Geert Letens


Geert Letens is research fellow at Vlerick Business School. He holds a PhD in Applied Economic Sciences from Ghent University and a PhD in Social and Military Sciences from the Royal Military Academy. Geert has provided training and consulting services to several Fortune Global 500 companies for more than 10 years. He has been a quality coordinator and change agent within the Belgian Armed Force for many years, supporting the implementation of various improvement methodologies (Balanced Scorecard, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9000, ISO 17025, ISO 15288, CMMI,…) within defense organizations.

He is a visiting research professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in the US, collaborating with the Enterprise Engineering Research Lab. His research interests include organizational development and change, performance management, product development, project management, and crisis and disaster management. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, such as amongst others IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Engineering Management Journal, and the International Journal for Productivity and Performance Management (IJPPM).


Job Title : Research Fellow

Management Domain

Expert in
Performance Management
Organisational Development and Change
Project management
Product Development
Crisis and Disaster Management


Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Letens G. Verweire K. De Prins P.  2016. Large Scale Infrastructure Projects: The Art of Project or Change Management?. Frontiers of Engineering Management, 3(3): 197-202.

Book Chapters

  • Verweire K. Letens G.  2012. Putting performance management into practice. In: Slagmulder R. Verweire K. Dewettinck K. Ed. Managing for performance excellence (pp. 216-252).

Conference Presentations

  • Verweire K. Slagmulder R. Letens G. Van Aken E. Farris J.  2011. Integrating Top-down and Bottom-up Change: A Longitudinal Case Study. Paper presented at Industrial Engineering Research Conference, May 21, Reno,Nevada, United States.

Conference Proceedings

  • Letens G. Verweire K. Slagmulder R. Van Aken E.M. Farris J.A.  2011. Integrating Top-Down and Bottom-up Change: Lessons Learned from a Longitudinal Case Study. Texas:

  • Letens G. Verweire K. Slagmulder R. Farris J. Van Aken E. Chearskul P.  2010. Implementing customer intimacy through integrated performance management and organizational learning. Fayetteville, Arkansas:

  • Verweire K. Slagmulder R. Letens G. Chearskul P. Van Aken E. Farris J.  2010. Towards customer intimacy: implications for performance management. Cancun:

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