Scientific Staff

LOURIM Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons

Post doc

 

Michel
AJZEN

 

Post doc - LLN

NWOW, spatio-temporal flexibility of work, social relations, work-life balance

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Michel Ajzen

Michel Ajzen, PhD in Management, is Research Manager of the labor-H Chair in Human Management and New Ways of Working. In line with his PhD dissertation entitled « While the “new” world of work naturalizes flexibility. A conventionalist analysis of telework uses”. His research focuses in new ways of working and managing, in a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. More precisely, he questions how the so-called « New » world of work (as a set of practices – e.g. telework, flexwork, distributed workplaces, flexdesk and flexitime – and discourses – e.g. freedom, empowerment and entrepreneurship) produces and/or reflects a new social order within which power issues take place to define the « newness ». From this perspective, he questions (a) How social relations are (re)shaped in times and spaces?; (b) How and why traditional organizational roles and places are (re)defined in particular for managers, workers and trade unions ?; and (c); How (new) worklife balance reconfigurations are shaped from both domestic and professional spheres and what are the impacts on the attitudes to family and work?

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Nathanaël
BETTI

 

Post doc - LLN

Consulting, Data analytics, Digitalisation, Internal audit, Internal audit quality, Organisational strategy

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Nathanaël Betti

Through my research work, I investigate the influence of digitalization of the business environment on risk management functions. Specifically, my doctoral dissertation investigates how the internal audit function has evolved in a digitalized context in order to help organizations manage risks and achieve their goals. Using mixed methods and a multi-stakeholder approach, it first shows that digitalization influences the scope, role and working practices of the internal audit departments. They tend to increasingly integrate new technologies (i.e. data analytics and artificial intelligence) and develop their consulting role inside the organization. Second, my doctoral dissertation highlights the positive effects of the use of data analytics and the performance of consulting activities by internal auditors on perceived internal audit quality.

Iyad
KHADDAM

 

Post doc - LLN

Usability, User interfaces, models, methods, guidelines, task model

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Iyad Khaddam

Iyad Khaddam’s research interests focus on the usability quality of a software interface. He seeks models, methods and alternative paradigms to incorporate in the development of usable software. His interests are two folded. The first is understanding the human factors that impact the acceptance of a software, and encapsulating this knowledge through usability guidelines and models, such as user’s models, cultural models in addition to cognitive and behaviour task models. The other fold is technical, which aims at reducing the complexity and increasing the flexibility of the user interface development. This also includes looking for alternative paradigms to the user interface perception from a technical point of view. In this regard, he believes in the need of multi-level models to develop the user interface, where the top level, the conceptual level, is based on the findings of the first fold on human factors.

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Bruno
MICHIELS

 

Permanent Researcher 

 

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Bruno Michiels

N/A.

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Pauline
MUNTEN

 

Post doc - LLN

Obsolescence, durability, reparability, acccess-based consumption, product-service systems

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Pauline Munten

As part of my PhD, I am studying product-service systems (i.e. combination of products and services; PSS) to better understand how to reduce obsolescence and shift towards more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. While we need to reduce waste disposal, academic research on the topic of obsolescence is scarce. Through a conceptual exercise, a series of experiments, and some qualitative designs, three essays investigate how product-service systems (i.e., consumer education, take-back schemes and revalorization services, maintenance contracts and repair services, upgrades and renting) help curb obsolescence practices and how consumers respond to these systems. By providing understanding of PSS, seen as potential solutions against obsolescence, this research contributes to PSS literature linked to environmental sustainability and sustainable marketing literature. From a practical point of view, this dissertation provides policy and non-policy interventions with insight and guidance to enable transition to sustainable development and minimized obsolescence.

Petchprakai
SIRILERTSUWAN

 

Post doc - LLN

Sustainable supply chain management, circular economy, triple bottom line sustainability

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Petchprakai Sirilertsuwan

My current research focuses on creating a circular economy (CE) index for impact investment in companies with high impact CE practices. In order to develop the index, I plan to utilize existing circular economy indicators which were created for other purposes/applications. My past research on sustainable supply chain management and supply location decisions is a good basis to support the index development in terms of identifying how CE practices can be applied in different activities along product/service supply chains and how different locations differently influence sustainability impact from the same CE practices. I plan to adopt a logic model to understand inputs and outputs of activities and their impact together with a systemic view to see interrelationships of activities and their factors from all stakeholders, such as energy providers, manufacturers, logistics providers, brand retailers, consumers, and authorities.

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Rosane
TOSSUT

 

Permanent Researcher 

 

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Rosane Tossut

N/A.

