Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Programme

Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Programme

This programme introduces ways to create successful strategies for digitalisation and innovation for communities, cities and regions. Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Program is an in depth and multidisciplinary introduction to smart and resilient communities. It frames the future of cities in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Topics covered include innovation-centric leadership, agile governance, cyber resilience, innovation for scale, citizen engagement, digital inclusion, agile regulations, ethical frameworks, digital fundamental and emerging technologies.

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 

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 developed and delivered with the following partners:

  • 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
  • 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

    Prof. Bas Boorsma
    Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School of Management; CDO to the City of Rotterdam

    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 

    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

    Prof. Vareska van de Vrande
    Professor of Practice 
    Professor of Collaborative Innovation & Business Venturing 

    Dr Haydee Sheombar
    Academic Researcher 

    Dr Marcel van Oosterhout
    Associate Executive Director, Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics

    Dr Dirk Deichmann
    Associate Professor of Innovation Management

  • Dates

    30 May - 3 June 2022 > Apply now


    € 3,500 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks if applicable. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.
    10% 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.


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

    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.

  • The programme Urban Innovation Executive Leadership Programme runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register