April 2012

About ACED

ACED, the Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography, is an international, multidisciplinary research centre of excellence of the Department of Management of the Faculty of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). The ACED programme deals with the antecedents and consequences of demographic diversity in the realm of teams, organizations, industries, networks and communities. Diversity is studied by a demographically diverse research team currently harboring about 25 scholars of over 10 different nationalities.


We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Research Professor who is willing to develop the future of ACED together with us and whose work fits into the major themes of our research centre (i.e., the study of the antecedents and consequences of demographic diversity in the realm of teams, organizations, industries, networks, and communities).

Important is to stress that the position allows one to almost fully concentrate on research for 10 years (with very limited teaching and administration indeed). In addition, ACED is located in the center of Antwerp, which is a very nice city to live in, midway Amsterdam and Paris with easy connections to the High Speed Train to these cities and London.

The closing date is May 24th 2012 and the date of appointment will be December 1st 2012.


The following change has taken place in the composition of our team in the recent months.

  • Arjen van Witteloostuijn has accepted a professorship at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management as of Dec. 1st 2011. He is still affiliated with ACED for 0.2 FTE.
Selected publications

A selection of new peer reviewed scientific journal publications by our members:

  • Boone Christophe, Declerck Carolyn H., Rao Hayagreeva, Van den Buys Kristin.- Out of Tune: The rise and fall of modernistic music in Brussels, 1919–1939.- In: Poetics, 40 (2012), pp. 44-66.
  • Emonds Griet, Declerck Carolyn H., Boone Christophe, Vandervliet Everhard J. M., Parizel Paul M.- The cognitive demands on cooperation in social dilemmas: An fMRI study.- In: Social Neuroscience, (2012), pp. 1-16.
  • Buyl Tine, Boone Christophe, and Matthyssens Paul.- The impact of TMT knowledge diversity on organizational ambidexterity: A conceptual framework.- In: International Studies of Management and Organization (forthcoming).
  • García-Díaz Cesar, Moreno-Monroy A.I.- Social influence, agent heterogeneity and the emergence of the urban informal sector.- In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 391(2012), pp. 1563-1574.
  • Jansen Thijs, van Lier Arie, van Witteloostuijn Arjen, and T. Boon von Ochssée.- A Modified Cournot Model for the Natural Gas Market in the European Union: Mixed-motives delegation in a politicized environment.- In: Energy Policy (forthcoming).
  • van Witteloostuijn Arjen, Heijltjes M., Saka A..- How Universal Are the Nature and Process of Strategy? (Special Issue).- In: Journal of Strategy and Management (forthcoming).
Seminars and Conferences

The ACED Brown Bag Brainstorm sessions are intended to assist ACED members (with a particular focus on PhD students) with any questions regarding their research.

We also have a new series of paper presentations:

  • 17/04/2012: Hans van Ees (University of Groningen)
  • 15/05/2012: Eric Stam (Utrecht University)
  • 21/06/2012: Bart Clarysse (Ghent University)
  • To be determined: Sabina Nielsen (Copenhagen Business School)
New projects

We are proud to announce that two new ACED projects have been granted. 

  • Top management team attention patterns in the banking sector
  • Science parks and Business Incubators in Belgium, Brazil and Italy
Working papers

We have added a new working paper to our website. 

  • The impact of representative employee participation on organisational performance. A comparison of four neighbouring countries - Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom by Annette van den Berg, Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Christophe Boone, and Olivier Van der Brempt.