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Freek Vermeulen

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

  • MA and PhD (Tilburg University), PhD (Utrecht University)

Dr Freek Vermeulen writes, consults and speaks across the world on topics such as strategies for growth, strategic innovation and making strategy happen.

He uses rigorous research to gain insight into how business really works. His work has appeared in highly prestigious academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.

Dr Freek is an active case writer and keynote speaker at industry and company conferences. He is the winner of several teaching awards, including the first ever winner of London Business School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and has received several prizes for his research, including the prestigious Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award.

2014

The Two Questions Every Manager Must Ask

Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review

The Price You Pay: Price-setting as a Response to Norm Violations

Ody-Brasier A; Vermeulen F

Administrative Science Quarterly

You Can Win Without Differentiation

Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review

How Would You Define a 'Great Company'

Vermeulen F

Strategy and Business

Big Acquisitions Can Fall Apart Over Tiny Details

Vermeulen F; Zaman A

Harvard Business Review

How to Let 999 Flowers Die

Vermeulen F

Strategy and Business

Beware the Sirens of Management Pseudo-Science

Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review

2012

Strategy is the story

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

Which Best Practice is Ruining Your Business

Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review

2011

Cutting business myths down to size

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

2010

The case for work/life programs

Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review

Change for change's sake

Vermeulen F; Puranam P; Gulati R

Harvard Business Review

2009

When management collapses

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

2008

Quick thinking

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

Songs of the sirens

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

How acquisitions can revitalize companies

Vermeulen F

MIT Sloan Management Review

2003

Healthy divide: subgroups as a stimulus for team learning behavior

Gibson C; Vermeulen F

Administrative Science Quarterly

2001

Learning through acquisitions

Vermeulen F; Barkema H G

Academy of Management Journal

Controlling international expansion

Vermeulen F

Business Strategy Review

1998

International expansion through start-up or acquisition: a learning perspective

Barkema H G; Vermeulen F

Academy of Management Journal

1997

What cultural differences are detrimental for international joint ventures?

Vermeulen F; Barkema H G

Journal of International Business Studies

Working abroad, working with others: how firms learn to operate international joint ventures

Barkema H G; Vermeulen F et al.

Academy of Management Journal

Current

 

- Elective course, Strategies for Growth, E438 SPR15 (2 streams)

- MBA core course, Strategy, C112 D AUT14

 

Previous

 

- Degree programmes core courses: Strategy (MBA, EMBA Global); Understanding General Management (MBA, EMBA); Capstone (MBA, EMBA)
- Degree programme electives: Strategies for Growth; Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances
- PhD Elective: Knowledge Management
- Executive Education, open programmes: Accelerated Development Programme; Emerging Leaders Programme; Executive Workout: Making Strategy Happen; Developing Strategy for Value Creation; Market Driving Strategies
- Executive Education, custom programmes: Czarnikow, EDS, Edward Jones, IBM, KPMG UK, KPMG Denmark, KPMG Ireland, Lloyd’s, Lufthansa, Maersk, Novartis, PepsiCo, PwC, Roche, SaraLee, Telenor, Toshiba, TV2, Vodafone
- Freelance Executive Education: ABN-Amro (Netherlands), ALK (UK) BrainLab (Germany), British Petroleum (UK), Coloplast (Denmark), Fiat Corporation (UK), IBS (Russia), KPMG (UK), N&W Vending Machines (Italy), Pictet (Switzerland), PwC (UK), ReedElsevier (UK), Ruukki (Finland), SHV Gas (Netherlands), The Berkeley Partnership (UK), ThyssenKrupp (Germany)

Research Awards
 
- 2014 INFORMS/ISA 2013 Best Paper Prize
- 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2011-2012
- 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2008-2009
- 2008 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2007-2008
- 2007 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2006-2007
- 2006 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2005-2006
- 2005 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2004-2005
- 2004 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal, 2003-2004
- 2000 Honourable Mention, Royal Dutch Society of Political Economy, as one of the four best dissertations in the Social Sciences in The Netherlands, 1998-2000
- 1999 Academy of Management Journal 1998 Best Paper Award
- 1999 Ph.D. awarded Cum Laude, Tilburg University
 

Teaching Awards
 
- 2008 London Business School Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2005 London Business School Junior Faculty Teaching Award
- 2000 Runner-up Innovation in Learning Teaching Award (Edward Jones Programme)
- 1998 Best Teacher, International Business Programme, Tilburg University
- 1997 Best Teacher Nominee, School of Business Administration, Tilburg University
 
Recognitions
 
- 2012 Voted nr 1 in the Global Top 100 Web-Savvy Professors by Best Online Universities

Research Interests

Corporate strategy, profitable growth, innovation.