• Application deadline

    15 May 2022 or earlier if programme reaches maximum capacity

  • Starting date

    August 2022 (week 34)

  • Format

    Full-time | 12 months

  • Credits

    60

  • Fee

    €2,209 (EEA)* | €20,700 (non-EEA)

    * For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is approximately €12,000.

  • Language

    English

Are you ready to explore how every part of a company or not-for-profit organisation interacts and synergizes with each other – internally and externally? Do you want to learn how you can develop business and corporate strategies that are effective, successful and beneficial for all stakeholders?

  • 45% international students in programme
  • 93% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation
  • Examples of your future job title: Business analyst, project manager, strategy consultant

What you will learn

This programme arms you with the concepts, methods and tools rooted in theory and empirical research, to frame, analyze and solve the strategic challenges of complex organisations. You’ll also pick up a lot of valuable knowledge and practical skills from strategy practitioners and interactions with corporate partners in which you investigate business and corporate strategies, and learn about strategic change and dynamics.

You’ll focus on subjects such as growth, innovation, global strategy, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, ownership and governance in the core courses. And then you can choose exciting electives. These are evaluated and updated every year, for example:

Afterwards, you’ll be ready for a successful management career in profit and non-profit organisations anywhere in the world. Most alumni work as consultants or managers at large corporate or consultancy firms, in financial services, or in the food and beverage industry. You can see more details in the MSc employment report.

Sustainable strategies

Strategy consulting

Corporate restructuring

Innovation management

Programming fundamentals

Programme highlights

  • Connect with the real business world

    Through case studies, career events and study clubs

  • Start your career quickly

    After graduation, and earn the highest average salary of all RSM graduates

  • International by International peers

    About 50 per cent of the students are international, for example Norwegian, Brazilian, Indonesian, German or Mexican

  • Mentality

    MScSM students are really motivated and hard-working; everyone is ready to help each other

  • Leadership by Leading researchers

    RSM’s Department of Strategic Management is widely acclaimed as one of the leading strategy departments worldwide

More about the programme

Curriculum

The RSM MSc in Strategic Management programme is one academic year’s duration. Core courses are compulsory and will be offered during the autumn semester (22 EC). Master electives (18 EC) are offered during the spring semester, of which one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme. During the year, students work on a master thesis project (20 EC).

Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

Anna Nadolska

A teacher's story

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Content 

Strategic management is a discipline at the forefront of business research and practice. In this advanced course on strategic management, focus is particularly on what is perhaps the most pressing issue for practicing managers: how can I make my firm outperform its competitors? To formulate such value-creating strategies, managers must identify a suitable business model, formulate strategies, identify core capabilities, learn from their and others’ experiences, and develop new ways of outcompeting their rivals. Firms also must increasingly navigate more complex environments such as business ecosystems as well respond to rapid technological innovations, such as for example new digital technologies. Typically, managers must make such choices and formulate their strategies in conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity. To develop such a holistic view on business, students in this course will be exposed to the key aspects and challenges of putting in place a system that delivers and captures value under such conditions. 

Format

The emphasis does not lay on identifying the “right” answer. Instead, the focus of this course is on creating a learning environment that stimulates students’ critical engagement with the study material. Teaching methods therefore include a combination of lectures, group assignments, and online quizzes. To develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes, students will read articles from leading academic and managerial journal as well as analyze business cases. Students must prepare the assigned material prior to each class to be able to be able to contribute to the interactive classroom discussions as well as being able to complete the group assignments. To support students learning experience, the instructor will be available for questions during these assignments.  

Taught by Dr M. Baaij, Dr. P. Darnihamedani, Dr. E. Ubert.

In many industries the dynamics of competition are constantly changing as a result of technological innovations and new business models. While some companies manage to adapt to new developments, many previously successful companies fail to do so and lose their competitiveness. What differentiates these two groups of companies? This course focuses on how companies can successfully adapt their offerings and business models to the changing competitive landscape. We will first examine why once-great companies could not sustain their competitiveness despite their established positions in their industries. We will then focus on two important capabilities to strategically change a business: to adopt new business models by re-organizing existing competencies in innovative ways, and to locate and benefit from new knowledge outside the company to develop new competencies. We will then analyze how leaders can influence the success or failure of strategic change. This course allows students to acquire relevant knowledge about navigating an increasingly complex competitive landscape and to apply it through case discussions and group exercises. Throughout the course there will be a healthy mix of theory and its application in real-life cases. 

Taught by Dr K. Kavusan and Dr M. Baaij.

In today's world competitive advantages erode faster and faster. Globalization, technological development and industry convergence pressure organizations to put more emphasis on corporate strategy. Corporate strategy revolves around the 4 themes of boundaries, diversification, synergy, and innovation. Traditionally, corporate strategy involves the choice in which markets a company is active and managers decided mainly about diversification and resource allocation. These days corporate strategy also concerns leveraging resources across a company’s businesses to create both cost-reducing and value-enhancing synergies and to spur innovation. To get access to relevant resources they do not possess, firms increasingly look beyond their boundaries and seek to acquire and ally with organizations. Such corporate development decisions have become an essential activity of corporate strategy, making corporate development departments central units in many organizations.

The objective of this course is to help participants develop a conceptual and practical understanding of corporate strategy and the role of corporate development. After successfully completing the course, students will have to their availability a toolkit and skills that help them steer corporate strategy decisions. This includes tools to assess, transform and organize a corporate portfolio of businesses. It also includes tools to make a choice between acquisitions and alliances, and attention will be paid to the implications and managerial challenges alliances and acquisitions pose by addressing the levers of successfully creating value, selecting targets and partners, integrating acquisition targets and controlling alliances. Finally, in addition to accessing new resources through alliances and acquisitions, the shedding of resources through corporate divestments will be addressed. As part of the skills trajectory across the core courses, this course develops two important corporate skills: portfolio analysis and target valuation. Overall, the course develops state-of-the-art understanding of the risks and returns associated with corporate strategy and corporate development, and the managerial skills and capabilities needed to be successful.

