master programme, then GBSM is the right choice for you!”
CSR Consultant at CSR Academy
“During the GBSM programme my interest in social responsibility and community involvement grew. Businesses, governments, and society all have responsibilities to ensure a good future for our society. By using each other's capabilities, we can achieve more together than we can do alone. In addition to my consulting work, I’m currently writing my dissertation about partnerships between companies and social organisations.”
“Within the GBSM programme I have broadened my view as a strategy and marketing expert and learned about the societal dimension of business and how to explore a strategic approach for multinational enterprises and their stakeholders within a complex, international business environment. I still have friends from the programme who are now working in Kenya, Istanbul, Shanghai, the Middle East and many other places around the world. I always feel that we still speak the same language concerning our approach in doing business and looking at the world of international business from a societal context.” (Image by Gerhard Taatgen)
Corporate Citizenship & Diversity Trainee, Accenture
“While working at Accenture in Amsterdam, I’m finishing my master thesis about Social Return on Investment (SROI) and business-NGO partnerships. My main motivation to do this master was that I firmly believe that businesses have to find new ways of earning money: not just by innovation, but by collaboration with multiple stakeholders. During this programme, I learned that many issues are far more complex than they seem at first glance and that you need input from different parties in order to tackle those issues. In my daily work as a member of the Corporate Citizenship team at Accenture, I see a lot of concepts and ideas that I learned during the master courses in practice, such as collaborating with NGOs, clients and other stakeholders. The best thing about this position is that I feel that the game is changing: stakeholder management is no longer a fad or myth, it is reality.”
Jente de Vries
“RSM’s Global Business and Stakeholder Management programme takes a holistic perspective on issues that we face nowadays. In the programme, we learned that there are no easy solutions to complex problems, but also motivated each other to 'go beyond' and contribute to a better world. As we had a relatively small class, we formed a close community. One of the courses I took inspired me to start my own initiative against food waste: Kromkommer.”
Positions held by some of our graduates
- Corporate communications manager; manager of external relations
- International manager: managing relationships with international governmental authorities, estimating risk profiles for country investments, entry strategies, lobbying strategies and tax regimes
- Portfolio manager in public utilities corporations (water, energy)
- Product development: design and testing of new trademarks
- Entrepreneur: a number of graduates have set up their own business and/or NGO
- Journalist: investigative journalist at a number of international and national journals
- Controller/auditor in large multinational enterprise such as Akzo, DSM, or Shell checking for correct implementation of codes and governance principles
- Ethical investor: jobs at the largest institutional investors like PGGM or Robeco that are looking at ‘responsible investment’
- CSR manager or ethics officer
- Consultant in a variety of areas: privatisation, public-private partnerships, development co-operation, ethical trading, forensic accounting and integrity.
- Policymaker for local and national ministries; Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs; Port of Rotterdam, provincial authorities; international organisations (Unctad, European Union, World Bank).
- Regulator: Researching in support of a variety of regulatory bodies in financial markets, telecommunication, competition policy, food safety and security.
- Professional manager in non-profit organisations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, labour organisations, Oxfam, Fair Trade organisations and the Red Cross.