Research and teaching at the department span the domains of managerial economics, industrial organization, international business, innovation economics and management, political economy and entrepreneurship.
The department contributes to theoretical and empirical research on the organization of firms, industries and markets in an international context. Research is strongly focused on the development of an analytical basis that allows a better understanding and prediction of firm strategies and industry and market performance in open economies. Major research topics include: the effects of market integration on corporate strategies, competition versus cooperation in strategic R&D investments, management of innovation in global firms, university-industry transfers and their impact on innovative productivity, political business strategies and business-government relations, multinational business location decisions, and the internationalization of R&D.
The department has produced a large set of publications in international and national leading academic journals. In addition, faculty members have considerable experience in conducting industry studies for policy analysis and for industrial support services assessment. The department has been active in major contract research projects coordinated by the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, and the Flemish and Federal Science Policy Units.
The department is currently chaired by Bart Van Looy
Vice chairs are Otto Toivanen (research) and Leo Sleuwaegen (education).
The department has two associate research institutions:
INCENTIM (International Centre for studies in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management), a division of Leuven R&D, is an interdisciplinary contract research centre for scientific research, independent analysis and advice in matters concerning innovation management, scientific and technological development, and (high tech) entrepreneurship.
CENTRE FOR R&D MONITORING (ECOOM) is a research centre funded by the Flemish Government dedicated to the development of R&D, innovation, and technology indicators. The center is active in scientific research in the fields of bibliometrics, technometrics and innovation.
Students and education
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