Taught by Dr R. van Wijk.

Positioning: In contrast to business-level strategy, which is about the question how firms can secure a competitive advantage in a single product or service market, corporate strategy is about corporate advantage and the question how firms can secure advantages from different business activities being incorporated into a single business entity: a corporation. While the Corporate Growth and Development (BM03SM) course focuses mostly on the question how to optimally manage (potential) synergies between different business activities and resources by growing or acquiring/merging them into a single corporate entity, the Corporate Ownership and Governance course (BM04SM) will focus more on the question how to understand and manage the governance costs that result from managing (different) business activities, or business models within the boundaries of a single corporate entity. As such, this course confers the concepts, theoretical frameworks, empirical knowledge, as well as the analytical skills and critical attitudes that are required to evaluate the ownership and governance of firms, with the ultimate objective of learning how to develop the ownership and governance strategy for a firm as a critical component of its overall corporate strategy.

Substantial focus: Corporate governance is about ‘the rules of the game’ within which firms develop and exploit their resources and undertake business activities to create and appropriate value. These ‘rules of the game’ are shaped both at the country level (e.g. markets, laws, culture) and at the level of the firm (e.g. ownership, the board, alliances, etc.), at which level they are most flexible. At the firm level, these rules of the game include the ownership of the firm, its basic decision-making structures and practices, as well as the accountability structures and practices through which those who make and/or execute decisions can be held accountable by those bearing residual risk from those decisions. In publicly listed firms, for example, executives make the bulk of everyday decisions, while dispersed and therefore mostly uninvolved shareholders (as well as other stakeholders) bear the risks that result from them. This has traditionally made the question how dispersed, and uninvolved shareholders can secure maximal returns from the firm a central corporate governance challenge for publicly listed firms. A striking fact about economic reality, however, is that there do not just exist publicly listed firms, but many different forms of ownership, such as: partnerships, cooperatives, family firms, state-owned firms, and non-profit organizations, that each dominate specific industries, such as accounting, agriculture, defense, higher education, and healthcare, for example. These different forms of ownership face their own distinctive corporate governance challenges, and will therefore need to develop a set of equally distinctive set of corporate governance structures and practices to meet these challenges. As a result, there does not exist any single corporate governance model that is suitable for all firms.

Overarching aim: Given that is there exists no best single solution to questions of corporate ownership and governance, the overarching aim of this course is to develop a strategic understanding of corporate ownership and governance. In this view, the ultimate aim of corporate ownership and governance is to align the firm’s ownership, decision-making, and accountability structures and practices, on the one hand, with its strategy, core activities, key resources, and critical resource dependencies, on the other. In order to develop a strategic understanding of corporate governance, we will discuss various forms of ownership, such as publicly listed firms, (professional) partnerships, family firms, and new ventures, for example, in order to explore a variety of corporate governance structures and practices that can be implemented to meet these challenges. Because the ownership of the firm generally involves the most fundamental ‘governance choice’ to be made, we will begin by discussing the costs and benefits of different forms of ownership and the specific governance challenges that arise from them. We will also discuss the stakeholders of the firm, however, as well as the governance practices that firms can implement to secure stakeholders’ continued involvement in, or support for, the firm. Finally, we will explore how firms can secure their societal license to operate, because firms as institutions of private ordering, and only exist and function within an institutional context that partly comprised of public ordering (e.g. the state, the law, society, etc).

Taught by Prof. H. van OosterhoutDr M. Baaij & Dr A. Mulder

The aim of this course is to offer the foundational considerations for starting your thesis project. Specifically, it focuses on a variety of topics around the first, theory-focused part of your thesis (rather than the empirical part)—including topic choice, research question formulation, framing, and hypothesis development. These topics will be addressed in a series of lectures, building on published work on doing research as well as the experiences and submissions of prior students.
In addition to these subjects, a key aim of the course is to provide students with practical insights with respect to writing academic work, including but not limited to: identifying relevant literature, the issue of plagiarism, writing style, referencing style, reading academic papers, organizing your notes, and using the TOP system.

Taught by Dr. X. Welch.

The aim of Your Future Career is to prepare students at an early stage in their MSc for their career.

When you care about what you do, you will enjoy your work more, create greater impact, and be more successful in being a force for positive change. However, it can be difficult to identify what your passion is, where your competencies and skills will be useful, and which professional environment and culture are the best match for you. Therefore, RSM Career Centre has developed a course to put you in the driver's seat of your career, and to support you in identifying your first career step after graduation and preparing for it.

The online modules of “Your Future Career” will help you make crucial steps towards the most suitable internship or job for you. You can decide yourself if you want to reflect on your interests and motivations, develop knowledge of the job market, functions, companies and industries, receive peer feedback on your application materials, have contact with an alumni mentor or attend an interactive workshop.

The Your Future Career course takes place in block 1 and 2 and is awarded 1 EC based on pass/fail.

Contact: RSM Career Centre via yourfuturecareer@rsm.nl

Taught by Dr M. Szymanowski & L. Keir.

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Only 5 percent of our decisions come from rational and deliberate thinking. This means that only a tiny fraction of our decisions are conscious and intentional. The rest of 95 percent of our decisions are based on mental shortcuts, emotions, cognitive biases, and intuition. Becoming aware of those biases and mental shortcuts, the way they work on us as humans, and mastering how they could be used and managed in different situations and walks of life will make the process of decision making strategic, and make the outcomes favorable. After all, we humans are predictably irrational. In this course we will delve into those aspects of irrationality in decision making and discuss how we could predict them and strategically manage them to make the outcomes of humans' decisions and decision making process favorable: for ourselves as individuals, for organizations, and for the society. 

