Philippe Haspeslagh

Full Professor of Strategy

Leading academic and international expert in strategic management, governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Philippe Haspeslagh has a rich career history as researcher, teacher and international advisor in strategic management and governance. 

Over the years, his research has spanned four key areas: corporate strategy and the strategic process in diversified firms, managing mergers and acquisitions, implementing value-based management and board effectiveness. A Harvard Business Review author, Philippe’s work on portfolio management and his book Making Acquisitions Work are classics in the field. He has won numerous awards for his research, books, teaching and case writing.

A leading academic, Philippe has taught at Harvard Business School, Stanford, INSEAD and Vlerick. At INSEAD, he supported merger processes, directed customised programmes and founded the International Directors Forum and the Strategic Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions programme. He has advised top management teams in Europe and Asia for more than 30 years.

Philippe is a seasoned board member and has held directorships and chairmanships at listed companies, large family businesses, private equity firms and asset management companies. 

He graduated from Vlerick in 1973 – and came full circle when he returned as Dean in 2008.

Who am I?

  • Full Professor, Honorary Dean and Partner at Vlerick Business School
  • Doctor in Management summa cum laude at Harvard Business School, USA
  • MBA and Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, USA
  • Masters in General Management at Vlerick Business School
  • Chairman at Ardo, Capricorn Partners and FBN Belgium
  • Independent Director at SONAE, Portugal
  • Former Board member at Guberna, the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation, Kinepolis, Sioen, Governance for Owners

My expertise

  • Family business
  • M&A
  • Corporate strategy
  • Earned Value Management
  • Board effectiveness

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Philippe Haspeslagh

Philippe Haspeslagh

Professor and Honorary Dean