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The programme has been developed by three of Europe’s renowned business schools in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Through their expertise and experience, an effective learning programme has been formed with a wide variety of learning activities.
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Top academics and industry experts as your facilitators
Niels holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), where he in 2003 completed his research on setting up a strategy for ESA Business Incubation Centres. Passionately engaged in the challenging process from exploration to exploitation of space technology, he regularly provides keynote presentations on conferences as well as guest lectures such as to the CEMS Master in International Management. In 2015 he received the RSM Distinguished Alumni Award for Senior Leader due to his efforts in creating benefits for society by engaging business and education with space technology.
Niels is living in the Netherlands with his family and working at ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk.
Co-founder & CEO of Evolve Space Solutions (Germany and Portugal) since 2004, developing software products for the Aerospace Industry, with clients like ESA, Thales, Astrium, Inmarsat, Eumetsat, Airbus, Boeing, Embraer (acquired by Novabase in 2011). Specialties: Space industry: satellite simulators & operating systems; Earth-Observation, Scientific and Inter-planetary Missions
His professional experience spans from working as a consultant for SMEs, to working in international Technology Transfer (from science to business), Industrial Policy and Government relations for these International organizations: CERN, ESA, ESO, ESRF. Further, he led a technology management office at the National Funding Agency in Portugal - FCT, responsible for International science-industry programmes that also promoted the internationalization of technology based start-ups in the US, with renowned institutions: MIT, UTAustin, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard Medical School, Fraunhofer Portugal, NASA, among others. Before joining the AIR Centre, he was working in the Space Industry as Director of a Space business department for a Thales subsidiary in Portugal.
Based on the impact of his research, professor Jansen has recently been named as one of the most influential scientific minds worldwide by Thomson Reuters. Regarded as ‘ Hot Research’, the ideas generated by and outcomes of Jansen’s work have affected the future of management research in important new ways. Professor Jansen has also been named as one of the top 100 leading professors in the field of entrepreneurship, and noted to be one of the individuals cultivating the leaders of tomorrow.
His research on strategic leadership, organizational learning and absorptive capacity, organizational ambidexterity and corporate entrepreneurship has been published in various academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal . Moreover, his research has received recognition throughout the field and several accolades including the ERIM best paper award, the ERIM best dissertation award, and the SAP best strategy paper. He is a recipient of the Erasmus Research Fellowship. Professor Jansen is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Management Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.
Professor Jansen is scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (www.ece.nl). This center provides a unique platform that ranges from scholarly insights about (corporate) entrepreneurship and new opportunities, startup campuses for ambitious entrepreneurs, to exciting executive programmes for leading and initiating entrepreneurial behaviors within established organizations.
Justin Jansen also acts as a (research) consultant, speaker, and external advisor to a variety of companies as well as governmental agencies. He has designed and developed workshops as well as management programmes about the ability of organizations to identify and initiate novel growth paths, to develop strategic leadership, and to combine seemingly opposing forces such as innovation and operational excellence. Moreover, he has advised governmental agencies on the improvement of the entrepreneurial climate in the Netherlands and on spurring the number of fast-growing organizations.
Graduated in Management Technologies, by the Instituto Superior de Gestão, the degree was the lever for his professional career. Has an unusual ability to make dreams come true. Pedro's spatial intelligence allows him to quickly visualize solutions. Communicates through examples and loves to connect ideas and talents.
Pedro started his career at Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte) and was the Business Manager at Michael Page International. People's satisfaction and the opportunity to give represent Pedro's main stimulus. Competitive, ambitious goals are imposed consecutively.
In addition, Vareska is the director of the Part-time PhD Programme in Management at RSM, a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Specialties: External technology sourcing, Open innovation, Corporate venturing, Strategic alliances, Corporate venture capital, Entrepreneurship
His research focuses on network industries, such as Aviation. His interests link with a better understanding of efficiencies generated by networks and the impacts on stakeholders. There is a link to ongoing digitalisation, which accelerated with the growth of Internet connectivity and is going into new levels of how value is generated. From this perspective he researches into consumer perception and behaviour and Service management.
He regularly publishes in international journals and books. He is member of several editorial journal and conference boards. Furthermore, he is Vice President of the Swiss Aerospace Cluster, Vice President of the Swiss Aviation Research Center and freelance aircraft accident investigator at the Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Office. He holds awards for best teaching at Modul University Vienna, Best Paper Awards from AIEST Conference and Honours from FAI and Pro Aero Foundation for excellent work with the Center for Aviation Competence at the University of St. Gallen.
Currently René is Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
He holds a PhD from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
What others say
The programme is a one-of-a-kind experience where the world of space meets the world of business. The lectures and exercises were balanced by facilitated and open interaction with the participants. With each module the dynamics of the group got even better! My expectations were exceeded.Joana Kamenova2022 participant & Commercialisation Officer at the European Space Agency
The University of St. Gallen, as a leading European business school, wholeheartedly embraces the new space economy.Prof. Winfried RuigrokDean of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen
The space industry offers exciting business opportunities for start-ups and established companies alike.Prof. Ansgar RichterDean, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Space is humanity´s final frontier. The boundary of our knowledge and enterprise. As the School For a Better and..Prof. Daniel TraçaDean, Nova School of Business and Economics
I think it's above my expectation for sure, meeting all of these amazing people from all across the value chain of space, from space and non space sectors. It's really been really enriching.Yann Tincelin2022 Participant & Space Transportation Systems Project Engineer at ESA
Historically, governments and very large companies had the exclusive of Space Domain Activities. Exciting as it was..Nuno SebastiãoCEO, Feedzai
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