Taught by Dr H. Fasaei.

The course is structured to include a review of strategic statement development and deconstruct these by utilizing both company prepared reports and external sources to analyze and describe operational performance within the different business units. In addition, it will explore structuring and implementation of different KPIs and related tools in assisting management to implement strategy across an organization. The course will explore the differences between divisional business strategies and how these can/should be operationalized, measured and linked between them.

Taught by Dr A. Brown.

The course will help students explore and better understand how politics and their environments both internally to the enterprise and externally affect strategy formulation with a specific focus on emerging economies

This module will allow the student to be able to analyze of the inter-related nature of the environment in which business organizations exist and the implications for the way they work.  An introduction to models of industry analysis. An introduction to the main theoretical planning models.  The use and application of financial information relevant to different groups of stakeholders.  The implications and influence of cultural and ethical issues for strategic planning.  The effective strategies for organizational competition and growth.

The course will include but not be limited to explore Micro-politics, concepts on national, regional and local identifies. The impact of local networks and political capital, Multinationals versus local in contextualization and influencing laws and regulations. The impact of international politics and local enterprises: trade wars, climate change, regional alliances, trade zones, international agreements, WTO. The politics and strategy development of globalization vs localization in emerging nations.

Taught by Dr A. Brown.

Corporate sustainability, inclusive business, corporate (social) responsibility, and shared value creation have been widely embraced by a wide variety of firms. These buzz words basically refer to a firm’s pursuit of social and ecological objectives in addition to the classic economic goals. But what does a strategy to achieve corporate sustainability really look like?
Building on Hambrick and Fredrickson’s (Academy of Management Executive, 2005) well-known article “Are you sure you have a strategy?,” five components of a sustainable strategy will be identified: a sustainability logic (why to go for sustainable business?), sustainability differentiators (how to make a sustainability-related difference?), sustainability vehicles (how to engage a variety of stakeholders?), arenas of sustainable business (in what sustainability markets?), and staging of a sustainable strategy (how to unfold a sustainable strategy over time?).

Taught by Dr F.H. Wijen and R. Rotmans MSc.

  • Understanding why and how some companies survive technological changes, and others do not.Analyzing various organizational and management dimensions of technological transformation in businesses.
  • Acquiring and applying relevant concepts and tools related to the exploration, retention, and exploitation of new technologies to solve real company case problems associated with strategic challenges.
  • Evaluating the effects of different organizational design elements on companies’ technological transformations. 
  • Recommending strategies for start-ups and incumbents to take advantage of technological disruptions on the basis of relevant concepts and case studies.

Taught by Dr A. Distel.

Several underlying assumptions of out current economic system – such as profit as the fundamental purpose of business, opportunism as the key feature of managers’ behavior, and competition as the key process for reaching prosperity – have been subject to increasingly fierce contention in recent times. As stakeholders embrace a notion of organizations being responsible for the wider societal good, several questions arise. Why do corporations not do more to achieve social goals? How can enterprises overcome the limitations of the capitalist system? How are impact organizations designed, founded, and managed?

Along these big questions, this course will explore the organizing dynamics and practical challenges of managing an impact organization. The focus is on unravelling features, conditions, potential, and limitations of such organizations. Yet, the knowledge gained from this course is applicable in strategic contexts beyond the boundaries of impact creation.

Taught by Y. Wiessner and S.M. Musa.

This course provides insight in the sustainability challenges and the link to finance. The main task of the financial system is to allocate funding to its most productive use. Traditional finance focuses on financial return and regards the financial sector as separate from the society of which it is part and the environment in which it is embedded. By contrast, sustainable finance considers financial, social, and environmental returns in combination and shows how finance can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive economy.

The course reviews evidence that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors matter and explains in detail how to incorporate these in company business models and strategies, equity investing, bond investing, and bank lending. The course examines the financial instruments and techniques that can be applied in the context of evolving climate policies (and other sustainability policies). The tools will be applied in a group assignment on the valuation of a company based on ESG factors.

Taught by Prof. D. Schoenmaker.

The core element of this course are your consultancy projects. You will start off working in small groups on a field project of your own choice, analyzing the strategic problem or opportunity of your client and developing strategic solutions.  During this project you will be coached by the lecturers, who will provide you detailed feedback. As a major milestone of your project you have the opportunity to present and discuss your intermediate findings in front of a panel consisting of your coach and representatives of a top tier strategy consulting firm.

Taught by Dr X. Welch Guerra and Dr J. Klitsie

The acquisition process is a complex, uncertain and ambiguous process that requires thorough analysis, due diligence, preparation, and rational choice; but it is often fraught with shortcuts, biases, stereotypes and emotion. Left unchecked, these managerial challenges will undermine strategic decision-making, and cause puzzling deficiencies in the formulation and implementation of acquisitions. Being a successful manager, strategist, analyst or advisor therefore requires having realistic assumptions about human cognition, emotion, and social interaction. In this course, you learn to understand, and develop skills in identifying, analyzing, and dealing with the socio-psychological reality of consequential strategic processes. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to provide you with insight into how to become a smarter decision maker and implementer of consequential strategic events, such as mergers and acquisitions. The formulation and implementation of these events requires not just an understanding of how others are influenced by psychological qualities and constraints but also how you are yourself affected by these qualities and constraints. 