 

 

PhD student - Teaching assistant 

 

Ghazaleh 
AGHAKHANI

 

PhD student - LLN

Digital transformation, digital transformation strategy, strategic risk governance, risk appetite

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Ghazaleh Aghakhani

The advent and proliferation of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, social media, big data and analytics, are changing the strategic context of organizations to a profound extent leading to Digital Transformation (DT). One of the main challenges in embracing DT is the fact that it affects every function and business unit of an organization and changes their traditional way of working. These fundamental changes, together with the rapid growth of technological advances subject an organization to a large variety of unprecedented risk that cannot be successfully managed using traditional risk management approaches, especially at the strategic level. For that, my research aims to study the strategic risks that are associated to DT strategy. This includes three main research areas:
1) providing a DT strategy representation,
2) providing a representation of risk at the strategic level and,
3) identifying strategic risks associated to each of the DT strategic objectives.

Mahmoud
AL-SHAIBIE 

 

PhD student - LLN

Internal auditing, accounting, fraud prevention

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Mahmoud Al-Shaibie

My PhD project is in internal auditing, with a focus on the role played by internal auditor (IA) in fraud prevention and detection. Audits play a specific role in the control of processes and their governance through a thorough evaluation and optimization of risk management. Fraudulent practices are a key risk that companies are commonly facing. They affect the organization’s resources; damage its competitiveness in the industry, and its reputation. A competent internal auditor, therefore, evaluates a firm’s risks and their potential occurrence, and develops measures to manage and prevent the risk of fraud. In my doctoral research, I’m investigating the main aspects of Internal audit in a context of fraud prevention and detection. These aspects are divided into the following parts: internal auditor’s competences, internal audit methodology and internal audit reporting.

Selenia
ANASTASIA

 

PhD Student - Mons

Entrepreneurship, sustainability, social entrepreneurship

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Selenia Anastasia

Due to the worldwide focus on sustainability, sustainable entrepreneurship education is a topic present in a growing number of higher education institutions. This context leads academics to question themselves about the construction of sustainable entrepreneurship programs in higher education institutions and about the way stakeholders, such as organizations, considered it. Therefore, my thesis project can be sequenced in 3 keywords:

1. The matching: The first article will provide the state of the current implementation of sustainable entrepreneurship programs in higher education institutions through a deep analysis in terms of distance in sustainable entrepreneurship learning outcomes expected versus realized ones.

2. Then, the efficiency: The main goal is to discover what types of pedagogy are the most efficient in sustainable entrepreneurship programs in higher education institutions to enhance the motivation of students to pursue in sustainable entrepreneurship.

3. Finally, the relevance: The third article will aim at testing if organizations value such types of curriculum and the content behind it, mainly through competencies. .

Anaïs
ANGELUCCI

 

PhD student - Mons

Entrepreneurship, motivational psychology, family businesses, non-profit organizations

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Anaïs Angelucci

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Danica
BAUER

 

PhD student - LLN

 

Innovation, organizational learning, organizational knowledge bases, knowledge base decomposability and new organizational forms

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Danica Bauer

I am a researcher in the field of innovation management as well as the project manager for the GRD. My doctoral thesis focuses on organizational learning within an alliance. I have expanded my knowledge in the areas of decomposability of an organizational knowledge base, organizational learning processes and the legitimation of new organizational forms. My current research project focuses on the specific tasks and activities that take place within a collaboration between large and small companies and is supported by GRD members.

Valentine
BROGNION

 

PhD student - LLN

Creative industry, cultural sector entrepreneurship

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Valentine Brognion

After a bachelor and a master’s degree in Business Engineering - with a specialization in Innovation Management - I started in October 2020 a new step in my educational (and enriching!) path as a research and teaching assistant at the LouRIM and the Louvain School of Management. Being particularly interested by Strategy, Innovation and Creativity and pushed by my personal skills in the Artistic (musical) working environment, my future research could be focusing in the field of the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Nicolas
BURNY

 

PhD student - LLN

 

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Nicolas Burny

Nicolas Burny is a PhD student and teaching assistant in Computer Science. His thesis project is related to the replicability of experimental studies in the field of Human-Computer Interactions (HCI), more specifically in the domain of the visual design of graphical user interfaces (GUI). There is currently a “reproducibility crisis” in HCI where a large number of experimental studies are published without being able to be put in perspective with each other. This is due among other things to the lack of publicly available data and the tedious process to build data sets in this research field. The purpose of his research project is to build a platform automating parts of the process of experiment design and deployment in the field of GUI visual design. Automating the various time-consuming tasks in this research field will reduce the design and deployment time of experiments and will hopefully facilitate their replicability.

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Pauline
CLAEYS

 

PhD student - Mons

Influencer marketing, social media influencers, para-social interaction, persuasion

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Pauline Claeys

The objective of my project is to investigate persuasion processes at play in the very specific context of a new type of endorsers: Social Media Influencers (SMIs). SMIs create content that they post on social networks. In their content, they mostly share their opinion on different products from different brands. By expressing their opinions, they have an impact on attitude and behaviour of their followers -people who follow the content of SMIs. The context of SMIs presents several differences with traditional endorsement which suggest an original persuasion process. The first one is the strength of the relationship between SMIs and their followers, relying on parasocial interaction. A second difference is the fact that they are “serial recommenders”, implying high frequencies of influence attempts for numerous brands. For this project, we therefore focus on the relationship between SMIs and their followers with its positive and negative aspects and the impact of the repetitive influence attempts.

