Professor Carine Peeters is Full Professor at Vlerick Business School. Before joining the School she worked as a faculty member at Université libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where she also obtained her Phd in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 Professor Peeters spent two years in the United States as Research Associate at Duke University - Fuqua School of Business.
Professor Peeters specialises in Strategy and International Business, with a particular interest in emerging markets as well as service sourcing strategies and delivery models.
As a strategy professor, Carine is interested in how companies can develop and maintain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Her research focuses more specifically on the optimization of business service delivery models across functional and geographic boundaries, as well as in partnership with external parties. She studies how companies transform their value chains to take advantage of outsourcing, offshoring, and shared services organizations for business support functions such as IT, business process, as well as technical and engineering services. She seeks to understand why some firms are more successful at the transformation than others. She is particularly keen on studying the implications for organizations and managers who have to manage and coordinate globally dispersed value chains, portions of which are often entrusted to external parties. How can firms make sure that the benefits outweigh the costs of the added organizational complexity is at the core of Carine’s work.
To that end, she has surveyed the practices of hundreds of companies around the world and worked on several in-depth case studies. Through workshops and trainings she also works closely with executives and managers to develop and share knowledge on successful global sourcing strategies and management practices.
Her research has been published in several international journals, and she serves as senior editor for the Management and Organization Review. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal and the review board of Global Strategy Journal.
Active member of industry associations, she serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Outsourcing Forum and the European Outsourcing Association in Belgium, and she is a regular columnist for the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network.