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  • Start dates

    New dates will be announced soon.

    Please contact our Associate Executive Director ECDA Marcel van Oosterhout for more information.

  • Duration

    4 months

  • Programme fee

    € 8,500 (excl. VAT)

  • Language


  • Hybrid format

    Online & In person

Artificial Intelligence will without any doubt change the way we will do business in future. As a matter of fact, it is already changing many businesses that we are involved in today. But what is needed to make Artificial Intelligence a valuable part of the way we do business ourselves? Many experts believe that successful Artificial Intelligence applications hinge on the so-called b-smact technologies (Blockchain, Social media, Mobile use, Analytics, Cloud and Things-on-the-internet or better known as IoT). The fuelling component of those technologies is Big Data.

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Learning goals

After this programme, you can add these strengths to your knowledge and skillset. 

  • Understanding of the foundations for becoming a data-driven organisation, as a basis for exploiting insights from analytics and AI.  
  • Familiarity with the complete data analytics lifecycle, from data exploration, engineering, analysis and visualization to presenting the insights to your organisation.  
  • Knowledge of new ways to apply data technologies to design and implement innovative and value-creating business and societal applications.  
  • Be a part of the mutual understanding and collaboration between data scientists and people in business, facilitating the exchange of knowledge between them.  
  • An understanding of psychological factors, privacy, security, ethics, and accountability that can stimulate critical thinking.  


Find out more about the content of the programme

The course is divided into four blocks to allow the application of the concepts learned.

Two days of preparation sessions, during which each participating company is expected to bring at least one case study to which the teams can apply the concepts they have learned. During this part of the programme, you will focus on the strategic importance of data-driven organisations, terminology, leadership challenges and readiness of companies, including their enterprise architecture and digitised platform. It includes case studies from other companies and short presentations from participating companies.

Two days including one evening session during which you explore the basic technology challenges of a data-driven company; technologies for analysis, prediction and visualisation. The evening session will focus on exchanging information and insights between the participants including a get to know each other social event with an academic touch.

Two days including one evening session during which you explore the basic management challenges of data-driven company; business cases, legal and privacy issues, change management and implementation. The evening session will focus on the company use case, consulting with both academic- and business coaches.

Two days for fine tuning the gained knowledge and turn it into applicable wisdom. Discuss challenges you have experienced in transforming your business and the implementation of your proposals. In the afternoon of the second day each team’s case study results will be presented to an expert panel and discussed in the class. 

For whom

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Your roles

  • Data scientist
  • Business analyst
  • Senior executive
  • Professional in data-intense industry, non-profit organisation or government

Your responsibilities

  • Fully or partly responsible for the data analytics life cycle
  • Responsible for design or implementation of business and/or societal applications

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Your expert faculty

Faculty members of RSM and ESE combine impeccable academic credentials with a thorough knowledge of business practice; they are listed below. Selected for their ability and experience in executive teaching, they will draw on their research and knowledge to deliver a unique learning experience. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Dr Rodrigo Belo

Rodrigo Belo is associate professor at RSM. His research focuses on the effects of information systems on organisations and on the impacts of social network structures and peer influence on consumer behaviour; it has been widely published. He specialises in the design and deployment of large-scale randomised experiments to assess the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, and to optimise online user engagement. He has led and collaborated in projects with established firms and start-ups in the online and telecommunications sectors. Before joining academia, Rodrigo worked as a software engineer and analyst in transportation and government.

Dr Dion Bongaerts

Dion Bongaerts is an associate professor of Finance at RSM. He specializes in credit markets and market liquidity. The use of innovative technologies in financial markets is of particular interest to him. His work has been presented at major conferences around the world, including the AFA, WFA, EFA, and NBER meetings and published in top tier academic journals including the Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies. He has received several grants, including a Veni grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) and a Lamfalussy Fellowship from the ECB. Dr. Bongaerts holds a PhD degree in Finance from the University of Amsterdam, an MSc in Econometrics from Maastricht University and has been a visiting scholar at Yale School of Management. Moreover, he has several years of professional experience as a risk management quant at ABN-AMRO bank.

Prof. Eric van Heck

Eric van Heck is a professor of information management and markets at RSM. His research concentrates on business architectures and digital platforms for dealing with complex societal and business challenges. At the moment he works on Auction Markets, Big Data & Analytics, Digital Business & Architecture, and Digital Work. Research is carried out in collaboration with innovative companies and universities in Brazil, China, Europe, Indonesia, and USA. He is an active member of the Erasmus Center for Data Analytics and the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business.

Prof. Ting Li

Ting Li is a professor of digital business at RSM, and the academic director of the MSc Business Information Management programme, and of the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics. Her teaching expertise covers information strategy, digital commerce, social and mobile analytics, and social networks. Before joining the academic world, she worked for General Electric and IBM in e‐business in supply chains, web services, and grid computing. Ting’s research interest focuses on the strategic use of information and its economic impacts on consumer behaviour and company strategy. She has worked with Shell, KPMG, PwC, Accenture, Coolblue, Wehkamp, Zelf, Tweakers, Shop2Market, Dutch Railways, and RET among others.

