Meet our founding members.
Robin De Cock
Robin De Cock is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School and Antwerp University and is a guest professor at ETH Zürich. He is the academic director of the master in innovation and entrepreneurship, one of the first of its kind in Europe, producing more than 120 start-ups. He formerly worked at the innovation and entrepreneurship group of Imperial College Business School in London. He is also a member of the valorization board of the Flemish technology & research institute VITO and advice start-ups and scale-up ventures on a regular basis. His work has been published in several top entrepreneurship and management journals, such as Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Small Business Management. He is active in executive education, where he has been involved in program design and delivery for a wide range of clients, including Grant Thornton, PwC, SAP, BESIX, KPMG, J&J, Aquafin, VRT national television, and the Belgian Olympic committee.
More detailed bio: https://www.antwerpmanagementschool.be/en/faculty/robin-de-cock-ph-d
Ine Paeleman is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Antwerp. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ghent University. She was a visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota). Ine’s research interests cross the traditional boundaries between entrepreneurship, management, and finance disciplines. She has published in journals including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, and The Journal of Technology Transfer.
Expertise: Entrepreneurial Finance, International Entrepreneurship.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/ine-paeleman/
Johanna Vanderstraeten (PhD) works at UAntwerp as associate professor at the Management department of the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) (2017-now). She is active in all three academic pillars; research, education and services. Johanna published in journals such as Technovation (IF 2021: 11.373), Business Strategy and the Environment (IF 2021: 10.801), Journal of Business Research (IF 2021: 10.969), Industrial Marketing Management (IF 2021: 8.890), Small Business Economics (IF 2021: 7.096), and International Marketing Review (IF 2021: 5.774). She has ample teaching experience in the domains of (International) Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and Management and Organization. She teaches at master after master, master and bachelor level and supervises about ten master theses and company projects per year. Since 2020, she is Chair of the Commission and Task Force Entrepreneurship of the University of Antwerp, and since 2021, she coordinates the newly implemented major ‘Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship’ at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Next to these services tasks, she is chair of doctoral committees, member of the department council and member of the Belgian Entrepreneurship Research Network (BERD). Together with Prof. dr. Ine Paeleman and Prof. dr. Robin De Cock, she set up the Antwerp Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (AntwerpCER).
Expertise: International Entrepreneurship, Organizational Sponsorship, Student-Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Technology and Academic Entrepreneurship.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/johanna-vanderstraeten/
Meet our senior researchers.
Marc Deloof is a full professor of corporate finance at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, and financial history. He has supervised numerous Ph.D. students and published over 50 articles in international academic journals. These include finance journals such as Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Financial Management, as well as leading journals in the fields of entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics), accounting (Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies) and economic history (Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History). His research has been cited over 7,000 times (cf. Google Scholar). Since 2020 he has been editor of the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Since 2021 he is also Chair of the Belgian Corporate Finance Network, the network of corporate finance researchers at universities and business schools in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Northern France.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/marc-deloof/
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/eddy-laveren/
Prof. Dr. Annick Schramme is a professor at the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Management School. She is responsible for the Masters's programs in Culture Management. She is head of the competence Center Cultural Management & Policy (Faculty of Business & Economics) at the University of Antwerp. She is also Academic Director for the Creative Industries at the Antwerp Management School. This includes 2018 starting a new international master's in fashion management and leading the Flemish-Dutch leadership program in Culture (LInC LL) in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. Annick Schramme is an active researcher in a variety of areas, but principally her core interest lies in the field of Cultural Policy and governance, Cultural Entrepreneurship, and fashion. She is also a member of various boards of directors in the cultural and creative sector and European expert groups (such as Horizon). Since 2020, she has also been appointed by the Flemish government as the chair of the SARC (Strategic Advisory Council for Culture in Flanders).
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/annick-schramme/
Wouter Van Bockhaven
The research of Wouter Van Bockhaven (PhD Applied Economics, UAntwerpen 2014) focuses on developing ecosystems for innovation to overcome barriers, which hold back the creation of "shared value," for institutions and shareholders. The research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to address real-world challenges faced by managers in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, engineering, steel and public sectors. He researches and develops career development tools (see www.careercoach-network.com). His work has been published in Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and HRSquare and has already been presented at conferences of the Strategic Management Society, IMP, SIOP, RENT and the EIASM workshop on Talent Management.Anchored in services orientation and entrepreneurial activity, he actively translates scientific knowledge both into useful management models, tools and information, and support for various business development and commercialization projects. His classes are focused on organizational theory, strategy, implementation, performance measurement and innovation management at UAntwerpen, AMS and the Royal Military Academy.
More detailed bio: https://www.antwerpmanagementschool.be/nl/faculty/wouter-van-bockhaven
Meet our post-doc researchers.
