"Rotterdam Business School offers inspiration for a lifetime in a world of opportunities." In 1966, representatives from various Rotterdam companies laid the foundation for this motto by establishing the first Business Administration Bachelor's Degree programme in the Netherlands. Since then, the Rotterdam Business Schoolhas been at the forefront of innovating and developing professional study programmes on a Bachelor and Master level. In addition to the Executive MBA programme, we also offer three one-year master's programmes: Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship, Master in Finance and Accounting and Master in Logistics Management.
Rotterdam University(a University of Applied Sciences) is a leading and practically-oriented knowledge institute where more than 32,000 students work towards developing knowledge and skills. This institute has a strong bond with the city of Rotterdamas well as the region. This is expressed in a variety of ways, including the typical Rotterdam mentality and working method: pragmatic, solution-oriented and enterprising. Students acquire competencies that are not only relevant for the region, but can also be applied anywhere in the world. A continuous exchange of knowledge takes place with the regional business community, with the latter not only taking advantage of the knowledge that we offer but also actively contributing to the institute. There is intensive contact with the regional business sector based on the facilitation of mutual learning and development. 'Exceed expectations' is the motto of the University. We encourage our students to aim a little higher and achieve more than they believe is possible.
The MBA programme of Rotterdam Business School has been designed to prepare our students for the management challenges of the 21st century. Students receive a solid background in disciplines central to the professional economist job in an international setting. The main aim of the programme is to further develop professionals at middle and higher management level. In an academic environment, participants work towards final qualifications that correspond to the general requirements for a Master of Business Administration programme including:
The role of the consultant requires anticipating possible problems and proposing innovative solutions. In this respect managing change processes is part of the consultant's focus. Fundamentally a consultant should be someone who is helping organisations to become more successful. In order to obtain optimal results it is necessary to understand the parameters of the consultant/client relationship and to provide a structure that avoids common pitfalls and produces concrete results. It is the alertness of the entrepreneur that leads him to recognise what others have failed to see that there is an opportunity waiting to be grabbed. He will use his sharp business acumen and understanding of business dynamics to tackle risks and come to 'win-win" solutions.
The Master in Finance and Accounting programme provides you with an understanding of how financial decisions can affect a firm's value. A financial approach towards managerial decision-making, taking into account behavioural aspects, describing and analysing problems of choice and providing executives with the background and tools for financial analysis, is indispensable.
The role of finance and accounting professionals is changing rapidly. The focus is on issues related to the role of financial information in facilitating the operations of capital markets and in helping managers plan and control the way their instructions operate. However, today's accountants are performing less auditing work due to liability exposures and lower profitability. Their tax preparation responsibilities have also decreased due to growing competition from specialised tax firms. More and more, now is an opportune time for accounting professionals interested in changing industries. These professionals are advising senior management on financial matters and taking a more active role in analyzing corporate operations.
The central theme in logistics is the process of planning, organising and controlling the flow of materials, services and/or information from suppliers to end users or customers. Logistics does not only play a major role in transport organisations but also in production companies such as Fuji Film, Royal Dutch Shell, NedCar, Hewlett Packard, Philips and also for banks such as ABN AMRO and ING. Logistics is no longer a process that only involves the supply chain manager. It is a series of interrelated activities that also affect the boardroom, from the chief financial officer and chief information officer to the chief operating officer and chief executive officer. Companies spend billions of dollars annually on logistics, representing anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of their overall costs of doing business. It is obvious that logistics is of vital essence to the success (or failure) of an organisation. If you look at the leaders in any industry, the top managers are becoming increasingly proficient at logistics as they realise that it will help them get a competitive advantage in a constantly changing business world.
Strong management focus
The Rotterdam Business School MBA met all my needs perfectly. I needed to work full-time, and the flexibility given in this programme has helped me to complete my MBA but also be able to perform at work. Attending lectures at RBS conducted by people from the business field and at the same time inter-acting with students was an important part of choosing this course. The RBS MBA was challenging, rewarding and has given me new skills that I can immediately put into practice. For me is was a top quality experience in every aspect.
With increasing globalization, it is no longer good enough to rely solely on experience, it is becoming more important to have a professional qualification. There are no longer ‘jobs for life’ and it is important to make yourself more marketable and have the qualifications to support your experience. The RBS MBA has enabled me to do that. The programme was demanding but very rewarding.
Subject wise there were two factors I especially liked about the programme. First the focus on technology, modern managers nowadays have to be well informed on the latest technological trends and be able to make important strategic decision. The modules of Management of Technology and Innovation, Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management gave me the opportunity to professionalise myself in this field and has helped me and my company greatly in implementing new innovative business plans.
The second factor is the strong focus in the programme on management development. With a personal coach you work on those aspects you find important and work on improving them. I worked on developing and improving my leadership skills, after finishing the course I feel a lot more confident about myself and the way I lead my team.