Philippe Haspeslagh

As a leading international academic in Corporate Strategy and M&A with a career spanning Harvard Business School, Stanford, INSEAD and Vlerick Business School, Philippe Haspeslagh has worked over thirty years as an educator and advisor to top management teams in Europe and Asia.
A triple Harvard Business Review author, his work on portfolio management and his book on Making Acquisitions Work have become classics in the field. During his time at INSEAD he has supported numerous merger processes, directed scores of customised programmes and founded the International Directors Forum.
At heart an entrepreneur, he has co-founded a buy-out firm in Scandinavia, a VC firm and a listed asset management company in Belgium. He is a seasoned board member who held mandates in listed and large family firms in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Saudi Arabia.
He has closed the loop by returning to Vlerick Business School, the school from which he graduated in 1973. He is Director of the European Academy of Business in Society and of Guberna.

Job Title : Professor and Honorary Dean

Management Domain

Teaching in
Full-time MBA Programme China
Full-time MBA Programme

Expert in
Mergers and acquisitions
Board Effectiveness
Managing for Value
Corporate strategy


Professor Haspeslagh is Professor and Honorary Dean at Vlerick Business School. Before joining the school he was the Paul Desmarais Chaired Professor of Active Ownership at INSEAD and Founding Director of its International Directors Forum as well as its Strategic Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions programmes. He was Visiting Professor at Stanford Business School and at Harvard Business School.
He holds a doctoral and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar, as well as a Commercial Engineering degree from KU Leuven and a Master’s in General Management from Vlerick Business School.
His research over the years has covered four areas: corporate strategy and the strategic process in diversified firms, the management of mergers and acquisitions, the implementation of value based management and board effectiveness. He won the Academy of Management Award for the best doctoral dissertation in Strategy in 1980 and for the best business book in 1990. Philippe has also won several best European case awards and best teacher awards at INSEAD.
He has held various directorships and chairmanships in listed companies, large family businesses, private equity and asset management, including currently Governance for Owners Ltd, Vandemoortele NV, Quest for Growth NV, Procuritas AB, Capricorn Venture Partners and Dujardin Foods. In the non-profit sphere he is Board Member of Guberna, Vlerick Business School, EABIS and the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation.



Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Haspeslagh P.  2012. Rebranding as fuel for growth. Global Focus: the EFMD Business Magazine, 6(3): 22-25.

  • Haspeslagh P.  2010. Corporate governance and the current crisis. 10(4): 375-377.

Book Chapters

  • Haspeslagh P.  2012. Strategic performance management at corporate level. In: Slagmulder R. Verweire K. Dewettinck K. Ed. Managing for performance excellence (pp. 278-300).

Conference Presentations

  • Haspeslagh P.  2015. Mergers & Acquisitions: Research, Practice & Teaching - Professional Development Workshop. Paper presented at The 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August 7-11, Vancouver, Canada.

Vlerick cases

  • Haspeslagh P. Slagmulder R. Bloemhof M.  2004. Strategy and performance management at DSM. ECCH Case Study. Reference no. INSEAD 304-067-1.

  • Haspeslagh P. Slagmulder R. Bloemhof M.  2003. Cadbury Schweppes (C): The performance management process. ECCH Case Study. Reference no. INSEAD 103-038-1.