Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


RSM’s Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship is one of the largest and most diverse of its kind, and hosts an exceptional variety of academic experts that together cover the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship quite comprehensively.

Our expertise is about significant strategic decisions

The focus of all our research, teaching, and outreach activities is on the significant strategic decisions that firms need to make so people and organisations can thrive in today’s dynamic and global business environment. Such decisions involve: (business model) innovation, (new) business development, corporate venturing, (competitive) strategy development, strategic renewal, exploration and exploitation of firm capabilities, ownership and governance of firms, organizational (re)design, mergers and acquisitions, internationalization, and the challenges that come with managing firm activities across different institutional contexts in which contemporary business takes place. In essence, our focus is on navigating the major strategic challenges that firms are confronted with.

Our core activities

The Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship is involved three core activities:

Research: As an academic institution, our expertise is based on our research. This means that we seek to develop and disseminate knowledge that is innovative, evidence-based, and that can meet the highest academic quality standards as well as being a force for positive change in the world. We also feel that our research ultimately serves to improve economic value creation in the broadest sense of what ‘value’ should be taken to mean.

Education: In order to help develop current and future business leaders, we leverage our expertise and disseminate our knowledge through the 13 educational programmes that we are involved in. These range from bachelor courses, on one end of our educational portfolio, to PhD, (executive) MBA, and executive development programmes, at the other end. Many education programmes at RSM include personal development as well as skills and knowledge, and prepare students, academics and people in business to be a force for positive change as critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

Outreach: As a Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship we cannot afford to live in an ivory tower. We therefore engage actively with both business and societal leaders in order to develop research questions that matter, acquire resources to help fund our core activities, and secure the most fitting placements for our graduates. Specifically, we seek to actively involve leading firms in our educational programmes so that students learn from experienced business leaders, while firms can meet our students and spot the best talents that we are helping to develop.

Relentless focus on quality

What holds such a diverse department together? We are relentless in our focus on quality and our commitment to being the best – whether in our research, our delivery of knowledge in the 13 educational programmes in which we participate, our recruitment of faculty and PhD candidates, or the development of current and future business leaders.