Koen Vandenbempt

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Koen Vandenbempt (born ca. 1970) is a Belgian organizational theorist, business executive, and Professor of Strategy at the University of Antwerp and Antwerp Management School, particularly known for his work on business-to-business marketing[1] and service strategies.[2]


Vandenbempt studied Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp, where he received his BS magna cum laude in 1991 and his MA in 1996. There in Antwerp he also received his PhD with a thesis entitled "Strategic Reorientation in Content. Case studies in the Dutch Electrotechnical Installation Industry", advised by Rudy Martens, Paul Matthyssens and Philippe Naert.[3]

After graduation Vandenbempt was appointed lecturer of Strategy and Management at University of Antwerp and at the Antwerp Management School. Since 2008 he is Professor of Strategy at the University and business school. At the Antwerp Management School he is also Academic Director EMBA since 2011. He has been Visiting Professor at the James Madison University in the USA, the IBS in Moscow and the Goa Institute of Management and Alliance University in the Far-East.[4] In 2010 he was also appointed independent director at the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

Vandenbempt's research interests focus on "innovation and business strategy in business-to-business markets and on the interrelationship between cognition and strategic action. He also lectures and consults on industrial marketing and strategy issues for industrial companies."[5]


Vandenbempt authored and co-authored numerous publications in his field of expertise.[6] Books, a selection:

  • Paul Matthyssens, Rudy Martens and Koen Vandenbempt (1998) Concurrentiestrategie en marktdynamiek : op weg naar concurrentievoordeel in industriële markten. Deventer : Kluwer BedrijfsInformatie.
  • Paul Matthyssens, Koen Vandenbempt, Liselore Berghman (2004) Waardecreatie en innovatie in de industrie : nieuwe denkkaders versus oude gewoonten. Leuven : Acco.

Articles, a selection:


  1. ^ Karin De Ruyter (2004) TRENDS IN MANAGEMENT: Het industrierecept doorbreken 19 April 2004
  2. ^ Mathieu, Valérie. "Service strategies within the manufacturing sector: benefits, costs and partnership." International Journal of Service Industry Management 12.5 (2001): 451–475.
  3. ^ Koen Vandenbempt: Academic director of the EMBA programs in Antwerp and in Moscow at emba-uams.ru. Accessed 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ Koen Vandenbempt biography at antwerpmanagementschool.be
  5. ^ De Wever, Sigrid, Rudy Martens, and Koen Vandenbempt. "The impact of trust on strategic resource acquisition through interorganizational networks: Towards a conceptual model." Human Relations 58.12 (2005): 1523–1543.
  6. ^ Koen Vandenbempt Academic bibliography at ua.ac.be.

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