Business Information Management
Business Information Management
Business Information Management (BIM) explores the use and impact of information ‒ and information systems ‒ as a strategic asset for customers, firms, supply chains, business networks, and markets. It investigates the opportunities presented by new information technologies such as mobile platforms, cloud computing, business analytics and social media. At Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), BIM is part of the teaching and research activities in the Technology and Operations Management department.
- Digital strategy
Our research into digital strategy focuses on understanding the strategic use of information, information systems and information technology, and examines their effects on consumer behaviour and competitive business strategy.
- Business analytics
Taking the opportunities offered by big data from social media, radio frequency identification (RFID), global positioning systems (GPS) and sensor data means organisations must develop capabilities in business analytics. New methodologies and statistical techniques are in development to collect and analyse data from these new technologies. Our Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics is working on this area.
Faculty members working on using data from new technologies include: Prof. Wolf Ketter, Prof. Eric van Heck, Dr Ting Li, Dr Jan van Dalen, Dr Otto Koppius, Dr Dimitrios Tsekouras, and Dr Rodrigo Belo.
- Social networks
Our research into social networks focuses on understanding their role in relationships at the macro level of network configurations, and at the micro level of one-to-one interactions, for a variety of organisational and social outcomes.
Faculty members working on this include: Dr Rodrigo Belo
- Working in the digital era
Collaboration and communication opportunities created by new advanced technologies, such as the use of digital platforms, characterise working in the digital era.
PhD students researching this include: Christina Wessels.
- Future energy business
How can the transition from traditional sources to renewable energy be facilitated? And how can the consumption of sustainable energy in markets with dynamic prices be supported and promoted? Researchers and faculty in the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB) aim to develop business foundations for tomorrow’s sustainable energy markets, and to enable robust, intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy networks for the future. The ECFEB hosts the annual Erasmus Energy Forum and the dynamic market-modelling Power Trading Agent Competition (Power TAC) platform. Its collaborations with industry and research partners make it a force for positive change in the world.
Academics in RSM’s Business Information Management section are engaged in a research projects in partnerships with business, and with other international scholars. These experts also work with others within the Centres of Expertise at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and its institutions such as the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), a joint research institute of RSM and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Their subjects include:
We teach Business Information Management to business executives, bachelor students, master students and doctoral students.
We teach students of RSM’s BSc in International Business Administration (IBA) programme and the BSc in Business Administration (BA) programme. In their third bachelor year, students are taught the Business Information Management course by our staff. Our faculty also teach minor electives for RSM and in other EUR faculties, such as:
Employees who understand international business and the value of information are in demand because managing information is a strategic resource for improving general business performance. Academics in our department devise the curriculum and teach the key electives in RSM’s MSc Business Information Management (MScBIM), a one-year programme aimed at young bachelor graduates of business administration, economics, economics and informatics or information management who want to work at the intersection of business and information technology, and to use the potential of innovative information technologies. They do not require computer programming skills. Career prospects for graduates of this master programme include positions as information manager, business consultant or business analyst for international companies.
Research Master in Business and Management
Our academics supervise studies and research at master level in specialist fields, particularly the Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems specialisation track of the research master programme at RSM. Students aiming for an international academic career, or towards a career of research in the world of business follow RSM’s Research Master in Business and Management. Our faculty supervise no more than 30 students per year during this two-year programme, offering individual and expert supervision, and a highly personal approach as students follow their own research interests.
PhD in Management
Talented researchers can conduct pioneering and innovative PhD research at ERIM, our top European research institute. PhD candidates get personal supervision from our internationally acclaimed management researchers in the PhD in Management programme as well as excellent research facilities that include a state-of-the-art behavioural laboratory and advanced survey technology. In addition, a special support programme is intended to cover research expenses such as conference visits, international research visits and data collection. ERIM PhD students receive a competitive salary and career development support.
Professionals, policymakers and business professionals are forced to collaborate by innovation. We help them to make a difference in their new world of business by developing and teaching executive education courses that provide business professionals with the best tools and tactics for BIM. The courses combine the latest cutting-edge research from RSM academics with personal coaching from renowned academics and business leaders. BIM provides a several courses for business executives, some of which run several times per year. The full Executive Education catalogue is available here. BIM-themed courses include:
The Business Information Management section is growing rapidly and we regularly have new vacancies at all levels. All of them (except PhD positions) are listed on the RSM vacancies webpages. Search for ‘Technology & Operations Management’ to find vacancies in our department.