Research & faculty

Leading the way in academic and business research

How we use our expertise to develop insights, share knowledge and collaborate with partners

Rigorous research is a fundamental part of the Vlerick DNA – and our strategy sets out five objectives. We strive for academic excellence, always. We aim to be international – from our faculty to our research partners – and to broaden our perspective by collaborating with Ghent University, KU Leuven and other institutions. We want to make an impact in the academic world and beyond, by translating our insights into our programmes. And we support the movement for open science and collaboration.


Faculty & network

We are proud to have some of the world’s leading educators and researchers here at Vlerick. Our faculty are experts in their fields – and draw on their extensive experience of running, growing and advising businesses to inspire the next generation of leaders.

They are supported by our doctoral candidates and other researchers. And their teaching is complemented by visiting professors, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, who come to share their expertise with our students.


The publications produced by our faculty and researchers are housed in the Vlerick Repository, which is looked after by the library. This open access database contains all of the research our people publish – including articles, books, cases and doctoral dissertations. You can use the search function to navigate it.

Research projects

At Vlerick, we are always looking for ways to develop fresh insights, tackle societal changes and contribute to policy making. Which is why we regularly collaborate on broad research projects – typically commissioned by local, international or European governmental institutions and involving many research partners. Our faculty also work on their own research initiatives.


Research centres

Our research centres are where academic research and applied research come together. Through partnerships and memberships with companies and organisations, our centres keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the business world – and bring experts together to solve challenges and find answers. Each and every one of our centres offers a combination of knowledge creation and networking – and is proof that academic research can add real value to business and society.


Research programmes

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

This flexible five-year DBA programme is for experienced professionals who are ready to dive deep into their specialism – while making a tangible impact on their company. It blends learning and research, giving you the skills to carry out thesis work and turn your experience into knowledge.

PhD programme

A PhD at Vlerick is an opportunity to delve into advanced academic management studies in an internationally competitive environment – with the support of expert faculty. This is an intense full-time, post-graduate programme where candidates commit to making an original contribution to their chosen field.

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Consult the latest research findings, prepare for classes – or simply quench your thirst for knowledge at our world-class library. Our continuously-growing collection of print and online resources spans the whole spectrum of business and management topics. We offer a massive number of books and e-books, an extensive e-journal collection, a wide variety of databases and an extensive selection of national and international media. 

Partner institutions

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Eva Cools

Eva Cools

Research manager