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Associate Professor

Benjamin Huybrechts conducts research and supervises several PhD theses in the area of social entrepreneurship, more particularly on topics including collective dynamics underlying the emergence of social entrepreneurship (e.g. teams, incubators, coworking spaces, etc.), the governance of social enterprises as "hybrid" organizational forms, and the institutional diffusion of social innovations through cross-sector partnerships and meta-organizations such as federations and networks. His empirical work deals with several types of organizational forms (cooperatives, nonprofits, social businesses, etc.) and fields (fair trade, renewable energy, recycling, etc.), with publications in journals such as Organization Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and the International Small Business Journal.


2011: Postdoctoral research stay, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
2010: PhD in Management Sciences, HEC Liège Management School, University of Liège
2005: Master in Development & Environmental Studies, Catholic University of Louvain
2003: Master in Management Sciences at Louvain School of Management, Catholic University of Louvain
2001: Bachelor in Management Sciences at ICHEC Brussels Management School


2012 Emerging Scholar Award of Merit by the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)

Winner of the 2011 Best Thesis Prize awarded by the “Réseau international sur les organisations et le développement durable – RIODD”

Winner of the 2010 “Jacques Tymen Prize” awarded by the Association d’Economie Sociale

Winner of the 2010 “Best Post-Doctoral Research Award” by CBC Bank & Insurance

Winner of the 2006 “Vanthournout Research Award”

Winner of the 2002-2003 Louvain School of Management “Best Master Thesis Award” (together with M. Manigart)


2011-2017: Associate (initially Assistant) Professor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, HEC Liège, University of Liège; Director of the PhD program in Management

Scientific CommitteesTop

Regular reviewer for several journals such as: Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, the Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics,Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, the Public Management Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, etc.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise Journal

Guest Editor (special issues) for the Journal of Business Ethics and the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics


EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), EMES Research Network on Social Enterprise, Réseau International de Recherche sur les Organisations et le Développement Durable (RIODD), International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), “Fairness” Fair Trade Research Network

Courses taughtTop

BBA2 : Projet de création d’entreprise ou d’innovation
BBA2 : Introduction au Management
BBA3 : Human resource management
BBA3 : Social entrepreneurship: Global issues and African perspectives
EMBA : Dynamiques entrepreneuriales

Research InterestTop

Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial teams, hybrid organizational forms, social enterprises, cooperatives, governance, cross-sector partnerships, corporate social responsibility, institutional theory, qualitative research, fair trade, renewable energy, recycling

Communications & SeminarsTop

Regular attendence of conferences: EGOS, ISTR, EMES, ISIRC, etc.

Co-organizer (with Bob Doherty, Helen Haugh and Roy Suddaby) of the international research seminar “Working through Rhetoric in Management and Marketing” (University of York 2015)

Co-organizer of the 4th EMES Research Conference on Social Enterprise (Liege 2013)

Co-organizer of the “Fair Trade International Symposia” (Montpellier 2008 and Liverpool 2012)

Co-organizer of the Doctoral Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (SEPHI) at HEC Liège and ESSEC (2012-2016)

Invited lecturer (seminars or courses) at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, University of Luxembourg, University of Bologne, University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Saïd Business School-University of Oxford, Open University Business School