Erika Branca is a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University.
She is especially interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology with a particular focus on the emotional and cognitive foundations of entrepreneurial behaviour, as well as the drivers and outcomes of the entrepreneurial process.
She obtained a PhD in Business Economics and Management at the University of Pisa with a dissertation on immigrant and non-immigrant firms’ strategic orientation and performance, in which she investigated the role of the acculturation process as a source of entrepreneurial heterogeneity.
She is jointly supervised by Prof. Dr Johanna Vanderstraeten and Prof. Dr Hendrik Slabbinck.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/erika-branca_25120/
Dr. Katrien Jansen is the communication and valorization manager of a research project focussing on strategic change in family firms. She translates the academic results from the project into information and tools relevant to practice. She is in close contact with various entrepreneurs and organizations to do this. In 2022, Katrien defended her Ph.D. on financing decisions in family firms at Hasselt University. Her research mainly focuses on how financial choices are influenced by family dynamics and governance mechanisms. Her paper "Financing Decisions in Private Family Firms: a Family Firm Pecking Order" is published in Small Business Economics. Katrien presented her work at Monaco and Zwolle (the Netherlands) conferences.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/katrien-jansen_22786/
Meet our PhD students.
Morane Atzmon is a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics. In her research, she focuses on exploring the support and enablement of start-up growth in dynamic environments by adopting a multi-dimensional lens. In addition to being a stand-alone entity, the start-up is viewed as part of a larger, functional, and advancing entrepreneurial ecosystem from which it can leverage and co-create support services and resources to enable its growth objectives. Within this process, she studies the role of the start-up, the surrounding entrepreneurship support organizations, and the related mechanisms leveraged for this purpose. She also was the primary researcher in an international Interreg 2 Seas project (SPEED*). She devoted her attention to stimulating tech start-up growth by developing an automated in-depth capability analysis tool. She has published in the academic journal Technovation.
* SPEED is short for: Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/morane-atzmon/
Fernanda Canale Segovia
Tristan De Blick
Tristan De Blick is a Ph.D. researcher in the Department of Finance and Accountancy at the University of Antwerp, where he also earned his Master’s Degree. His research interests range from financing constraints and financing sources to strategic change, all among both family firms and SMEs. Prof. dr. Eddy Laveren and prof. dr. Ine Paeleman co-supervise Tristan. Working papers are based on the ECB’s SAFE dataset and a self-administered survey of Belgian SMEs.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/tristan-deblick/
Eugénie Delzenne holds an MSc in Political economy of Europe from the London School of Economics. She joined the Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Sociology) as a PhD candidate in October 2021. She is jointly supervised by prof. dr. Johanna Vanderstraeten and prof. dr. Tim Engels. Her research interests lie in the transformation of university knowledge transfer practices, with a focus on academic entrepreneurship in the social sciences and humanities. She currently supports the University of Antwerp’s participation in the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance by contributing to policy projects related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and knowledge transfer (YUFERING - YUFE Transforming R&I Through Europe-Wide Knowledge Transfer and Inno4YUFE - Towards a Pioneering European University that Powers a New Generation of Student Entrepreneurs and Innovators).
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/eugenie-delzenne_23164/
Zainab el Hejazi
Riyaad Ismail is a PhD researcher in the Department of Management at the University of Antwerp. He completed his Master’s Degree at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), focusing on student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities. His research interests include international entrepreneurship, organizational sponsorship (e.g., business incubators, business centres) and student entrepreneurship. He is supervised by Prof. dr. Johanna Vanderstraeten and Prof. dr. Hendrik Slabbinck, and his PhD research focuses on entrepreneurial intention, and internationalization behavior.
More detailed research bio:https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/riyaad-ismail_24180/
Nina Marien is a Ph.D. researcher in the Department of Finance and Accountancy at the University of Antwerp. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Antwerp. Her research interests span the boundaries between finance, entrepreneurship, and management disciplines. She is jointly supervised by prof. dr. Marc Deloof and prof. dr. Ine Paeleman. In her research, she focuses on the relationship between equity crowdfunding and the corporate governance of entrepreneurial firms.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/nina-marien/
Dorinela (Dora) Munteanu is an executive Ph.D. candidate / researcher at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics and Antwerp Management School. Dora has extensive experience as business manager/senior advisor in Learning & Development and SME internationalization. As a researcher her interest lies in the internationalization process of SMEs and how the entrepreneur’s personality and aspirations align with the firm-strategy and -environment in crucial international growth phases (such as pre-export phase). She is jointly supervised by prof. dr. Johanna Vanderstraeten and prof. dr. Bart Cambré.
