• Taking a style perspective to understand organizational behavior: a four-decade review

      Cools, Eva (2010)
      To study whether public sector employees are a different type of employee with different expectations than the private sector employees, we look at differences in the generic dimensions of their psychological contract. Data from a survey of 4956 Belgian employees show that, compared to private sector employees, public sector employees attach less importance to career development opportunities and financial rewards promises, and perceive these promises as less fulfilled. They also perceive social atmosphere and work–life balance as less fulfilled. Furthermore, we observed significant gender differences in the importance and fulfilment of the psychological contract.
    • The acceptance of information technology in the sales force

      Schillewaert, Niels; Ahearne, Michael; Frambach, Ruud; Moenaert, Rudy (2000)
    • The added value of the HR-department: Empirical study and development of an integrated framework

      De Vos, Ans; Buyens, Dirk (UGent, Fac. Economie & Bedrijfskunde, 2000)
    • The aging workforce: Perceptions of career ending

      Buyens, Dirk; van Dijk, Hans; Dewilde, Thomas; Vlaminckx, Annick; De Vos, Ans (2007)
    • The change climate questionnaire: scale development

      Bouckenooghe, Dave; Devos, Geert; Van den Broeck, Herman (2008)
    • The change in ownership after a buyout: impact on performance

      Goossens, Lotte; Manigart, Sophie; Meuleman, Miguel (2007)
    • The Cognitive Style Indicator: Development and validation of a new measurement instrument

      Cools, Eva; Van den Broeck, Herman; Bouckenooghe, Dave (2006)
      This paper describes the development and validation of a cognitive style measure, the Cognitive Style Indicator (CoSI). Three studies were conducted to validate the CoSI. The first study consisted of 5924 employees who took part in a large-scale research with regard to career decisions. In the second study, 1580 people completed the CoSI as part of a ‘Competence Indicator' tool on the Internet. Finally, the third study comprised 635 MBA students who completed the CoSI in the context of a ‘Management and Organization' course. Reliability, item, and factor analyses demonstrated the internal consistency and homogeneity of three cognitive styles (knowing, planning, and creating style). In addition, substantial support was found for the instrument's construct validity by including other cognitive style instruments, and personality and ability measures in the validation process. Criterion-related validity was confirmed by examination of the relationship between these cognitive styles and work-related characteristics. The main contributions of our research lie in (a) the development of a valid and reliable cognitive style instrument for use in organizations, and in (b) the further refinement of the analytic-intuitive cognitive style dimension by splitting the analytic pole in a knowing and a planning style.
    • The debt-maturity structure of small firms in a creditor-oriented environment

      Ooghe, Hubert; Heyman, D.; Deloof, Marc (Vlerick Business School, 2003)
      Once a firm decides to issue debt, the characteristics of this debt instrument should be considered. One of the critical decisions involves debt maturity. Using a sample of 1091 Belgian small firms from 1996 until 2000, this study analyses the determinants of the corporate debt-maturity structure of small firms in a creditor-oriented system. Consistent with previous empirical evidence on large firms, the present results strongly support the maturity-matching principle. The hypothesis that firms with many growth opportunities will borrow on the short term as a response to the under-investment problem, is not supported. There is a clear relation between the credit worthiness of a firm and the debt-maturity structure. Firms with a better credit score borrow on the long term, whereas firms with a poor credit quality are apparently forced to borrow on the short term. This evidence contradicts the expected U-shaped relationship between credit worthiness and debt maturity. Size negatively influences debt maturity. Keywords: debt maturity, capital structure, small firms
    • The development of I-deals during the early career: a longitudinal study

      Willemse, Ine; De Vos, Ans; Buyens, Dirk (2013)
      In this article, we examine how organizations become less sensitive to the symbolic and material carriers of a prevailing logic and correspondingly enact a deviating logic. Using the highly institutionalized Belgian horticulture industry, we employ a multicase, inductive study of firms that vary in their responses to an emerging logic that diverges from institutionalized norms and practices of their organizational field. We introduce symbolic and material immunity as two essential and interacting attributes predicting firm-level deviation from a dominant logic and discuss factors that enable firms to possess these characteristics.
    • The discrete time/cost trade-off problem under various assumptions exact and heuristic procedures

      Vanhoucke, Mario; Debels, Dieter (Vlerick Business School, 2005)
      Time/cost trade-offs in project networks have been the subject of extensive research since the development of the critical path method (CPM) in the late 50s. Time/cost behaviour in a project activity basically describes the trade-off between the duration of the activity and its amount of non-renewable resources (e.g. money) committed to it. In the discrete version of the problem (the discrete time/cost trade-off problem), it is generally accepted that the trade-off follows a discrete non-increasing pattern, i.e. expediting an activity is possible by allocating more resources (i.e. at a larger cost) to it. However, due to its complexity (the problem is known to be NP hard (see De et al. (1997)), the problem has been solved for relatively small instances. In this paper, we elaborate on three extensions of the well-known discrete time/cost trade-off problem in order to cope with more realistic settings: time/switch constraints, work continuity constraints and net present value maximization. We give an extensive literature overview of existing procedures for these problem types, and present an exact solution approach for the work continuity version, which is not being investigated yet. Moreover, we discuss a new meta-heuristic approach in order to provide near-optimal heuristic solutions for the different problems. We present computational results for the problems under study by comparing the results for both exact and heuristic procedures. We demonstrate that the heuristic algorithms produce consistently good results for two versions of the discrete time/cost trade-off problem.
    • The dynamic management of manufacturing networks

      Vereecke, Ann; De Meyer, Arnoud (2009)