• Starting date

    New dates starting soon.

    Contact our programme manager Kate Jonasson openpm@rsm.nl for more information on new dates

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Fee

    € 3,500

    (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks if applicable. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.
    25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

  • Language


  • Format

    In person

Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Program introduces ways to create successful strategies for digitalisation and innovation for communities, cities and regions. It is an in depth and multidisciplinary introduction to smart and resilient communities.

Learning objectives

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand and use the essential building blocks of a comprehensive digitalisation strategy for a city or community,    including agile governance, ethics, digital fundamentals and inclusion and design approaches 
  • Provide holistic, multidisciplinary perspectives on urban innovation and data-driven innovation  
  • Facilitate cross-department team-building and alignment 
  • Optimise learning and organisational impact through hands-on and applied approaches 


This programme is developed and delivered with the following partners:

For whom

Initiatives towards smart cities are becoming more common all over the world, and their influence extends into many sectors. The ability to facilitate their development is becoming an essential part of the professional skillset. This programme is for leaders and practitioners at:

  • Municipalities and regional authorities, specifically those in innovation departments, and in data and innovation units
  • Semi-governmental organisations such as utilities and transport operators
  • Companies that  contribute, or are considering contributing, to urban innovation agendas

Want to know more?


See which expert faculty lead this programme

The Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Programme is a collaborative programme between Arizona State University (ASU) Thunderbird Global executive Education and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), with specialised contributions from the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), the Centre for BOLD Cities and several guest speakers from practice. The main expert faculty from ASU and RSM’ are listed below. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Prof. Rob van Tulder

Professor of International Business-Society Management

Portrait of Rob van Tulder

Prof. Bas Boorsma

Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School of Management; CDO to the City of Rotterdam

Portrait of Bas Boorsma

Prof. Liesbet van Zoonen

Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities, Academic Director Centre for BOLD Cities 

Portrait of Liesbet van Zoonen

Diana Bowman

Associate Dean, Applied Research and Engagement and Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Co-Director, Center for Smart Cities & Regions; ASU, Thunderbird School of Management

Portrait of Diana Bowman

Prof. Vareska van de Vrande

Professor of Practice 
Professor of Collaborative Innovation & Business Venturing 

Portrait of Vareska van de Vrande

Dr Haydee Sheombar

Academic Researcher 

Portrait of Haydee Sheombar

Dr Marcel van Oosterhout

Associate Executive Director, Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics

Portrait of Marcel van Oosterhout

Poornika Ananth

Assistant Professor of Innovation Management 

Portrait of Poornika Ananth

More information


New dates 2023

Contact our programme manager Kate Jonasson for more information on new dates.



€ 3,500 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks if applicable. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.


General terms and conditions

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.

General terms and conditions


The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus

Hotel accommodation

We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel

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