Linkedin Profile: linkedin.com/in/doramunteanu
Afsoon Qutbyar is a Ph.D. researcher in Applied Economics at the Department of Finance and Accountancy at the University of Antwerp. She studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After obtaining her master's degree, she worked as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She subsequently decided to start a doctoral program as an external Ph.D. candidate from the Netherlands. She focuses on the governance of SMEs and entrepreneurship and teaches in the Dutch Master's program Data-Driven Business (MSc). Her Ph.D. is jointly supervised by Dr. Lex van Teeffelen (NL) and prof. dr. Eddy Laveren (UA). Her Ph.D. commission includes prof. dr. Ann Jorissen (UA) and prof. dr. Frank Janssen (UCLouvain).
Johannes Ritz, M.A. (Munich Business School), MIB (Florida International University) is Director Latin America at Courage. He advises entrepreneurial families on strategic succession and long-term family strategy, governance, and growth through transgenerational entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to joining the firm, he was Marketing Director at the private university “Universidad Internacional del Ecuador”, after working on several consulting projects in different industries in Europe and Latin America. Johannes studied International Business in Munich, Miami, Qingdao, and San José (CR) gaining a deep understanding of cultural differences and their effects on business. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in the internationalization of family firms at the University of Antwerp. He is also a Lecturer for Global Family Firms at Munich Business School.
More detailed bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannesritz/
Túng Thanh Phan
Tùng Thanh Phan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium. He earned his Master’s Degree at University of Twente, Netherlands. His current research focuses on international entrepreneurship, and the impact of personality aspects and cultural factors on entrepreneurial intentions and behavior.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/phan-thanhtung/
Peter van de Goorberg
Peter van de Goorberg is an executive Ph.D. candidate / researcher at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics and Antwerp Management school. Peter has an entrepreneurial track record in starting and growing technology-oriented firms. As a researcher his interest lies on the boundaries of an entrepreneur’s personality the way he intends to make decisions to grow his/her company and how the entrepreneur deals with growth while the entrepreneur often is the limitation of a company’s growth process. He is jointly supervised by prof. dr. Johanna Vanderstraeten and prof. dr. Sascha Albers.
Keywords: Effectuation, Personality traits, Decision-making, Uncertainty and Company Growth.
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-van-de-goorberg-759506/
Marie Van Hauwaert
Marie Van Hauwaert is a Ph.D. researcher in Applied Economics at the Department of Finance and Accountancy at the University of Antwerp. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business Economics at KU Leuven. Her research interests include finance, internationalization and sustainable entrepreneurship. She is supervised by Prof. dr. Ine Paeleman.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/marie-van-hauwaert_25911/
Nathalie Verboven is a Ph.D. researcher in the Department of Management. She obtained a Master degree in History and a Master degree in Cultural Management from the University of Antwerp. Since 2018 she has been involved in various studies of competence center Cultural Management & Cultural Policy. In 2023 she started her Ph.D on the impact of organizational turbulence on organizational effectiveness and the mediating role of workforce diversity. She is jointly supervised by prof. dr. Annick Schramme, Prof. dr. Kim De Meulenaere and Prof. dr. Jan Wynen.
Meet our affiliated members.
Tanvi Anand is a Researcher at Antwerp Management School with the Smart Ecosystems and Networks team since 2021. She is currently focused on EU co-funded projects revolving around entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial ecosystems. She obtained her bachelors in Statistics with a minor in Economics from Lady Shri College for Women (University of Delhi) in 2020 and will be pursuing her Master’s in Business Economics this year. Along with focusing on entrepreneurship projects, her research interest also revolves around survey methodology and analysis owing to her quantitative background.
More detailed bio: https://www.antwerpmanagementschool.be/en/faculty/tanvi-anand
Dr. Iris Vanaelst is the Venturing & Licensing Manager of the Valorisation Office. She is the program director and coach of the Deep Dive into Business Programme, which supports the university’s spin-offs. She is specialized in the composition of entrepreneurial teams in high-tech new ventures. Iris holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics. Her research interests include innovative high-tech start-ups, the entrepreneurial university, and KTOs.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/iris-vanaelst/
Meet our affiliated members.
Prof. Dr. Wim Coreynen is an assistant professor at the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy (IES) at the School of Management of Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China. He obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Antwerp (UA) in Belgium. He has previously also worked for Antwerp Management School (AMS) in Belgium as well as the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), Free University of Amsterdam (VU) and Utrecht University (UU) in the Netherlands.
His research focuses on service, technology, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship. His work has been published in journals such as (in alphabetical order) Industrial Marketing Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal for Business Research, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Journal of Cleaner Production, Research Policy, Social Sciences, Sustainability, Technovation, and books such as The Palgrave Handbook of Servitization, Practices and Tools for Servitization, and Data Science for Entrepreneurship.
