The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is committed to driving entrepreneurship and innovation by embedding this in the DNA of people. We do this through various activities ranging from: supporting student entrepreneurs, research into scaleups and innovation ecosystems, and working with large organisations in bringing innovation to the next level. As part of this mission, we have started the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship Podcast Studio. Through podcasts we share academic knowledge and practical experiences on various subjects with you to extend its impact. Check out the latest podcasts below.

#1. The Innovation Tapes: Explained

In this series, we clear the fog around the word ‘innovation’ by diving into the stories of people who drive the innovation culture in various organisations. Who are these people, what does driving innovation mean and what are their factors of success and struggles when it comes to innovating within large organisations? Through this podcast series, we break through the innovation jargon and explore how to innovate in a systemic, repeatable and scalable manner.

In each episode, we spark the discussion between academia, experienced practitioners and industry leaders of innovation, to discuss the reasons why organisations often face so many challenges in innovating and what they have learned to overcome these challenges.

Episode 1 - Innovation Processes

Arjan Rensma, Former Innovation Driver at DSM talks about the importance of building structured processes for innovation. Why do organisations need to develop innovation processes and why shouldn’t they let innovation roam free? What are the requirements for building such processes? During this episode, Arjan Rensma reflects on his experience at DSM and how they created strong innovation processes which allowed DSM to build the innovative culture.

Episode 2 - The Bridge Between Management & Innovation Teams

Angelique Plugge, Former Innovation Driver at ING talks about the crucial role innovation drivers play when it comes to driving the innovative culture. Why do innovation drivers need to support (senior) management and what role should management in general play when it comes to driving innovation? How can leaders recognise descriptors in the culture that are either helpful or unhelpful for innovation? During this episode, Angelique reflects on her experience from ING, as well as being a coach in our programme.

Episode 3 - Orchestrating Innovation in Public-Private Ecosystems (NL)

Frank Berkers, Senior Scientist binnen TNO, praat over het nieuwe innovatie vakgebied: Orchestrating Innovation. Wat is Orchestrating Innovation, waarom is ecosysteem samenwerking cruciaal en welke problemen komen het voor in het realiseren van Orchestrating Innovation? Het Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship en TNO lanceren daarom dan ook een innovatieprogramma, Orchestrating Innovation in Public-Private Ecosystems, waar deelnemers leren hoe een effectieve samenwerking binnen innovatie ecosystemen opgezet kan worden.

Episode 4 - Corporate Identity & Leadership for Innovation

Dr. Prof. Justin Jansen, Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, talks about the influence of corporate identity on innovative behaviour within organisations and the role management plays in shaping the vision / mission for such an identity. Furthermore, Justin shares his insights from his research and discusses real-life examples from Shell & CoolBlue, where the difference in corporate identity and leadership influenced the innovative culture.

Stay tuned!

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Interested in learning more about innovation?

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by our belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, we strive to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people by applying the knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago. Check out our activities:

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About us

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe with the mission to embed entrepreneurship into the DNA of people to drive innovation excellence. The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is part of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam. The RSM belongs to the top 1% of business schools world-wide to be awarded the Triple Crown Accreditation, which is awarded by the three largest and most influential school accreditation organisations world-wide. (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS).

We stimulate entrepreneurial behaviour by using the renowned faculty of the RSM to teach educational courses on Bachelor, Master and MBA level through our various open and customised programmes. Our executive programmes are tailored to helping large organisations increase their level of innovation excellence.