Prof. Gui Liberali

Gui Liberali is a professor of Digital Marketing at the RSM. Gui has successfully developed and applied methods for designing and customizing digital products and interactions, and adaptive online experimentation methods to online display advertising and website design, in research collaborations with firms in the U.S., U.K, and Europe. His work has been published in the most prestigious journals and has been cited in various technology blogs, magazines, and textbooks in marketing and operations research. Prof. Liberali holds a Doctorate in Marketing, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Gui was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management for several years. Gui is also Vice-President for Membership at the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science and an ERIM Fellow. He was awarded a two-year grant by the E.U for his research on recommendation systems.

Dr Iuliana Sandu

Iuliana Sandu is a lecturer in the department of Accounting & Control at RSM. She earned her master’s degree in Economics and Finance of Aging at Tilburg University, her master’s degree in Accounting, Audit and Management Information Systems and her PhD in Pension Fund Performance at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Her teaching activities relate to financial and management accounting topics. Her interests are in educational innovations, data analytics and accounting.

Prof. Peter Vervest

Peter Vervest is professor of information management and networks at RSM. His key research areas include decision science; network technologies and applications; business networks; competitive strategy; and change management. He joined Philips Telecommunications and Defense Systems in the early days of connecting computers to telecommunication networks, and has served on international standards and policy committees. He co-founded a high tech software and project firm in London, worked in public research and at KPN, the Dutch national telecom operator, and worked in managing early stage investment funds in Europe and Silicon Valley. He has published articles and books on the development and use of complex networks.

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Programme dates

New dates will be announced soon.


Please contact our Associate Executive Director ECDA Marcel van Oosterhout for more information. 

Programme fee

The fee for each participants for the eight-day programme is € 8,500 (excl. VAT). This includes course materials, access to the e-learning platform, individual coaching during the programme, lunches, three dinners and social activities. Discounted rates apply and according to the number of participants per organisation. With each partipant per team, there is a discount of €500. For teams with more than five participants, each additional participant over five participants is € 7,000 (excl. VAT).

Cancellation policy

Cancellation notices must be received by email: The following cancellation fees apply:

  • More than 14 days before the programme’s start date: 25% of the programme fee will be charged
  • Between 14 and 7 days before the programme’s start date:  75% of the programme fee will be charged
  • 7 days or fewer before the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged
  • Cancellations received on or after the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged.


The programme is offered as on-line programme. Some of the last modules might be offered at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

Frequently asked questions

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers a dynamic learning environment for professionals looking for new skills and knowledge in business and management education. 

  • RSM is consistently ranked among Europe’s top business schools.
  • World-class professors and a globally oriented faculty deliver business leaders with an innovative mindset.
  • A prestigious Triple Crown accreditation puts RSM among the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
  • With our no-nonsense approach, RSM's goal is to give you the tools to put your new skills and knowledge directly into practice, for real impact.
  • It’s about you: during your programme you can discuss your specific business challenges and receive personal coaching.
  • You will meet a new network of peers in an RSM programme: extend your network, share experiences and become inspired by your fellow participants.

This programme takes place in Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, just 15 minutes by public transport from Rotterdam city centre. Our modern and lively campus has innovative study facilities, sustainable design, and calming green spaces.

Most programmes start at 09:00. Finishing times are different for each programme. There’s also an approximate schedule in each programme’s brochure and on its webpages. When you register for a programme you will be given access to Canvas, our online learning system, and the full schedule is in Canvas. Your programme manager will hand out a detailed schedule on the first day of your programme.

Class sizes are usually between 12 to 24 people, but it does depend on the programme. We aim for a balance between allowing capacity to guarantee individual attention, and achieving a good group dynamic and networking opportunities.

Yes. Alumni from RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam receive a 25 per cent discount. RSM alumni are those who have completed either a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, PhD or at least one executive education programme of more than 40 hours duration. Participants of open programmes of less than 40 hours do not receive a discount. Companies sponsoring several participants may also be offered a special price.

These programmes are excluded from this alumni discount:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence Programme
  • Leadership Challenges with Data Analytics
  • Urban Digital Innovation Executive Leadership for a Green Deal
  • Executive Master in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance
  • Business Valuation
  • Port Executive Leadership Circle
  • Corporate Communication programmes
  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship programmes
  • RSM Customised Programmes
  • Programmes offered outside RSM Executive Education

Programme fees include tuition, programme materials, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the programme. Hotel accommodation is not included, unless mentioned otherwise in the programme information.

If you require hotel accommodation, we recommend the Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel and the Bilderberg Park Hotel. Both hotels are located in Rotterdam, accessible to the university, and participants can benefit from special rates.

Please note that due to high demand, we advise you to book your hotel stay for any program as early as possible with a flexible rate.

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

If you have more general questions, we recommend you explore our more in-depth FAQs page. If you are looking for personal advice, then please contact one of our advisors using the contact form below.

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