Sylvain
COURTAIN

 

PhD student - LLN

Credit card fraud detection, Network science, Free energy distance, Bag-of-paths framework

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Sylvain Courtain

The objective of my project is to investigate persuasion processes at play in the very specific context of a new type of endorsers: Social Media Influencers (SMIs). SMIs create content that they post on social networks. In their content, they mostly share their opinion on different products from different brands. By expressing their opinions, they have an impact on attitude and behaviour of their followers -people who follow the content of SMIs. The context of SMIs presents several differences with traditional endorsement which suggest an original persuasion process. The first one is the strength of the relationship between SMIs and their followers, relying on parasocial interaction. A second difference is the fact that they are “serial recommenders”, implying high frequencies of influence attempts for numerous brands. For this project, we therefore focus on the relationship between SMIs and their followers with its positive and negative aspects and the impact of the repetitive influence attempts.

Sabrina
COURTOIS

 

PhD student - LLN

Organizational learning, CSR knowledge, Communities of Practice, Education for Sustainable Development 

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Sabrina Courtois

Recently, organizational learning has been analyzed as a business strategy in the development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. Organizations and individuals continuously learn by interacting at different levels, inside and outside the organization, in both formal and informal settings. A significant extent of CSR knowledge is developed informally, which is a largely invisible process resulting in the production of explicit but also tacit knowledge. Current discourse is dominated by explicit and codified knowledge; it is therefore crucial to find ways to leverage both explicit and tacit knowledge from ongoing practice and disseminate it. Among informal settings, we focus on Communities of Practice i.e. social and spontaneous communities that are driven by common interests and passions (here, CSR). First, we observe what type of knowledge of CSR is produced and shared within these communities. Second, we analyze how participants act as gatekeepers between the community and the organization by extracting and translating CSR knowledge. Finally, we look at how this knowledge is disseminated and stored in the organizational memory.

Géraldine
DANAUX

 

PhD student - Mons

Accounting

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Géraldine Danaux

N/A

Marco
DAPRA

 

PhD student -  LLN

Grand challenges, entrepreneurship, strategy, decision-making, change management

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Marco Maria Daprà

My research investigates which cultural variables enable actors’ entrepreneurial behaviour and which tactics actors use to implement their entrepreneurial project. In this context, entrepreneurship is a multi-level activity of actors who change the organizations, institutions or fields they live in. In particular, I study actors’ behaviour to bring about innovative solutions and to face grand challenges such as climate change, waste-management, mass migration or pandemics. Currently, I am working on a project related to the subnational responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. As Italy was the first western country to face the spread of the virus, the Italian management of the crisis is a compelling case to study non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) when unexpected events unfold. The different responses of the Italian subnational level account for the high uncertainty on the best state-guided interventions in the initial stage of the first wave. My research investigates and explains these differences.

Ive
DAVID KLINKSIEK

 

PhD student - LLN

New ways of working, PWD integration, HRM

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Ive David Klinksiek

My research interests lie on understanding the possible negative effects that some widespread business practices have on people’s lives, ─ specially for those who are typically placed in disadvantaged positions in our society. Hence, in my PhD I am studying how the New Ways of Working affect the work experience of people with disabilities (PWD). Specifically, my research goal is to understand how PWD are affected both positively and negatively by typical contemporary HRM-related practices, such as teleworking and open-plan offices.

Grégory
DE BOE

 

PhD student - Mons

Accounting, corporate taxation, fair taxation, CSR taxation

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Grégory De Boe

As part of my doctoral research, I am studying the corporate income tax with a focus on its societal goal. The goals of the research project are to identify the existing reasons of the corporate income tax (with a new focus on the Corporate Social Responsibility) and to identify the current corporate income tax tools that meet this paradigm; to identify objective criteria that could be used to determine a “fair tax burden”; to investigate how the “fair amount of corporate income tax” can be calculated, in particular using data from different kind of industries (primary, secondary and tertiary sectors). The expected contribution is to make a model available that can be implemented by a government to charge companies the “fair amount of tax” they owe the society, with a consideration for their CSR activities. This is consistent with Avi Yonah’s work on CSR and tax aggressiveness, as it appears legitimate “to use the corporate tax to steer corporate behaviour in the direction of CSR” (2008, p.27).

