Rapidly changing market dynamics present ports with major challenges. Port planning and development is no longer a long-term game. Product life cycles become shorter and circular, while industries are confronted with less determined futures. Ports within global supply chains are digital accelerators for efficiency and enablers of timely and reliable deliveries, instead of inevitable gateways where goods pass through. A mind shift is required to look critically at existing business models, while simultaneously developing new ones. Leading transitional change requires a different type of leadership. An executive in today’s port or port logistics industry should have ambidextrous leadership capabilities. Where issues are not perceived as dilemma’s, but as ‘both and’ considerations and solutions.
With more change, more leadership is needed. This programme covers the future challenges of ports, and the leadership traits you need to deal with. There was synergy between all participants at a strategic level, as everyone is part of port development and management business in various disciplines. This opened more discussion and debate channels that enriched sharing knowledge and experience.
Hilal Al Adawi, executive manager strategy affairs, Sohar Port and Freezone, Sultanate of Oman
During the Port Executive Leadership Circle you will learn from Dr Hannes Leroy and Maurice Jansen. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.
Hannes Leroy is an associate professor at RSM, and academic director of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership. His expertise is in authentic and inclusive leadership, and how to develop it. His talent is facilitating personal development by bringing people out of their comfort zones. He has published research on effective leadership in organisations, particularly on how to develop leaders. A particular interest is authenticity and the development of authentic leadership, a leadership style that is anchored in the unique identity of each leader. He taught at Johnson School of Business, Cornell University, and has a PhD in applied economics and organisational leadership from the University of Leuven in Belgium.
Maurice Jansen is a senior researcher, lecturer and business developer. At the Erasmus Centre for Urban Port and Transport Economics, Maurice researches how ports and port-cities can be developed sustainably with economic and societal values in mind. He develops and provides education that teaches port, supply chain and transport professionals how to deal with wicked problems such as zero waste, carbon neutrality and digitization. Previously, he directed the MSc Shipping and Transport at the Netherlands Maritime University of Applied Sciences. He was also supply chain solutions developer at freight forwarding company UTi Worldwide, and transport consultant at KPMG Consulting.
The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Global trends such as changes in international trade, energy transition & digitization require innovative solutions on how to make ports and organizations ready for the future. These challenges require staff with a deeper and more understanding of the complex dynamics of the port industry. Rotterdam is one of world’s leading maritime capitals. The port of Rotterdam is internationally often seen as one of the best practices for efficient and sustainable port development and socially responsible port management. The knowledge and expertise captured in Rotterdam’s port ecosystem is highly valuable for (future) experts and leaders in the (international) port industry.
Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics is a research and education company founded by Erasmus University Rotterdam. We provide government and industry with cutting-edge knowledge, international best practice advise and workable policy recommendations. At the core of Erasmus UPT's business are three main themes: cities and regions, ports and logistics, transport and mobility. Erasmus UPT's staff of experts has extensive international experience and a long tradition of 'making science work.' Through its education programs, Erasmus UPT aims to offer its students excellent education on topics and issues relating to Urban, Port and Transport Economics.