Welcome to my business website. On this page I will shortly introduce myself.

Marcel van Oosterhout was born in Breda, the Netherlands on May 26, 1972. He attended Athenaeum at Thomas Moore College (later renamed Markland College) in Oudenbosch, where he obtained his diploma in 1990.

From 1990 to 1996, Marcel studied business administration at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he obtained his Masters of Science degree in Business Administration. He specialized in information management and logistics management. Based on his Masters thesis Marcel wrote together with Martijn Hoogeweegen an article De kosten en baten van EDI in logistieke transport ketens: een case studie in de haven van Rotterdam [in Dutch]. This article won the Telematics Student Award 1996. The prize was used to participate in a study trip to Silicon Valley in 1997.

Starting May 1996, Marcel was employed at a consulting unit of Erasmus University. Marcel worked as a consultant and later as a project manager to develop, manage and execute innovative and knowledge-intensive contract research projects.

In 2004 Marcel moved to the Department of Decision & Information Sciences, part of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Here he was employed as projectmanager/scientific researcher. He continued his work as a project manager and became treasurer for the department and member of the daily board.

In 2005 he started to develop his first ideas to conduct PhD research in line with the research projects where he was engaged and his personal research interests. This resulted on June 17 , 2010 in his PhD Defence. The title of his dissertation is 'Business Agility and Information Technology in Service Organizations'. Marcel has (co)authored a number of papers and book chapters and presented his research at several international conferences, such as Business Agility and IT Diffusion IFIP TC 8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference (May 2005, Atlanta, USA), Smart Business Networks Conference (May 2006, Putten, the Netherlands), the 6th Workshop on e-Business WeB (December 2007, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Smart Business Networks Conference 2008, Bejing, China). His research on IT agility and business agility was published in the European Journal of Information Systems (van Oosterhout, 2006) and as a book chapter in Desouza (2006). Marcel has reviewed papers for international conferences and journals, such as ECIS, EJIS, Electronic Markets and HICSS. Since June 2010 Marcel is (ass.) member of the ERIM research school.

Marcel has participated in over fifty national and international applied research and consulting projects. He has researched for a wide range of organizations, ranging from the European Commission (Martrans, POET, E-Factors, PRIME, BEinGRID, Integrity, Cassnadra projects), national government (Ministry of Economic Affairs), international companies (Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sogeti, KPN, NS, KLM, TNT, Eneco, Essent, ericsson, Hutchison) to local governmental organizations(like Rotterdam Port Authority) and various Dutch foundations (Transumo, Connekt, Media Plaza and ECP-EP.NL). Please visit my projects page for more information on (recent) consulting and research projects.

The expertise of marcel is focused on the following 3 topics:

  1. New worlds of Work (Nieuwe Werken)

  2. Business agility and Information Technology in Smart Business Networks

  3. Smart ports: the adoption, use and impact of innovative IT on the security and performance of Global Supply Chains and Sea Ports

Feel free to contact me if you want more information or have ideas for further collaboration

Dr. Marcel van Oosterhout 2004-2012