News overview

Cheers to business lessons from the Dutch brewing industry

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

There are business lessons to be learned from the Dutch beer industry, because it seems to be one of the few industries which – in spite of domination from powerful players such as Heineken and Bavaria – has seen many individuals starting up successful new breweries. New research by PhD candidate Jochem Kroezen of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) shows that the key to successful rejuvenation in this sector is a combination of the resistance of consumers to established brewers, and building on the legacy of old breweries. Kroezen also demonstrates other industries can benefit from his findings on the revitalisation of the brewing sector.

You don’t have to choose – be 'ambidextrous'

Monday, 27 October 2014

Companies that can excel in efficiency and innovation are most successful – even in times of crisis. Such companies are called ambidextrous. New research by Associate Professor Tom Mom of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) reveals that companies can make themselves 'ambidextrous' by valuing the experience of long-tenured employees and positioning them carefully and in an unorthodox way within the organisation.

Which bank survives a crisis?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

During the recent financial crisis some banks collapsed but others did not. Why do some banks fail during a crisis, while others get off without a scratch? New research by PhD candidate Philip Fliers of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), uses Dutch economic history to find out. Fliers suggests that factors like age, size, debt ratios, branch penetration and internationalisation were all crucial for determining whether or not banks survived the Dutch banking crisis of the 1920s, the country’s last big banking crisis before that of 2008. Fliers argues that this historical crisis holds potentially very important lessons for policymakers today.

Honorary doctorate for Nancy Fraser

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

On Friday, 7 November 2014, Erasmus University Rotterdam will celebrate its 101st anniversary by awarding an honorary doctorate to Professor Nancy Fraser, a leading American scholar. Fraser earned a PhD in philosophy and is currently the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York. She will be given the honorary doctorate because of her outstanding work in philosophy and social sciences and her influence on the discipline of history. Professor Maria Grever and Professor Jos de Mul are her honorary supervisors.

Erasmus University in Top 100 Times Higher Education ranking

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Erasmus University Rotterdam retains its high position in the Times Higher Education ranking. In this year’s ranking the university holds position 72, one place higher than last year.