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)
- 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)
- 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)
Full-time academic appointments
Other Academic Appointments
- 2017 : Award for Pedagogical Innovation with "Expérience Going Pro" (ESSEC Foundation, France)
- GRÖSCHL, S. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2022). Don't Panic: Remaining El Capitan While Navigating Unpreparedness in Response to Extreme Events. Journal of Management Inquiry, In press.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and OGUNTOYE, A. (2018). The (Non-)Emergence of Mobile Money Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Multilevel Perspective of Kenya and Nigeria. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 131, pp. 62-275.
- STRAUSS, K., LEPOUTRE, J. and WOOD, G. (2017). Fifty Shades of Green: How Microfoundations of Sustainability Dynamic Capabilities Vary Across Organizational Contexts. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(9), pp. 1338-1355.
- THIEMANN, M. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2017). Stitched on the Edge: Rule Evasion, Embedded Regulators, and the Evolution of Markets. American Journal of Sociology, 122(6), pp. 1771-1821.
- DONADA, C. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2016). How Can Startups Create the Conditions for a Dominant Position in the Nascent Industry of Electromobility 2.0? International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 16(1), pp. 11-29.
- LEPOUTRE, J., JUSTO, R., TERJESEN, S. and BOSMA, N. (2013). Designing a Global Standardized Methodology for Measuring Social Entrepreneurship Activity: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Social Entrepreneurship Study. Small Business Economics, 40(3), pp. 693-714.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and VALENTE, M. (2012). Fools Breaking Out: The Role of Symbolic and Material Immunity in Explaining Institutional Nonconformity. Academy of Management Journal, 55(2), pp. 285-313.
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2009). Proactive environmental strategies in small businesses: resources, institutions and dynamic capabilities. Accountancy en Bedrijfskunde, 29(8), pp. 14-19.
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2008). On tomorrow's grounds', Flemish agriculture in 2030: a case of participatory translation of sustainability principles into a vision for the future. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(10), pp. 1062-1070.
- LEPOUTRE, J., DENTCHEV, N. and HEENE, A. (2007). Dealing With Uncertainties When Governing CSR Policy Networks. Journal of Business Ethics, 73(4), pp. 391-408.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and HEENE, A. (2006). Investigating the Impact of Firm Size on Small Business Social Responsibility: A Critical Review. Journal of Business Ethics, 67(3), pp. 257-273.
Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2019). Robust disruption: Competition and Collaboration Dynamics in the Launch of Electric Vehicles in the Automotive Industry. In: 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019.
- VALENTE, M., LEPOUTRE, J. and ZIETSMA, C. (2018). Corporate Social Action as a Firm-Fulfilling Prophecy. In: 2018 HKS SICI Conference: Rethinking Cross-Sector Social Innovation.
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2018). What We Know, and What We Would Want to Know, About the Changing Structure of the Vehicle and Mobility Ecosystem: Tracking the Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric Vehicle World. In: 78th Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2016). Financialization in the rough: The Role of Social Identity and the Meaning of Money in Explaining the Use of MicroFinance Loans Among Rural South African Entrepreneurs. In: 32nd European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2016.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and VALENTI, M. (2016). Of Wizards and Foucault: Boundary Configurations of Corporate Social Action in Rural Kenya. In: 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
- DONADA, C. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2015). How Activism Matters for Creating the Electromobility 2.0 Industry? In: 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS28).
- DONADA, C. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2015). How Activism Matters for Creating the Electromobility 2.0 Industry? In: 23rd International Conference of GERPISA.
- LEPOUTRE, J., VENTRESCA, M. and VALENTE, M. (2014). Engaging Ostrom: Why and How Organizational Theorists Should. In: 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
- LEPOUTRE, J. (2014). Responding to Complex Local Problems as a Problem of Organizational Boundary Letting: A Longitudinal Case Study of Two Kenyan Firms. In: Managing Complexity Within and Across Organizational Boundaries.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and THIEMANN, M. (2013). Global Challenges, Local Responses – A Process Perspective to Regulating the 'Tragedy of the Commons' in the Financial Industry. In: Globalization and the Return of Geography.
- LEPOUTRE, J. and THIEMANN, M. (2013). Global Challenges, Local Responses – An Institutional Perspective to Regulating the "Tragedy of the Commons". In: 29th EGOS Colloquium 2013.
- VALENTE, M. and LEPOUTRE, J. (2013). Organizational Response to Systemic Problems: Network Identity and Self-Governance Systems. In: 2013 Academy of Management Africa Conference.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 2008 - 2012 : Vlerick Liaison to the UN Global Compact Network Belgium
- 2005 : - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Meetings