Second Edition of the IÉSEG Teaching Excellence Awards

Rather than choosing between research and teaching, IÉSEG School of Management has adopted a balanced strategy between both. Thus, our professors produce top-level research, and deliver an outstanding learning experience to their students.

In order to highlight IÉSEG’s commitment to constantly improving pedagogy across all programs, and to acknowledge some of the outstanding contributions from our faculty, the School launched in 2019 the IÉSEG Teaching Excellence Awards, which are which are presented each year to professors at the School.

Based on the teaching evaluations of the School’s students, 44 professors were nominated for the 2020 Awards across the following four categories: Bachelor level, Master level, Postgraduate programs, and Executive Education.

The nominated professors had to then submit a proposal that included a teaching-focused CV and a document outlining for example: their vision on teaching and learning (how they influence, motivate and inspire their students to learn); how they contribute to the development of curricula, resources or services that support learning, and how they develop their own and other professors’ teaching skills or contribute to the development of new teaching methods.

A jury composed of Program Directors and professors that had received awards last year then selected a winner for each of the four categories. These were announced during an online event in mid-December bringing together staff from the School:

Bachelor level: Olivier Bouclier and Thomas Leclercq (ex aequo).

Olivier Bouclier teaches subjects related to strategy, organizational behavior and leadership. He has over 20 years of international management and sales experience in the high-tech and higher education sectors. He earned his doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University (USA) and his case studies focus on management and leadership.

Thomas Leclercq is professor of marketing at IÉSEG. He received his PhD from Louvain School of Management, Belgium. His research focuses on the field of services, innovation and digital marketing, covering topics related to co-creation of value, online communities, customer engagement and gamification.

Master’s level: Luc Desrousseaux is a professor of audit and accounting at IÉSEG where he teaches courses on topics such as data analytics and acquisition auditing etc. Holder of a PhD from HEC Montreal, Canada and of the CFA and CAIA certifications, he has worked for ten years in the financial sector in auditing, financial analysis and investment fund management. His research focuses on shareholder activism and financial and extra-financial reporting.

Postgraduate programs: Stefan Creemers is professor of operations management at IÉSEG where he teaches courses on project management and other topics. He obtained his PhD at KU Leuven, Belgium and his research topics are project, supply chain and inventory management.

– Executive Education: Barbara Slavich is professor of management and Academic Director of the Master of Science in Fashion Management at IÉSEG. She holds a double PhD degree in Management from ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain) and Università Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy) and teaches courses on organization theory and design, design thinking and creativity, leadership, organizational behavior and change management. Her research focuses on creativity management, the emergence of new styles and on organizational processes and intangible assets in luxury industries.

Loic PLE, Director of Pedagogy at IÉSEG, explains: “these awards highlight the extent to which our faculty are involved in the learning experience of our students. One of the key words that came up most often in the applications submitted by the nominees was “passion”. A passion for teaching, and an ongoing commitment to the success of IÉSEG students! This commitment is demonstrated both through the exchanges that professors have directly with students, but also through the support and advice they provide to colleagues who are always looking to improve the quality of their courses.”