About RSM and our mission

Over the past 50 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools.

Founded by business, our long history with international companies has become a reciprocal and supportive relationship.

We treasure this engagement because businesses deliver interaction with our students, either through recruitment, through study projects on real-life business challenges or through providing internships. They also help us to provide relevant and timely executive and organisational development programmes, and give us insights as well as valorisation for our cutting-edge research projects. 

RSM offers a distinct intellectual culture and is committed to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for its mission to be a force for positive change in the world. We aim to improve the practice of business and management through our research, our education, and our collaboration and engagement with our alumni and corporate and societal partners.

It’s in our culture to consider how to make the change happen; it's in our forward thinking I WILL initiative it’s in the curriculum as a goal-setting module for students to think about the future they want for themselves, and it’s in the way we use the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a reference framework.

  • We encourage a flexible, broad and entrepreneurial mindset in business practice and research – from the perspective of being a force for positive change in the world at an individual and an organisational level. We are convinced that business is a powerful instrument for solving these challenges and that change can be achieved by teaching leadership.

    In education, RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders who work towards positive change to address big societal, economic and ecological challenges. We encourage our students to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future.


Global challenges are daunting, but not too big for any individual to make a difference and be an inspiration to others. Do you want to be a force for positive change too? Find out what you can do as a partner organisationalumnus, student, or researcher or get in touch at positivechange@rsm.nl.