Business Information Management

Business Information Management (BIM) explores the use and impact of information ‒ and information systems ‒ as a strategic asset for customers, firms, supply chains, business networks, and markets. It investigates the opportunities presented by new information technologies such as mobile platforms, cloud computing, business analytics and social media. At Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), BIM is part of the teaching and research activities in the Technology and Operations Management department.

The Business Information Management (BIM) section includes an interdisciplinary team of scholars and teachers of around 40 members from 20 different countries. We are passionate about researching and teaching the impact of digital technologies on individuals, organizations, and society. We carry out world-class research in many important areas such as artificial intelligence, digital business, online platforms, digital innovations, digital privacy, ethics of AI, cyber security, fintech, tech entrepreneurs, and smart cities. We perform cutting-edge teaching across all degree and non-degree educational programs to prepare students from around the world to make huge impacts through technology.

Prof Ting Li

About our research

Research

Centres, experts and projects

Academics in RSM’s Business Information Management section are engaged in a research projects in partnerships with business, and with other international scholars. These experts also work with others within the Centres of Expertise at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and its institutions such as the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), a joint research institute of RSM and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Their subjects include:

Five focal areas that drive BIM research

Our research into digital strategy focuses on understanding the strategic use of information, information systems and information technology, and examines their effects on consumer behaviour and competitive business strategy.

Faculty members working in this area include: Dr Rodrigo BeloDr Ting LiDr Joo Hee Oh, and Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras

PhD students working in this area include: Francesco Balocco and Zherui Yang

 

Taking the opportunities offered by big data from social media, radio frequency identification (RFID), global positioning systems (GPS) and sensor data means organisations must develop capabilities in business analytics. New methodologies and statistical techniques are in development to collect and analyse data from these new technologies. Our Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics is working on this area.

Faculty members working on using data from new technologies include: Prof. Wolf KetterProf. Eric van HeckDr Ting LiDr Jan van DalenDr Otto KoppiusDr Dimitrios Tsekouras, and Dr Rodrigo Belo.

PhD students researching this area include: Francesco BaloccoHuong May Truong and Atabak Mehrdar

Our research into social networks focuses on understanding their role in relationships at the macro level of network configurations, and at the micro level of one-to-one interactions, for a variety of organisational and social outcomes.

Faculty members working on this include: Dr Rodrigo Belo

Collaboration and communication opportunities created by new advanced technologies, such as the use of digital platforms, characterise working in the digital era.

Faculty members working in this area include: Dr Zike CaoDr Mark Boons, and Prof. Eric van Heck

PhD students researching this include: Christina Wessels.

How can the transition from traditional sources to renewable energy be facilitated? And how can the consumption of sustainable energy in markets with dynamic prices be supported and promoted? Researchers and faculty in the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB) aim to develop business foundations for tomorrow’s sustainable energy markets, and to enable robust, intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy networks for the future. The ECFEB hosts the annual Erasmus Energy Forum and the dynamic market-modelling Power Trading Agent Competition (Power TAC) platform. Its collaborations with industry and research partners make it a force for positive change in the world.

Faculty members in ECFEB include: Prof. Wolf KetterProf. Eric van HeckDr Jan van DalenDr Yashar Ghiassi-FarrokhfalDr Tobias Brandt, and Dr Marcel van Oosterhout

PhD students include: Derck KoolenMohammad AnsarinAyman Abdelwahed and Joshua Paundra

Teaching

We teach Business Information Management to bachelor students, master students, doctoral students, and business executives.

We contribute to the curriculum of both the Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (IBA) and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BA) (Bedrijfskunde)programmes.

In the first year of Bachelor of Science, we teach the Business Information Management course, while in the second year we teach the Research Project (in both Dutch and English).

In the third year, we offer the core course Digital Business. Furthermore, our faculty co-developed the Analytical Decision Makers track, where we teach the courses Data Engineering & Management, and Data Modelling & Analytics.

Finally, to the third-year students (and other students of the Dutch universities) our faculty offers two minors: (a) Principles of Negotiation, and (b) Sport and Management.

By offering a variety of courses that are timely and relevant, we ensure that our students have strong foundations for continuation of their studies, as well as solid practical and theoretical knowledge for a career in management or related fields.

 

With businesses becoming increasingly digital, graduates who understand the value of information as a strategic source and can combine that with strong analytical know-how, are in high demand.

We offer the MSc Business Information Management (MScBIM), a one-year programme aimed at bachelor graduates of business administration, economics, informatics or information management, who strive to work at the intersection of business, information technology, and data science.

We provide students with strong foundations in management (e.g. Information Strategy, Business Architecture & Transformation) and technical knowledge (Designing Business Applications, Big Data Management & Analytics) before they choose specialisation in one of the two tracks: Digital Business or Data Science.

Career prospects for graduates of this master programme include positions as information manager, (digital or technology) business consultant, as well as data scientist for national and international companies.

MSc Business Analytics & Management, in which the BIM faculty has played an integral role in co-developing, is designed to provide students with the skills to apply data science in order to solve business challenges. Students will develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of business analytics methods to solve data-based business problems.

We contribute to the curriculum with courses such as: Advanced Statistics & Programming, Data Management & Ethics, Digital Transformation & Supply Chains, and Business Analytics Applications with Python.

 

Students aiming for an international academic or research career, can follow RSM’s Research Master in Business and Management. Our faculty supervise no more than 30 students per year during this two-year programme, offering individual and expert supervision, and a highly personal approach tending to students’ own research interests.

Our faculty also support students in specialized tracks of the research master, such the Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems specialisation track.

Talented researchers can conduct pioneering and innovative PhD research at ERIM, our top European research institute. Both full-time and part-time PhD programs in Information Systems and Business Analytics are available. We constantly look for bright prospective candidates interested in conducting research in one of the Europe’s most prestigious business school. You can find vacancies here.

PhD candidates get personal supervision from our internationally acclaimed management researchers in the PhD in Management programme as well as excellent research facilities that include a state-of-the-art behavioural laboratory and advanced survey technology.

In addition, a special support programme is intended to cover research expenses such as conference visits, international research visits and data collection. ERIM PhD students receive a competitive salary and career development support.

Business executives and professionals are eager to explore the potential business use and impact of foundational technologies, such artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and blockchain). We help them to make a difference in the digitally driven world of business by developing and teaching executive education courses.

The courses combine the latest cutting-edge research from RSM scholars with personal coaching from renowned academics and business leaders. BIM provides a several courses for business executives, some of which run several times per year. The full Executive Education catalogue is available here. BIM-themed courses include:

Diploma Programme in Digital Transformation, with modules on:

The ECGL-RSM Advanced Leadership Program (Jakarta, Indonesia) module:

  • Leading Transformation in the Digital Economy

PhD Vacancies

The Business Information Management section is growing rapidly and we regularly have new vacancies at all levels. All of them (except PhD positions) are listed on the RSM vacancies webpages. Search for ‘Technology & Operations Management’ to find vacancies in our department.

PhD candidates are recruited trough the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).

Events

Managing Director, Triodos Bank 
February 3rd (Thursday), 16:30 - 18:00

Director of Smart Mobility & 5G, Port of Rotterdam
November 4th (Thursday), 16:30 - 18:00

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