Management, Strategy and Innovation (MSI)


About us

The department of Management, Strategy and Innovation (MSI) of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) is a multidisciplinary research group bundling expertise in the areas of Strategy, Industrial Organization, Political Economy, International Business, Management and Entrepreneurship. Research concerns the organization of institutions, firms, industries and markets in an international context, with a particular focus on innovation and corporate renewal. The department includes faculty members across the three campuses of the FEB located in Leuven, Brussels and Antwerp, and also hosts the expertise centre on R&D monitoring, ECOOM. The department currently has about 25 faculty members, 30 PhD students and 10 postdocs.

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Past events

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    02/07/2019 12:00 - 02/07/2019 13:00

    MSI (2nd) Doctoral Seminar by Marcelina Grabowska

    Title: “The Organization of Corporate Science and Technology: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?" (sandwiches will be provided)
    Huis De Munter - Hogenheuvelcollege HOGM 00.85
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
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    26/06/2019 12:00 - 26/06/2019 13:00


    MSI Seminar by Adam Jaffe (M.I.T. Sloan School)

    Title: “Reinventing the Elder Workforce: Creative Productivity Over the Life Course Through the Lens of Patent Data” (sandwiches will be provided)
    Huis De Munter - Hogenheuvelcollege HOGM 00.85
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
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    14/06/2019 12:00 - 14/06/2019 14:00

    MSI Doctoral Seminar (Pre-defense) by Vanessa Behrens

    Title: “Econometric Evaluation of High-Value Patents in the Context of Patent Policies” (sandwiches will be provided)
    Hogenheuvelcollege HOGM 00.85
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven

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  • Invitation for Summer School on Data and Algorithms for ST&I studies (KU Leuven in cooperation with the European Patent Office): The summer school takes place from the 25th till 27th of September 2019 in EPO, Rennweg 12, 1030 Vienna, Austria. ​​​​For more information and/or to register please contact Caro Vereyen ( Registration is open until the 30th of August 2019. 
  • Federico De Michiel, Rene Belderbos, Leo Sleuwaegen and Shubin Wu won the Global Strategy Journal Best paper price for the paper "Global market integration, strategic orientation, and foreign subsidiary divestment",  presented at the 2018 European International Business Association (EIBA) conference in Poznan.
  • Jo Seldeslachts was an invited speaker at the yearly State aid Evaluation Workshop at dgcomp (The European Commission) (Brussels, November 29, 2018)

  • Reinhilde Veugelers was an invited speaker at OECD Conference on assessing the impact of business innovation policies (Paris, October 24, 2018)

  • Dirk Czarnitzki and Stijn Kelchtermans served as invited experts by the European Commission for “TAIEX SRSP Expert Mission on the effect of public support to innovative investments” on request by the Italian Ministry of Economics and Development ​​​​​(Rome, December 6/7, 2018)


Top publications

Arts, S., Cassiman, B., & Gomez, J. (2018). Text matching to measure patent similarity. Strategic Management Journal, 39(1): 62-84. [LIRIAS]


Hussinger K., Dick J., Czarnitzki D. (2018). Ownership concentration and innovativeness of corporate ventures. Research Policy, 47 (2), 527-541. [LIRIAS]


Geerts A, Leten B, Belderbos R, Van Looy B, (2018), Does spatial ambidexterity pay off? On the benefits of geographic proximity between technology exploitation and exploration, The Journal of Product Innovation Management, 35(2), 151-163. [LIRIAS]


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Recent projects

Title: The financing of research and development
Promotor: Dirk Czarnitzki
Awarded by: KU Leuven research council​


Title: Economic policy and firm growth - Micro-econometric studies at the firm level
Promotor: Dirk Czarnitzki
Awarded by: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)


Title: Global cities as Knowledge Hubs: Multinational firms, Connectivity and R&D Locations
Promotor: René Belderbos
Awarded by: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); KU Leuven research council


Title: International relocations of corporate headquarters: The role of CEOs, shareholders, and the public
Promotor: Arjen Slangen
Awarded by: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)


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working papers

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The department of MSI at campus Leuven teaches courses at the bachelor, master, and PhD levels, in particular in the Business Economics and Business Engineering programmes, and the Master in Management.

It organizes three majorsthe International Business, Strategy and Innovation major and the Entrepreneurship major in the Master of Business Economics programme, and the Technology and Enterpreneurship major in the Master of Business Engineering and Master of Business programmes.

The department of MSI at campus Antwerp Carolus and campus Brussels organizes the Master of Science (MSc) in Business Admin​istration programme and de Master in Handelswettenschappen in Internationale Zakenwezen


PhD program

MSI organizes a thriving internationally oriented PhD program, which enrolls more than 25 PhD students. Most of these PhD students are funded by project grants obtained by MSI faculty members, or individual fellowships obtained from the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO).

The MSI PhD trajectory is embedded in the broader PhD program in business economics. PhD students choose a major in the MSI domains: Economics of Science, R&D and Innovation; Foundations of Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization; Innovation Management ; International Business and Economics; Political Economy; or Bibliometrics. In their first year, students take a literature exam in their major, they follow relevant courses in consultation with their advisor and they present a research proposal in June in front of MSI faculty members. Their scores on these determine whether they can continue with their PhD trajectory.