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Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems

Erasmus University Rotterdam

48 months
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The aim of the Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam is to be at the forefront of developments in Logistics and Supply Chain management in interaction with business operations, information, and technology innovation, and to make a major contribution both to management science and to management practice.


The main purpose of the ERIM Doctoral Programme in Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems at Erasmus University Rotterdam is to train doctoral candidates for future academic positions in management research. An academic career is the most popular choice among ERIM PhD graduates, and in fact around 70 per cent of ERIM PhD alumni continue with an academic career. ERIM PhD alumni are now working at many of the best universities and business schools in the world.

In line with the targets of the Bologna process, it aims to deliver high-quality graduates who are well-prepared for the job market and are attractive candidates for recruitment by leading international business schools and universities. Another aim of the programme is that research conducted by PhD candidates will form a substantial contribution to ERIM’s research output. Each thesis should lead to publications in leading research journals.

Degree structure

In the initial stage of the programme, PhD candidates have personalised education and training programmes, which include course work (at least 40 ECTS for candidates with a regular MSc/MA degree) and the completion and external evaluation of a detailed research proposal. In addition to providing specialised courses in the candidates’ own research field and advanced methodology courses, the course programme also allows candidates to position their work in the broader stream of management research.

As a result, the PhD programme provides PhD candidates with knowledge, research and transferable skills that make them specialised researchers with comprehensive knowledge of the various areas of research in management. After approval of the research proposal, candidates continue their research and are encouraged to present their work at workshops and conferences, and to write papers, which are subsequently submitted to the leading international journals.

Programme Structure

The programme is focused on three themes: 

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation
  • Operations and Innovation Management
  • Next Generation Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least an MSc, MA or MPhil degree in business or economics, or from related fields such as psychology, sociology, engineering, mathematics, etc. (depending on the PhD project)
  • Excellent results in their first degree/graduate study.
  • Explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research.
  • A GMAT-test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations)
  • ERIM requires that applicants whose native language is not English have to submit scores of the TOEFL/IELTS test.
  • CVs, academic references, and interview(s) with the potential supervisor(s).

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We do not charge fees to accepted PhD candidates.

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
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