Professionals to explore people-oriented leadership at RSM conference

What are the pros and cons of top-down decision-making versus people-oriented leadership? What leadership competencies and behaviour makes us effective leaders? Is there a new kind of leadership? The answers can be found at the eighth annual RSM Leadership Summit, which will take place in the Van Nelle Fabriek on Friday 7 October 2016 with speakers including Stefano Rosso (CEO OTB) and Dutch cabaret performer Freek de Jonge. The event’s early bird discount ends on Sunday 11 September.

Professionals, alumni and students connected to Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) will have exclusive access to the perspectives of successful business leaders and world-class academics during the event’s dynamic programme.

People as a success factor in business

In plenary talks and break-out sessions, the speakers will give their views on the factors that determine how communal goals can be achieved, how to get people on board, whether or not to lead the way, how much influence to let employees have – and how to deal with this ‘freedom’.

The event’s business speakers will be Stefano Rosso, CEO of OTB which is the parent company of fashion brands such as Diesel, Victor & Rolf and Maison Margiela; and Dutch cabaret performer Freek de Jonge. Their presentations will be followed by academic talks by Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck and Prof. Daan van Knippenberg.

From ego-system to eco-system
Break-out sessions will be led by some of RSM’s top academics, including Prof. Mathijs van Dijk, Dr Meir Shemla, Dr Inga Hoever, Prof. Taco Reus, and Dr Murat Tarakci. With a guest speaker and the audience, they will discuss various business cases, such as gender diversity in organisations, authentic leadership development, how finance contributes to society, and how an ego-system can be turned into and eco-system.

At the event, RSM will also announce the winners of the RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards in three categories: social impact, business achievements, and entrepreneurial spirit. The Summit is also the kick off for the MBA Alumni Reunion for classes that graduated 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years ago.

Business leadership

The one-day RSM Leadership Summit provides a lively platform where today’s leading business practitioners, top academics, alumni, and corporate connections come together for a day of high-level networking and the sharing of knowledge. 

During previous editions of the annual RSM Leadership Summit, prominent business leaders such as Marijn Dekkers (CEO Bayer), Merel van Vroonhoven (Chairman AFM), Frans van Houten (CEO Philips), Guus Dekkers (CIO Airbus), Søren Hansen (VP IKEA Group), Pieter van Oord (CEO Van Oord), Paul Smits (CFO Port of Rotterdam), Roland Schütz (CIO Lufthansa) and Chris Zook (Partner Bain & Company) discussed the latest ideas, trends, and models impacting business leadership. Past summits focused on topics such as ‘staying human’ as a business leader; opportunities, risks and challenges with big data; reinventing the future; and creating value at the edge of technology.

Early bird discount

The RSM Leadership Summit’s early bird discount ends on 11 September 2016. Professionals can find more information and updates about the full programme including break-out sessions online.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading business schools, and ranked among the top three for research. 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 carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in Chengdu, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.

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