This course will focus on a managerial perspective of mergers & acquisitions. Yet, the knowledge and skills you gain from the course are also valuable in many other contexts and processes that you will encounter as a manager, entrepreneur or consultant. The M&A process as a complex, consequential strategic process provides a rich illustration of the manager’s challenges and success factors, and the psychological foundations of strategic management. 

Taught by Prof. Dr T.H. Reus

Increasingly, in today’s fast paced, converging world, sustained innovation is a necessity not only to thrive but also to survive. However, for most firms, the strategies and processes associated with innovation remain vague and are not strategically managed. As a result, most firms are unable to innovate successfully, and thus fail to create meaningful value for their customers.  

In this course, we will learn how firms could create and capture meaningful value for their customers. The aim of the course is to provide a set of concepts and theories as well as practical tools and processes that can be used by managers in their organizations to manage innovation more strategically. 

This course is taught by Dr H. Fasaei.  

All over the world, firms are being disrupted by fast-moving, innovative startups such as Uber, AirBnB, Spotify and Snapchat. Startups are known for their innovative business models, exciting and promising ideas, and organizational agility. In contrast, large firms have an abundance of resources, scale advantages, power and experience (Weiblen & Chesbrough, 2015). Rather than simply competing, both large firms and startups have started to see the advantages of joining forces, allowing new innovations to emerge.
Through corporate venturing, the corporation may invest in a startup within or outside of the organizational domain (Sharma & Chrisman, 1999). However, despite their promising outlook, corporate venturing activities are often not successful for both the investor and the startup. Because of the potentially high risks and high rewards involved, corporate venturing has been compared to ‘swimming with sharks’. In this course at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship, we will therefore focus on both the benefits and challenges of managing a corporate venturing portfolio.

Taught by J. Duijsters MSc.

Ever done hundreds of repetitive actions on rows in tables? Ever copied daily update information from websites every day? Ever wondered how computer programs work, or how online shops keep track of all items for sale and their stock? 

Then, this is the elective module for you! You will be learning the basic components of computer programs, write your own programs in Python, trace bugs and inspect variables in Jupyter Notebooks. 

“Why would I want to be able to write computer programs, or tiny helpers?”, you may ask. Customized computer programs tailored to specific business are used in many companies. Being able, as a manager, to communicate with in-house or hired computer programmers is an asset. 

Course taught by J. Engelberts, with the help of the software developers at RSM in IT Business innovation and IT Research Support

How can firms gain and sustain their competitive advantage in increasingly competitive environment? Firms have realized that a focal source of competitive advantage lies in internationalization. At the same time, they have realized that increasing internationalization also bears challenges by exposing firms to competition from domestic as well as foreign firms. Furthermore, there are three factors that complicate the management beyond a firm’s domestic market: First, the potentially fundamental differences of markets, second, the scale and complexity of cross-border business, and third, the uncertainty revolving around the economic and political conditions between countries. In this elective, we will address these factors and their implications for firms’ competitive advantages in international markets and their considerations to move into foreign markets on the one hand, as well as for firms’ decisions regarding how they intend to operate across borders on the other hand. This will help us understand global strategy, why some firms thrive, while similar ones may struggle in the global marketplace. 

Taught by Dr P. Klopf.

The shaping of today’s corporate governance landscape and the functioning of top management teams within it have become a major topic of discussion in the last decade. This interest has been intensified by recent corporate failures among both American and European companies. We have all heard of Enron, WorldCom and Ahold. This course reviews the problems that lay behind such management failures. It focuses on the behavior of the board of directors and of the top management team and on their role in the governance and strategic decision-making processes of large publicly-traded firms. It takes a closer look to actual governance practices of large corporations, their effects on corporate strategy and performance, and it analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of prevalent corporate governance mechanisms that are increasingly used world-wide.
The course will cover the most essential traditional topics related to strategic leadership and corporate governance as well as recent developments in the area.

Taught by I. Orlandi MSc & R. Blagoeva, MA

As the rate of innovation increases and competition intensifies at the global level, even the largest companies require knowledge, ideas and capabilities from beyond their boundaries to develop innovations. Alliances and acquisitions are therefore becoming increasingly important corporate development activities for many companies to tap into external knowledge sources. Large firms frequently acquire and ally with younger and smaller companies to combine their innovation potential with their own resources and expertise. Smaller firms, including start-ups, need these partnerships with larger firms to convert their innovative ideas into economic value. Realizing the potential benefits of alliances and acquisitions in generating innovations is however no simple task: it requires a careful evaluation of potential alliance partners and acquisition targets, as well as of different knowledge utilization strategies, in terms of their suitability for a company`s innovation-related goals. In this course, we will discuss the benefits of innovation-oriented alliances and acquisitions, challenges of managing them as well as the ways to overcome these challenges. The knowledge and analytical skills gained in this course will be particularly valuable for students seeking a career in high-technology industries, corporate strategy, and consulting.

Taught by Dr K. Kavusan

This course addresses a variety of political and social (i.e. non-market) boundaries, which, when considered along with market boundaries, help us understand why some firms thrive and others struggle. The non-market is a sometimes-neglected arena, which can severely limit or enable firms in doing business and influence their strategy. Eventually non-market boundaries can affect firm success, while they are particularly challenging to navigate since non-market actors differ in their motives, objectives and tactics relative to conventional market actors. Overall, the non-market opens up questions calling for strategic answers: How do firms incorporate interests of non-market actors, who are not (primarily) concerned about wealth maximization? How do firms draw the line between and manage their ‘duty’ to their constituents (i.e. non-market strategy) and their obligation to shareholders (i.e. market strategy)? What are the benefits and perils of corporate political and social engagement? Ultimately, is the management of non-market interests a means to an end, or an end in itself? In this elective, we will address these questions and discuss how firms are affected, and how they can themselves affect their non-market context. This will help us understand non-market strategy, why some firms thrive, while similar ones may struggle in the politically and socially colored market. 

