At Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), BIM is part of the teaching and research activities in the Technology and Operations Management department. 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. 

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

  • Research

    We offer world-class research and advanced information technologies and systems and its impact on firms, markets and customers. 

  • Education

    RSM and BIM are consistently ranked well in (international) master rankings, for example in the national student satisfaction survey Studiekeuze 123.

  • Partnerships

    We have a strong linkage to industry through guest lectures, real-life cases, company challenges, research, networking and alumni events with business and data professionals. 

  • Hiring

    We regularly have new vacancies at all levels.  All of the RSM vacancies (except PhD positions) are listed on the RSM vacancies webpages. PhD candidates are recruited trough the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).

About our research

Research

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. Dominik Gutt, Dr Ting Li, Dr. Martin Quinn, and Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras

PhD students working in this area include: Tamara Thuis, Marilu Miotto

 

Our data science research explores how organisations can use advanced data analysis techniques and technologies to gather insights, improve decision-making, streamline operations, and gain a competitive edge.

Faculty members working on using data from new technologies include: Dr Philipp Cornelius, Dr Otto Koppius, Dr Tayfun Kucukyilmaz, Dr Sameer Mehta, and Dr Yagmur Ozdemir. 

PhD students researching this area include: Charles Wan

Our research on digital platforms investigates how businesses utilize online systems and tools to enhance their operations, improve customer engagement, streamline processes, and drive innovation. It examines the impact of these platforms on business performance, the strategies for effective implementation, and the ways in which they facilitate data management, communication, and collaboration within and between organisations.

Faculty members working on this include: Dr Jovana Karanovic, Dr Sameer Mehta, Dr Anna Priante, Dr Olga Silvko, and Dr Dainis Zegners.

PhD students researching this area include: Wei Wang

Research on Digital Technology and Social Impact in business information management examines how digital tools and innovations influence societal outcomes and ethical considerations in business practices. It explores how businesses use technology to address social issues, enhance corporate social responsibility, and contribute to sustainable development. This research also looks at the ways digital technology can affect employee well-being, consumer behavior, and community engagement, aiming to balance profitability with positive social impact.

Faculty members working in this area include: Prof. Eric van Heck, Dr Jovana Karanovic, Prof. Ting Li, Dr Anna Priante, Prof.  Dr Jeffrey Sweeney, and Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras

PhD students researching this include: Marilu Miotto, Agnieszka Kloc

This explores how businesses can manage and optimize energy resources while promoting sustainable practices. It examines strategies for integrating renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and reducing environmental impact. This research also looks at how market dynamics, regulatory frameworks, and technological innovations influence business decisions and operations in the energy sector, aiming to achieve a balance between economic growth and environmental responsibility.

Faculty members working in this area include: Dr Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Prof. Eric van Heck, Dr Sameer Mehta

PhD students include: Clarisse Dupont, Linda Punt, Dr Adrian EstenBan Perez (postdoc)

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). 

Faculty

Business Information Management (BIM) Section is part of the Technology and Operations Management Department (TOM). 

Section Chair: Prof. Ting Li

Academic Director: Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras

Programme Coordinators: Yanick Kuper and Roxanne Silva 

You can find our section's research representatives under “Research”.

 

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 students of other Dutch universities) our faculty offers the minor: Principles of Negotiation

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 Economy Analytics, Business Analytics Applications with Python and Business Analytics Workshop. 


 

 

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

Vacancies

The Business Information Management section is growing rapidly and we regularly have new vacancies at all levels. 

All of the RSM vacancies (except PhD positions) are listed on the RSM vacancies webpages

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

 

MSc Business Information Management

Gain the know-how to boost business with data in the digital economy.

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