Recent Submissions

  • Orchestrating organizational agility

    Viaene, Stijn (Ivey Business School, 2018)
  • Centralization and effectiveness of reward management in multinational enterprises - Perceptions of HQ and subsidiary reward managers

    Tekieli, Michael; Festing, Marion; Baeten, Xavier (Hogrefe Publishing, 2018)
    Based on responses from 158 reward managers located at the headquarters or subsidiaries of multinational enterprises, the present study examines the relationship between the centralization of reward management decision making and its perceived effectiveness in multinational enterprises. Our results show that headquarters managers perceive a centralized approach as being more effective, while for subsidiary managers this relationship is moderated by the manager’s role identity. Referring to social identity theory, the present study enriches the standardization versus localization debate through a new perspective focusing on psychological processes, thereby indicating the importance of in-group favoritism in headquarters and the influence of subsidiary managers’ role identities on reward management decision making.
  • Venture capital internationalization: Synthesis and future research directions (Published Online)

    Devigne, David; Manigart, Sophie; Vanacker, Tom; Mulier, Klaas (Wiley, 2018)
    Research on venture capital (VC) internationalization has expanded rapidly over the last decade. This paper reviews the extant literature on VC internationalization and highlights gaps in our knowledge. We identify three major research streams within this literature, which revolve around the following questions: (1) which VC firms invest across borders and what countries do they target; (2) how do VC firms address liabilities of foreign investing; and (3) what are the real effects of international VC investments? We provide an overview of the contributions in these research streams, discuss the role of public policy, and suggest avenues for future research. Specifically, we call for a deeper understanding of: (1) the functioning and impact of VC firms’ modes of internationalization; (2) micro-level processes such as the functioning and decision making of international investment committees, or the development of international human and social capital; (3) the role of country institutions in VC internationalization and its real effects; and (4) the interplay of international VC with alternative financing sources.
  • Maximising the weighted number of activity execution modes in project planning

    Burgelman, Jeroen; Vanhoucke, Mario (Elsevier, 2018)
    In multimode resource-constrained project scheduling, activity modes are selected and activity start times are determined to minimise the project makespan subject to resource constraints. When disruptions occur during project execution delays to project activities may ensue. Therefore, the a priori selected modes restrict the options to adapt the project schedule given the deadline. During the project scheduling phase, information on the best execution mode to include in the baseline schedule for each activity is usually not available. Scheduling these projects requires decisions on the modes to incorporate in the solution to maximise the flexibility during project execution and to postpone the decision on how to implement the activity until more information is available. In this paper, we study a project scheduling problem with multiple execution alternatives. Our objective is to maximise the weighted number of alternative activity execution modes in the project solution under three different assumptions. The research is motivated by real-life project scheduling applications, where the activities to be planned are known in advance, but the execution of these activities is subject to uncertainty. We present a problem description and three mathematical formulations. Additionally, computational results on the efficiency of the formulations and the increased flexibility are reported.
  • Quality and pricing decisions in production/inventory systems (Accepted)

    Jalali, Hamed; Raïsa, Carmen; Van Nieuwenhuyse, Inneke; Boute, Robert (Elsevier, 2018)
    In this article, we consider the impact of finite production capacity on the optimal quality and pricing decisions of a make-to-stock manufacturer. Products are differentiated along a quality index; depending on the price and quality levels of the products offered, customers decide to either buy a given product, or not to buy at all. We show that, assuming fixed exogenous lead times and normally distributed product demands, the optimal solution has a simple structure (this is referred to as the load-independent system). Using numerical experiments, we show that with limited production capacity (which implies load-dependent lead times) the manufacturer may have an incentive to limit the quality offered to customers, and to decrease market coverage, especially in settings where higher product quality leads to higher congestion in production. Our findings reveal that the simple solution assuming load-independent lead times is suboptimal, resulting in a profit loss; yet, this profit loss can be mitigated by constraining the system utilization when deciding on quality and price levels. Our results highlight the importance of the relationship between marketing decisions and load-dependent production lead times.
  • Hoe Coca-Cola, Netflix en Amazon leren uit hun mislukkingen

    Desmet, Lien (Nieuwe Media Groep, 2018)
    Hoe komt het dat er ineens zoveel succesvolle bedrijfsleiders zijn die hun bedrijven en collega's aansporen om meer fouten te maken en hun mislukkingen meer te omarmen?
  • How to catch a moving target in the digital world

    Viaene, Stijn (Exact Editions, 2017)
    In this article, Prof. Stijn Viaene continues to shed light on the realities that executives and business leaders must face in the digital era. In an era where customers are moving at the speed of the Internet, how does a digital leader catch them?
  • Three steps to launch new products for optimum results

    Desmet, Bram (Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning, 2017)
    The article describes the necessary steps to prepare for a successful new product launch. The steps include preparing scenario forecasts (instead of point forecasts), negotiating a flexible contract with suppliers, and quickly dropping products that are not providing enough margin.
  • Stop de meeting gekte!

    De Baets, Shari (Editions NMG SPRL, 2017)
  • Pioniers, doordrijvers, integrators & bewakers

    Van Mechelen, Sander (Editions NMG SPRL, 2017)
  • Talent: een zegen of een vloek?

    Van Mechelen, Sander (Editions NMG SPRL, 2017)
  • Waarom (en Hoe) HR meer als een marketingafdeling moet handelen

    Schoubben, Robyn (Editions NMG SPRL, 2017)
    Op dit punt, weten we allemaal dat de bedrijfscultuur een centrale rol speelt binnen bedrijven, vooral met alle digitale transformaties tegenwoordig. Dit geldt met name vooral voor de marketingafdeling, die momenteel aan zo’n halsbrekend tempo verandert dat marketing succes sterk afhankelijk is van HR om nieuwe skillsets te identificeren en op te leiden. Aan de andere kant, zou HR beroep kunnen doen op de hulp van marketeers, of op zijn minst HR-professionals die denken als marketeers. De strijd voor het beste talent is fast and furious, en in vele gevallen is het sociale web het slagveld.

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