Rob Zuidwijk - Professor of Global Supply Chains and Ports at Rotterdam School of Management

Rob Zuidwijk has been appointed Professor of Global Supply Chains and Ports at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) from 1 December 2018. One of his research topics will be sustainable global supply chains.

The chair primarily focuses on the following topics:

  • Co-ordination for sustainable global supply chains
  • Synchronised transport networks
  • Inter-organisational information systems for logistics

The academic activities are a continuation of his work as a Trust Fund Endowed Professor of Ports in Global Networks. But there will be more focus on the management of environmental and social sustainability performance of global supply chains. Research on this topic will include the investigation of how structures of organisational, information, and logistics networks affect social and environmental sustainability performance.

Smart logistics

Next to his role as ambassador in the SmartPort roadmap Smart Logistics, he has been appointed Captain of Science in the Topteam of the Topsector Logistics. In particular, he shares ideas about Topsector activities on sustainability, which aim to mobilise the sector to meet the climate targets set by the Dutch government. Professor Zuidwijk argues that the academic community has a pivotal role to play in helping industry and government to make the right decisions. 

Prof. Zuidwijk was also recently presented the Umbra Erasmi for his contribution to the School during the last 25 years.

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.

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