Taught by Dr P. Klopf. and Dr C. Witte

As future leaders in the business world, you need to understand what makes people (consumers, investors, employees, and even yourself) tick. This course is intended to expose you to “behavioral” lens to understand why people make the decisions they do, and how to influence them for the better.  Armed with behavioral lens, we will look “rationally” at the ways people behave “irrationally.” In doing so, you will learn actionable insights on how to employ behavioral science to address social and business problems of our time.

Taught by Dr Z. Wu.

Family firms are ubiquitous across space, time and industries. Family businesses do not only represent small, private companies. Founders or founding families are important controlling owners of large corporations listed on stock exchanges around the world. Famous examples of family businesses are IKEA, Harley Davidson and Heineken. As such, family businesses represent a very important force for the economic and social development anywhere in the world. Family control, however, raises unique challenges as well as value-creating opportunities for family businesses and their different stakeholders, such as customers, financiers, suppliers, partners, employees, board members and owners.

This course introduces students to the widespread, yet complex, phenomenon of family business. It touches upon several important themes, such as strategy development, succession, governance, conflicts, business continuation, and more. The aim of this course is to introduce concepts and practical learning situations which will help the students to make sense of family businesses and to assist them in better understanding and dealing with the unique challenges and opportunities faced by different family business stakeholders.

The course is specially designed for those who are interested in working in family businesses (e.g., as managers and/or owners) or with family businesses (e.g., as advisors or consultants), and for those coming from a family business background. Whatever their future role will be, students will find it useful to understand the uniqueness of these organizations. During the course, the students will develop their own perspective on family business. After the course, the students should be able to apply in practice appropriate models and theories presented during the course, as well as critically examine models and theories regarding family business development.

Taught by Dr G. Criaco 

In daily and business life, you can find yourself in situations where you want to get something done, but you do not have much to offer as an exchange. For example, you want to initiate a project or business, but you are lacking cash, knowledge and resources. You may have an idea for a great new product, but your superiors are only supportive when it takes a limited investment and no excessive risks. Or you want to expand your network with some highly-regarded people, potential employers or difficult to approach customers for your own business, but those people may not find you very interesting. These situations are in a basic sense similar to all ‘ventures’ where success depends on your ability to mobilize other people and to reduce risks. Entrepreneurial bootstrapping is the pursuit of success (or getting things done) with limited resources and with the help of others (or free outside help). In general, bootstrapping refers to a self-starting and self-sustaining process that is supposed to proceed without external help or input. The origins of the term seemingly go back to the 19th century American in the phrase ‘to pull oneself over a fence by one’s bootstraps’[1], to mean carrying out an absurdly impossible task.[2]

Relevance

Five subthemes of bootstrapping are distinguished and discussed. First, the basic principles of bootstrapping will be introduced: informal and creative resource acquisition, the use of networks, networking and influencing skills, entrepreneurial marketing (marketing on a shoestring) and entrepreneurial finance (do more with less). Second, in the so-called creative resource acquisition perspective, bootstrapping is an original strategy of obtaining resources without a big spending effort), for instance through a direct exchange of goods and/or services with others without money (barter trade) or by making creative use of the limited resources one has at its disposal (e,g. effectuation, frugal innovation and bricolage). Third, networking is at the heart of any bootstrapping effort. The lectures will cover networking theory, i.e. the purposes and potential effects of networking, and how networking partners can be a source of free information and advice, followed by paying attention to more specific networking skills on how to get in touch and build a relationship, and subsequently, how to influence other people and/or benefit from ‘relevant others’, such as friends, family members, mentors and coaches. Fourth, in discussing the topic of entrepreneurial marketing, an exploration is sought of the emerging phenomena of innovation by users, open-source projects, and crowdsourcing. User innovation basically implies that there are many users out there who develop their own products to use themselves – and they generally share their innovations for free! Open-source projects imply that a distributed community of users contributes to an overall project. Crowdsourcing, finally, is the act of outsourcing tasks to an undefined, large group of people or community through an open call, implying that you can mobilize people to work for you. Fifth, within the framework of entrepreneurial finance, bootstrapping refers to the different financial strategies entrepreneurs pursue to keep the venture under their control (not diluting all kinds of bootstrapping techniques involving cheap ownership and equity in the company), turning key fixed costs into variable costs, or by effectively managing cash flows and making process within the firm efficient. The entrepreneurial finance approach will be elaborated by considering money and crowdfunding.

Taught by Dr W. Hulsink


[1] Bootstraps are the tabs or handles at the top of tall boots, allowing one to use fingers or a hook to help pulling the boots on.

[2] An impossible action, almost similar to bootstrapping, can be found in the 19th century book The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by RE von Raspe, where the main character pulls himself (and his horse) out of a swamp by his hair (or more precisely, by his pigtail).

Negotiation is one of the most important skills that a manager should have in his or her professional life. In our curriculum, however, this important skill has been underemphasized. This course aims to help you be a better negotiator. I will provide you with negotiation tools to effectively persuade others. The specific topics of this course include seeing and expanding the pie, dealing with someone who has a very different perspective on the world, disagreeing respectfully and productively, etc..

Taught by Dr Z. Wu.

  

The challenges of qualitative research such as case studies are widely underestimated. While it is obvious that quantitative research cannot be conducted without mastering relevant statistical or mathematical techniques, many researchers engage in qualitative research without having the requisite knowledge and skills. This course seeks to endow prospective researchers with the insights needed to adequately perform one type of qualitative research: case studies.

