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Department : Management
Campus de Cergy



Jan Lepoutre, PhD is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at ESSEC Business School, Academic Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and ESSEC director of the Chaire Armand Peugeot on the Economy of Electromobility and Hybrid Technologies.

Drawing on a multi-disciplinary background of engineering, economics and sociology, his research and teaching interests mostly deal with innovation and strategies in uncertain environments, in particular those related to complex social and environmental problems. Combining both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, his research has been published in top tier academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He teaches topics related to entrepreneurship, strategy and organizational behavior in various programs at ESSEC, including the Grande Ecole, BBA, Global MBA and Executive Education.

He is the founder of "Expérience Going Pro", for which he received the 2017 Fondation ESSEC award for Pedagogical Innovation.


  • 2008 : Ph.D. in Applied Economics (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • 2004 : Postgraduate in Applied Economics (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • 2001 : MSc in Bioscience Engineering (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)


    Full-time academic appointments

    • 2020 - Present : Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2014 - 2020 : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2012 - 2014 : Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2010 - 2012 : Assistant Professor (Vlerick Business School, Belgium)
    • 2008 - 2010 : Post-Doctorate (Vlerick Business School, Belgium)

    Other Academic Appointments

      • 2019 - Present : Academic director - Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2016 - 2023 : Chaired Professor of the Armand Peugeot Chair (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2019 - 2023 : Academic Director of the Entrepeneurship Track MiM (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2020 - 2022 : Other (ESSEC Business School, France)


  • 2017 : Award for Pedagogical Innovation with "Expérience Going Pro" (ESSEC Foundation, France)

Journal articles

Book chapters

Conference Proceedings

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Published cases

Professional activities


  • 2008 : - Present : Counseled in the early stages of new venture development
  • 2008 : - Present : Facilitated a series of scenario planning and strategy development sessions
  • 2008 : - Present : Various consulting projects on business development, feasibility studies and business model analysis.

Research activities

    Reviewer for a journal

  • Reviewer for Academy of Management Journal; Administrative Science Quarterly; Ecological Economics; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Business Venturing; Small Business Economics
  • Organization of a conference or a seminar

  • 2012 : Faculty responsible and co-organizer of the Cleantech Challenge 2012
  • 2011 : Faculty responsible and co-organizer of the Cleantech Challenge 2011
  • 2010 : Faculty responsible and co-organizer of the Cleantech Challenge 2010
  • Other academic activity

  • 2008 - 2012 : Vlerick Liaison to the UN Global Compact Network Belgium
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference

  • 2005 : - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Meetings