• Pioniers, doordrijvers, integrators & bewakers

      Van Mechelen, Sander (Editions NMG SPRL, 2017)
    • Planning projects with scarce resources: Yesterday, today and tomorrow’s research challenges

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Springer, 2018)
      This paper is an invited request to describe the main research challenges in the domain of resource-constrained project scheduling. The paper is split up in three parts. In today’s challenges, research endeavors that have received a significant, but still not enough, attention have been described. In tomorrow’s research challenges, some promising research avenues for future research have been given. Finally, in yesterday’s challenge, a research topic that started decades ago, is said to have still a huge potential in tomorrow’s research agenda. This paper does not intend to give a full literature overview, nor a summary of all possible research paths. Instead, it is inspired from the author’s experience in academic research and practical consultancy and it serves as a personal opinion on a non-exhaustive set of promising research avenues, rather than giving a full literature-based advice for future research directions.
    • Platform flexibility strategies: R&D investment versus production customization tradeoff

      Van den Broeke, Maud; Boute, Robert; Van Mieghem, Jan (2018)
      Product platforms are assets that are shared by multiple products. We study the optimal investment in platform flexibility. Each platform type is characterized by its functionality that determines its R&D investment and unit production cost, as well as the customization cost to produce the end products from the platform. The firm can invest in a portfolio of specialized platforms that align with the functionalities of a specific product and flexible platforms that cover the functionalities of a product range at lower customization cost. We characterize the optimal platform portfolio strategy using an ex-ante investment versus ex-post production customization tradeoff curve and show comparative statics of these costs, demand forecast, and the decision maker's regret and risk attitude. Flexible platforms provide operational hedging for risk-averse decision makers who thus should invest more than risk-neutral counterparts. In contrast to manufacturing flexibility, the regret of sub-optimal investments increases as demand is more negatively correlated.
    • Portfolio Entrepreneurship and Resource Orchestration

      Baert, Caroline; Meuleman, Miguel; Debruyne, Marion; Wright, Mike (2016)
      This study examines the role of resource orchestration for the exploration and exploitation of opportunities through portfolio entrepreneurship. Adopting a single-case study approach, we identify eight distinctive resource orchestration subprocesses that we group into three aggregate resource orchestration processes that enable the development and exploitation of a set of resources and capabilities across a portfolio of ventures. Our findings extend the literature on enduring entrepreneurship by building theory on how resource orchestration across a portfolio of ventures facilitates the emergence of synergies when exploring and exploiting opportunities.
    • Portfolio investment strategies in the Finnish venture capital industry: A longitudinal study

      De Clercq, Dirk; Goulet, P.K.; Kumpulainen, M.; Mäkelä, M. (2001)
    • Post-Enron Implicit Audit Reporting Standards: Sifting through the Evidence

      Sercu, Piet; Vander Bauwhede, Heidi; Willekens, Marleen (2006)
    • Postponed Manufacturing supplementary to transportation services

      Van Hoek, R.; Van Dierdonck, Roland (Elsevier, 2000)
    • Pourquoi participer aux programmes de fidélisation?

      De Wulf, Kristof; Odekerken-Schröder, Gaby; De Cannière, Marie; Van Oppen, C. (2001)
    • PP for product placement or puzzled public?

      Tessitore, Tina; Geuens, Maggie (2013)
      This research examines the effectiveness of the European ‘PP’ symbol, recently introduced as a warning of product placement in locally produced television programmes. The authors test whether this symbol counters the pervasive effect of product placement on purchase intention. Study 1 shows that the symbol does not prompt resistance to the influence of product placement. This is because the majority of consumers neither notice nor comprehend the symbol. In Study 2, two training methods are tested to increase the symbol’s effectiveness: (1) verbal label training and (2) a combination of verbal label training and information training. The addition of information training is necessary to increase the symbol’s noticeability, whereas verbal label training helps increase the symbol’s comprehensibility and effectiveness in activating persuasion knowledge and decreasing purchase intention. Finally, the results provide evidence that brand recall is crucial for resistance to product placement, suggesting the importance of brand recall as a moderator of resistance processes.
    • Practical application and empirical evaluation of reference class forecasting for project management

      Batselier, Jordy; Vanhoucke, Mario (2016)
      Traditionally, project managers produce cost and time forecasts by predicting the future course of specific events. In contrast,reference class forecasting (RCF) bypasses human judgment by basing forecasts on the actual outcomes of past projects similar to the project being forecasted. The RCF technique is compared with the most common traditional project forecasting methods, such as those based on Monte Carlo simulation and earned value management (EVM). The conducted evaluation is entirely based on real-life project data and shows that RCF indeed performs best, for both cost and time forecasting, and therefore supports the practical relevance of the technique.
    • Practices of Knowledge Intensive Process Management: Quantitative Insights

      Isik, Öykü; Mertens, Willem; Van den Bergh, Joachim (2013)
    • Predicting the future of additive manufacturing: A Delphi study on economic and societal implications of 3D printing for 2030

      Jiang, Ruth; Kleer, Robin; Piller, Frank (Elsevier, 2017)
      Additive manufacturing (colloquially: 3D printing) is a highly discussed topic today. Previous research has argued that this technology will have profound effects for manufacturing businesses, but also society as such, demanding new corporate strategies and policies alike. Thus, the development of reliable future scenarios is key for strategic planning and decision making as well as for future research. Still, dedicated academic studies in this field remain scarce. We present the results of an extensive Delphi survey on the future of additive manufacturing with a focus on its economic and societal implications in this paper. Via an initial round of extensive qualitative interviews and a Delphi-based analysis of 3,510 quantitative estimations and 1,172 qualitative comments from 65 experts, we were able to develop two scenarios on the future of AM. Our first scenario is built on those Delphi projections with the highest consensus on the likelihood of occurrence, the second on the expected highest impact on the firm level. We present these scenarios in and conclude with a number of implications for industry, policy, and future research.
    • Predicting the outcome of a two-party price negotiation: Contribution of reservation price, aspiration price and opening offer

      Buelens, Marc; Van Poucke, Dirk (2002)
      Despite a long tradition in negotiation research, it is still not known to what extent it is possible to predict the result of a specific negotiation. Negotiation literature has remained unclear on the question of which reference point is most important. A total of 384 experienced managers participated in 192 simulated seller-buyer negotiations. More than 57% of the variance in negotiation outcome can be explained by 2 reference points, namely buyer's and seller's intended initial offer. The notion of offer zone, which is the difference between aspiration price and initial offer, is introduced. Offer zone has a significant and consistent influence on the negotiated outcome. Results from 106 participants in a replication study with a different no deal structure confirm findings.