• Prof. Dr. Michael Dooms

Fields of specialization:

  • Stakeholder management and strategic planning for large-scale infrastructure projects
  • International Business
  • Organizational Change and Development

Short bio:

Dr. Michaël Dooms (MSc Business and Technology, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels – VUB, 2001, Magna Cum Laude; PhD Applied Economics: Business and Technology, VUB, 2010) is affiliated as assistant professor with the Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels (VUB).  He is program director of the MSc in Management and the MSc in Bedrijfskunde. At the VUB, he teaches courses in Management and Strategy, Organization Theory & Development and is responsible for the Internship program and the Foreign Trade Mission. His PhD thesis treats the spatial and dynamic aspects of stakeholder management, with an application to large-scale infrastructure projects.  He won the 2011 Palgrave MacMillan MEL PhD Competition (4th edition). He is member of PortEconomics.eu and a member of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN), where he co-animates the port authority strategy group. His other research interests are in the fields of complex project evaluation in the infrastructure sector, international business and corporate strategy.  He teaches management courses in international programs at the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management (ITMMA) in Antwerp as well as the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he is the coordinator of the Port Management 1&2 modules of the MEL programme at Erasmus School of Economics.  He has worked as a project manager and researcher on several research and consulting projects, which need a multi-disciplinary (integration of technical, economic and environmental criteria) and multi-stakeholder (public and private sector, local communities) approach, such as the Master plan 2015 for the port of Brussels, the expansion of the DHL-hub at Brussels National Airport, the Economic Development Studies 2030 for the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge and the storage of nuclear waste. In the field of strategic management and organizational development, he was closely involved in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel, one of Belgium’s largest State owned enterprises in the period 2005-2010. From next October 2013, he will act as the coordinator of a large-scale collaborative research project within the EU-FP7 program, to develop a European Port Observatory measuring the industry’s performance. In the management of the University of Brussels, he has been member of the plenary Education Council since 2002 and board member since 2004, which allowed him to closely follow the implementation of the Bologna reform. During 2005-2008, as a representative of the teaching and research assistants, he was appointed as the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Brussels. He is co-founder and director at €SPACE, a university spin-off company providing research and consulting services for the management of complex spatial and infrastructure projects.

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