RSM Approach

RSM Approach

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established itself over its more than 35-year history as one of the Europe’s leading business schools, as well as one of its most international – 80 different nationalities are represented in the student body, and its more than 16,000 alumni are active in 23 chapters around the world. Now with more than 7,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 350 active researchers, RSM is one of the largest business schools in Europe.

Commercial Connections

RSM is based in Rotterdam, an international port city that has been a gateway to European trade and commerce for centuries and is today a hub of enterprise. Many multinationals including Unilever and Shell have their headquarters in the region and are a long-established part of the RSM community. These companies proactively participate in the education of participants at the school, bringing insights direct from their organisations into the classroom. RSM faculty members regularly engage with this community as both consultants and researchers, ensuring their expertise remains closely connected to the most predominant issues in practice.


With 250 members and 100 PhD students, RSM is home to one of the world’s largest and most prolific management research faculties. Our researchers contribute to global knowledge in five core research streams, with each stream reflecting key contemporary themes such as sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Thanks to this outstanding facility, all programmes at RSM are guaranteed a very strong academic backbone that delivers the absolute latest in business and management thinking.

Global Community

With over 80 different nationalities in the student body, RSM is a dynamic international community that spans academia, the corporate sector, and the school’s international alumni network. This community greatly enriches the RSM experience – exceptionally diverse classes create immense scope for group-learning; visiting executives from our partnering companies and alumni network, regularly hold lectures and workshops; and all content is global in scope and perspective. RSM participants are encouraged to think globally, not only in regards to the world’s diverging economies and business models, but the broader context in which business operates – societal and environmental.