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Third RSM professor is one of ‘40 under 40’ worldwide

Dr Stefano Tasselli, Assistant Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) was named one of the world’s 40 most inspiring business school professors under 40 on 23 April by Poets&Quants, a website devoted to coverage of business schools.



Each year, Poets&Quants selects The 40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors Under 40 based on excellence and impact in research, combined with outstanding teaching prowess, according to their peers and students. According to the publication, “MBAs and PhD candidates rave about Stefano’s down-to-earth teaching style that’s charismatic, passionate, and packed with captivating storytelling, and real-life examples that make the material come to life and easier to grasp. Consistently receiving high scores for student evaluations, students often cite their appreciation for his inclusive classroom where everyone is engaged and feels comfortable posing any question.”

Abundant contributions

Further comments state: “both inside and outside of class, Stefano is known to always make time for students. In the world of academia, Tasselli’s mark is equally felt. He’s described as a top-notch scholar, having published in word-leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Studies. He’s been awarded numerous best paper awards, innovative teaching awards, and even an Alumnus of the Month award by his University of Cambridge, Wolfson College alma mater for the abundant contributions to his field of study.”

Successful teaching environment

Commenting on the award, Stefano Tasselli says: "I am honoured by this recognition, and I believe that this rewards the quality of my research activity, as well as the commitment towards my students. I also want to take the opportunity to thank Steef van de Velde, as our Dean, and Eric van Heck, as our Department Chair, for the support that we receive from the school, which makes this research and teaching environment successful.”

Chair of the Department of Technology and Operations Management at RSM, Professor Eric van Heck comments: "Dr Stefano Tasselli is an example of a European business school professor at its best. He combines thought leadership with practical relevance and is a source of inspiration for companies, students, and colleagues. He is the second receiver of the award in our department after Professor Ting Li in 2017; and the third receiver at RSM after Associate Professor Ying Zhang of the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management at RSM received the award in 2015. We can be proud.”

About Stefano Tasselli

Stefano Tasselli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Operations at RSM. He holds a PhD from the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. His research and teaching focus is on the interplay between psychological and relational antecedents of organisational functioning, including the analysis of the psychological micro-foundations (personality, motivation, and cognition) of organisational social networks; social networks, knowledge transfer and innovation; and organisational theory. He is currently teaching 'Social Networks and Leadership' in the International Full-time MBA programme, and post-graduate and executive modules on 'Organisation of Innovation' and on 'New Business Development'. More information on Stefano can be found here.

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