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De Meyer, Arnoud

Prior to becoming President of SMU , Dr. Arnoud De Meyer was Professor of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge and Director of Judge Business School. Earlier on he was Professor of Technology Management at INSEAD, where he assumed several management positions, including that of Founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore. Arnoud De Meyer has published extensively on international manufacturing strategy and innovation management. He is outside Director of Option NV (Belgium) and Dassault Systèmes SA (France) and Non-Executive Board Member of the Management Board of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. He has lived and worked in six countries.

President of the Asia Pacific Decision Sciences Institute. Member of the Board of Dassault Systemes, Paris (from 2005), Option International, N.V., Belgium (from 1997), and the ifs School of Finance Board of Governors (from 2008). Member of the EPSRC College. Previously, Professor De Meyer has been a Non-Executive Board Member of the Management Board of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (from 2007-2009), a member of the Singapore Economic Review Committee (2002) and the Advisory Board of the Waseda Asia-Pacific Institute (1997-2000), and a board member of Infocomm Development Authority, Singapore (2000-2003), Sentosa Island Corporation, Singapore (2001-2002), Ancorabel, N.V., Belgium (1998-2003), the Euro-Asia Centre, Fontainebleau (1988-1992), Video Management, Belgium (1988-2000), and Terbeke International N.V., Netherlands (1986-1989).

Before joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor De Meyer was associated for 23 years with INSEAD as a professor and as Dean for the MBA programme, Executive Education and the Euro Asia Centre. He was also the founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore. Professor De Meyer has been a part-time professor at the University of Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium, and was a visiting professor at the University of Kiel, Waseda University in Tokyo, Keio University in Tokyo, and the Birla Institute of Technology in India.

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing and technology strategy
  • The implementation of new manufacturing technologies
  • The management of R&D
  • How innovation can be managed more effectively
  • Project management under conditions of high uncertainty
  • Management and innovation in Asia
  • The globalization of Asian firms
  • The management of novel projects; e-readiness in Europe.

Prof. Arnoud De Meyer is a member of the Management Science & Operations research group, The International Business Research Group and the Operations, Information & Technology teaching group.

He is also CEIBS Member of the Academic Council, representing INSEAD and Fellow of the International Academy of Management.


