• Large Scale Infrastructure Projects: The Art of Project or Change Management?

      Letens, Geert; Verweire, Kurt; De Prins, Peter (Frontiers of Engineering Management, 2016)
      Although it is generally understood that change is a fundamental component of managing projects in the construction industry in general and an inevitable challenge for large scale infrastructure project in particular, there has been little to no attention in the literature to understand change in this context from a more holistic perspective. For this purpose, this work looks at change through the eyes of a framework of six batteries of change that seem essential to charge an organization's capabilities for change. The framework brings together the expertise of four specialists that all have developed their insights over many years of study and practice, and has been validated through an extensive review of the management literature on organization development and change. Reflections on the application of this model in the construction industry and in large scale infrastructure projects demonstrate that energizing organizations to successfully deal with change goes beyond the traditional techniques of managing change from a program or project management perspective. Assessing the six batteries of change in this context can help organizations to develop capabilities for change that build change energy by balancing formal/rational methods with informal/emotional interventions at both a local (department/subproject) and global (business) level.
    • Last night a DJ saved my life! Or why researchers need DJ Skills

      Schillewaert, Niels; De Ruyck, Tom (Research World, 2010)
    • Le capital-risque, accélérateur de croissance

      Manigart, Sophie (L'Expansion Entrepreneuriat, 2010)
      and discusses the implications. The resulting synthesis provides new insights for
    • Le jour le plus long

      De Ruyck, Tom; Schillewaert, Niels; Verhaeghe, Annelies; Friedman, Michael (Revue Française du Marketing, 2010)
    • Lead plants in Vlaanderen

      Vereecke, Ann; Beyls, Pieter-Jan; Robberecht, Rein (2010)
    • Leaders developing themselves to help others grow. The role of leader identity and learning behavior

      Desmet, Lien; De Stobbeleir, Katleen (2020)
      Rather than focusing on titles and hierarchies, some recent work in the leadership literature has begun to explore how leaders view themselves, both within and outside of their formal roles. This symposium seeks to advance the field’s understanding of the effects of leader self-perceptions on leadership outcomes and invites the audience into an inquiry of the role of leader self-awareness and leader identity in the leadership process. The research presented seeks to better understand (1) how leaders view themselves, (2) how leaders may increase identification with the leader role, and (3) the benefits of this identity for leadership behaviors, including leader effectiveness as well as outcomes for followers.
    • Leadership

      Van den Broeck, Herman; Buelens, Marc (2005)
      Private equity (PE) has become an increasingly international phenomenon but there is a lack of research that looks at the process by which PE firms invest across borders. We aim to fill this gap in the literature by examining the role of institutional context and organizational learning as determinants of cross-border PE syndication. We examine these issues by studying the international expansion by later-stage UK PE investors into continental Europe over the period 1990 to 2006. Our results indicate that institutional context (in terms of the number of PE firms in the local environment and the presence of investment bankers in the local market) and organizational learning (in terms of the PE firm's experience in the host country, the PE firm's multinational experience, and the number of investment managers per portfolio company, but not the presence of local offices) are significantly related to the use of cross-border syndicates. Implications for theory and practice are suggested.
    • Leadership, commitment, and culture: a meta-analysis

      Jackson, Timothy A.; Meyer, John P.; Wang, Frank (Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 2013)
      The two purposes of this article were to examine the meta-analytic relationships between several well-studied forms of leadership and employee commitment and to test if some of these relationships vary due to societal culture. Transformational/ charismatic leadership was shown to be positively related to affective (AC, ? = .451, k = 116) and normative commitment (NC, ? = .337, k = 30), while contingent reward and management-by-exception (active) were positively related to AC (? = .369, k = 51 and ? = .083, k = 25, respectively). Laissez faire leadership was negatively related to AC (? = ?.296, k = 15). In terms of culture, societal individualism-collectivism did not affect the relationship between transformational/charismatic leadership and AC. In contrast, the relationship between transformational/charismatic leadership and both NC and continuance commitment was stronger in countries that value collectivism. We also found evidence that the relationship between contingent reward and AC was stronger in societies with higher rather than lower levels of power distance/hierarchy. Implications of these findings on the study of leadership, culture, and commitment are discussed.
    • A leading macroeconomic indicators' based framework to automatically generate tactical sales forecasts

