Christophe Van Puymbroeck
Christophe is a member of the Intercultural Education Development (IED) research group at the Rotterdam Business School. Furthermore he is involved in a number of research projects at the Knowledge Centre Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Christophe’s research interests fall in three main areas: the way in which companies can use cultural diversity as a possible driver of innovation and business performance, the relationship between language proficiency (MOI), study performance and the development of intercultural communication competences (ICC) and the antecedents of successful entrepreneurship in a multicultural and metropolitan setting. His research activities involve joint research projects as well as individual research projects.
Furthermore he regularly gives presentations and workshops on intercultural competences to students, lecturers and management, with a view to developing and integrating intercultural and multicultural competences in the curriculum of the Rotterdam Business School and the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences as a whole.
Current research project:
Joint research project within IED research team: Silicon Valley Study
In conjunction with his colleagues of the Intercultural Education Development team he is involved in a research project on cultural diversity in tech and bio-tech start ups in Silicon Valley. The main objective of this qualitative research project is to explore the attitudes of Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and recruitment professionals towards cultural diversity as a possible driver of innovation.
Individual research project within IED research team: MOIIC Study
The MOIIC study focuses on the relationship between language proficiency in students (MOI), their academic study performance and the development of Intercultural Communication Competences within a business school context. The main objective of this large-scale quantitative study among freshman and sophomore students is to determine to what extent language proficiency in students and mode of instruction (MOI) within an interactive business school context impacts students’ academic study performance as well as the way in which they build up intercultural communication competences (ICC).
Joint research projects in conjunction with the Knowledge Centre Innovative Entrepreneurship: The Rotterdam Business Case
In conjunction with Jacqueline Jumelet of the Knowledge Centre Innovative Entrepreneurship Christophe is involved in a longitudinal research project that aims to explore the antecedents of successful entrepreneurship within a multicultural and metropolitan setting. More specifically the research focuses on how entrepreneurs that have fallen on hard times deal with challenges and hindrances (based on the Jobs Demands Resources Model, Bakker & Demerouti, 2007; Demerouti et al., 2001) as well as the positive impact of the work-study consultancy firm the Rotterdam Business Case (consisting of junior students of the of the Rotterdam University of Applied Science) on the long-term business survival of this specific group of entrepreneurs.
For more information about my research projects or for possible collaboration, please contact me at email@example.com.