Digital Transformation: A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda

23 November 2020



This webinar will consist of two parts: 

  1. Multidisciplinary research  vs. monodisciplinary research: Impact on Recognition within the Community
  2. Multidisciplinary Research & Digital Transformation

Invited expert:
Professor Michael Haenlein
Professor of Marketing ESCP Europe &  Scientific Director ESCP Europe Research Center on Big Data.

Professor Haenlein's research interest and expertise deal with the subjects of customer relationship management (CRM), marketing research and social media. In particular, he analyzes the relationship between social networks and customer profitability and more broadly the concepts of social CRM, Word-of-Mouth (WoM) and customer social value. He also works on the best methods to manage unprofitable customers and divest undesirable client relationships. Furthermore, Professor Haenlein is doing research in quantitative marketing research, particularly structural equation modelling and agent-based modelling, and has co-authored several articles in the area of social media.
He has published in journals such as the Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing (IJRM), European Management Journal and Business Horizons and counts among the top 75 most cited marketing academics worldwide, based on Google Scholar. He is the most cited researcher in the field of "Word-of-Mouth", among the top three in the field of "Customer Relationship Management" and among the top ten in the field of "Social Influence".
Professor Haenlein is a Senior Editor at the International Journal of Research in Marketing and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marketing. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Management Journal.
As a consultant, he has worked with a large number of international companies in a variety of industry sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, technology and private equity. He holds a PhD from the WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management (2004) and a Habilitation from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (2013).

For further information please visit: 

A discussion reserved only for HEC Research members will also take place online after the webinar. For registration to the debate, please visit: 


Corporations and the Governance of Sustainability

24 November 2020




Invited expert:
Jeremy Moon
Professor of Sustainability Governance, Director CBS Sustainability Centre, Copenhagen Business School

Jeremy Moon is a political scientist who has been studying regulation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) for 30+ years. His research focuses on theoretical and comparative aspects of CSR and sustainability, and on relationships between government and CSR.  
Moon has supervised 25 PhDs to completion 20 of which have been on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability themes.
He has taught PhD courses on ‘Theories of Corporate Social Responsibility’ & ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability’.  He has been a PhD external examiner on numerous occasions (e.g. Monash University; Melbourne University; University of East Anglia; Free University of Amsterdam; University of Warwick (X 3); Erasmus University, Rotterdam).
Moon has played a key role in the development of international networks in the field, notably as the co-convenor of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Business and Society Standing Working Group (2012 – 2017).   He has served as Co-Editor of the Cambridge University Press series Business, Value Creation and Society for nearly a decade; on the Academy of Management Social Issues in Management Division Committee; on the Academy of Business in Society Management Board, and on its Supervisory Board.

A discussion reserved only for HEC Liege staff and HEC Research members will also take place online after the webinar. For registration to the discussion, please visit:


Meta analysis on the impact of private equity

25 November 2020


Invited expert:
Sophie Manigart,
Professor of Corporate Finance and Faculty Dean, Vlerick Business School

Sophie Manigart holds a Civil Engineering and an MBA degree and is Doctor in Management (Ghent University). She is Professor and Faculty Dean at Vlerick Business School, and is Professor at Ghent University. She was/is Visiting Researcher at Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Guest Professor at London Business School, IE Business School (Madrid) and ESMT (Berlin).
She has published on entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship in journals like Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and written numerous book chapters and cases. She is Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a leading academic journal.
For more than two decades, Sophie Manigart has researched the financing strategies of entrepreneurial companies, including venture capital, private equity and business angel finance. She has developed her research through stays at Wharton School (Philadelphia) and IE Business School (Madrid). This experience enables her to hold the position of Associate Editor at a leading journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Her research is published in two books and over 40 academic publications. It enabled her to develop original courses on entrepreneurial finance aimed at both entrepreneurs and investors. She is or has been teaching on this subject at Vlerick Business School, London Business School and IE Business School (Madrid), and ESMT Berlin, next to short lectures in business schools around the world.
She has advised numerous start-ups on their financing strategies and venture capital funds such as Quest for Growth and was a member of the investment committee of Baekeland Fund (spin-off fund of Ghent University). She is consulted as a topic expert by the European Parliament, InvestEurope (formerly the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) and Belgian and regional governments. Experiencing a gap in the financing of start-ups, she was one of the founders of the first Belgian business angel network, BAN Vlaanderen. She is currently also a board member of AXA Belgium, BW Ryhove, Ovinto and EnergyVision, and was an independent board member of Gimv for 10 years.

A discussion reserved only for HEC Liege staff and HEC Research members will also take place online after the webinar. For registration to the discussion, please visit: