PhD defence of Alexander Otgaar on Tuesday 30 November 2010

On Tuesday 30 November 2010 Alexander Otgaar will defend his PhD thesis entitled: 'Industrial Tourism: Where the public meets the private.' Supervisor is professor Leo van den Berg

Time and location

The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam and will start at 15.30 hrs.

About the PhD thesis

This thesis is about the development of industrial tourism in urban regions. It presents a systematic analysis of the conditions under which companies that open their doors and the regions in which they are located can take advantage of industrial tourism development. Combining insights from tourism, marketing, regional economics, urban governance and theories of the firm we develop a theory that specifies the interests of host firms and urban regions. We state that a common agenda creates opportunities for coordinated action in industrial tourism development resulting in benefits for public and private actors. We test the empirical applicability of this theory by means of four case studies of urban regions with a considerable supply of industrial tourism: Cologne, Pays de la Loire, Rotterdam and Turin.

See for more information

You can find more information about the research on the website of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management - ERIM.

For more information about this ceremony, please contact the Press Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam phone +31 10 408 1216, email

Publication date: 01 November 2010