Pauline
DE MONTPELLIER D'ANNEVOIE

 

PhD student - LLN

MOOC/Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, perceptions, education, online courses, MOOC

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Pauline de Montpellier d'Annevoie

My name is Pauline de Montpellier and I have started my PhD on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2019. My research focuses on the different perceptions that individuals have of CSR, and how these perceptions vary according to their cultural and individual profile. I am also interested in the evolution of CSR perceptions, and in the learning process of this contested concept. For this purpose, I analyse a MOOC on the topic of CSR. I study, in particular, the interactions between individuals on discussion forums and how constructive debates can help to understand the concept more globally. My research project includes an educational component to the study of CSR, as I am part of an interdisciplinary project analysing the conceptual learning of contested concepts in online educational platforms. This will, hopefully, contribute to a better understanding by consumers, employees and leaders of the responsibilities and challenges of companies in the transition towards a more sustainable society!

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Marine
DE RIDDER

 

PhD student - LLN

Human Resource Management, Organizational Change (New Ways of Working, “Liberating” leadership), Democratic Deliberative Practices, Critical Management Studies. 

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Marine De Ridder

My research focuses on workers' experience in new forms of work organisation based on workers' autonomy and responsibility. More specifically, I am interested in the dynamics at work in the discussion spaces on work in so-called liberated firms. The aim of this research is to better understand the experience of workers in these organisations, but also to moderate the words of the ambassadors of these models. Indeed, if they claimed that self-proclaimed freedom-form company aspires to free people from hierarchies and promotes a way of working based on “freedom”, the emerging literature shows contrasted results. The objective of this research project is to contribute to Critical Management Studies stream by studying the issues of the dialogue. To do so, I employ the discussion spaces approach, and our theoretical framework is the conventions approach in Management.

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Nicolas
DUCHATEAU

 

PhD student - LLN

 

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Marine De Ridder

My research focuses on workers' experience in new forms of work organisation based on workers' autonomy and responsibility. More specifically, I am interested in the dynamics at work in the discussion spaces on work in so-called liberated firms. The aim of this research is to better understand the experience of workers in these organisations, but also to moderate the words of the ambassadors of these models. Indeed, if they claimed that self-proclaimed freedom-form company aspires to free people from hierarchies and promotes a way of working based on “freedom”, the emerging literature shows contrasted results. The objective of this research project is to contribute to Critical Management Studies stream by studying the issues of the dialogue. To do so, I employ the discussion spaces approach, and our theoretical framework is the conventions approach in Management.

Louise
DUMONT

 

PhD student - LLN

Food waste, marketing responsibility

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Louise Dumont

I am a ph.D student working on food waste. One third of food produced in the world is wasted, leading to many negative environmental, social and economic consequences. Food waste is thus a relevant current issue and an interesting topic of research. More precisely, my research focuses on the suboptimal products (i.e. products close to the expiration date, with a default in the packaging and ugly fruits and vegetables). These products are often rejected by consumers and constitute a large amount of food waste. In reaction to this rejection, retailers try to trigger their sales by offering price reductions for these products. However, this monetary incentive might lead to some backlash in terms of food waste and more generally in terms of subsequent eco-friendly behaviours. It seems thus relevant to study the antecedents, but also the consequences on subsequent behaviours of the purchase of suboptimal products with a reduced price.

Chloé
FATON

 

PhD student - LLN

Social innovation, innovation, innovation management

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Chloé Faton

After a Master’s degree in European studies, I worked for 7 years for the Public Service of Wallonia in the Directorate for Economic policies. I started a new page in my career in September 2020 as a research and teaching assistant at LSM and LOURIM. My research interests are in the field of innovation and more specifically social innovation. I want to focus my thesis on the scaling up process of social innovation, looking at the different types of scaling up processes as well as the spatial anchorage and the role of design methodologies in such processes. This thematic and focuses will be subject to change through the iteration process that require a thesis project. I am starting this journey with enthusiasm and motivation.

Elora
FERNANDES

 

PhD student - Mons 

Recommender systems, IT, internet, user control, user awareness, social isolation

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Elora Fernandes

Elora Fernandes works as a teaching assistant in the Operation and Information Systems (OIS) department while doing her PhD on recommender systems. With the growing of the internet, it is now impossible for users to deal with all the available information they have access to. Recommendation and selection tools, which help users to cope with all those data, are then unavoidable. Her thesis aims at discovering the various dimensions underlying the filter bubble phenomenon – a state of intellectual isolation that can allegedly result from personalized searches. Elora is interested in those bubbles potential impacts on users and, more precisely, on their evolution over time. Her research includes, among other things, concepts such as social isolation, user control, user awareness, content diversity and novelty.

Pauline
GOFFAUX

 

Teaching Assistant - LLN 

 

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Elora Fernandes

Elora Fernandes works as a teaching assistant in the Operation and Information Systems (OIS) department while doing her PhD on recommender systems. With the growing of the internet, it is now impossible for users to deal with all the available information they have access to. Recommendation and selection tools, which help users to cope with all those data, are then unavoidable. Her thesis aims at discovering the various dimensions underlying the filter bubble phenomenon – a state of intellectual isolation that can allegedly result from personalized searches. Elora is interested in those bubbles potential impacts on users and, more precisely, on their evolution over time. Her research includes, among other things, concepts such as social isolation, user control, user awareness, content diversity and novelty.

