• Organising the Supply Chain Department

      Vereecke, Ann; Boute, Robert (2011)
    • Organizational versus individual responsibility for career management: complements or substitutes

      De Vos, Ans; Buyens, Dirk (2005)
      This paper explores the relationship between organizational career management and career self-management and addresses their impact on employee outcomes. The results of a study among employees and linemanagers are presented, which partly support our hypotheses. The interaction between organizational and individual career management in explaining employee outcomes is discussed.
    • Outside board members in the high-tech start-ups

      Clarysse, Bart; Knockaert, Mirjam; Lockett, Andy (2006)
      Board composition in large organizations has been subject to much empirical research, however, little attention has been focused on board composition in start-ups, and more specifically high tech start-ups. This lack of research is surprising given that many high tech start-ups have multiple equity stakeholders such as venture capitalists or public research organizations, such as universities. Given that high tech start-ups are commonly resource-poor these external stakeholders may play an important role in accessing critical external resources. Drawing on agency theory, resource dependence theory and social network theory we examine the tensions that exist between the founding team and external equity stakeholders in determining the presence of outside board members. In particular we focus on whether or not the outside board members have either complementary or substitute human capital to the founding team. We test our model on a sample of 140 high tech start-ups in Flanders. Our results indicate that high tech start-ups with a public research organization as an external equity stakeholder are more likely to develop boards with outside board members with complementary skills to the founding team. Conversely, in high tech start-ups where the founding team has had autonomy, or where a venture capitalist is an external equity stakeholder, the board tends to consist of outside board members with similar or substitute human capital to the founding team. Our findings the presence of an external equity stakeholder does not guarantee that outside board members have complementary human capital to the founding team.
    • Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Allocation Protocol

      Samii, Behzad; Pibernik, Richard; Yadav, Prashant; Vereecke, Ann (2011)
    • Performance management: A value drivers approach

      Hawawini, G.; Subramanian, Venkat; Verdin, Paul (2002)
    • Practitioner's view on project performance: a three-polar construct

      Vandevelde, Anneke; Van Dierdonck, Roland; Debackere, Koenraad (2002)
      There is no consensus on the construct project performance. This article examines how to suitably operationalise ‘project performance' as it is viewed by practitioners. An alternative research approach, based on the repertory grid method, was used in combination with a survey to develop a three-polar framework of the construct project performance. The model stresses that the construct should be considered as multidimensional, including process, economic and indirect poles. It promotes a balance between financial and non-financial measures, between short- and long-term measures, between measures focusing on the past and measures directed at the firm's future drivers. The model confirms and enriches the existing research on project performance.
    • Pre-acquisition profile of privately held companies involved in takeovers: an empirical study

      Ooghe, Hubert; Camerlynck, Jan (2001)
      This study addresses the pre-acquisition financial characteristics of privately held acquiring and acquired companies involved in 143 Belgian takeovers between 1992 and 1994. Specifically, the research examines the profitability, liquidity, financial structure, added value and failure risk using statistical analysis of industry-adjusted variables. Our findings show that acquisition is not an alternative to bankruptcy since acquired companies do not report high failure risk, but exhibit higher than industry liquidity and solvency. The acquirers achieve a higher growth rate in total assets and sales than the acquired firms but experience a negative industry-adjusted liquidity and are highly levered, suggesting evidence for a growth-resource mismatch or a financial fit between acquirers and their targets.
    • Pre-emptive resource-constrained project scheduling with setup times

      Debels, Dieter; Vanhoucke, Mario (2006)
      Resource-constrained project scheduling with activity pre-emption assumes that activities are allowed to be interrupted and restarted later in the schedule at no extra cost. In the current paper, we extend this pre-emptive scheduling problem with setup times between activity interruptions and the possibility to fast track pre-emptive subparts of activities. The contribution of the paper is twofold. First, we present an optimal branch-and-bound procedure for the pre-emptive resource-constrained project scheduling problem with setup times and fast tracking options. Second, we test the impact of these pre-emptive extensions to the quality of the schedule from a lead-time point-of-view.
    • Private equity investments and disclosure policy

      Beuselinck, Christof; Deloof, Marc; Manigart, Sophie (2005)
    • Proactive career behaviors and career success during the early career

