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Erasmus Research Institute of Management

ERIM is the research institute of management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, founded by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), both of which excel in their research and teaching programmes. The level and international character of their research and teaching programmes has put both schools at the forefront of academic excellence. 

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (7)
Social Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



In 1973 the Netherlands School of Economics, which by then also included a school of Law and a school of Social Sciences, merged with the Medical Faculty at Rotterdam, leading to the start of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within the new University the ESE, through its departments in the area of business economics, retained its economics perspective on management.


They offer a diversified portfolio of accredited teaching and research programmes, ranging from pre-experience MSc to postgraduate Masters and executive development, and from fundamental research to applied research and business support, which are renowned throughout the world.  

ERIM distinguishes itself by the high-level and international character of its research and has repeatedly been ranked among top 3 research institutes in Europe. ERIM’s key aims are top-quality academic research with impact both on academia and managerial practice, and the advancement of international academic careers and high-level support for both research and doctoral education. 


ERIM’s research programmes focus on two pivotal areas of investigation. The first is the study of intra-firm and inter-firm business processes. The second is the role of data, information, information processing and knowledge in managerial decision making. ERIM’s objective is to carry out first-rate research in management, as recognised by the community of peers, and to offer an advanced Doctoral Programme in Business and Management.


Student services

  • Erasmus Behavioural Lab
  • Erasmus Survey Centre (ESC)
  • Erasmus Data Service Centre (EDSC)

Library services

The University Library provides ERIM Members and Doctoral Candidates access to more than 250 databases.

ICT services

Next to the databases at the University Library, ERIM members have a possibility to access specialized research software and databases. ERIM invests substantially in supporting its members to get the best software and databases for their research. A special ERIM Support Programme (ESP 13) deals with those investments.


In 1999, ERIM was officially accredited by Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and re-accredited in 2003 and 2011. As of 2014, a separate accreditation for research institutes has been abolished at national level. 

RSM is one of the few schools worldwide that holds a triple accreditation from the AMBAs, EQUIS and the AASCB, and is positioned among the top European business schools.

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