Energy case

Energy case

RSM was the first business school to understand the importance of energy research to all stakeholders. Hence the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB) which has become the most important in Europe: a diverse multidisciplinary community dedicated to the business of future energy and – through accelerating the shift to renewables, smart energy grids and electric autos – to creating positive change for society and the environment.

“No other business schools were doing energy research when we started this at RSM 10 years ago.”  Wolf Ketter, Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Director of the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB). [Read the full Q&A with Professor Ketter]


  • Since its launch in 2007, the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business has been setting the global agenda for the future of energy and business.  The shared vision of the ECFEB’s people is to create knowledge and disruptive innovation that accelerates the global shift to renewable, non-polluting energy and sustainable business models.
  • ECFEB Founder and Director Professor Wolf Ketter is a globally-recognised leader in this field of study. He is a Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at the Department of Technology and Operations Management at RSM. 
  • In January 2017 Professor Ketter was appointed  Director of EWI Energy Research and Scenarios GMBH at the University of Cologne, with an advisory role in European policy-making.  Professor Ketter’s dual directorship effectively makes RSM part of the largest community of future energy research and practice in the world.
  • Each year the ECFEB hosts the Erasmus Energy Forum (EEF), a two-day event that is the flagship for future energy. The EEF brings together the latest insights from science and practice – high-level, transformational and even disruptive.
  • The EFCEB has an advisory board that brings leaders from BMWi, Eneco, Siemens, the Port of Rotterdam and other organisations together to help ensure that future energy is on the current business agenda.
  • With multidisciplinary research that touches on every important aspect of the future, of energy, and of business, the ECFEB is integrating technology,  behavioural psychology, and innovation to uncover new energy models and markets that can create radical – and realisable – new vistas of opportunity for business and society.

RSM alumni like Fred van Beuningen (MSc 1986) have been acting as a force for positive change all along. With a career that launched at Shell, and includes a Corporate Directorship for Sustainability and Innovation at Akzo-Nobel, today Fred is the Director of Clean Tech Delta.  “In Rotterdam there is huge potential to work with heat from industry (and the Port) for example, to define and position it in a bio economy - one that is based on Dutch knowledge - to stimulate new industrial activity,” he says. “This new industry needs to incorporate new information systems for their energy transition. This is where technology is key to the future of energy.”  [Read the full Q&A with Fred van Beuningen]

The best young international academics like Dr. Konstantina Valogianni (PhD 2016) come to RSM to take part in multidisciplinary research projects focused on the future of energy.  Then they go on to teach, lecture and lead at the world’s best business schools, effectively educating the leaders of the future energy landscape.  Dr.  Valogianni for example is  Assistant Professor in Information Systems at IE Business School. She translates her vision – “a society that is 100% sustainable in which we have the means and infrastructure to integrate renewables completely”- to her undergraduate students via such tools as algorithms to facilitate smart scheduling. “It’s also about educating them in the strategic use of technology to enable business to create business models that are sustainable.”  [Read the full Q&A with Dr. Konstantina Valogianni]