      De Vos, Ans; Dewilde, Thomas; De Clippeleer, Inge (2009)
    • Profile Of Multiple Versus Single Acquirers And Their Targets: A Research Note

      Ooghe, Hubert; De Langhe, Tine; Camerlynck, Jan (2003)
      Few studies have addressed the pre-take-over financial characteristics of multiple versus single acquirers and their targets. Therefore this study investigates whether multiple acquirers, with some experience in acquiring companies, might acquire firms with different (better) financial characteristics than single acquirers. Our results confirm this hypothesis in multiple ways. It seems that multiple acquirers look for complementary firms in terms of sales and growth. Multiple acquirers specifically want to acquire companies with a high sales generating ability in order to improve their own sales generating ability.
    • Protecting customer privacy in the financial sector

      Isik, Öykü; Dupire, Marion (2016)
      With increased digitization of the financial sector comes the issues of data protection and customer privacy. Banks collect huge amounts of data on individuals, notably from bank accounts, credit card transactions or mobile ranking. On the one hand the use of big data in the financial sector is a wonderful opportunity to better respond to customer needs. The biggest hurdle on the other hand is customer privacy and data protection. How can financial institutions most efficiently deal with customer privacy when making use of digital technologies? How should they deal with the issue of privacy given the current context where rebuilding trust is a key challenge? These are the main questions addressed in this policy paper which consists in two part. The first part is a contribution of Pr. Öykü Isik providing a state-of-the-art of data-driven financial services. The second part is the report of a Vlerick regulatory workshop dedicated to the topic gathering representatives from different horizons within the financial sector including regulatory authorities, banks, insurance companies, financial associations, consulting companies, law firms. The second part of the paper provides a detailed overview of workshop presentations, discussions, and co-creation exercise.
    • Psychological contract development during organizational socialization: adaptation to reality and the role of reciprocity

      De Vos, Ans; Buyens, Dirk; Schalk, M.J.D. (René) (2003)
      Based on the theoretical framework of newcomer sensemaking this study examines factors associated with changes in newcomers' psychological contract perceptions during the socialization process. More specifically, two mechanisms are addressed that could explain changes in newcomers' perceptions of the promises they have exchanged with their employer: (1) unilateral adaptation of perceived promises to reality and (2) adaptation of perceived promises as a function of the reciprocity norm. To test our hypotheses, a four-wave longitudinal study among 333 new hires has been conducted, covering the first year of their employment relationship. Results show that changes in newcomers' perceptions of the promises they have made to their employer are affected by their perceptions of their own contributions as well as by their perceptions of inducements received from their employer. Changes in newcomers' perceptions of employer promises are affected by their perceptions of employer inducements received, but the impact of perceived employee contributions is less clear. The data provide limited support for the idea that the adaptation of perceived promises to perceived inducements and contributions occurs to a stronger extent during the encounter stage than during the acquisition stage of socialization.
    • Psychological empowerment in the workplace: reviewing the empowerment effects on critical work outcomes

      Dewettinck, Koen; Singh, Jagdip; Buyens, Dirk (2003)
      This paper reviews theory and empirical findings on the effects of empowerment in the workplace. Data from existing studies is used to assess the effects of the four empowerment dimensions on affective and behavioral employee responses. Data is reanalyzed using hierarchical regression analysis. Confirming growing skepticism among practitioners and academics, this study indicates that empowerment practices result in more satisfied and committed, but not necessarily better performing employees. Furthermore, it is shown that there is a differential impact of the distinct empowerment dimensions on employee performance levels. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
    • (R)E-tail satisfaction: retail customer satisfaction in online and offline contexts

      Weijters, Bert; Schillewaert, Niels (2006)
      Building on the e-Satisfaction model proposed by Szymanski and Hise (2000) and further validated by Evanschitzky, Iyer, Hesse, and Ahlert (2004), we develop an instrument to measure shopper satisfaction in online and offline retail contexts: the (R)E-Tail Satisfaction scale. Using data from an online (N=202) and an offline (N=441) grocery shopper sample, the instrument is shown to be fit for cross-channel evaluation of levels of satisfaction and its antecedents. We find full metric invariance (identical factor loadings), sufficient partial scalar invariance (identical item intercepts for at least two items per construct), as well as some interesting structural differences. Most notably, online shoppers evaluate the facets of retail satisfaction generally lower than do offline shoppers.