Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
London Business School


Freek Vermeulen is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, where he teaches on the MBA and Executive levels. He has designed and taught some of the School’s most successful courses such as Strategic Management, General Management, Strategies for Growth, and Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances which, in combination, earned him the School’s “Best Teacher Award”. In addition, in 2008, he was announced as the first ever recipient of London Business School’s “Excellence in Teaching Award”.

Over the past years, Freek has acted as an advisor and worked on executive programmes for companies such as BP, EDS, The Guardian, the Fiat Group, IBM, KPMG, Lloyd’s, Lufthansa, Maersk, Novartis, PwC, Roche, Sara Lee, ThyssenKrupp, Toshiba, Vodafone and various others. He is also a much sought-after keynote speaker on company and industry conferences, covering topics such as strategic innovation, execution, stimulating growth and international strategy. In 2009, the Financial Times wrote about Freek: “The London Business School associate professor is a rising star and his pithy observations are both accessible and authoritative”. In 2011, the same newspaper described him as a new management guru.

Freek’s research on strategies for growth has been published extensively in highly reputed academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal. As a result, he received the prestigious “Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award”, particularly for his research on international expansion, and the INFORMS/ISA Best Paper Award for his research on organisational learning. In addition, his views on management appeared in global practitioner outlets, such as the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. He also wrote a popular business blog for the Harvard Business Review (called „Strategy Freek“), which was covered in Business Week, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, among others.  He now writes a blog for Forbes and for the Harvard Business Review.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and the European Management Review. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management and served on the Advisory Council of the Academy of Management Journal. Freek obtained a PhD in business administration (“cum laude”) from Tilburg University and a PhD in Organisation Studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

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