Vlerick Expertise in Entrepreneurship


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  1. JPG

    The impact of perceived unethical behaviour on conflicts between entrepreneurs and investors

    This paper* examines the impact of perceived unethical behaviour by entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists on their conflict process. Using 11 case studies, authors Veroniek Collewaert (Maastricht University) and Yves Fassin (Ghent University and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School) have analysed conflict situations and the perception of unethical behaviour by the different parties involved.

  2. Is there a new Steve Jobs in your class?

    Steve Jobs, the driving force behind Apple, was an entrepreneur par excellence. As a result, Apple’s turnover today is nearly the size of Belgium’s gross national product. Perhaps there is a new Steve Jobs sitting at a school desk somewhere amongst us – but his or her entrepreneurial talent is not being stimulated by his environment. Yearly, only 4% of our country’s population starts a new venture. Even though we were all active entrepreneurial pre-schoolers at one time. What went wrong, and how can the situation be improved?

  3. Growth

    Attack is the best defence – or what Flemish growth companies have learned from FC Barcelona and top footballers like Messi

    Flemish growth companies are doing better than their counterparts in Western Europe and worldwide. They are more proactive, flexible and alert, and respond more quickly. They think the worst of the crisis is past, and are looking very hopefully to the future. Those are the findings of the annual iGMO Growth Survey by the Growth Management Impulse Centre for Medium-Sized Companies by Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School jointly with Ernst & Young and KBC, covering around 80 Flemish owner-managed growth companies – all members of iGMO.

  4. Target

    Kipling: Monkey Business - Kipling tries to conquer the world

    May 1991. Flying back from Venice, Paul Van de Velde thought back about the strange meeting he and Enrico Boldoni had earlier that day with a potential Italian investor. Enrico, an elegant forty something Italian, was the franchising manager for a major department store chain in Italy. He strongly believed in the Kipling brand, and after opening the first Italian Kipling shop in a mall near Rome, decided to switch into a higher gear - opening the next 25 stores!

  5. High-growth entrepreneurial firms in Africa

    High-growth entrepreneurial firms in Africa

    This article analyses the growth performance of a number of entrepreneurial firms in 10 manufacturing sectors of 11 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The focus of the article is on identifying the entrepreneurial attributes and company characteristics that tend to generate a significant number of high-growth firms (HGFs) in these countries. The authors investigate to what extent certain co-variates may affect the conditional distribution of company growth rates more fundamentally. They focus not only on the factors that systematically increase the ‘mean’ growth rates of firms, but also on the factors that tend to stretch the right tail of the conditional distribution of growth rates – in other words, factors that tend to generate a significant number of high-growth firms.

  6. Multinational

    Profiting from Modesty: a big global advantage for Flemish companies

    One of the most critical challenges facing entrepreneurial companies expanding abroad may also be one of the most subtle: fitting in. A failure to win acceptance both internationally but also with a parent company at home can slam the door on capital, technology, skilled labour and, above all, customers. Researchers call this quality of being seen as a trustworthy partner “legitimacy”, and a pioneering study of small and medium-sized enterprises emphasizes the crucial role it can play in cross-border expansion.

  7. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

    The global scale of the GEM survey enables regions and countries to make comparisons with each other with regard to the new entrepreneurial climate. The GEM survey is unique in that it not only focuses on the number of persons that have founded a company but also on the number of persons that are in the process of starting a company that has not yet become a formal entity. Furthermore, the GEM examines the population’s perception regarding entrepreneurship. The worldwide study is coordinated and supervised by London Business School (UK) and Babson College (USA).

  8. Green frontier

    They may be eco-friendly, but clean tech companies confront hostile markets. In order to prevail, they will need to attract customers prepared to pay more for a green product, perform better than competitors, or change the rules of the game.

  9. Strategy matters

    Governments are keenly aware of the contribution small- and medium-sized enterprises can make to enhancing market integration in the EU and improving its global performance. But research suggests that institutional support is not yet responding fully to the diverse needs of SMEs with ambitions to succeed in global markets.

  10. making students more entreprising

    Making Students More Enterprising, Does it Work?

    A large variety of initiatives are striving to stimulate the sense of entrepreneurship in students in secondary education − but do all these well-intentioned projects really make sense? The Effecto study from the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre at Vlerick Business School shows that these initiatives do indeed have an effect, although this can be further increased with small interventions. Moreover, other factors also play a definite role in stimulating entrepreneurship.

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