Journal Articles

  • De Meyer, A. (1983) “Management of technology in traditional industries: a pilot study in ten Belgian companies.” R&D Management, 13(1): 15-22 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1983.tb01125.x)
  • De Meyer, A. (1984) “A technological lifecycle approach to the organisational factors determining gatekeeper activities.” R&D Management, 14(4): 239-246 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1984.tb00520.x)
  • De Meyer, A. and Ferdows, K. (1985) “Integration of information systems in manufacturing.” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 5(2): 5-12 (DOI: 10.1016/0305-0483(87)90072-7)
  • De Meyer, A.C.L. (1985) “The flow of technological innovation in an R&D department.” Research Policy, 14(6): 315-328 (DOI: 10.1016/0048-7333(85)90002-2)
  • De Meyer, A. (1986) “European manufacturing: a comparative study (1985).” European Management Journal, 4(2): 128-134 (DOI: 10.1016/S0263-2373(86)80022-6)
  • De Meyer, A. (1986) “Large European manufacturers and the management of R&D.” R&D Management, 16(2): 81-88 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1986.tb01161.x)
  • De Meyer, A. and Ferdows, K. (1987) “Managerial focal points in manufacturing strategy.” International Journal of Production Research, 25(11): 1551-1562
  • Ferdows, K. and De Meyer, A. (1988) “European manufacturers: the dangers of complacency.” Columbia Journal of World Business, 23(3): 15-23
  • De Meyer, A. (1988) “German, French and British manufacturing strategies compared: a growth towards each other.” European Management Journal, 6(2): 92-101 (DOI: 10.1016/0263-2373(88)90016-3)
  • Tombak, M. and De Meyer, A. (1988) “Flexibility and FMS: an empirical analysis.” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 35(2): 101-107 (DOI: 10.1109/17.6012)
  • De Meyer, A. and Mizushima, A. (1989) “Global R&D management.” R&D Management, 19(2): 135-146 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1989.tb00634.x)
  • De Meyer, A., Nakane, J., Miller, J.G. and Ferdows, K. (1989) “Flexibility: the next competitive battle: the manufacturing futures survey.” Strategic Management Journal, 10(2): 135-144
  • De Meyer, A. (1990) “How to arrive at computer integrated manufacturing: a 3-year survey.” European Journal of Operational Research, 47(2): 239-247
  • Weitz, R.R. and De Meyer, A. (1990) “Managing expert systems: a framework and case study.” Information and Management, 19(2): 115-131 (DOI: 10.1016/0378-7206(90)90021-9)
  • De Meyer, A. and Ferdows, K. (1990) “Influence of manufacturing improvement programmes on performance.” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 10(2): 10-21 (DOI: 10.1108/01443579010005939)
  • Ferdows, K. and De Meyer, A. (1990) “Lasting improvements in manufacturing performance: in search of a new theory.” Journal of Operations Management, 9(2): 168-184
  • De Meyer, A. and van Hooland, B (1990) “The contribution of manufacturing to shortening design cycle times.” R&D Management, 20(3): 229-239 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1990.tb00712.x)
  • Moenaert, R.K., Deschoolmeester, D., De Meyer, A. and Barbé, J. (1990) “Organizational strategy and resource allocation for technological turnaround.” R&D Management, 20(4): 291-303 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1990.tb00719.x)
  • De Meyer, A. and Schütte, H. (1990) “Trends in the development of information technology and their effects on the production structure in Europe.” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 2(2): 143-158 (DOI: 10.1080/09537329008524003)
  • De Meyer, A. and Ferdows, K. (1991) “Removing the barriers in manufacturing: the 1990 European manufacturing futures survey.” European Management Journal, 9(1): 22-29 (DOI: 10.1016/0263-2373(91)90046-S)
  • De Meyer, A. (1991) “Organisational leverage effect in innovation.” European Management Journal, 9(4): 397-403 (DOI: 10.1016/0263-2373(91)90100-5)
  • De Meyer, A. (1991) “The manufacturing contribution to innovation.” Journal of High Technology Management Research, 2(2): 223-236 (DOI: 10.1016/1047-8310 (91)90006-A)
  • De Meyer, A. (1991) “Tech talk: how managers are stimulating global R&D communication.” MIT Sloan Management Review, 32(3): 49-58
  • Schneider, S.C. and De Meyer, A. (1991) “Interpreting and responding to strategic issues: the impact of national culture.” Strategic Management Journal, 12(4): 307-320
  • Moenaert, R.K., Deschoolmeester, D., De Meyer, A. and Souder, W.E. (1992) “Information styles of marketing and R&D personnel during technological product innovation projects.” R&D Management, 22(1): 21-40 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1992.tb00786.x)
  • De Meyer, A. (1993) “Management of an international network of industrial R and D laboratories.” R&D Management, 23(2): 109-120 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.1993.tb00079.x)
  • De Meyer, A. (1993) “Internationalizing R and D improves a firm’s technical learning.” Research Technology Management, 36(4): 42-49
  • Moenaert, R.K., Souder, W.E., De Meyer, A. and Deschoolmeester, D. (1994) “R&D – marketing integration mechanisms, communication flows, and innovation success.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 11(1): 31-45 (DOI: 10.1111/1540-5885.1110031)
  • Moenaert, R.K., De Meyer, A., Souder, W.E. and Deschoolmeester, D. (1995) “R&D/marketing communication during the fuzzy front-end.” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 42(3): 243-258 (DOI: 10.1109/17.403743)
  • De Meyer, A. (1998) “Manufacturing operations in Europe: where do we go next?” European Management Journal, 16(3): 262-271 (DOI: 10.1016/S0263-2373(98)00003-6)
  • De Meyer, A. (1999) “Using strategic partnerships to create a sustainable competitive position for hi-tech start-up firms.” R&D Management, 29(4): 323-328 (DOI: 10.1111/1467-9310.00143)
  • Loch, C.H., De Meyer, A., Terwiesch, C. (2000) “Preliminary information, interdependence and task concurrency in product development.” Organization Science, 13(4): 402-419
  • De Meyer, A. (2001) “Technology transfer into China: preparing for a new era.” European Management Journal, 19(2): 140-144
  • Pich, M.T., Loch, C.H. and De Meyer, A. (2002) “On uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in project management.” Management Science, 48(8): 1008-1024
  • De Meyer, A. (2003) “Strategic issues facing business schools.” Decision Line, 34(2): 4-9
  • De Meyer, A. and Loh, C. (2004) “Impact of information and communications technologies on government innovation policy: an international comparison.” International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, 2(1): 1-29
  • De Meyer, A. (2004) “Renouvellement et innovation.” L’Observateur de l’OCDE, 243: 50-51
  • Vereecke, A., Van Dierdonck, R. and De Meyer, A. (2006) “A typology of plants in global manufacturing networks.” Management Science, 52(11): 1737-1750 (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1060.0582)
  • De Meyer, A. (2008) “Technology strategy and China’s technology capacity building.” Journal of Technology Management in China, 3(2): 137-153 (DOI: 10.1108/17468770810881086)
  • De Meyer, A. and Vereecke, A. (2009) “How to optimise knowledge sharing in a factory network.” The McKinsey Quarterly, 4 : 1-7
  • Books, Monographs, Reports & Case Studies
  • De Meyer, A., Sutta, S. and Srivastava, S. (2002) The bright stuff: how innovative people and technology can make the old economy new. London: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
  • De Meyer, A., Mar, P.C.M., Richter, F.R. and Williamson, P. (2005) Global future: the next challenge for Asian business. Singapore: J. Wiley and Sons.
  • De Meyer A. and Garg, S. (2005) Inspire to innovate, management of innovation in Asia. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Loch, C.H., De Meyer, A. and Pich, M.T. (2006) Managing the unknown: a new approach to managing high uncertainty and risk in projects. London: J. Wiley and Sons.

