Christian GNEKPE, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

«Three essays on internal knowledge and external technology sourcing.»

Supervisor(s):
Prof. Régis Coeurderoy, Université catholique de Louvain

Jury:
Prof. Benoît Gailly Université catholique de Louvain
Prof. Guilhem Bascle Université catholique de Louvain
Prof. Fabrice Lumineau University of Purdue, USA
Prof. Laurence Capron Insead, France

Chairman:
Prof. Per Agrell Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique

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Abstract:
“How can firms maintain their innovation performance in the technology-driven industries? This dissertation proceeds in answering this question along three essays. In the first essay, our review of the literature highlighted that firms’ internal knowledge base as well as their external technology sourcing are key determinants of innovation performance, but the link between both antecedents remains underexplored. Yet, recognizing and exploiting external technology requires valuable internal technology capabilities. The dissertation analyzes this link, using the patent portfolio as indicating firms’ internal knowledge base and acquisitions as well as strategic alliances as key modes of external technology sourcing. In the second essay, we examine and find that the acquisition is more used than the alliance when focal firms’ patent portfolio is highly linked to fundamental science. In contrast, the alliance is more used when competitors perceived this portfolio as of high-quality. Finally, there is no differentiated impact when the portfolio is composed of diversified technology. In the meantime, technology-driven firms increasingly face a global competition. In the third essay, I examine and find that, in the international context, target firms’ ability to preempt a technology and their international patenting activities signal their technological value to potential acquirers pushing them to purchase a higher level of equity and control the target’s technology.” 

 

Marie ANTOINE, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

« Unveiling the organisational identity: a spatial approach based on the office. The case of ORES Picardy Wallonia transition towards an activity-based workspace.”

Supervisor(s):
Prof. Régis Coeurderoy, Université catholique de Louvain

Jury:
Prof. Evelyne Léonard Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique
Prof. Anne Rousseau Université catholique de Louvain et ICHEC, Belgique
Prof. André Spicer Cass Business School, Royaume-Uni
Prof. Pierre-Yves Gomez EM Lyon Business School, France

Chairman:
Prof. Per Agrell Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique

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Abstract:
The thesis studies how the transformation of the office influences the construction of an organisation’s identity. More specifically, this research focuses on the introduction of an activity-based workspace, and investigates how the transition towards this new work environment alters the ways of being and of working, and workers’ perceptions of their organisation’s identity. In order to address this question, this thesis is based on a qualitative empirical research in which data were collected through semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis, and observation. Thanks to this empirical design, this thesis shows that the transition towards an activity-based workspace challenges an organisation’s identity, and might result in a fragmentation of the organisational identity among workers, depending on their work identity.

 

Etienne DENIS, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

Titre de la thèse :
“ Essays on the self-interested determinants of prosocial behaviors : The case of charitable giving ”

Supervisor(s):
Prof. Claude PECHEUX EDHEC Business School (France)
Prof. Per Joakim AGRELL Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique)

Jury:
Prof. Alain DECROP Université de Namur (Belgique)
Prof. Philippe SCIEUR Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique)
Prof. Luk WARLOP BI Norwegian Business School (Norvège)
Prof. Karine CHARRY Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique)
Prof. Géraldine MICHEL IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School (France)

Chairman:
Prof. Karine CHARRY

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Abstract:
« Au travers de quatre essais, cette thèse de doctorat étudie l’impact des facteurs égoïstes expliquant les comportements liés aux dons caritatifs. Combinant différentes méthodes qualitatives et quantitatives, nous mettons en évidence le rôle central des bénéfices personnels qu’un donateur retire de son acte charitable. S’il apparaît que l’importance des motivations égoïstes augmente avec le temps, nous décrivons en quoi leurs effets dépendent de facteurs personnels. Nous expliquons comment la dimension publique d’un comportement souvent jugé privé peut influencer le processus de prise de décisions. Nos résultats suggèrent notamment qu’en fonction du besoin d’approbation des pairs, la reconnaissance sociale peut avoir des effets négatifs sur la générosité. Nous soulignons également le rôle que peut jouer le don caritatif dans la recherche d’équilibre moral en permettant notamment de compenser de récents comportements néfastes. » 

 

Cyrille DOSSOUGOIN, UCLouvain, LIDAM/CORE

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Amélie WUILLAUME, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

« Essays on the influence of narratives in crowdfunding »

Supervisor(s):
Pr. Amélie JACQUEMIN, UCLouvain
Pr. Frank JANSSEN, UCLouvain

Jury:
Pr. Ingrid PONCIN, UCLouvain
Pr. Armin SCHWIENBACHER, SKEMA Business School, France
Pr. Dean SHEPHERD, Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA

Chairman:
Prof. Ingrid PONCIN, UCLouvain

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Abstract:
This thesis in entrepreneurship is based on 4 essays. These papers study crowdfunding and try to understand the role of emotions in the context of crowdfunding. Specifically, in this thesis, we focus on how emotions- as communicated by entrepreneurs through narratives, may influence funders’ decision to participate into a crowdfunding campaign. After a first paper defining the theoretical framework of the thesis, the second and the third papers rely on a data base analysis and on an experimental design. Results suggest that funders are animated by different types of motivations and that these motivations affect the type of narratives that influence them the most. The fourth and last paper completes this 4-years research work with a context which is particularly emotionally charged: we analyze the motivations of the people who engage into the crowdfunding campaigns launched after a school shooting. 

 

Carl-Henrik DAHLQVIST, UCLouvain/LIDAM et UNamur/CERCLE

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