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The Antwerp Management School is the University of Antwerp's autonomous management school. It is located in the historical center of the city of Antwerp. The school offers twelve master programs and more than sixty short or long-term executive programs on a variety of subjects. Wikipedia.

Vanderstraeten J.,University of Antwerp | Matthyssens P.,University of Antwerp | Matthyssens P.,Antwerp Management School
Technovation | Year: 2012

Strategic positioning and fit theories may inform the service-based differentiation strategies that incubators use to secure external and internal alignment. External alignment relates to tenant service expectations and perceptions; internal alignment involves a competence configuration for each strategy alternative. By implementing the proposed framework, an incubator can achieve service differentiation and ultimately enhanced customer (tenant) value. Qualitative research among nonprofit economic development incubators reveals two service-based differentiation positions: specialists and generalists. Whereas extant research advocates only a specialist stance, the present analysis confirms that service-based differentiation can result from a generalist stance. This study offers the first typology of service-based differentiation strategies for incubators that aligns strategy with external and internal variables. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Pandey P.,University of Antwerp | Haes S.D.,Antwerp Management School
Proceedings - 2015 10th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing, 3PGCIC 2015 | Year: 2015

A large variety of financial instruments has emerged to allow hedging of risks associated with the underlying assets, whether it is a commodity, weather or economic indicators. However, in the information security domain, cyber-insurance products are the only financial instrument available to hedge the information security risk. Furthermore, cyber-insurance markets are unable or unwilling to accept the high probability and/or high-intensity risks. Thus, there is a need for new financial instruments and a market mechanism to facilitate risk hedging in the information security domain. This article explains the limitations of cyber-insurance market and presents a novel financial instrument and a corresponding trading mechanism to address the problems in the cyber-insurance market. The proposed instrument and trading mechanism can be implemented in an information security prediction market to facilitate the hedging of the risk associated with the underlying information security event or condition. Furthermore, the article demonstrates the application of the proposed financial instrument in an imaginary scenario. Lastly, the article presents an evaluation of the proposed financial instrument and corresponding trading mechanism in hedging the underlying risk. In our analysis, we found that the proposed financial instrument can be a solution, at least to some extent, to the problems in the existing risk hedging mechanisms available in the information security domain. © 2015 IEEE.

Chappin M.M.H.,University Utrecht | Cambre B.,Antwerp Management School | Vermeulen P.A.M.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Lozano R.,University Utrecht
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2015

A number of environmental labels and certificates have been developed to inform consumers of the environmental impacts. This paper explored different configurations of institutional and organizational conditions for the internalization of sustainable practices. For the institutional conditions the level of institutional pressures were considered. For the organizational conditions the following elements were taken into account: 1) the timing of adoption; 2) the willingness to cannibalize existing capabilities and routines to incorporate institutional demands for sustainability; 3) the degree of implementation of these demands; 4) the internal representation of environmental concerns; and 5) the type of organization. The paper analyzed sustainable forestry practices in wood trade and timber factories in the Netherlands using a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. From the analysis, three configurations were found: 1) concerned internalization, for early adopting wood trade companies; 2) forced internalization, for late adopting wood trade companies; and 3) lagged internalization, for late adopting timber factories. The configurations revealed that important conditions for explaining internalization of sustainable practices are high levels of implementation and high levels of willingness to cannibalize. The findings reaffirm the relevance of institutional and organizational conditions in explaining the internalization of environmental friendly practices. They also showed that the interplay between a firm's internal and external environments influence the internalization of environmental practices. The results imply that practice internalization is more subtle than previously understood in the literature. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Purnawirawan N.,University of Antwerp | Dens N.,Antwerp Management School | de Pelsmacker P.,Ghent University
Journal of Electronic Commerce Research | Year: 2014

In two studies, we investigate how consumers cope with online reviews that are in conflict with each other. Using a 2 (review set balance: positive, negative) x 2 (review source: expert, non-expert) x 2 (review content: coherent, incoherent) experimental design, the first study investigates how readers process information when they are faced with conflicting reviews and the extent to which people use consensus heuristics (both in terms of valence and content) and source heuristics to form an impression and purchase intention. Using a 2 (valence of expert review: positive, negative) x 2 (content of expert review: coherent, incoherent) experimental design, the second study further investigates the role of expert sources and conflicting review information for impression formation and purchase intention in neutrally balanced review sets. Results indicate a strong presence of a consensus heuristic: a positive balance generates a significantly better review impression and purchase intention than a negative balance. Furthermore, our results also suggest a double discounting phenomenon: a review is more likely to be discounted when it comes from an expert and/or when the content of the review is not coherent with the rest of the reviews in the set. Implications and suggestions for further research are formulated.

Bobbert Y.,University of Antwerp | Mulder H.,Antwerp Management School
Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences | Year: 2013

This paper describes the application of Group Support Systems (GSS) in the field of Business Information Security Governance (BISG). The focus is on longitudinal small team collaboration - for instance within Boards of Directors (BoD) and groups of experts - with large amounts of items. Apart from this focus on small groups, there is an operational link to the Information Security Management cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act i.e. ISO27000 norms). This link results for expert and management teams in collaboration on lots of items (e.g. 133 controls or in this case 228 best practices). This paper presents the findings of an initial research phase and presents a comprehensive, thoroughly selected core set of BISG practices to be used by practitioners. It shows how GSS can play a facilitating role in small team collaboration with large amounts of data. It concludes with suggestions for further empirical research into the BISG topic. © 2012 IEEE.

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