Dr Marcel van Oosterhout


Marcel van Oosterhout was born in Breda, the Netherlands on May 26, 1972. He attended Athenaeum at Thomas Moore College (later renamed Markland College) in Oudenbosch, where he obtained his diploma in 1990. From 1990 to 1996, Marcel studied business administration at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he obtained his Masters of Science degree in Business Administration.

Starting May 1996, Marcel was employed at ERBS, a consulting unit under the Erasmus University Holding. Marcel worked as a consultant and later as a project manager to develop, manage and execute innovative and knowledge-intensive contract research projects.

In 2004 Marcel moved to the Department of Decision & Information Sciences (35 FTE), part of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Here he was employed as projectmanager and scientific researcher and became treasurer for the department and member of the daily board. In 2005 he started to develop his first ideas to conduct PhD research in line with the research projects where he was engaged and his personal research interests. This resulted on June 17 , 2010 in his PhD Defence. The title of his dissertation is 'Business Agility and Information Technology in Service Organizations'. Marcel has (co)authored a number of papers and book chapters and presented his research at several international conferences. His research on IT agility and business agility was published in the European Journal of Information Systems (2006) and as a book chapter in Desouza (2006). Marcel has reviewed papers for international conferences and journals, such as ECIS, EJIS, Electronic Markets and HICSS. Since June 2010 Marcel is (ass.) member of the ERIM research school.

In June 2013 Marcel became treasurer and member of the executive committee of the merged department of Technology & Operations Management (80 FTE). In his new position he has several tasks: project acquisition and research centre development, project management for large and complex projects, department treasurer, member of the BIM section (which includes coaching Master students in their Master thesis projects and working on spin off activities from his dissertation on agility). Since June 2013 Marcel is also active as business director for the Erasmus Centre of Future Energy Business. In this role he is responsible for developing partnerships with the business community, initiating sponsorships and applied research projects and organizing the yearly thought leadership event Erasmus Energy Forum.

Marcel has built up an extensive network of 800+ (inter)national contacts in different business and public sectors. He has worked in several positions for a wide range of clients, varying from:

  • European Commission (several DG’s in their innovation and RTD programs);
  • National and local governments (such as Ministry of Economic Affairs, Gemeente Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam);
  • Foundations and intermediaries (such as Media Plaza, ECP-EP.NL, Dinalog);
  • Multinational companies in several industries: IT & Telecom (Microsoft, KPN, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Hutchison, Ericsson); Finance & Insurance (Nationale Nederlanden, Rabobank, Delta Lloyd); Energy & Utilities (Essent, Eneco); Trade & Logistics (Floraholland, NS Reizigers, TNT); Consultancies (Sogeti, CGI).

Marcel can be contacted via email (moosterhout@rsm.nl) or via www.moosterhout.nl.

Professional experience

Academic Researcher

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Technology and Operations Management