EGIPO is a four-year research project on Effective Governance in Private Organizations funded by the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT).
We study the role of the board of directors, management, financiers, employees, and clients and beneficiaries in corporate governance in Belgian private organizations (firms and non-profit organizations). Our objective is to contribute to improving and spreading corporate governance in Belgium through good scientific research.
Our interdisciplinary team consists of researchers from the University of Antwerp, Free University of Brussels (VUB), and Ghent University, specialized in management, organization theory, accountancy, finance, and legal studies.
The results of this research will be translated for and made available to a public at large in cooperation with Belgium’s most important social actors, including Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB), Flanders’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VOKA), Union of Self-Employed and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (UNIZO), Flemish Government’s Agency for Entrepreneurship, Guberna (Belgian Institute of Directors), Institute for Family Business (IFB), Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR), Graydon, Federal Public Service for Employment, Labor and Social Dialogue (FOD WASO), General Federation of Belgian Labor (ABVV), Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV), Federal Judicial Police (Directorate of Economic and Financial Crime), Association of Social Profit Businesses (Verso), and the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT).
Together with the user group, we have articulated our research questions and collected our data. The first results have been presented during meetings with the user group and will soon be made available to the research community.