H.W.G.M. (Eric) van Heck

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 1999

Eric van Heck is a professor of Information Management and Markets and Chairman of the Department of Technology & Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His research concentrates on the role and impact of business architectures and digital platforms to solve complex societal and business challenges. At the moment he is working 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 van Heck is involved in the very popular MSc. in Business Information Management (BIM). He teaches a master core course in Business Architecture & Consultancy, PhD workshops on Information Management Research and Multi-agent Research, and executive courses on "Leading Transformation in the Digital Economy" and "Leadership Challenges with Big Data".

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

Articles with co-authors have appeared in academic and business-oriented journals including California Management Review, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Markets, European Journal of Information Systems, European Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information Systems Research, Internationl Journal of Electronic Commerce, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Information Technology, MISQ, MISQ Executive, Strategic Outsourcing, and WirtschaftsInformatik.

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, the track co-chair of the Economics and IS track at ICIS 2009 in Phoenix, ECIS 2011 in Helsinki, and ICIS 2012 in Orlando. He was the chairman of the doctoral consortium at ECIS 2008 in Galway and faculty member of the doctoral consortium at ICIS 2011 in Shanghai.

His former roles include that of Academic Director of the BIM master program and ERIM's Director of Doctoral Education. He has been a visiting professor at the Helsinki School of Economics and the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. He was a visiting scholar at New York University and at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

He earned a MSc. degree and PhD degree from Wageningen University.

Key Publications (35)

  • Kambil, A. & Heck, E. van (2002). Making Markets, How Firms Can Design and Profit from Online Auctions and Exchanges. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Mohammad Ansarin

Open PhD Position in Business Information Management

Thomas Frick

Social Advertising

Yixin Lu

Data-Driven Decision Making in Auction Markets

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Yixin Lu
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2014
Sheng Yun Yang

Information Aggregation Efficiency of Prediction Markets

Sarita Koendjbiharie

The Information-Based View on Business Network Performance

Ting Li

Informedness and Customer-Centric Revenue Management

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ting Li
  • Time frame: 2004 - 2009
Uladzimir Radkevitch

Online Reverse Auctions for Procurement of Services

Otto Koppius

Information Architecture and Electronic Market Performance

Matthijs Wolters

The Business of Modularity and the Modularity of Business

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Information Technology

    Member International Advisory Editorial Board

Organization Membership

Side positions

  • Inno.com

    Member Academic Advisory Board

Data-driven decision support in complex markets

With the exponential growth of data available from different market channels, firms have the opportunity to exploit data for their competitive advantage. The volume and variety of data have far outstripped the capacity of manual analysis. Meanwhile, computers have become far more powerful, networking is ubiquitous, and algorithms have been developed that can connect datasets to enable broader and deeper analyses than previously possible. This project aims to understand decision making in complex market environments and develop policy implications for the platform owners.

This PhD project will cooperate with researchers in the Worldwide Information Systems Community (http://www.isworld.org) and with research groups in the USA, for example, the Carlson School of Management (Department of Information and Decision Sciences) at University of Minnesota and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Research visits at our international collaborators are highly encouraged. Further, we have also established close cooperation with leading companies, such as FloraHolland and Port of Rotterdam, in many B2B markets which helps to pave the way to evaluate the results and findings in real-world economic settings.

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Address

Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-17
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Latest publication

Lu, Y., Gupta, A., Ketter, W. & Heck, E. van (2016). Exploring Bidder Heterogeneity in Multi-channel Sequential B2B Auctions: Evidence from the Dutch Flower Auctions. MIS Quarterly.