Digital Economy Summit - June 20, 2018

Digital Economy Summit

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam is proud to host the first “Digital Economy Summit” on June 20, 2018. The summit will bring together industry professionals and renowned international academics for a full day of presentations, panels, and discussions addressing a variety of topics related to digital business, including digital strategy, business analytics, artificial intelligence, digital experimentation, and privacy.

The Digital Economy Summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of industry executives and key research of esteemed international academics. Attending will allow you and your company to walk away with key new insights and help you prepare and anticipate upon new digital trends for your organization.

The Digital Economy Summit is an initiative of the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics and RSM Executive Education. The Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics is a platform centered around data analytics research and education, with a focus on research for business. This platform enables researchers, public and private organizations to collaborate and work with advanced, state-of-the-art tools and various big data sets.

Please note that this summit will conclude with the inaugural lecture of Prof. Ting Li, who will be appointed as endowed professor of Digital Business at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The inaugural lecture entitled: Digital Traces: Personalization and Privacy will start promptly at 16:00 in the Aula (Erasmus building) of the university.

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Academic Speakers:

Professor Robert J. Kauffman (Singapore Management University)

Professor of Information Systems and Associate Dean at Singapore Management University.

Prof. Kauffman’s research involves senior management issues that span the economics of IS, competitive strategy and technology, IT value, strategic pricing, e-commerce, risk management, and supply chain management. He blends theory development and modeling with empirical methods and data collection in a variety of leading company and industry settings, including air travel, financial services, hospitality, and e-commerce.

Professor Ravi Bapna (Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota)

Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems; Associate Dean for Executive Education, Academic Director, Carlson Analytics Lab Information & Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Prof. Bapna’s expertise lies in helping companies leverage data-science, machine learning, AI and business analytics for competitive advantage. His research interests are in the areas of social media, big-data analytics, peer influence, monetization and design of Freemium communities, online dating and matching, economics of information systems, human capital issues in the IT services industry, online auctions, e-market design, Grid computing, and the design of the IT organization.

Professor Paul A. Pavlou (Fox School of Business, Temple University)

Milton F. Stauffer Professor of Information Technology and Strategy Chief Research Officer and Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives at the Fox School of Business, Temple University.

Prof. Pavlou’s research spans several disciplines (information systems, marketing, management, and decision sciences), and it focuses on data science, business analytics, digital business strategy, and developing research methods.

Professor Peter Vervest (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Professor of Information Management and Networks at the Department of Technology & Operations Management.

Prof. Vervest’s research areas include decision science; network technologies and applications; business networks; competitive strategy; and change management

Professor Eric van Heck (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Professor of Information Management and Markets and Chairman of the Department of Technology & Operations Management.

Prof. van Heck’s research concentrates on the role and impact of business architectures and digital platforms to solve complex societal and business challenges. At the moment he works on Digital Business & Architecture, Big Data & Analytics, Digital Work, and Energy Markets. Research is carried out in collaboration with innovative companies and universities in Brazil, China, Europe, Indonesia, and USA.

Professor Ting Li (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Endowed Professor of Digital Business and Academic Director of the MSc Business Information Management at the Department of Technology & Operations Management.

Prof. Li’s research expertise lies in Digital Strategy, Ecommerce, Social Media Analytics, Mobile Marketing, Business Analytics, Online Advertising, and Pricing and Revenue Management. Her primary focus is on understanding the strategic use of information and its economic impacts on consumer behavior and firm strategy.

Business Speakers:

Adam Benhill

Presentation: ‘Learning from Science in Business – How to tackle business issues from a data scientist point of view.’

Adam Benhill is Chief Data Scientist at HAL24K, a Data Intelligence Lab based in San Francisco, Amsterdam and London, delivering operational and predictive intelligence to smart cities, countries and companies.

John Staunton (Countr)

Presentation‘The use of Artificial Intelligence in Omni-Channel Environments’

Co-Founder and CEO of Countr, an organization that helps small and medium businesses (retail and service) to manage their customer relationships. Using Near Field Communication, mobile technology and advanced data insights and analytics, Countr enables SMEs to build stronger relationships with their customers and remain competitive in today’s markets.

Jan-Kees Buenen (Synerscope)


CEO of Synerscope, a leading provider of enterprise business analytics products that focus on big data and business intelligence for the banking and insurance industries.

Martijn Imrich (Xomnia)


Founding partner at Xomnia, a big data analytics firm based in Amsterdam that empowers organizations to create maximum value out of data.

Please use the following registration form to register for the Digital Economy Summit 2018 (SCECR participants can register for free).

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Digital Economy Summit Program Outline:

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Time Activity / Topics Speaker
08:30 – 09:00 Walk-in and Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Opening Prof. Eric van Heck
09:10 – 09:50 Technology, Strategy, Living Analytics Prof. Robert J. Kauffman
09:50 – 10:30 Learning from Science in Business – How to tackle business issues from a data scientist point of view Adam Benhill (HAL24K)
10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 – 11:40 Digital Experimentation and Prescriptive Analytics Prof. Ravi Bapna
11:40 – 12:10 The use of Artificial Intelligence in Omni-Channel Environments John Staunton (Countr)
12:10 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 – 14:20 Digital Business Strategy: Toward a Next Generation of Insights Prof. Paul Pavlou
14:20 – 15:20 Panel Discussion: Value (Co)-Creation in the Era of Big Data
  • Jan-Kees Buenen (Synerscope)
  • Martijn Imrich (Xomnia)
  • Moderated by Prof. Peter Vervest
15:20 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 17:00 Inaugural Lecture: “Digital Traces: Personalization and Privacy” Prof. Ting Li
17:00 – 18:30 Reception