Woon een doctoraat bij of raadpleeg de voorbije verdedigingen

To be or not to be an entrepreneur? What drives or hinders an entrepreneurially capable individual to step into active entrepreneurship? ​​​​​​​A muli method, multi perspective analysis

Francis Dams

  • 26 May 2021
  • 4.30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Online defence
  • Supervisors: prof. dr. Jesse Segers, prof. dr. Alex Jacoby


The question “Why do some and not others become entrepreneurs?” has been broadly researched. Paradoxically, entrepreneurial propensity and entrepreneurial capability do not seem to go together automatically. This PhD research investigated the development of entrepreneurial propensity among individuals who possess strong entrepreneurial capabilities. The call for ambitious entrepreneurship justifies to research the activation of nonentrepreneurs who are positioned high on the entrepreneurial capability dimension. 

Qualitative research broadened our scope with insights given by the target group of entrepreneurially capable individuals. The results of the quantitative research allow us to present conclusions, that are concise and simple. The work also suggests how these answers can be further applied by individuals, career coaches and policymakers.

Architect, Engineer or Builder? A history of professional demarcation through practice and discourse, Pune (India) 1930-1992 - Sarah Melsens (16/12/2020)

Sarah Melsens

  • 16 december 2020
  • 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Online defence
  • Supervisors: prof. dr. Inge Bertels, prof. dr. Amit Srivastana


Architect, Engineer or Builder? A history of professional demarcation through practice and discourse, Pune (India) 1930-1992

In India, qualified architects are the ‘youngest’ amongst several building professions in charge of the design and construction of buildings. Between their emergence in the early twentieth century and the economic liberalisation of the country in the 1990s, architects remained a proportionally small group that vied for legitimacy. This multi-faceted historical study explores the sinuous and multiple paths Indian architects followed in crafting a professional identity that was both adapted to local circumstances and influenced by global professional networks and ideals. An intricate analysis of oral history, previously undisclosed architects’ archives, and everyday buildings in the city of Pune brings the day to day preoccupations and encumbrances of India’s rank-and-file architects to light. By interweaving their personal histories with the political, regulatory and societal changes of twentieth-century India, the work sets out a nuanced picture of the broader context of twentieth-century architectural production in India. Such a picture invites us to question conventional ideas of architectural value and opens up possibilities of understanding the profession and its future relevance on more pluralist lines.

Ideating Hybrid Product Service Systems - Dries De Roeck (21/10/2020)

Dries De Roeck

  • 21 oktober 2020
  • Link: https://studiodott.be/2020/10/07/baekeland-doctoraat/

BUILT____to CONSTRUCT - Frederik Vandyck (24/09/2020)

​Frederik Vandyck

  • 24 September 2020

A Multidimensional Approach to Knowledge Management for New Product Development - Sarah Rohaert (21/08/2020)

​Sarah Rohaert

  • 21 augustus 2020

The transformative potential of land use conflicts. Unravelling processes of politicisation and depoliticisation - Elisabet Van Wymeersch (03/07/2020)

​Elisabet Van Wymeersch

  • 3 juli 2020

European Lacquers – Historical Sources, Recipes and Practices in Early Modern Europe - Vincent Cattersel (17/12/2019)

​Vincent Cattersel

  • 17 december 2019
  • Departement Erfgoed

To be seen – Nubian displacement and the en-gendered resistance in public space - Menatalla Ahmed (30/09/2019)

​Menatalla Ahmed

  • 30 september 2019
  • Promotoren: Els De Vos en Johan De Walsche

Product-service system design: a synthesis approach - Ivo Dewit (12/09/2019)

Ivo Dewit

  • 12 september 2019
  • Promotoren: Prof. dr. Alexis Jacoby en Prof. dr. Paul Matthyssens


Every day, technological changes, social issues, the environment and well-being challenge business and governments worldwide, so that user expectations and the new normal evolve faster and faster. Organizations cannot help but follow this evolution and are forced to adapt and explore new avenues for innovation through the design and development of product-service systems (PSS). PSS makes it possible to design new systems and explore innovative interactions between consumers, their experience with new product-service combinations and their providers. With the synthesis approach (integration of product and service), we focus on a few foci in this study. In addition to exploitation, the exploration of new possibilities in designing PSS is crucial for the survival and development of organizations in the long term. This exploration must be done in the early stages of innovation (FEI). Finally, and in contrast to predominantly economic or ecological motives, we focus in this study on the experience of the user as a distinguishing factor, its importance and meaning in their lives.

This design research is about products and services merging, and exploring new systems emerging. Based on design research as a research strategy, this dissertation focuses on an integrated approach to designing PSS. With this we define a PSS logic and associated preconditions (relevant regulations) to support the design process, and create a PSS design toolkit (usable approach) to enable the synthesis between product and service, instead of maintaining the dichotomy.

The resulting PSS design toolkit integrates human centered design, interaction design, and systems thinking in one methodology and takes its user (s) through three phases. The first phase serves to understand the context and to determine the goal, a second phase to conceive and develop new products, services and systems to the level of a final concept, and a third phase to simulate the scenario, relevant to and in the context of the user. Each step in the PSS design process is intended to motivate activity, which in turn will generate new goals and situations, and each time offers a new starting point for the design. With an emphasis on context, interrelationships and the whole, we prepare future generations of designers for challenges associated with the design of product-service systems.

De vroege hydrografie van de stad Gent, een geomorfologisch en historisch onderzoek van de menselijke ingrepen in de waterhuishouding van het middeleeuwse Gent - Frank Gelaude (05/12/2018)

​Frank Gelaude

  • 5 december 2018
  • Promotoren: Tim Soens en Piet Lombaerde

Een sentiment voor architectuur - Belichaamde architecturale kennis onderwijzen en leren tijdens de dialoog in de ontwerpstudio - Marjan Michels (30/11/2018)

​Marjan Michels

  • 30 november 2018
  • Promotoren: Nathalie Vallet en Erik Wieërs

GENUS LOCUS NEXUS - An inquiry into the nature of research in architectural design education - Johan De Walsche (19/11/2018)

​Johan De Walsche

  • 19 november 2018
  • Promotor: Nathalie Vallet

Experiential qualities in architecture - Dirk Van Oosterwyck (29/06/2018)

​Dirk Van Oosterwyck

  • 29 juni 2018

Planning in de hyperdiverse stad. Focusgroepen als katalysator voor lokale kennis - Katrijn Apostel (04/06/2018)

​Katrijn Apostel

  • 4 juni 2018

The Realm of Silence - Caterina Verdickt (29/05/2018)

​Caterina Verdickt

  • 29 mei 2018
  • Promotoren: Prof. dr. ir. Arch. Els De Vos en Prof. dr. ir. Lara Schrijver


Consequences for the Belgian artistic migration towards Great Britain during the Great War on post war Belgian interior design.

Historical Copper- and Lead Alloys at the Platin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp - Patrick Storme (26/01/2018)

​Patrick Storme

  • 26 januari 2018
  • Promotoren: Joost Caen en Karolien De Wael

Advancing Interiors - Interiorist voices on identity issues - Inge Somers (19/09/2017)

Inge Somers

  • 19 september 2017

The application of 3D anthropometry for the development of headgear: a case study on the design of ergonomic brain-computer interfaces - Daniël Lacko (20/03/2017)

​Daniël Lacko

  • 20 maart 2017
  • Promotoren: UAntwerp: Prof Stijn Verwulgen, Prof Jan Sijbers en KU Leuven: Prof Marc M. Van Hulle