The partnership will develop analytics and benchmarking services for institutional development using RSM’s web based StrategyMetrics platform. The partnership aims to enable business schools around the world to master their improvement and development challenges using open data.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and XOLAS, an international consultancy specializing in supporting business schools and universities to achieve their developmental ambitions, have concluded a partnership to guide business schools in meeting their challenges for continuous strategic and organisational improvement.

Under the partnership, XOLAS will integrate RSM’s StrategyMetrics® benchmarking analysis tool into its services, allowing business schools around the world to develop customized services, using rankings and public data, to clarify their strengths and weaknesses as well as their competitive positioning trajectory.

StrategyMetrics®, together with consulting services provided by XOLAS, will allow business schools to take an evidence-based approach to gain a more nuanced understanding of their comparative performance relative to peer institutions on a national and international level as well as in comparison to business schools reflecting their medium- to longer-term strategic ambitions. Using an open-science approach, the RSM/XOLAS service will build customized analytics services that will allow schools to arrive at a more accurate assessment of how change management processes can improve institutional, programme, faculty, research and/or student development.

“As a leading business school, RSM considers it a privilege and a responsibility to contribute to the development of the sector as a whole. We are proud to be partnering with XOLAS in making the StrategyMetrics benchmarking tool available to institutions around the world.”

Prof. Ansgar Richter, Dean of Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

“StrategyMetrics® is a unique change management tool, guiding the strategic development of business schools and universities through date-driven benchmarking. We are excited to start this partnership with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, to advance higher education globally!”

Prof. Mathias Falkenstein, Founding Partner and Managing Director, XOLAS


XOLAS is an innovative consultancy network, supporting business schools and universities to achieve their strategic ambitions while contributing to the common good. We provide advisory services informed by advanced data analytics to support our clients rationalizing their development plans and performance targets. XOLAS believes in the role of organizational agility and resilience as drivers of institutional success. Continuous management improvement and innovation are therefore part of XOLAS’ core mission and a priority when joining forces with the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

About RSM

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, Ph.D. 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 organized by the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

Press Contacts:

RSM: Erika Harriford-McLaren ( | +31 10 408 2877)
XOLAS: Mathias Falkenstein ( | +49 151 185 159 98)