RSM launches Discovery Live series, explores the future of work

26 August 2016

Next month Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) will host the first event of its newly launched ‘RSM Discovery Live’ series. The programme, titled the Future of Work, will explore how technology, digitisation and big data research affect human capital strategies as well as the performance of managers and employees. 

In a bid to fuel debate on key trends and developments in the business landscape, RSM – one of Europe’s leading research-based business schools – has designed a new event called ‘RSM Discovery Live’. The events’ theme centres around the ‘future of work’, and builds on a several research items that have been put forward through RSM Discovery, the university’s platform that makes key academic findings more ‘snackable and entertaining’.

During the events – which will leverage the latest innovative learning experiences, including audience and mobile voting polls and multi-media elements – top researchers from RSM will provide insights from research and case studies and corporate speakers will provide their practical insights gained at their own organisation. “Business professionals will be brought to the forefront of business and management knowledge during three interactive events”, says Gijs van Houwelingen, Learning and Development Manager at RSM.

The Future of Work

The first session of RSM Discovery Live will focus on corporate strategy. Prof. Henk Volberda will kick off by distilling the most important findings in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report which analyses changes in the types and numbers of jobs as a result of the disruptive technologies that are collectively known as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’. Prof. Vareska van de Vrande will then take the stage, and discuss how technology allows employees to work flexibly. She will, among others, explore how companies can stay innovative amidst a backdrop of a growing number of employees working offsite and flexibly. The academic presentations will be rounded off by Prof. Frank Hartmann, who will talk about the influence of neuroscience on the changing thoughts on work, based on a case study within accountancy, his main research field. 

Following the presentations, several business speakers will provide their views on the future of work, followed by panel discussions, videos and audience polls. Throughout the event, attendees will have ample opportunities to engage in debate and network with RSM’s academics, the business community and other participants. 

The first edition of RSM Discovery Live will take place in HAL4.1 in Rotterdam on Thursday 22 September from 15:00 – 18:30. Tickets are available on the this page.