Josep Oriol 
IZQUIERDO MONTFORT

PhD student - LLN

Circular economy, performance indicators, sustainability, Life Cycle Assesment, metrics, value chain

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Josep Oriol Izquierdo Montfort

After starting up a business to supply healthy and local food online, I made the leap to consultancy and regional economic development where I have been working for over 5 years. I am currently taking a new step in my career as a researcher at LouRIM, specifically at the chair of Circular and Regenerative Economy. Circular Economy is an umbrella concept that is gaining momentum both in the public and the private sphere. The main objective of my research is to promote the implementation of circular economy strategies in the private sector. However, as Sir William Thomson said “What is not measured, cannot be improved”, hence my thesis focuses on identifying and selecting a set of indicators that is both comprehensive and practical to measure the level of circularity of companies.

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Soreangsey
KIV

 

PhD student - LLN

Agile methods, project management

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Soreangsey Kiv

One of the common software development team's goals is to ensure that their development processes fit well with their needs and contexts. Over the past two decades, since the agile methods have emerged, experiences on how they have been adopted can vastly be found in both academia and industrial knowledge bases. Such collective knowledge has been used for the development of many approaches aiming at finding a suitable practice for a development team and maximizing the chances of success. Nevertheless, none of them could gather these available experiences and make them systematically reusable to help agile practitioners understanding agile practices in depth. In the scope of my thesis, we focus on building a system that can recycle the knowledge collected from the literature. To make the most of the existing knowledge, we then propose a well-defined methodology that allows analyzing the suitability and vulnerability of agile practices as well as guiding a team on what they should do to avoid failure.

Avreliane
KULLAK

 

PhD student - Mons 

Health mobile applications, engagement, behaviour change

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Avreliane Kullak

My name is Avreliane Kullak, I am a PhD student and researcher at UCLouvain Fucam Mons in the marketing department. As part of my research project, I study health mobile applications and their design elements to better understand how they can be effective to further engage consumers in healthier behaviours (e.g. sports or healthy consumption). I aim to gain a better understanding of the user engagement process within these health applications. As a result, I am investigating the role that design elements like gamification mechanics and online support groups may have to foster or hinder the user engagement process by using health apps. My research interests are mainly in social marketing and consumer behaviour.

Laurent
LAHAYE

 

PhD student - Mons

Sustainable entrepreneurship, Hybridity, Mission lock-in, Mission drift, Social entrepreneurship, (sustainable) Entrepreneurship in Africa, social capital theory

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Laurent Lahaye

Laurent Lahaye studies sustainable entrepreneurship. The objective of his PhD thesis is to better understand how sustainable entrepreneurs manage their hybridity and the fragile equilibrium between their social and environmental missions and their commercial activities. The social and environmental missions are the primary objective of sustainable entrepreneurs and their organizations. Business activities enable them to achieve their mission. Their hybrid nature is not guaranteed. Some sustainable entrepreneurs may prioritize economic objectives at the risk of losing their raison d'être. Others may lock in their mission at the risk of undermining the financial health of their organization. Laurent conducted his field research on ecotourism organizations in Benin. Thanks to multiple rounds of interviews, secondary data and observations, he analyzed the evolution of those sustainable enterprises and the discourse of 6 sustainable entrepreneurs. The analysis performed with Frank Janssen unveils the black box of hybridity in sustainable entrepreneurship.

Marie-Elodie
LAURENT

 

PhD student - LLN

HRM

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Marie-Elodie Laurent

N/A.

Arthur
LEFEBVRE

 

PhD student - LLN

Sports organizations, collaboration, sports management

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Arthur Lefebvre

As part of my PhD, I am studying collaborations between sport federations and their sport clubs, but also collaborations between clubs. Like any organisation, non-profit sport organisations need to collaborate to achieve their goals. However, the antecedents of these collaborations as well as the mechanisms that make them effective are not clear. My results show, on the one hand, that the profiles of the clubs that collaborate are varied and, on the other hand, that the management of the collaboration process between sport organisations is essential for effective collaboration. In this process of collaboration, interdependence through sharing information and resources and building trust between organisations are crucial. Based on my research, I encourage sport federations and clubs to strengthen their communication and develop mechanisms and platforms for exchange that will enhance the effectiveness of their collaborations.

