ABN AMRO sponsors new RSM-chair on social enterprises

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As of 1 September, Tine De Moor has been appointed Professor of Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). ABN AMRO sponsors this new chair, which is a joint initiative by Social Enterprise NL and the department of Business-Society Management at RSM. Professor De Moor will conduct research into the creation, functioning and evolution of social enterprises and their evolving role in the development of a more sustainable economy.

“As a scientist, I want to be at the heart of society, focus on important social themes, and enter into dialogue with citizens, governments, and companies,” says Professor Tine De Moor. She adds that it fascinates her to discover how organisations can be made resilient through historical insights, and resilient to future challenges. “The many disciplines represented within RSM make it possible to study organisations from many different perspectives, and to connect academic research more to the grand challenges our society is currently facing.”

Development and impact

Eric Buckens, director of the ABN AMRO Social Impact Fund: “ABN AMRO strives to support the development, impact and importance of social enterprises. This chair will help strengthen the focus on this development from an academic perspective. It is very important to do research on this specific topic and understand the function and growing impact of the social enterprise in our economy.” ABN AMRO has been active in the field of social enterprises for 10 years now. The bank has made significant contributions to the development of social enterprises, including through the ABN AMRO Social Impact Fund, often in collaboration with other investors, civil society organisations and governments.

Professor De Moor is ‘an outstanding economic historian, and a leading expert on social enterprise and the management and governance of institutions for collective action’, according to Professor Ansgar Richter, dean of RSM. He added these include co-operatives, guilds and mutual organisations that make up a significant share of the economy. “We are extremely happy to have attracted Tine de Moor to join us. And we are deeply grateful for ABN AMRO for their generous support of this new Chair at RSM.” 

About Professor De Moor

De Moor’s expertise in this field has been widely recognised. She recently won a Vici grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) worth € 1.5m, which she will use at RSM for the research project UNICA. Building a UNified theory for the development and resilience of Institutions for Collective Action for Europe in the past millennium.
 
Prof. Tine De Moor holds a PhD in history from Ghent University (2003) and a postgraduate in environmental sciences from the University of Antwerp (1999). In December 2012, she was appointed Professor of Institutions for Collective Action in historical perspective at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of History & Art History at Utrecht University, a position she held until her transfer to RSM. You can read more about Tine De Moor here.

About Rotterdam School of Management

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. 

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