Alumni investigate disruptive innovation in Munich

Alumni from bachelor, master and MBA programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) gathered in Munich in May 2017 for the fourth annual Leadership Weekend, organised by Local Chapter Germany. While connecting with former classmates and other RSM alumni, the business professionals explored ‘universal disruption’.

The 25 alumni, who live in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, met for an informal dinner at Bratwurst Glöckl in Munich’s city centre on Friday 19 May. The next day, the group gathered at GE Healthcare Germany’s headquarters for an exciting day of presentations and interactive workshops by guest speakers and RSM faculty members.

Coping with constant change

After RSM’s Daniel Baltzer talked about the School’s mission to be a force for positive change, the alumni learned about universal disruption: various aspects of disruption and what it means for them as leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, and from an organisational perspective. They also discussed how to best cope with constant change.

Prof. Jan van den Ende shared his views on the threats and challenges of disruptive innovation. The professor of management of technology and innovation said innovation is born out of necessity, and presented various way for companies to face the resilience, and how to transform the business. The debate was lively, participants were able to immediately apply the points learned to their own companies’ business.

Participants were then introduced to business yoga to learn how to calm down and stretch during long business hours. This business yoga session was led by Diana Ouazzani-Chahdi.


The programme continued with business practitioners who shared their experiences with the alumni. Microsoft Germany’s HR director Claudia Wentsch spoke about how leadership principles changed in the disruptive environment, explaining the research behind it and how Microsoft Germany has implemented them.

Entrepreneur and investor Anselm Bauer presented disruption from the perspective of entrepreneurs and how they should act in a disruptive market, from his experiences as co-founder of fashion search tool Stylight.  

Technology in the banking industry

And finally, assistant vice-president Oliver Dreiskämper from Robo Advisory, Deutsche Bank, talked about disruptive banking and how technology is changing the banking industry. The alumni then debated the future of banking.

Saturday’s programme ended with a formal dinner at Panther Grill&Bar, and the weekend concluded with a Sunday brunch at Kuffler.

The alumni represented various RSM programmes, including the BSc in International Business Administration, all MBA programmes, and full-time MSc programmes. The leadership weekend was organised by Alumni Local Chapter Germany’s Claudia Schneider (BScIBA 2009 and MScBA Strategic Management 2010), Katharina Holch (FT MBA 2010), and Markus Lodensträter (FT MBA 2013).

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – 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. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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