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Steven Sweldens obtained his PhD in Marketing at Erasmus University in 2009, after which he became a marketing professor at INSEAD. There he taught courses in marketing strategy (MBA), social psychological foundations of management (PhD), experimental design (PhD) and marketing in the financial sector (executive education). His teaching skills were lauded every year with the INSEAD “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching.” At INSEAD, he published a case study on the Renova Paper Company, which became an instant best-seller, won the highest award at the Case Awards in 2012 and is now recognized as one of the ‘10 classic cases in Marketing’ according to the Case Center. In 2014, Steven returned to RSM Erasmus University where he teaches the marketing core course in RSM’s MBA and EMBA programs. The course offers a dynamic mix of theory, case discussions and simulation experience and is one of the most highly evaluated courses at RSM. It was therefore lauded with the RSM Dean’s “Innovative Teaching Award” in 2018. Most recently, Steven published a case study on TomTom, the navigation technology company, which again was lauded with multiple awards among which the Outstanding Case Writer award in 2020 and the Marketing Case award of 2021.

Steven’s academic research interests center on the psychological laws underlying advertising and the creation of brand attitudes. The importance of his research was recognized with several awards, winning for example the EMAC McKinsey Award for the best European Marketing Dissertation, was runner-up for the American Marketing Association John A. Howard Award for the worldwide best marketing dissertation, and won several Dutch national awards. His work was published in the top scientific journals in marketing (Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research), psychology (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Personality and Social Psychology Review) and organizational behavior (Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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