It seems easy to collect and analyse cases, because information about business organisations is abundantly available and all students have a certain experience in interpreting and writing texts. However, a number of thorny issues render qualitative research a challenging task. First, how to know whether the focal research topic lends itself to the use of this type of research? Second, if qualitative research is indeed a suitable method, how to determine what data are most relevant and how to access those data? Third, once all data has been gathered, how to reduce the vast amount of data to manageable proportions and how to make sense of the data? Fourth, after the data analysis, how to report relevant findings in an insightful way? This course offers answers to these questions, which are of critical importance to anyone conducting qualitative research (such as case studies).

This course is taught by Dr F.H. Wijen & W. Liu, MSc.

In this course students will learn how to do empirical research. The course touches upon the fundamentals of research design and quantitative research, in addition to more advanced statistical tools. In addition to the lectures, a set of video tutorials provide deeper insights into the specifics of using statistical software and running various models therein. The course is attended jointly by students from two programmes: Strategic Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.

This course is taught by Dr R.F.J. Haans & Dr M.E. Flowers

For your master thesis, you will develop and apply scholarly knowledge with a focus on making a practical impact. You can organise your thesis process in such a way that you test your business idea and expand your network, for example by carefully choosing who you interview. Depending on your preference, you can make a rigorous academic contribution, develop a case study, or give advice to existing organisations to become better at business development.

In this course students will learn how to do empirical research. The course touches upon the fundamentals of research design and quantitative research, in addition to more advanced statistical tools. In addition to the lectures, a set of video tutorials provide deeper insights into the specifics of using statistical software and running various models therein. The course is attended jointly by students from two programmes: Strategic Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.

Note regarding taking courses if you are not an RSM master student: RSM does not offer the possibility for non-RSM students (master or otherwise) to take RSM MSc courses outside of official exchange partnerships or other inter-faculty agreements. If you are interested in learning more about corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business ethics, please refer to our Open Programmes section.

For more information on all international opportunities offered at RSM, visit the website of our International Office.

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RSM’s MSc in Strategic Management produces capable graduates who are regularly sought by recruiters for top companies. With solid foundation skills and the latest knowledge, our graduates can be found in a range careers, including:

  • Entrepreneurial start-ups;
  • Family-owned or self-launched businesses;
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies;
  • Management consultancies;
  • Multinational enterprises;
  • Non-profit organisations;
  • Private and public firms.

Positions include:

  • Account Manager
  • Alliance Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Unit Manager
  • Customer Insights Advisor
  • Entrepreneur
  • General Manager
  • Innovation Manager
  • Junior/Senior Consultant
  • Planning Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Strategy Advisor
  • Venture Manager

Current positions of recent graduates include:

  • Dubel Jeroen – Senior Consultant, Nolan, Norton & Company
  • Miranda Berkhof – Junior Consultant, McKinsey 
  • Stephen Hough – Junior Consultant, Capgemini
  • Ulf Schreurs – Management Trainee, Sony Corporation

Our alumni have found employment with, among others:

  • ABN AMRO
  • Accenture
  • Ahold
  • Akzo Nobel
  • BCG
  • BP
  • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Capgemini
  • General Electric
  • Getronics
  • Heineken
  • ING
  • KLM
  • KPN
  • McKinsey
  • Mexx
  • Organon
  • Philips
  • Rabobank
  • Reuters
  • Roland Bergers
  • Shell
  • Sony
  • Unilever

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the website of the Nuffic.

Career progress

Many students find positions within multinational firms and organisations, partially thanks to relationships they have developed with representatives from the world of business – as well as peers – during the programme’s corporate and other networking events. Students applying for jobs in their home countries are equipped with knowledge and skills to take with them.

Find the Employment Factsheet for your MSc programme here.

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You can read more about our graduates and their career progress from their LinkedIn profiles.

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The RSM Experience

Education for life

Studying at RSM will be a life-changing experience. Your master degree will prepare you for a fulfilling professional life as a capable, self-assured individual. It will make you valuable to business and attractive to employers because it teaches you skills that make the most of your innovative mind. You will be challenged in and outside of the classroom, and you will gain an education based on the latest developments in business. Your master degree from RSM will include RSM’s promise of life-long learning, and membership of the more than 40,000-strong alumni network that is present in more than 110 countries which hosts activities and events all over the world.

Open intellectual culture

Your education at RSM is valuable. You will learn from academics who produce the highest quality research and the most innovative management thinking. In the classroom, sharing and questioning opinions is encouraged – yours and those of your fellow students, as well as the professors’. Many of RSM’s faculty members are young and passionate professors and researchers with outstanding academic credentials. Their work is published in top international management journals.

Engaging environment

Professors’ doors are always open for students who have questions, projects or ideas. Depending on the study programme, students have different opportunities to tailor their programme. This can, for example, take the form of a minors course, an internship, an exchange at one of over 160 partner schools worldwide, elective choices, the participation in a consulting project with a company or public sector organisation, or a thesis project in their specific area of interest. RSM’s strong links with local and international businesses and organisations offer opportunities for practical projects and real-life collaborations.

Rotterdam, a future-oriented city

Living and studying in Rotterdam has never been better. Rotterdam is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world and many multinational companies have their headquarters here. The city is famous for its stunning modern architecture, such as the Centraal Station or its covered food market, the Markthal. At the same time, the city authorities are forward-thinking in improving its liveability. There’s no shortage of restaurants, museums and theatres, yet Rotterdam is still an extremely student-friendly city with plenty of affordable student housing, and a bustling nightlife that includes events organised by students associations.

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Fees & Scholarships

The combination of affordable tuition fees and living costs together with quality education and an excellent global reputation make a Masters degree at RSM a clever investment.