Pierre
LELEUX

 

PhD student - LLN

E-commence, recommender systems

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Pierre Leleux

Recommender systems are an important feature in many modern fields, notably information and e-commerce ecosystems. However, most recommenders are evaluated using accuracy, which results in algorithms recommending items similar to a user profile. As a result, users only receive recommendations for items similar to those they already consumed, often leading to low user satisfaction. My research focuses methods to increase novelty and unexpectedness in recommendations to alleviate this overspecialization phenomenon. The suggested approach relies on a random walk biased towards unexpected items to avoid obvious recommendations. The model is based on a formalism inspired from transportation sciences that interpolates between a predefined random and an optimal, least-cost, behaviour. The proposed procedure is not limited to recommendation and can be used in many other contexts to define a Markov chain driving the walk towards nodes having some specific properties of interest, like seniority, education level or low node degree (hub-avoiding walk).

Nathan
MAGROFUOCO

 

PhD student - LLN

Stroke gesture, gesture recognition et shape distance

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Nathan Magrofuoco

I study the articulation and the classification of touch gestures in multiple contexts of use. Many of us are already used to interact with a smartphone by gesturing: we "swipe" to get to the next content and "pinch" to zoom on a map. Nevertheless, our smartphones do not provide us the opportunity to define our own gestures. In collaboration with Pr. Jean Vanderdonckt (UCLouvain) and Paolo Roselli (Tor Vergata), we study the implementation of a new geometric representation to better classify touch gestures. We focus on creating an easy-to-understand, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-train algorithm for user interface prototypers and designers who are not familiar with heavy machine learning techniques. Our objective is to implement an algorithm that works well in multiple contexts: on different devices, with a digital stylus or a finger. The first results are promising and our research now tends towards hand and arm gestures.

Patrick
MBENZA-BUANGA

 

PhD student - LLN

HCI, Augmented/Mixted Reality, Research, Cardiology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Analysis and Design, Software Solution

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Patrick Mbenza-Buanga

Patrick Mbenza-Buanga's research interests focus on HCI, interaction design, and human-machine interfaces. Patrick is particularly interested in research in user interactions for graphical, mobile, gestural, and Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality interfaces. Including, also, the analysis and design of the associated software solutions. As a research assistant at LouRIM (LSM), Patrick participates in the CardiAmmonia project, which is developing an integrated information system in cardiology. The project is coordinated by IBA (a former spin-off of UCLouvain, a world leader in the manufacture of cyclotrons, particularly in proton therapy) and involves the following partners: Elysia-Raytest, the Laboratory of Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry as well as the Center for Cyclotron research at the University of Liège. The LouRIM team is responsible for interfacing the information system with the devices via a graphical, mobile, and gestural interface based on integrated software process modeling. The project also involves some Walloon and Dutch hospitals.

Anne Thérèse
MENO TAMNO

 

PhD student - LLN

Sustainability – Small and Medium Enterprises – sensemaking - Organizational learning - Case study – international non-mandatory guidelines

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Anne Thérèse Méno Tamno

The awareness of the importance of corporate sustainability is growing as we can see with the adoption of the SDGs by the UN in 2015. However, despite the importance of SMEs in the overall economy, they have received less attention than large firms in the field of corporate sustainability research. Therefore, this research project aims to understand SMEs’ responses to the adoption of the SDGs, and their contribution to the achievement of the global sustainable goals since the SDGs are not legally binding and represent a universal common language that requires a strong involvement of all members of society, especially businesses, for its implementation. The purpose of our research is to develop a theoretical understanding of the sense giving to the SDGs in the context of SMEs in developed and developing countries and build a framework of learning processes leading to the SDG implementation by SMEs. In this regard, stakeholder and institutional pressures act as sources of learning and drivers of SDG integration, and legitimacy will represent the outcome and the benefit of SDG implementation..

Priscilla
MILIS

 

PhD student - LLN

Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial motivation, collective intelligence, alternative business models

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Priscilla Millis

I am a research and teaching assistant in entrepreneurship, attached to CPME and MinPME programs (interdisciplinary Master and Bachelor programs in entrepreneurship). After my studies in Management Sciences at the LSM, I have been working for two years in social and environmental enterprises in Cambodia and in Vietnam. I practiced shared governance models with my colleagues. Using conversational processes based on shared leadership, I designed and facilitated workshops and programs on self-, social and environmental awareness, and on team projects creation. My previous works in Asia inspired my research interests. Those researches focus on entrepreneurial team’s purposes and motivations, on evaluation of social performances, on alternative business models called by regenerative economy principles, and on collective intelligence processes. By studying those factors, the aim is to help entrepreneurial teams to create and let evolve organizations that are resilient and regenerative for our society and the environment.

Liévine
MOREAU

 

PhD student - LLN

HRM, telework, agile companies

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Liévine Moreau

My activities as a researcher are related to the general field of Humane Management and New Forms of Organization. More particularly, I’m working on three specific research aspects, along with my colleagues from labor-H : firstly, I’m focusing on the evolution of the job of managers, with a particular outlook on the development of Humane Management, and on the way human resource managers can accompany and facilitate this transition. I’m also working on the thematic of telework: the aim here is to study the possible effects of different “mixes” of telework offered by companies. Finally, my last field of research concerns the impacts of the search for more agility on a company’s classification system, and the alternatives that might come out.

