Peter Vervest, Professor of information management and networks
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Peter came to Rotterdam School of Management as a student in 1976. On completing his studies in law and management science, he joined Philips Telecommunications in the early days of connecting computers to telecommunication networks (1979). Peter specialised in open information systems (“Open Systems Interconnection”) and graduated summa cum laude (1986) at Technical University Delft. He was elected professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1992. He combines academic and business life, was divisional director of Philips Electronics, UK (1987), co-founded a high-tech software and project firm (London, 1991) and became partner of D-Age, a group of high-tech counsellors and investment managers (2000).
Since 2004 he has directed his research to “smart business networks” with several key publications (e.g., Smart Business Networks, 2004, The Network Experience, 2008). As chair of the complexity study programs of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (2011-2018), he developed an ambition to understand and explore new ways to get grip on complex business and societal challenges that result from our deeply connected world. He believes a digital transformation of education, universities specifically, is mandatory and unavoidable to empower our young generation to deal with the networked future.