"Built to Become: Why Strategic Leadership Matters for Corporate Longevity"



On May 14 we welcome prof. Robert Burgelman for a lecture about "Built to Become: Why Strategic Leadership Matters for Corporate Longevity"

Prof. Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1981. He obtained a Licenciate degree in Applied Economics from Antwerp University (Belgium), and an MA in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Management of Organizations from Columbia University, where he studied with doctoral fellowships from the Ford Foundation (US) and ICM (Belgium). His research has focused on the role of strategy-making in firm evolution. In particular, he has studied the strategy-making processes involved in how companies enter into new businesses and exit from existing ones to secure continued adaptation.  In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) for his contributions to the study of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate in economics of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), as well as the Leadership in Technology Award from the Portland International Center for Engineering and Technology Management (PICMET 2017).  He has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Management. Professor Burgelman has been on the faculty of Antwerp University, New York University, Harvard Business School (as a Marvin Bower Fellow), and Cambridge University (as a Visiting Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation at the Judge Business School). He has published many articles in leading academic and professional journals, as well as more than 160 case studies of companies and organizations in many different industries.



  • 16u30 welcome
  • 17u00 introduction
  • 17u30 keynote Robert Burgelman
  • 18u30 panel discussion

More info about the program will follow soon.


  • Tuesday May 14
  • Price: €60
  • Location: Antwerp or Grobbendonk (to be confirmed)