Associate Professor Ysabel Nauwelaerts

Current Affiliation
Associate Professor Ysabel Nauwelaerts
Research Associate CEMI
Associate Professor Lessius Hogeschool

Ysabel Nauwelaerts is associate professor and coordinator of internationalization at Lessius, Department of Business Studies. She is also associated researcher at the Research Centre for Management, Strategy and Innovation, Faculty of Business and Economics, KU Leuven and co-founder and academic coordinator of Concreas, the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sectors.  She graduated as a Master in Applied Economics (UA), and holds a DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) from the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.  She became doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1999. Her main research interests focus on international strategies and relocation of firms in globalized markets, innovation in SME’s and entrepreneurship in creative / design sectors. Recent research projects focus on international new ventures, innovation management of Flemisch SME’s, measurement of added value by design and entrepreneurship in the creative sector.

Ysabel was the leader of the Belgian team that investigated the innovation management practices of small firms within the Flemish Creative Industries sector. She co-authored a chapter on this sector in conjunction with Frederik Van Assche and Ilke Van Beveren for the book Strategic Innovation in Small Firms: An International Analysis of Innovation and Strategic Decision Making in Small to Medium Enterprises, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, Northampton MA USA.