Eric van Heck
Eric van Heck

Eric van Heck

Professor Information Management and Markets

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Eric van Heck is Professor of Information Management and Markets, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His research is at the interface of business and technology and concentrates on the role and impact of business architectures and digital platforms.

His work combines insights from different academic fields, such as economics, management science, information systems, and computer science, and helps to tackle complex business and societal challenges.

He works on topics such as auction markets, data science & analytics, circular and digital business & ecosystems, and digital work, and is an active member of the Erasmus Center for Data Analytics and the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business.

Research is carried out in collaboration with innovative companies and universities in Brazil, China, Europe, Indonesia, and USA. He led the Artificial Intelligence in the Floriculture Chain - iFlow project (2015 - 2020) in collaboration with Royal FloraHolland, Zentoo, and Wageningen University, and sponsored by Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials.

Professor van Heck teaches the elective course Circular and Digital Business Design (BMME154) in the BIM master program and the executive courses "Leading Transformation in the Digital Economy" in the ECGL-RSM Advanced Leadership Program (Jakarta, Indonesia) and modules in the RSM open executive courses on "Leadership Challenges with Data Analytics" and "Digital Leadership and Change".

Professor van Heck is the co-author/co-editor of fourteen books, including Making Markets: How Firms Can Design and Profit from Online Auctions and Exchanges (Harvard Business Press, 2002) and Smart Business Networks (Springer, 2005).

Articles have appeared in academic journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly and in business-oriented journals such as California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, and MISQ Executive.

His work received nominations and awards such as the ERIM Book Award 2004, the ERIM Impact Award 2010, the Literati Network Award for Excellence 2012, the Best Paper Award Nominee at CIST 2012 and 2013, the AIS Award for Best Conference Paper in IS Education 2015, and the Best Paper Award Nominee at ICIS 2017. In 2020, he received the AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award, the AIS Technology Challenge Award, and the AIS Impact Award. The 2020 AIS Impact award was received for joint research impact with Yixin Lu, May Truong, Alok Gupta, and Wolf Ketter in the iFlow project.

Actually, Professor van Heck is an active member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) community. He was the program co-chair of ECIS 2013 in Utrecht and of ECIS 2020 - the First Virtual Conference of AIS, the track co-chair of the Economics and IS track at ICIS 2009 in Phoenix, ECIS 2011 in Helsinki, and ICIS 2012 in Orlando, and the track co-chair of the General IS track at ECIS 2019 in Stockholm. He was the chairman of the doctoral consortium at ECIS 2008 in Galway, and faculty member of the doctoral consortium at ECIS 2007 in St.Gallen and ICIS 2011 in Shanghai, and member of the 2014 AIS nomination committee.

His former roles include that of Academic Director of the Business Information Management (BIM) MSc. program, ERIM's Director of Doctoral Education, and Chairman of the Department of Technology & Operations Management.

He has been a Visiting Student at Cornell University, twice a Visiting Scholar at New York University, and a Visiting Scholar at MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). He has been a Visiting Professor at Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki, Finland), at Ludwig-Maximilians University (Munich, Germany), and at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo (Brazil).

He worked as a software programmer and system analyst at Cap Gemini Nederland, as an assistant professor at Wageningen University, and as a research fellow at the Center for Economic Research (CentER) at Tilburg University.

He earned a BSc. degree (Land and Water Use), a MSc. degree (Majors in Land and Water Use and in Information Management, and Minors in Operations Research and in Agricultural Economics) and a PhD degree (Information Systems) from Wageningen University.