On 15 December 2007, Sammy Lasseel was facing an important decision that could change his life, but he had to act quickly. He joined Basic Textiles last year as CEO, with an option to buy the company within the year. The current shareholders have given him an ultimatum: Sammy had the opportunity to buy the company for 4 million euros, but he had to decide before Christmas. If he declined their proposal, he would be fired as CEO as from January 2008 onwards. Sammy first had to decide whether he was willing to pay 4 million euros for the shares. If so, how could he finance the takeover?
Reusen, Evelien; Stouthuysen, Kristof; Van den Abbeele, Alexandra; Slabbinck, Hendrik (Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2019)
This study investigates the imitative use of management practices across a multitier supply network. Although imitation may take the form of any management practice, operationally, we focus on whether the buyer's control practices used with first‐tier suppliers results in similar control practices being used by these first‐tier suppliers with the second‐tier suppliers. Drawing on institutional theory, we identify relational context (i.e., affective commitment) and environmental context (i.e., environmental uncertainty) as two important factors influencing the extent to which such imitation takes place. Using unique survey data of vertically linked supply chain triads, we generally find support for the occurrence of imitation and more so in cases of high affective commitment. The results regarding environmental uncertainty further reveal selectivity in imitative behavior, calling attention to the level of deliberateness in imitation decisions in supply networks. Besides contributing to theory on imitative behaviors in the supply chain, this study also generates practical implications on the spread of management practices across multiple tiers.
This note briefly describes some important performance measures that can be used in failure prediction research. We do not only give an overview of the measures, but also clarify the connections between them and illustrate their use with numerical examples.
This paper investigates the impact of open innovation on national systems of innovation. The open innovation concept has become widely established among scholars and practitioners. However, an overview of its impact on national innovation systems is still lacking. Given that the innovating firm is at the core of national innovation systems, a better understanding of shifting innovation strategies at the firm level is of fundamental importance to the actions of policy-makers within the national innovation systems framework. Based on the main analytical approaches of national innovation systems and the current state of open innovation research, we argue that open innovation practices have at least three critical effects on national systems of innovation: (a) they reinforce its importance, (b) they improve its effectiveness, and (c) they diversify its networks.
Zorginstellingen kunnen bijdragen aan het tegengaan van stijgende zorgkosten. Feit is dat bijdragen vanuit overheid en verzekeraars niet veel zullen en kunnen stijgen: de grens is wat dat betreft bereikt. Filip Roodhooft van Vlerick Business School pleit voor slimme oplossingen in de zorg.
Van Caneghem, Tom; Van Uytbergen, Steve; Luypaert, Mathieu
This paper studies how the presence of cross-border as opposed to domestic venture capital investors is associated with the growth of portfolio companies. For this purpose, we use a longitudinal research design and track sales, total assets and payroll expenses in 761 European technology companies from the year of initial venture capital investment up to seven years thereafter. Findings demonstrate how companies initially backed by domestic venture capital investors exhibit higher growth in the short term compared to companies backed by cross-border investors. In the medium term, companies initially backed by cross-border venture capital investors exhibit higher growth compared to companies backed by domestic investors. Finally, companies that are initially funded by a syndicate comprising both domestic and cross-border venture capital investors exhibit the highest growth. Overall, this study provides a more fine-grained understanding of the role that domestic and cross-border venture capital investors can play as their portfolio companies grow and thereby require different resources or capabilities over time.
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