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Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Consistently ranked in the top three of management research centres in Europe, the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) is a community of over 350 management scientists who publish in leading academic journals. For aspiring researchers, ERIM offers an advanced doctoral programme in business and management.



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.


The mission of ERIM is to conduct scientific research that enables organisations to assess and improve their business processes in order to perform in a profitable and responsible way.


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.


Library services

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


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.