RSM’s New Business development programme is led by faculty members with impeccable academic credentials and a thorough knowledge of business practice. Selected for their ability and experience in teaching executives, they will draw on their research and knowledge to deliver a unique learning experience.

Prof. Jan van den Ende
Jan van den Ende is Professor of management of technology and innovation at RSM. His field of expertise is the development process of new products and services in firms. His research focuses on organising the process of creating ideas, selecting projects, developing products and commercialising them. Jan’s research group also develops insights into cross-organisational collaboration by researching innovation in firms such as ING, ASML, Philips and Unilever.

Dr Ferdinand Jaspers
Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. His teaching and consultancy activities focus on business modelling and lean startup. Based on his expertise at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, he teaches courses and provides masterclasses, workshops and boot camps on corporate entrepreneurship, new business development, and entrepreneurial start-up and growth. With a rigorous academic perspective, Ferdinand draws upon and helps you move beyond approaches such as customer development and lean startup, business modelling, and effectuation. He holds a PhD from RSM.

Dr Daan Stam
Daan Stam is an associate professor of innovation at RSM. His academic research focuses on leadership in situations of change, including the role of leadership in innovation and business development. A second area of his research is on creativity, including the effects of leadership on creativity, creativity in online settings, and group creativity. Daan also teaches creativity and brainstorming to bachelor and master students, as well as executives.

Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras
Dimitrios Tsekouras is an assistant professor of technology and operations at RSM. His research interests revolve around the intersection between marketing and information systems. Dimitrios is interested in consumer-firm interactions in digital channels and the strategic use of business analytics. More specifically, Dimitrios is interested in the role of information technology in decision assistance, product recommendation systems and online search behaviour. His studies span across various contexts, from financial products to the entertainment industry. Dimitrios obtained his MSc and PhD in marketing at Erasmus School of Economics.

Prof. Henk Volberda
Henk Volberda is a professor of strategic management and business policy and director knowledge transfer at RSM. He is director of the Erasmus Strategic Renewal Centre (ESR), and fellow and director of the Strategy Research Programme of Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). He is also chairman of the executive board and scientific director of top institute INSCOPE: Research for Innovation. Henk is also vice-president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). He published the books Building the Flexible Firm: How to Remain Competitive (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization (Cengage, 2011).

Dr Vareska van de Vrande
Vareska van de Vrande is an associate professor of strategic management at RSM. She holds an MSc and PhD in industrial engineering and management science from Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research interests include open innovation and corporate venturing. Vareska’s research on open innovation focuses on the use of different organisational forms for external technology sourcing, such as corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Vareska has published several articles in leading international journals in the field of open innovation management.

Dr Murat Tarakci
Murat Tarakci is an associate professor of innovation management at RSM. His research focuses on disruptive innovations, strategy implementation, and power. Prior to joining academia, Murat worked in the finance department of Unilever Turkey. Combining his business and academic experience, Murat’s current research investigates how firms can craft financial methods and portfolio management tools to foster disruptive innovations. He completed his PhD degree at Erasmus School of Economics.

Dr Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen
Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen is the founder and CEO of Organizing4Innovation, a consultancy company facilitating professional service organisations in their innovation efforts. Her research concentrates on innovation in professional service companies, in particular on how to best organise innovation processes. Based on scientific knowledge, Floortje developed a unique approach to innovation that focuses on the innovation champion instead of the new product or service under development, suiting the innovation needs of knowledge intensive professional service organisations. She has taught at business schools in the USA, Belgium, Russia, China.

Prof. Paul Iske
Paul Iske is is a professor of innovation and business venturing at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University. His main areas of interest include: new business models, innovation management, intellectual capital management, complexity and alliance management. Paul combines his academic career with practice as an associated partner of smart services hub PNA Group. He founded the Institute of Brilliant Failures, which highlights the importance of experimentation and entrepreneurship to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation and to get acceptance for failing as an inevitable part of innovation processes.

Dr Irma Borst
Irma Borst is the director of the New Business Development programme at RSM Executive Education. She has worked in management consultancy supporting customers in the ICT sector in innovation projects for more than 20 years. In addition to her consultancy work, she completed a PhD in technology and innovation management at RSM. Irma now combines academic work as a researcher with consultancy tasks. She regularly publishes in specialist journals and has presented her research conclusions at several academic conferences.