Elodie 
NUOTATORE

 

PhD student - Mons

 

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Elodie Nuotatore

N/A.

Mehdi 
OUSMER

 

PhD student - LLN

Movement detection, Man-machine interactions, Gesture recognition, 3D gesture recognition, Movement detection, Human-Computer Interaction

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Mehdi Ousmer

Many sensors are used to capture the human body movements and can be involved in many activities in various application domains. The captured raw data often consist of physical data measured in a three-dimensional space (e.g., x, y, z, t) along with other data (e.g., speed, acceleration, pressure, jerk), thus posing several challenges in terms of data fusion and interpretation. When all these data need to be fused to feed a high-level model of the human body, there is a need to unify these coordinates systems. Instead of converting data from one coordinates system to another, thus losing some information, the thesis will investigate how computing in the same system by manipulating mathematical objects (scalars, vectors, pseudo-vectors, and bi-vectors) may unify the capture of these data as well as their fusion in order not to lose any information. The results inform the development of a system for 3D gesture recognition.

Kholoud
RABBAH

 

PhD student - LLN

Marketing

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Kholoud Rabbah

N/A

Natalia 
RAMIREZ TORRES

 

PhD student - LLN

Entrepreneurship, diruptive innovation

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Natalia Lizzeth Ramirez Torres

Framed under my Ph.D. research, my working field is the identification of the entrepreneurial practices involved in the disruption process. So far, the theoretical review has brought interesting insights and promising research directions for disruptive innovations. Currently, empirical research is oriented to understand two main processes for the disruptors. The first one is to comprehend the daily basis in terms of practices done by entrepreneurs, to accelerate the innovation process behind the disruption, and secondly, the cooperation activities done during the disruption. Now, empirical research is developed in many companies around Europe, as ideal candidates to present disruption afterward in their industries.

Melissa
RITONDO

 

PhD student - Mons

Consumer behaviour, Charity at checkout, Retailing, Micro-donations

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Melissa Ritondo

Melissa Ritondo is a PhD student and teaching assistant in Marketing. Her project of thesis focuses on the concept of Charity at Checkout (CaC) where cashiers or self-service technologies solicit donations from customers at the payment step. Among CaC practices, the round-up at checkout (RaC) seems to be an effective one: for instance, in March 2020, the RaC practice allowed to collect more than 500,000€ for the “Fight against covid19”. This practice increasingly encountered in retailing in Europe offers many opportunities for fundraising but also constitutes new challenges for non-for-profit organization and companies. As part her research project, Melissa is interested in the mechanisms that drive shopper’s responses (donate or not donate) to these CaC solicitations in a retailing context.”

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Alice
SANNA

 

PhD student - LLN

Mobility, Higher Education, Brain Drain, War for Talent

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Alice Sanna

Alice Sanna is a Ph.D. Student at the Louvain School of Management and a Research Assistant in Economics at the Institute of European Studies (Université Catholique de Louvain). She is a junior researcher at Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations (LouRIM). Her doctoral thesis focuses on Financing Systems of Students’ Mobility in Higher Education and Brain Drain issues with a particular attention to an Ecuadorian scholarship that she brings in literature as a case-study: a public scholarship for studies abroad that stipulates a compulsory return to the home country with the obligation of working at home for twice the length of time that they spent abroad. Statistical data shows a return rate of about 90%, which is somewhat surprising at first glance. Alice’s other research interests are in Digital Education (MOOCs), Taxation and Development Economics.

Chloé
SATINET

 

PhD student - Mons

Recommender Systems, Responsible Consumption, Sustainability, Information Systems, E-commerce.

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Chloé Satinet

Currently pursuing a PhD in Management Sciences, I am working on the societal impact of technologies and on ways to use technologies to encourage a more sustainable and responsible consumption. The increasing awareness around environmental issues has led to a rising interest in the negative impact of our consumption on the environment. It has also been highlighted that different technologies present along the purchase journey of consumers, such as recommender systems, influence consumption. I am currently studying how recommender systems could be modified to encourage a more sustainable and responsible consumption. I use machine learning and data mining techniques to identify and recommend more sustainable products to online shoppers. Finally, I also study whether consumers would be willing to adopt a pro-environmental behaviour by choosing sustainable recommended products. Some e-commerce technologies might be interesting, not only for consumers and companies, but also for our society.

Quentin
SELLIER

 

PhD student - Mons

User experience, customer experience, gestural interaction, multidisciplinary communication, human-computer interaction, marketing

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Quentin Sellier

My research project focuses on the evaluation of the customer experience in the context of gestural interaction with information systems, with a marketing and human-computer interaction co-approach. Gestural interaction is a modality gaining popularity as it provides individuals a richer experience than with classical user interfaces. However, some major challenges still need to be addressed in order to benefit from the full potential of this interaction, one of them being the lack of customer-centered approaches. Therefore, the main objective of this thesis consists in the exploration, the definition, and the validation of a model in order to evaluate the overall quality of the customer experience, based on gestures jointly optimizing user preference and system performance, taking into account the context of use. Some major research questions are “How to properly characterize users’ preferences for gestures?” and “How to model the consensus between end user’s preferences and system performances?”.

