The Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam has appointed Professor Ansgar Richter as the new Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). His appointment will come into effect on 1 November 2019. Prof. Richter is currently Dean of Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey in the UK. He succeeds Professor Steef van de Velde, who has held the position of Dean of RSM for the past eight years.

The Executive Board has chosen Professor Richter as new Dean of RSM because of his excellent research record, and his extensive experience in international business education and research. The Board is confident that Professor Richter will further strengthen the position of RSM as a leading business school in Europe and further afield.

Ansgar Richter has been Dean of Surrey Business School since October 2016. Prior to his appointment at Surrey, he was Head of the Organisation and Management Group at the University of Liverpool Management School and Head of the Department of Strategy, Organisation & Leadership at EBS Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The profile and selection criteria for the Dean have been established in co-operation with the RSM Faculty Council, the RSM Leadership Team and RSM staff with input from representation from the broader university community and alumni. The Faculty Council has been involved in the recruitment procedure and supports Professor Richter’s appointment.

Professor Richter comments: “I am delighted to have been chosen as Dean of RSM. I am very much looking forward to working at this outstanding institution. It is RSM’s mission to be a force for positive change in the world, and I am fully committed to helping the School live this mission.”

Force for positive change

Professor Richter succeeds Professor Steef van de Velde. The Executive Board is most grateful for his leadership of RSM over the past eight years. Under Prof. Van de Velde’s guidance, RSM has adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with RSM being a force for positive change. This aligns closely with the new strategy of Erasmus University, which focuses on creating positive societal impact.

Professor Van de Velde’s term as Dean ends per 1 September, 2019. In the intervening period until 1 November, 2019, Professor Dirk van Dierendonck will be Acting Dean of the School.


Ansgar Richter (1969, German) studied Philosophy and Economics in Frankfurt and Bochum (Germany), before continuing his studies at London School of Economics (LSE), where he earned an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, and a PhD in Management. Following his studies, he worked for over three years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising international clients on matters of strategy and organisation, before moving on to EBS Business School, Liverpool Management School and Surrey Business School.

At various points in his academic career, Ansgar Richter was a visiting scholar at Berkeley, Stanford, and INSEAD. He has also taught at several major institutions internationally. In addition, he has provided a wide range of executive education programmes for companies in the automotive, chemical, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, and professional service sectors.

Professor. Richter's research interests are at the interface of strategy, organisation and governance: dynamic capabilities, organisational design, incentives, ownership and justice in organisations, and the strategy and structure of professional service firms.

He has published extensively in journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, and many others. Five of his papers have been included in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Management, Long-Range Planning, and International Journal of Human Resource Management, and serves as a reviewer for many other journals on a regular basis. He has also served as Chair of the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management. Furthermore, he works closely with accreditation bodies.

Ansgar Richter and his wife Dorothee have three children. All of them enjoy classical music, reading, and sharing time with friends and family.

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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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