      Verstraete, Gylian; Aghezzaf, El-Houssaine; Desmet, Bram (Computers and Industrial Engineering, 2020)
      Tactical sales forecasting is fundamental to production, transportation and personnel decisions at all levels of a supply chain. Traditional forecasting methods extrapolate historical sales information to predict future sales. As a result, these methods are not capable of anticipating macroeconomic changes in the business environment that often have a significant impact on the demand. To account for these macroeconomic changes, companies adjust either their statistical forecast manually or rely on an expert forecast. However, both approaches are notoriously biased and expensive. This paper investigates the use of leading macroeconomic indicators in the tactical sales forecasting process. A forecasting framework is established that automatically selects the relevant variables and predicts future sales. Next, the seasonal component is predicted by the seasonal naive method and the long-term trend using a LASSO regression method with macroeconomic indicators, while keeping the size of the indicator’s set as small as possible. Finally, the accuracy of the proposed framework is evaluated by quantifying the impact of each individual component. The carried out analysis has shown that the proposed framework achieves a reduction of 54.5% in mean absolute percentage error when compared to the naive forecasting method. Moreover, compared to the best performing conventional methods, a reduction of 25.6% is achieved in the tactical time window over three different real-life case studies from different geographical areas.
    • Leading organisations in turbulent times: Towards a different mental model

      Jordaan, Barney (2018)
      Organisations that are able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances in their operating environment have a competitive advantage. This level of "agility" involves more than simply developing new strategies and organisational structures to enable the rapid gathering of relevant information and equally rapid response times. Agility also - if not primarily - requires an ability on the part of people in the organisation to collaborate effectively to improve their decision-making abilities both as far as speed and quality of outcome are concerned. Collaboration involves more than the mere acquisition of a particular skills set, e.g., to listen and communicate effectively, or procedural adeptness. Creating a collaborative working environment requires a climate of trust within the organisation and a mindset that is focused on working with, rather than against others to achieve common organisational goals and objectives. Given the human propensity to compete and the so-called trust deficit prevalent in organisations, trustworthiness on the part of leaders and an ability to instil a culture of colloboration are required. However, a number of human and organisational obstacles would need to be overcome to achieve this.
    • Leading the Broadband Access Market in EuropeProduct Strategy Formulation at Alcatel - Teaching Note

      Muylle, Steve; Geeraerts, Pieter (2006)
      As the undisputed market leader in the broadband access market, Alcatel has consistently focused on offering Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology and equipment to incumbent telecom operators in Europe. Clearly, Alcatel closely monitors any change in the broadband access market to anticipate and drive consequent changes in its product strategy. While continuous price erosion and Chinese competition are significant factors, developments in the areas of customer (telecom operators) and end customer needs (residential and (small) business customers), technologies (copper, fibre, wireless), regulation, and new entrants may present new opportunities. Given these developments, Alcatel needs to decide whether and how to adjust its product strategy. . Key Words Product strategy, disruptive innovation, market leadership
    • Lean in healthcare - Breaking the trade-off between service and efficiency

      Cardoen, Brecht; Gemmel, Paul; Robberecht, Rein (Zorgmagazine, 2012)
      Against the background of the current ‘technology goes economic market’ focus of mainstream innovation research, this editorial introduces contributions to a special issue explicitly devoted to the corresponding research gap: non-technological and non-economic innovations are indeed hardly explored, even approaches focussing on non-technological or social innovations still have a strong bias towards the economy. In contrast to both the mainstream and these alternative approaches to innovation, the editorial outlines a concept of socially robust innovations, i.e., innovations that have impact on both economic and non-economic spheres of society, and that can therefore be supposed to be more profitable in terms of, again, both economic and non-economic profit.
    • Learning about small business profitability: the influence of management practices and owner-manager human capital 

      Maes, Johan; Sels, Luc; Roodhooft, Filip (2004)
      In a free market economy the importance of small business as a major job supplier, innovator and source of growth is widely recognized. Given the importance of small business for an economy, the survival, success and performance of these firms is an issue of continuous concern. Research that can lead to the identification of those factors associated with small business performance is of great interest to policy makers, owner-managers and their advisors. This article aims at detecting predictors of small business profitability. Our objective is to distinguish internal factors of small construction companies that enhance firm profitability. Based on the data of an empirical survey in the construction industry to which certified financial data has been added, this paper investigates the influence of owner-manager human capital characteristics and selected management practices on the profitability of small construction companies. For this purpose, we develop and test a structural model. Results indicate that industry experience and level of education of the owner-manager and management practices such as avoidance of cash credit and the use of actual costing systems contribute to higher profitability. Furthermore, owner-manager human capital characteristics influence profitability both directly and indirectly. Keywords: small business profitability, management practices, owner-manager human capital, structural model
    • Learning agility: Learning from the data to move beyond the debate

      Vandenbroucke, Astrid; Buyens, Dirk; De Stobbeleir, Katleen (2019)
    • Learning cultures on the fly

      Nardon, Luciara; Steers, Richard (2007)