More detailed bio:
Radityo Putro Handrito currently is a lecturer at Management Department of Universitas Brawijaya Indonesia, is affiliated as fellow researcher at Ghent University, and closely collaborates with the University of Antwerp, in the form of research team.
He obtained his bachelor degree of management from Universitas Brawijaya, master degree of management from Universitas Indonesia, and doctoral degree from Ghent University and the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Radityo’s major research topics are consumer behavior and entrepreneurial behavior. He has been involving in research and training of small and medium-sized enterprises since 2012. He participated in various internationally renowned conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, the RENT Conference, EURAM, and the Belgian Research Days. He published articles in reputable journals such as Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, and Small Business Economics.
Vincent Molly is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business in the Management, Strategy and Innovation Department (MSI) of KU Leuven (campus Brussels). He is also a guest professor in entrepreneurship, strategy and family business and academic director of the Business Economics for Non-Economists programme at Antwerp Management School. He is one of the co-founding members of the Belgian Entrepreneurship Research Network. His research is situated at the intersection of the family business and entrepreneurship field. More specifically, his research focuses on the impact of family business characteristics and business succession on financial performance and financing decisions. Recently, he is also largely involved in research on external corporate venturing and strategic cooperation between SMEs/family businesses and startups/scaleups in Belgium. His research has been published in several highly-ranked academic journals. He is a guest and key note speaker at various events and in different programmes oriented towards business owners and executives. He holds an MSc degree in Business Engineering and a PhD degree in Applied Economic Sciences.
More detailed bio: https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/nl/person/00071693
Joeri van Hughten
Joeri van Hugten is Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. His research looks at psychological and sociological concepts operating in economic contexts, such as social category typicality influencing the development of foreign market entry rates or entrepreneur tolerance for uncertainty influencing data use. He has published in the Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Journal of Trial and Error, PLoS ONE, and others. He actively uses the Open Science Framework to communicate work or work in progress.
More detailed bio: https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/joeri-van-hugten
Arjen van Witteloostuijn
Currently, Arjen van Witteloostuijn is Professor of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Dean of the VU School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands, as well as Research Professor in Business, Economics and Governance at the Antwerp Management School in Belgium. In the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, he was affiliated with the University of Groningen, University Maastricht, Tilburg University and Utrecht University (all four the Netherlands), University of Antwerp (Belgium), and Cardiff University and Durham University (both in the United Kingdom), and he visited New York University (the US) and Warwick Business School (the UK). He holds degrees in Business, Economics and Psychology. In 1996-1998, he was Dean of the Maastricht Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He is founder of the University Maastricht’s Netherlands Institute of Business Organization and strategy Research (NIBOR), co-establisher of Groningen’s Star Numan Institute (SNI), founder of Groningen’s research institute of international economics and business (SNI Research), founder of the Antwerp Centre for Evolutionary Demography (ACED), and the Tilburg Institute of Public Governance, and (former) member of the editorial board of, e.g., the Academische boekengids, Academy Management Journal, Bedrijfskunde: tijdschrift voor modern management, Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management, Economisch statistische berichten, British Journal of Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of International Business Studies, M&O: tijdschrift voor organisatiekunde en sociaal beleid, Organization Studies and Strategic Organization. Additionally, he was/is member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE), President of the Dutch-Flemish Academy of Management (NVAM), Chairman of the Board of the Council for Economic, Social and Regional Sciences (ESR) of the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Dutch Parliament, and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Apart from many (chapters in) books, and articles in Dutch dailies and journals, he has published widely in such international journals as the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Accounting, Organizations & Society, American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Economica, Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Political Economy, History of Political Economy, Industrial Relations, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Management Science, Metroeconomica, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Party Politics, Personality and Individual Differences, Public Administration Review, Strategic Management Journal and Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv. In 1999, he published a critical analysis of the Dutch “poldermodel”: De anorexiastrategie: over de gevolgen van saneren (Amsterdam / Antwerpen: De Arbeiderspers) for which he received the Book of the Year 2000 Prize of the Dutch Society of Management Consultants (Ooa) and the Reader Prize 2000 of the Dutch Association of Consultancy Firms (Roa). On a regular basis, he is involved in consultancy and training activities for private and public organizations. His research interests range from international macroeconomics and personality psychology to industrial economics and organizational behavior.
More detailed bio: https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/a-van-witteloostuijn
Meet our former members.
Freija Kleijnen is teaching assistant at the department of Management since 2019. She is furthermore involved in the ‘Voorsprongfonds’-project Entrepreneurial intention and Employability at the University of Antwerp since 2021. Freija obtained a Master degree in Applied Economics with a major in Entrepreneurship and a Master degree in Comparative Politics and Policies, both at the KU Leuven. Her research interests mainly lie within in the (Student) Entrepreneurship field.
More detailed bio: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/freija-kleijnen/