Tuition fees 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €20,700 for non-EEA students. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). These students therefore only pay the statutory fee of €2,209 in 2022-2023. 

For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is approximately €12,000.

The MSc International Management - CEMS (18 months) is a longer programme, for which the tuition fee will have to be paid for the duration of the programme. The expected tuition fee for the 18-month MSc International Management - CEMS programme is €31,050 for non-EEA students and €3,314 for EEA students.

Please note that all these tuition fee tariffs are subject to change.

Scholarships

The number of scholarships is limited and mainly merit based. If a scholarship covers only the tuition fees, be aware that you need to finance your own living expenses (rent, food and insurances) for the duration of your studies. RSM does not offer scholarships for the pre-master programme. We do however offer a maximum of 2 scholarships per academic year to RSM pre-master students enrolling in an MSc programme.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers multiple scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’. RSM also offers one scholarship, the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship, to students from EEA countries. 

Besides scholarships awarded by RSM, there are also scholarships awarded by the Dutch government or other organisations that are available if you meet certain criteria such as nationality, age, etc We have listed some of them below but we encourage you to use resources such as Grantfinder or the Scholarship Portal to find additional scholarships.

Scholarship tips

  • Contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your home country to see whether there are scholarship options.
  • We have virtual information session covering all you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. Watch it here.

For students from the Netherlands or the EU/EEA, it may be possible to apply for limited funding towards payment of your tuition fees. Find out whether you meet the nationality and age requirements and read more information about the application process here.

Handling fee

After having filled in all of the necessary information on the Online Application Form (OLAF) and uploaded the required documents, applicants with a degree obtained outside the Netherlands will be asked to pay a non-refundable €100 handling fee. This fee can be paid online via the Erasmus Payment System which uses either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment.   

Additional expenses

The additional expenses in addition to tuition and general living costs vary per programme and may include:

  • Study materials such as books, readers and business cases
  • Costs involved in kick-off meetings
  • Costs related to travel, international excursions and compulsory exchange semesters or internships abroad

Living Costs

For a reasonable standard of living in the Netherlands, you should have an income of approximately €1,000 per month or €12,000 per year (excluding the tuition fee). Here is an example of monthly expenditure: 

  • Furnished Accommodation, including gas and electricity €525
  • Medical insurance €50
  • Telephone €25
  • Food €200
  • Books, recreation, clothing, public transport, etc. €200 

Total costs per month €1,000 

Study and work - part-time jobs

Please ensure, prior to your arrival at RSM, that you have or will have sufficient funding available to finance your stay at RSM. Finding a part-time job, may be an option, but can not be guaranteed. You should therefore not rely on finding other ways to supplement your income during your studies. For additional information on obtaining a part-time job, visit the website of the Nuffic.

For EEA students there are no formal restrictions in finding work in the Netherlands, but students with a lack of Dutch language skills will find it difficult to secure employment. Non-EEA students are subject to labour regulations, which makes the likelihood of obtaining a work permit very small. We therefore ask students not to rely on this possibility. We do not encourage students to combine studies with the heavy workload from a part-time job.

Admission requirements

The application for all programmes starting September 2022 are closed. The application for September 2023 will open 1 October.

Programme deadline 15 May or earlier if the programme reaches maximum capacity. This is a capped programme, which means that the maximum number of applications we accept is 500 . The application form will remain open until 15 May or until the maximum number of applications has been submitted (whichever comes first).

Immigration

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FOR THE MOST RECENT IMMIGRATION INFORMATION PLEASE CHECK THE FAQ’s

Important immigration information for NON EU/EEA Full-time BScIBA and MSc students

Depending on your nationality, you might need an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit for the Netherlands, issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).  Students can only apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit through the RSM/ Erasmus University. Only with a valid Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit you are allowed to study at RSM/ Erasmus University.

Needless to say that RSM/ Erasmus University is not the institution that determines the requirements. The IND is the official governmental body that sets the rules and procedures.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their offer and hold a passport from an EU/EEA country do not need to apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer and have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA or Vatican State. 

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer, have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the countries mentioned in Group III and IV. This procedure also applies to students with a Surinamese nationality.

Note for Chinese students
Obtain a Nuffic Certificate : 
All Chinese students (with the exception of students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and students with a British Overseas Nationality) must register with EP-Nuffic for a ‘Nuffic Certificate’ before their immigration application can be started. The certificate is a document providing an assessment of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas. For more information, see the Nuffic website

Validity Entry Visa
An Entry Visa is valid for 90 days (counted from the day that you pick up your Entry Visa).

Validity Residence Permit 
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.

I already have a Residence Permit for another EU/EEA Country

NON-EU/EEA students holding a (permanent or temporary) valid Residence Permit (e.g. for study purposes) for another EU/EEA Country no longer need to apply for an Entry Visa for the Netherlands. For these students, the procedure for a Residence Permit application applies. A copy of the EU/EEA-Residence Permit must be uploaded in your application. The Residence Permit must be valid at the time of the application, and still be valid when the student collects his/her Residence Permit in the Netherlands.

I already have a Residence Permit for the Netherlands

NON-EU/EEA students holding already a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study purposes, stay with partner or family, employment), need to apply for Switching InstitutionsChange of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. Requests can be sent after being completely registered (onwards September 1st) to EUR International Office: immigration@eur.nl or 3 months prior to the expiration of your permit.

The Financial Requirements (determined by the IND)

Before your immigration application is sent to the IND, you are required to prove that you have sufficient financial means to cover your study (only for the first year of your study)

  1. the Tuition Fee (BSc IBA €9,600.-, MSc €18,700.-;
  2. the Immigration Fee (€ 192.-)
  3. the Costs of Living for 12 months (€11,400.-: €950.- for every month of your stay in the Netherlands)

Note: it is not possible to pay your tuition fee in instalments

Contact details for the immigration application

Your main point of contact for the immigration application at RSM/ Erasmus University is Ms. Joyce Maliepaard.

