- 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.
- 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.
Dries De Roeck
- 21 oktober 2020
- Link: https://studiodott.be/2020/10/07/baekeland-doctoraat/
- 24 September 2020
- 21 augustus 2020
Elisabet Van Wymeersch
- 3 juli 2020
- 17 december 2019
- Departement Erfgoed
- 30 september 2019
- Promotoren: Els De Vos en Johan De Walsche
- 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.
- 5 december 2018
- Promotoren: Tim Soens en Piet Lombaerde
- 30 november 2018
- Promotoren: Nathalie Vallet en Erik Wieërs
Johan De Walsche
- 19 november 2018
- Promotor: Nathalie Vallet
Dirk Van Oosterwyck
- 29 juni 2018
- 4 juni 2018
- 29 mei 2018
- Promotoren: Prof. dr. ir. Arch. Els De Vos en Prof. dr. ir. Lara Schrijver
- 26 januari 2018
- Promotoren: Joost Caen en Karolien De Wael
- 19 september 2017
- 20 maart 2017
- Promotoren: UAntwerp: Prof Stijn Verwulgen, Prof Jan Sijbers en KU Leuven: Prof Marc M. Van Hulle