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Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation

Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation – Independent research and knowledge valorisation

‘Survival of the fittest’: firms, institutions and other organizations are increasingly challenged to innovate in order to remain competitive and relevant in a strongly changing environment. Managers and policy makers have to deal with complex questions: How can our organization create new value for our stakeholders in the future? What are the implications for our existing business model? How can we combine the need for both incremental and radical renewal? How can be organize our innovation activities? How can we better leverage our innovation ecosystem? Do ‘smarter’ ways of working and changes in management and organizational practices have the intended effect? What can be improved, and how should this be carried out? 

The Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation, a leading knowledge centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, develops and disseminates new knowledge that help managers and policy makers to strengthen the innovation-driven competitiveness of firms, sectors and regions in complex and dynamic environments. Our focus is on business-related innovation in the broadest sense, with particular attention to managerial and organizational aspects and determinants of innovation: management and working practices, organizational forms, leadership, co-creation in collaborative networks, and human capital.

The 3 core pillars of the Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation

The Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation is organized around three core pillars: fundamental (basic) research, applied (contract) research and education and consultancy. These pillars are mutually reinforcing. For instance, new fundamental academic insights can be translated into business practice in presentations, workshops and executive training. Also, such insights are often incorporated in applied research projects. Interesting outcomes of these projects may give rise to additional fundamental research. This enables us to continuously innovate our own knowledge base and our business community service portfolio.

Fundamental research

World-class academic research conducted by senior (postdoc) and PhD researchers of the Erasmus University. Focus on business innovation-related themes such as social innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems and business model innovation.

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Toegepast Onderzoek

Commissioned research 

Tailor-made, practice-oriented research projects for firms and other organizations with respect to business innovation, based on scientifically validated methods and frameworks. Examples are monitoring research, quick scans and more extensive analyses, and conducting effect measurements.

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Educatie & Training

Education & Consultancy

Company presentations, thematic workshops, executive training, 

‘inspiration sessions’, coaching and academic consultancy services, provided tailor-made by experienced researchers. Can be offered in combination with a applied research project on the level of an organisation, division, department, network or sector.

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