Frank Hartmann appointed new Dean of RSM Executive Education

Professor Frank Hartmann from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) was appointed Dean of RSM Executive Education. He will lead the department’s activities to further develop education for business professionals, and improve companies’ roles in society. Hartmann will embark in his new role on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

Professor Frank Hartmann’s responsibilities will include the further development of RSM Executive Education and its role in RSM’s strategy to have more impact on business and society, and to broaden its activities. “RSM Executive Education is a department of hard-working and very dedicated people,” said Hartmann. The Professor of Management Accounting and Management Control added that RSM Executive Education is the portal via which executives have access to the wealth of knowledge created and presented by academics. “It’s the window that gives RSM’s academics a view on the true needs and challenges of executives in our rapidly changing world,” he said. “This means that RSM Executive Education will play an increasingly important role in connecting the world of business and the world of knowledge.”

Academic leadership

In addition to his new role as Dean of RSM Executive Education, Hartmann is a Statutory Director of RSM BV. “With his extensive experience of working with companies through executive education, combined with his drive to innovate, Hartmann is perfectly placed to take up both of these challenging roles,” said RSM Dean Steef van de Velde. “In his academic leadership role with clients such as Q8 and Deutsche Telekom, he has proven to be able to get the best out of our faculty and clients alike,” added Van de Velde. “I am confident that he will continue to do so in this new position.”

Business knowledge development

Hartmann said that being part of an academic institute means constantly developing new views and ideas about firms’ roles in tomorrow’s society. “I can think of very little that is more attractive to my academic job than helping professionals improve their understanding of business problems, develop the right way to frame them and find workable ways to solve them,” he said.

“I have seen many examples of the fruitfulness and necessity of an interaction between academics and professionals,” said Hartmann, adding that this should be the role that business schools should play in society and that is why he looks forward to this new venture. “RSM Executive Education helps firms to thrive in society through RSM’s academic values and knowledge. We are keen to contribute to the broad and crucial role that companies play in the open, democratic and prosperous societies we all like to live in.”

Professor Frank Hartmann

Frank Hartmann is Professor of Management Accounting and Management Control at RSM. His main activities involve research and teaching on managerial decision-making. His research is published in the Netherlands and internationally, and he is an experienced teacher in the Dutch certified controller MSc programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in RSM’s International Full-time MBA and Executive MBA programmes, and in various executive education programmes at RSM and internationally. Hartmann was the Academic Director of RSM’s finance programme for Deutsche-Telekom and RSM’s accounting programme for Q8 Business School. He has co-authored several national and international textbooks on financial management and management control systems. Hartmann completed his PhD at Maastricht University in 1997, and was appointed full professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1998 where he was founding director of its business school. Hartmann joined RSM in 2005.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. 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 carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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