Open Lectures: sharing 50 years of knowledge

Dive into the four hottest societal topics right now: the future of professions, employment megatrends, artificial intelligence, and sustainable finance. You can watch the recordings of these exclusive open lectures, which are part of RSM’s 50th anniversary celebrations. RSM professors will be joined by top-level practitioners from companies that are household names to share their views on these hot topics.


Prof. Ansgar Richter: The demise of professions

In this exclusive lecture Dean Ansgar Richter discusses topics like ‘Who needs human providers of professional expertise when computers can provide this expertise faster, cheaper, and more widely?’ The development and rise of IT, the internet and artificial intelligence are challenging professional sectors such as medicine, law and accountancy. These sectors have begun to fragment.

Berry Diepeveen, Partner in Bain & Company’s Amsterdam office, joins the lecture as a business speaker to bring his invaluable insights into this topic.


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Prof. Ting Li: Challenges and opportunities of AI

Latest advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) provide abundant opportunities for modern businesses. AI-driven companies are likely to outperform traditional ones. But this doesn’t come easily. AI has stated to show positive impacts on industries, it also comes with many risks. There are many challenges for businesses that embrace AI, spanning across operating models, data, algorithms and experiments.

In this open lecture, Professor Ting Li discusses these topics and you’ll also learn how this works in business practice from expert Stefan van Duin, Partner Analytics & Cognitive at Deloitte Consulting.



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Dr Anne Burmeister: People first

Can working from home be happy, healthy, and productive? There’s an unprecedented opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, one which sits perhaps oddly alongside its economic and health devastation. And it’s this: the pandemic has become the world’s biggest-ever workplace experiment. Many organisations have suddenly shifted to remote working models, and this has significant implications for the future of work.

Dr Anne Burmeister, RSM’s Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, analyses the opportunities and challenges created by remote working for the wellbeing and productivity of employees. She’s joined by business practitioners, invited to give their views based on their experiences over the past seven or eight months.

This is the third in RSM’s series of free Open Lectures to mark 50 years of RSM. Dr Burmeister’s focus is on whether remote work can provide the context in which employees can be happy, healthy, and productive.

Dr Anne Burmeister is joined by top professionals who add their perspectives from the business world: Johanna Meijer-Wolfbauer, global HR Director Foodservice at FrieslandCampina and Suzanne Verzijden, head of HR at Philips Personal Health & Benelux.



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Prof. D. Schoenmaker: A social licence to operate for business and finance

People keep talking about balancing profit with social and environmental impact. But this doesn’t come easily. Responsible business practices have shown positive financial and social outcomes. So how can businesses embrace impact through strategy, business models and measurement? And how can the financial sector steer this process by investing in and lending to companies that balance profit and impact? In this open lecture, Dirk Schoenmaker, professor of banking and finance, discusses these topics.

You’ll also learn how this works in banking practice and politics from Kees Vendrik, the chief economist of Triodos Bank and member of the Dutch senate for political party GroenLinks.



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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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