Rotterdam School of Management

Erasmus University
Program Strengths

The Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) designed its part-time Executive MBA Program for working professionals who aim to further develop their cross-functional capabilities and improve their business skills.

With an EMBA from Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) at Erasmus University, students will boost their corporate value and benefit from the academic rigor of a general management program with an emphasis on examining the key drivers that transform the fast-moving business environment.

Classes take place twice a month on Friday evenings and Saturdays, and students put their newly acquired skills into practice immediately. The 22-month program begins each February and includes study trips abroad to RSM’s leading partner business schools. The program focuses on:

  • Leadership and team-building skills
    Develop leadership abilities via the intense student-centered Personal Leadership Development Program.
  • Analytical and critical thinking
    Learn to think differently about business issues, deconstruct problems, and craft strategies by studying the techniques and frameworks used by the best business thinkers in the field.
  • Applied learning
    Bring value to work through assignments that require application of classroom learning to day-to-day work.
  • International perspective and experience
    Experience firsthand business in different economic and cultural environments via international immersion trips to developing economies.
  • Broad general management knowledge
    Gain a real understanding of all aspects of the organization and its place in a global economy.
  • Global networks
    Acquire an international network of high-achieving peers, industry leaders, academics, business thinkers, and alumni worldwide.
Curriculum Highlights

The EMBA Program offers a broad and solid understanding of all the functional areas of global business.

The program’s first year, which consists of two terms, concentrates on the development of analytical skills and critical thinking. The second year is devoted to leadership issues. Each term has a distinctive theme. The program takes students through the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

The program teaches all the basics of business, including subjects such as managerial economics; organizational behavior; managerial accounting; business decision methods; management science; human resource management; marketing management; financial management; strategic management; operations; services management; leadership of strategic business change, and the business of sustainability. The school continuously adapts and modifies curriculum of EMBA specializations to reflect the latest global trends.

The program also challenges students to take some courses that stretch boundaries. These include the two mandatory international study trips, the Kilimanjaro Leadership elective, the Bergplaas elective, and the China elective.

Students apply the theories and critically assess the models that they learn in the classroom as part of the In-Company Project. This part of the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to focus on a real, concrete management challenge within their organizations.

Leadership Development

Leadership development is at the heart of RSM’s EMBA Program. A thread that runs throughout the program, the dedicated Personal Leadership Development (PLD) program constantly pioneers new ways to ensure that EMBA students reach their potential as leaders in the new global business environment.

The program believes leadership itself is active – it is a practice, not a theory.  As a result, it puts great emphasis on providing many practical means for EMBA students to actively discover and develop their leadership capabilities. The RSM ethos of leadership in action supports self-awareness through:

  • Assessment tools
  • Personal reflection
  • 360-degree feedback sessions within student EMBA teams

Students receive coaching and mentoring support during the program, and are challenged and stimulated by observing and interacting with industry leaders. They refine leadership skills by learning with, and from, the international cohort of executives that make up the EMBA.  And every day, they apply their deepening leadership abilities within their jobs.