Arthur
SLUYTERS

 

PhD student - LLN

3D gesture recognition, IT, remote control, hands-off command

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Arthur Sluÿters

My thesis focuses on improving the recognition of 3D gestures (gestures performed with some part(s) of the body) captured with vision- and radar-based sensors, with the end-goal of providing better and more intuitive ways to interact with systems such as TVs and computers. This is a very interesting subject, as 3D gesture recognition has the potential to impact many facets of our lives. Possible applications include looking-up patient data in the operating room without any physical contact, thu.s limiting the risks of contamination, or flipping through the pages of a recipe e-book while cooking without having to talk or touch a screen. However, there are still many challenges left before the generalization of 3D gesture recognition, which I try to address in my thesis. These challenges include identifying gestures among parasitic movements, accurately recognizing gestures in as little time as possible, and finding the most appropriate gestures for specific actions.

Laurianne
TERLINDEN

 

PhD student - LLN

Organization studies, critical management studies, new ways of working, identity regulation, wellbeing at work

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Laurianne Terlinden

Laurianne is a PhD researcher in Critical Management Studies, Human Resource Management and Organisation studies at UCLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve campus). Her research seeks to unveil the way identity regulation is at play during organisational transitions. More specifically, her PhD thesis focuses on the transition of a Media Company towards more collaborative and participative management, investigating the way this transition and the organisational discourses it conveys alter managers’ attitude and behaviours. In order to address this issue, her research is based on a qualitative empirical research in which data are collected through an ethnographic approach, including observations, interviews and documentary analysis. Her first results outline the outbreak or persistence of alternative sources of authority than the traditional ones, such as the ownership over people and budget as well as the possession and/or withholding of information. By doing so, her work provides with strong findings that support a better understanding of managers' response to a deep organizational transformation of their environment.

Ann
VERBEKE

 

PhD student - LLN

B Corp certification, sustainability, implementation process, organizational learning, stakeholders’ perceptions, SDGs

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Ann Verbeke

Our research focuses on the B Corp certification that allows for-profit companies to measure and integrate their social and environmental impact into their company's DNA, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main research question of our PhD is: “What are the process & the impact of the B Corp certification as an implementation tool to achieve the SDGs?” First, we study the process through which the B Corp certification has been implemented in Danone Dairy Belgium, certified in 2019. What are the different organizational stages, the actors involved in the process and their roles? Danone's objective is to certify all its entities by 2025 and to be the first multinational certified B Corp. Then, we analyze the role of the B Corp certification as an organizational learning agent for companies that decide to implement the certification. Finally, we study how the B Corp certification influences the stakeholders’ perceptions on the company.

Santiago
VILLARREAL

 

PhD student - LLN

Gesture elicitation, man-machine interactions

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Santiago Villarreal Narvaez

In my doctoral thesis, I study the gestures obtained in Gesture Elicitation Studies (GES) in published articles stored in digital libraries like ACM, IEEE, etc to create GEStory. The participants are asked to propose a gesture for a task (referent) on a specific device or in the air. GEStory will be an online free system that works as a catalog (Atlas) of the different gestures from GES. For my Systematic Literature Review (SLR), I analyze N=216 published, I identify parameters of the published such as authors, abstract, keywords, etc. In the same way, I have extracted information related to the GES result (participants, devices, body parts, environments. gestures, etc.) to establish a classification that allows us to organize all the gestures and make them accessible to the interested researchers. This same classification would be used in GEStory. I will carry out a study at a microscopic level for the criteria for classifying referents and gestures.

Rodolfo David
VILLALOBOS POZO

 

PhD student - LLN

Strategy

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Rodolfo David Villalobos Pozo

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Ketoma
VIX KEMANJI

 

PhD student - LLN

Man-machine interactions, IT

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Ketona Vix Kemanji

N/A

Anca Ioana
VOICU

 

PhD student - LLN

Entrepreneurship, group creativity, innovation, digital entrepreneurship

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Anca Ioana Voicu

I joined LouRIM as a researcher in September 2020. I am currently coordinating PICesc which is an applied research project overseen by Prof. Julie Hermans. PICesc aims to create an intelligent team composition platform enabling enhanced group creativity. I am particularly interested in the dynamic perspective of this research project as it gathers partners from several industries such as academia, private sector and technology institutes but also different expertises and points of views. My research interests are mainly in the innovation and entrepreneurship fields. Before joining UCLouvain, I worked as a business development specialist at Cullen International and as a digital entrepreneurship policy coordinator at hub.brussels.