By continuously increasing the speed and quality of a process, organisations can improve customer satisfaction and stay competitive and financially sound. To improve these processes, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and The Lean Six Sigma Company developed the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme. Participants will learn how to mobilise staff and departments while acting as a valued advisor to senior management in terms of quality management.

The combination of Lean Six Sigma and high-level leadership training means consultants and managers learn how to apply Lean Six Sigma at the highest level. In the 14-day modular programme, participants will boost their analytical and organisational skills to be able to mobilise staff and departments while focusing on quality management. They will then be Lean Six Sigma Black Belt experts, which means they will be able to optimise processes on a project basis (lean, six sigma) and how to introduce change (leadership, change management).

Black Belt excellence certification

The first run of the university-level Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme will start on Monday 12 February 2018. It will take place at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam (11 days) and on RSM’s campus (3 days). Upon completing of the programme, participants will obtain the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

The programme will be led by Dr Ferdinand Jaspers, programme director at Erasmus Centre for

Entrepreneurship; Dr Martijn Rademakers, managing director of Center for Strategy & Leadership,

adjunct professor of corporate strategy at Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, and visiting faculty at RSM; and Rijk Schildmeijer, partner and Master Black Belt at The Lean Six Sigma Company.

An improvement structure

“The essence of continuous improvement is about exploiting the opportunities to learn from mistakes,” says lecturer Rijk Schildmeijer. “The essence of Lean Six Sigma is having an improvement structure to avoid making the same mistake twice. Combine both, and you have something the Japanese call ‘kaizen’. This one the fundamentals of this course.”

Lecturer Dr Martijn Rademakers adds: “Participants will not only learn about the telling details of Six Sigma, but also get an eye for the big picture. Black Belts need both views to bring their projects to success.”

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Excellence programme will be facilitated by The Lean Six Sigma Company and RSM, one of Europe’s top 10 business schools.

There will be a walk-in information session about the programme in the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam on Tuesday 9 January at 19:00.

The Lean Six Sigma Company

The Lean Six Sigma Company is a multinational company for process improvement based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It provides its services to hundreds of organisations, and trained thousands of delegates in becoming Lean Six Sigma professionals. The organisation operates in almost 10 European countries and is Europe’s leading provider in the field of Lean Six Sigma, aiming to facilitate organisations to excel through active support in implementing Lean Six Sigma programmes, and knowledge transfer through training, workshops and coaching. The Lean Six Sigma training is one of the first International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) accredited training organisations in Western

Europe to exceed the average industry standards.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at

Alumni , Companies , Executive education , Homepage , Newsroom , MBA , Strategic management and entrepreneurship , Technology and operations management , EC for women and organisations , China