DEFENDED THESES IN 2018


 

Christian GNEKPE, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

Three essays on internal knowledge and external technology sourcing

SUPERVISOR:

Régis COEURDEROY, UCLouvain

JURY:

Benoît GAILLY, UCLouvain

Guilhem BASCLE, UCLouvain

Fabrice LUMINEAU, University of Purdue, USA

Laurence CAON, Insead, France

CHAIRMAN:

Per AGRELL, UCLouvain

https://UCLouvain.be/en/research-institutes/lourim/events/public-theses-defense-of-christian-gnepke.html

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:

Régis COEURDEROY, UCLouvain

JURY:

Evelyne LÉONARD, UCLouvain

Anne ROUSSEAU, UCLouvain, ICHEC

André SPICER, Cass Business School, Royaume-Uni

Pierre-Yves GOMEZ, EM Lyon Business School, France

CHAIRMAN:

Per AGRELL, UCLouvain

https://UCLouvain.be/en/research-institutes/lourim/events/public-theses-defense-of-marie-antoine.html

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

Essays on the self-interested determinants of prosocial behaviors : The case of charitable giving.

SUPERVISORS:

Claude PECHEUX, EDHEC Business School, France

Per Joakim AGRELL, UCLouvain

JURY:

Alain DECROP, UNamur

Philippe SCIEUR, UCLouvain

Luk WARLOP, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

Karine CHARRY, UCLouvain

Géraldine MICHEL, IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School, France

CHAIRMAN:

Karine CHARRY, Université catholique de Louvain

https://UCLouvain.be/en/research-institutes/lourim/events/public-theses-defense-of-etienne-denis.html

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

Essays on empirical financial spillovers.

SUPERVISORS:

Sophie BEREAU, UCLouvain

Nicolas DEBARSY Université de Lille, France

JURY:

Zhengyuan GAO, UCLouvain

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur

Galina HALE, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, USA

James P. LESAGE, Université du Texas, USA

CHAIRMAN:

Per AGRELL, UCLouvain

ABSTRACT:

“Dans un contexte de mondialisation croissante, la crise financière de 2008 a révélé la nécessité d’une compréhension approfondie des canaux de transmission des risques financiers. Cette thèse identifie et analyse le rôle de potentiels canaux de transmission qui émergent du fait des interactions entre agents économiques (commerce, transactions financières, similarité des stratégies d’investissement etc.). Pour ce faire, elle utilise des techniques économétriques avancées prenant en compte explicitement les liens entre agents économiques. Les résultats sont exposés à travers trois articles organisés autour de deux axes principaux. Le premier article propose un cadre original pour analyser l’importance relative de plusieurs canaux de transmission du risque souverain. Il introduit également des indicateurs pour la surveillance des risques dans l’économie globale. Les deux autres articles étudient le caractère dynamique des canaux de transmission et leurs implications dans une approche respectivement microéconomique et macroéconomique.”

 

Amélie WUILLAUME, UCLouvain, LouRIM/CRECIS

Essays on the influence of narratives in crowdfunding.

SUPERVISORS:

Amélie JACQUEMIN, UCLouvain

Frank JANSSEN, UCLouvain

JURY:

Ingrid PONCIN, UCLouvain

Armin SCHWIENBACHER, SKEMA Business School, France

Dean SHEPHERD, Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA

CHAIRMAN:

Ingrid PONCIN, UCLouvain

https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/lourim/events/public-thesis-defense-of-amelie-willaume.html

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 and UNamur/CERCLE

Essays in Econophysics and Applied Econometrics: Modeling Complexity in Finance.

SUPERVISORS:

Sophie BEREAU, UCLouvain, LIDAM

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur, CERCLE

JURY:

Annick CASTIAUX, UNamur

Marco SAERENS, UCLouvain

Renaud LAMBIOTTE, Somerville College, UK

CHAIRMAN:

Isabelle LINDEN, UNamur

ABSTRACT:

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Gilles MERCKX, UNamur

Essays on Strategic procurement in an Increasingly Competitive Environment.

SUPERVISOR:

Aadhaar CHATURVEDI, UNamur

JURY:

Per AGREL, UCLouvain

Philippe CHEVALIER, UCLouvain

Robert BOUTE, KULeuven

Nishant MISHRA, KULeuven

CHAIRMAN:

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur

ABSTRACT:

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Nicolas SCHOLTES, UNamur

Essays in Econophysics and Applied Econometrics: Modeling Complexity in Finance.

SUPERVISOR:

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur

Sophie BÉREAU, UNamur, UCLouvain

JURY:

Oscar BERNAL, UNamur

Jean-Charles DELVENNE, UCLouvain

Camille CORNAND, Université de Lyon CNRS-Gate, France

CHAIRMAN:

Isabelle LINDEN, UNamur

ABSTRACT:

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Anouk DEN AMBTMAN , UNamur

The Role of project and portfolio management practices in public service innovation.

SUPERVISORS:

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur

Sophie BÉREAU, UNamur, UCLouvain

JURY:

Annick CASTIAUX, UNamur

Sandra VAN THIEL, Radboud University

Bas HILLEBRAND, Radboud University

Sandra STREUKENS, University of Hasselt

Katrien VERLEYE, Ghent University

CHAIRMAN:

Jean-Yves GNABO, UNamur

https://agenda.unamur.be/upevent.2018-10-15.8235208013/view

ABSTRACT:

“It seems so practical, a public transportation chip card! However, when you are travelling with different operators a procedure of checking out with one operator and checking in with the other is necessary. As a traveller you have to combine several parts of public transportation, even when you are only making one journey. These parts of public transportation – an example of a public service – do not always fit seamlessly. As a traveller you experience this as fragmentation of public services.

Anouk den Ambtman studied project and portfolio management practices – two ‘business’ techniques – in the public sector (amongst others social services and healthcare), which help organizations deal with fragmentation of public service innovation. Her research shows that continuous awareness for the value-in-use of (public) service innovations helps organizations to provide a (more) coherent (public) service offering to end-users, like train travellers, citizens and patients. A focus on the creation of transparency and accountability is not sufficient to realize value-in-use. “

 


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