Collaboration RCEF-Van Havermaet
Entrepreneur and RCEF member Gert Cielen is conducting a doctoral study at UHasselt on "Strategic implementation in family businesses", in collaboration with the consultancy firm Van Havermaet. Nowadays, business is no longer purely based on gut feeling; family businesses are increasingly realizing that they must implement a strategy to make their business successful.
Gert Cielen wants to turn his practical experience into scientific knowledge. His doctoral study at UHasselt must ultimately help family businesses to formulate their strategy and implement it successfully.
CEO of BDO Belgium Hans Wilmots is conducting a doctoral study on "Governance of Internationalization in Family Businesses", in collaboration with BDO.
Family businesses have unique assets to implement a successful international policy (e.g., a long-term orientation). They, however, also have to overcome a few important limitations, such as a greater resistance to change. The ultimate goal of this PhD research project is to come up with a (sub)model that helps family entrepreneurs to increase the chances of success in their internationalization process.