department: Management
Campus de Cergy
+33 (0)1 34 43 37 59
Entrepreneurship – Energy & commodity markets and industries – Organizational Theory – Sustainable development – Strategy – Other teaching domain

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 (Université de Gand Belgium)
  • 2004: Postgraduate in Applied Economics (Université de Gand Belgium)
  • 2001: MSc in Bioscience Engineering (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium)
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2020 – Now : 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
    • 2020 – 2022 : Other (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2019 – 2024 : Academic director – Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2019 – 2024 : Academic Director of the Entrepeneurship Track MiM (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2016 – 2024 : Chaired Professor of the Armand Peugeot Chair (ESSEC Business School France)


  • 2017 : Award for Pedagogical Innovation with “Expérience Going Pro” (Fondation ESSEC, France)

Journal articles

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Research activities
  • Organization of a conference or a seminar
    • 2012 – 2012: Faculty responsible and co-organizer of the Cleantech Challenge 2012
    • 2011 – 2011: Faculty responsible and co-organizer of the Cleantech Challenge 2011
    • 2010 – 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 – Now: Ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Meetings
  • 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
Professional activities
  • Consulting
    • 2008 – Now: Various consulting projects on business development, feasibility studies and business model analysis.
    • 2008 – Now: Facilitated a series of scenario planning and strategy development sessions
    • 2008 – Now: Counseled in the early stages of new venture development