Once you have a conditional or unconditional offer you receive the ‘Immigration application process’ (from mid March on). The guidelines explains the procedure to successfully process your application. After having received the information you will be registered in student registration system ‘Osiris Zaak’ (‘Osiris Zaak’ opens in  April).

After your registration in 'Osiris Zaak' your main point of contact is EUR Internatinonal Office (immigration@eur.nl). The immigration documents and invoice for the payment of the fees will be sent to you in 5 working days

Deadline for MSc students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to visabscmsc@rsm.nl

Deadline for BScIBA students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to visabscmsc@rsm.nl

Release date: March 2021

Housing

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Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University, the information below especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad. Arranging your stay

As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives.

The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.
For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodations. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ for the first 12 months of their study (it is not possible to rent a room for less than 12 months). After 12 months you have to find accommodation by yourself. The SSH Accommodation is not available for partners or family of the student. 

Important: This message applies to all the students who have registered for the SSH housing for the 2022 academic year!

Please note that RSM has only 130 rooms to be divided among BSc and MSc students. A fair distribution will be made under the students. As SSH housing is limited, not every registration can be approved. Please be patient and waiting any approval. To increase your chances we strongly advice you to look for more housing possibilities here.

It is not possible to correspond about the result, neither by email nor by telephone

Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students
The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe MolenOverhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained) and located at Struisenburgdwarsstraat in the district of Kralingen, This district offers everything that a student needs: the Erasmus University, little shops and typical student pubs are around the corner. The centre of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos are just a stone’s throw away. In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website. Please not that rental prices are re-indexed every year.

When am I eligible to register for a room at the SSH ?
You can register for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes.

When and how can I register for a room at the SSH?

BScIBA students:

 

  • Tuesday 12 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start registration
  • Tuesday 21 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start booking

IMPORTANT NOTE: The SSH start the registration for all Bachelor students (Erasmus University students) on April 12th, while the BScIBA students get the outcome onwards April 15th. This means that RSM start approving your registration at the earliest on Thursday 21 April. The date of registration for the MSc students has been changed: 

MSc students:

 

Go to SHH*  and fill in:
City:                                          Rotterdam
Your educational institution:     Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Type of Resident:                     EUR Full Year Student (15 August 2022 - 31 July 2023) 
                                                    

When and how can I reserve a room at the SSH?
You can reserve a room and only see all the available rooms once your registration has been approved by the RSM. The approval proces for BScIBA students takes place onwards 19 April and for the MSc students on 12 May.

For BSc students: select and reserve a room      
Log in to My SSH to reserve a room within 7 days*:
* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this period you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation). 

SSH will handle the whole process – from making a room reservation to payments. For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site www.sshxl.nl/en. Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl

Xior Building is a student building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building upholds 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Registration & Reservation opens on:

  • Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 12.00 PM
  • Fixed rental period: 19 August 2022 – 7 August 2022

RSM is not in charge for the rental of these rooms and is only for students coming from abroad. Your registration will be checked by the Real Estate Services Department of the Erasmus University. All your questions can be addressed to rotterdam@xior.nl 

 

The RSM/Erasmus University has a partnership with the companies SSH, XIOR, The Cohesion Cobana, Roomplaza and the Student Hotel. Additional information on the below mentioned housing providers, and many more, are listed on the Erasmus University Housing pages.

International Student Housing Rooms (ISHR)
Is a private initiative to manage shared living properties in The Netherlands. It was founded by former students of Erasmus University Rotterdam, who now work in the financial industry. ISHR is not an intermediary. It is a landlord-owned operating platform, developed based on lessons learned from a decade of interactions between international students and Dutch private landlords.The EUR has agreed on a partnership with ISHR and we have reserved around 40 flat share rooms exclusively for our first year International Bachelor or Master students.

Registration starts on:
Monday 2 May 2022 at 12 PM. Fixed rental period: 10 August 2022 - 31 July 2023

The Cohesion Cobana 
Located in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a vibrant part of Rotterdam with a central location. The FIZZ Cobana has a variety of Friends apartments. This unique concept is a great way to share living space of your apartment, but still have all the privacy you want with your own bedroom. As a student of the Erasmus you will have a possibility to live with other Erasmus students in a Friends apartment. It’s a perfect blend of privacy and sociability, whenever you want it. The Erasmus University has reserved for its International students 40 rooms. 
How to register? Please find here all the information.

RoomPlaza 
Offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. They have 80 rooms for BSc and MSc students. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers. How to register? Please find here all the information.

The Student Hotel
A hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar 
How to book a room? Please find here all the information. 

Updated: 2 May 2022

 

Hostels in Rotterdam

Some suggestions:

Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.

King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.

Hostel ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.

Hostel Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.

As tenancy agreements are often only provided in Dutch (huurovereenkomst), we recommend you to view the additional information on this topic provided on the Erasmus University website.  There you can also find information on Dutch housing terms, and other information on how to arrange your stay and other useful tips, for example on how not to get scammed.

RSM’s lecturers have academic and business experience, and they encourage students to express their opinions all the time. Interacting with these smart students also helps me to develop knowledge, and soft skills such as time management, teamwork and critical thinking. I improve my business mindset and strategic thinking every day.

Hang Li (MSc Strategic Management, 2020)

Hang Li

Is it right for me?

Virtually all aspects of this master have an international flavour:

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If the thought of this – and the prospect of an international career in strategic management – excites you, then this programme is right for you!

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