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The research groups Management, Strategy & Innovation (KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, campus Brussels - Belgium) and Organization, Strategy & Entrepreneurship (Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht – The Netherlands) are looking for a doctoral researcher to conduct research in the area of ‘corporate venturing in family firms’ with preferred starting date October 1st 2020 (or earlier).
Prof. Dr. Vincent Molly (KU Leuven)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yannick Bammens (Maastricht University)
Topic: Bridging the old and the new - corporate venturing in family firms
This research project can be situated at the intersection of the family business and entrepreneurship field and will mainly be oriented towards open innovation in (small- to medium-sized) family firms. More precisely, it will focus on external corporate venturing and strategic cooperation between family businesses and startups/scaleups, a topic which is growing rapidly in importance and which could offer a solution to the challenges of both firms.
Corporate venturing can manifest itself in the form of corporate venture capital (CVC), joint ventures, mergers or acquisitions, or other forms of strategic alliances. Extant research in this field has largely focused on large corporations without integrating the SME and family business perspective, which are the dominant business forms in most countries.
This project aims at conducting novel and high-quality research to investigate the main research question: how does family ownership as a firm-level structural attribute influence incumbent firms’ engagement in external corporate venturing to access new (technological) knowledge from the startup ecosystem? It will be composed of: systematic literature review bringing together the two highly relevant research fields of family business and corporate venturing; qualitative research (in-depth interviews) with business owners and decision-makers in the Benelux; analysis of primary survey data using quantitative (statistical) techniques; search for adequate (proxy) measures in large-scale longitudinal (international) secondary datasets for model testing.
In our research departments, we typically conduct empirical studies using large databases, survey information and qualitative case studies. We refer to the following links for further details regarding research activities within our research groups: https://feb.kuleuven.be/resear... and https://www.maastrichtuniversi... job will consist of the following main activities:
We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher for a maximum period of 4 years (pending positive yearly evaluations).