Victor Gilsing Victor Gilsing

Full Professor
Expert areas: Context (Technology), Family Business (Strategy and Innovation), Management & Organisation (Innovation Management), Strategy & Innovation (Entrepreneurship, Process Innovation, Product Innovation, Strategic Innovation)


Victor A. Gilsing (1969) is a Full Professor at ACED, Faculty of Applied Economics at Antwerp University. Furthermore, he is a Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at the School of Business & Economics at the Free University Amsterdam. His academic research has been published in ISI top journals such as Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technovation, R&D Management and others.

For the period of 2015 - 2020, he has received a prestigious Odysseus research grant (November 2014) from the Flanders Science Foundation for a research program on the role of Top Managers and the Board of Directors in the building of an innovative organization that nurtures corporate entrepreneurship and creates breakthrough innovations.

He has extensive experience in teaching for both PhD and Master students as well as for (Senior) Executives, CFOs and corporate & independent venture managers, on topics such as corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, innovation strategy and external collaboration.


  • Direct and mediated ties to universities: scientific absorptive capacity and innovation performance of pharmaceutical companies, V. Gilsing, R. Belderbos and S. Suzuki, 2015, Strategic Organization
  • Technology alliances in emerging economies: persistence and interrelation in European firms'
    alliance formation, R. Belderbos, V. Gilsing and J. Jacobs, R&D Management(5-Yr IF = 3.17)
  • Book Chapters:

    -          Corporate Venturing at Unilever (2014), co-authored with  J. van den Bosch

    -          NRC-Next: Strategic Renewal at NRC (2014), co-authored with  J. van den Bosch

    -          Corporate innovation at Rabobank (2014), co-authored with  J. van den Bosch

    All three chapters are published in Corporate venturing: organizing for innovation by  Jessica van den Bosch and Geert Duysters, Edward Elgar (Cheltenham)

  • Strategies for designing new venture units in complex contexts (2014), co-authored with J. van Burg, I. Reymen & A. Romme, in: Academic spin-offs and technology transfer in Europe, Best practices and breakthrough models to bring R&D and science into practice by G. Festel& S. De Cleyn (eds.)
  • The Formation of Fairness Perceptions in the Cooperation between Entrepreneurs and
    Universities, J.C. van Burg, V.A. Gilsing, I. Reymen and G. Romme, 2013,  Journal of
    Product Innovation Management
    (5-Yr IF = 3.64)