Book Chapters

  • De Meyer, A. (1985) “The link between technological life-cycle and the flow of information in an R&D department.” In Mar, B.W., Newell, W.T. and Saxberf, B.O. (eds.): Managing high technology. North-Holland: Elsevier Science, pp.353-366
  • Moenaert, R., Barbé, J., Deschoolmeester, D. and De Meyer, A. (1990) “Turnaround strategies for strategic business units with an ageing technology.” In Loveridge, R. and Pitt, M. (eds.): The strategic management of technological innovation. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, pp.39-62
  • De Meyer, A. (1991) “New manufacturing strategies: taking advantage of uniform standards and alternative technologies.” In Makridakis, S.G. (ed.): Single market Europe: opportunities and challenges for business. Oxford: Jossey-Bass, pp.119-140
  • De Meyer, A. (1992) “The development/manufacturing interface: empirical analysis of the 1990 European manufacturing futures survey.” In Susman, G.I. (ed.): Integrating design and manufacturing for competitive advantage. New York: Oxford University Press, pp.310
  • De Meyer, A. (1992) “An empirical investigation of manufacturing strategies in European industry.” In Voss, C.A. (ed.): Manufacturing strategy: process and content. London: Chapman and Hall, pp.221-238
  • De Meyer, A. (1992) “Management on international R&D operations.” In Granstrand, O., H&acirck;kanson, L. and Sjölander, S. (eds.): Technology management and international business: internationalization of R&D and technology. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, pp.163-178
  • De Meyer, A. (1994) “Comment on “TheJapanese presence in the European financial services sector” by Hawawini, G. and Schill, M..” In Mason, M. and Encarnation, D. (eds.): Does ownership matter? Japanese multinationals in Europe. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp.288-292
  • De Meyer, A. (1996) “Product development in the textile machinery industry.” In Nishiguchi, T. (ed.): Managing product development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.280-292
  • De Meyer, A. and Garg, S. (2006) “What is different about innovation in Asia.” In Peeters, C. and van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, B. (eds.): Economic and management perspectives on intellectual property rights. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.266
  • De Meyer, A. (2007) “Strategic epistemology: innovation and organizational wisdom.” In Kessler, E.H. and Bailey, J.R. (eds.): Handbook of organizational and managerial wisdom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc, pp.357-374
  • De Meyer, A. and Loch, C.H. (2008) “Technology strategy.” In Loch, C.H. and Kavadias, S. (eds.): Handbook of new product development management. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd, pp.27-48

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