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dr. Marc Bahlmann currently is employed as assistant professor (tenured) at the Management and Organization department of the School of Business and Economics (SBE). He holds a PhD-degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). During his PhD, Marc served as chair of SBE's PhD council. Besides teaching and research, Marc also coordinates the Business Administration bachelor's program.  


Marc Bahlmann is intrigued by the difference that space makes in innovation and organizational learning. With his research, Marc aims to uncover how a start-up's innovative performance is shaped by geography. More specifically, he studies how start-ups identify and obtain valuable knowledge and technologies in the global knowledge landscape. So doing, he currently focuses on the role of start-ups' geographic network configuration and their participation in both local and non-local networks, in order to better understand how their external knowledge sourcing translates into optimal innovative performance. Also, he studies start-ups' venture capital portfolios. 

His research has been published in, among others, Journal of Economic Geography (Oxford Univ. Press), Industrial & Corporate Change (Oxford Univ. Press), and Industry & Innovation (Routledge).


Master's thesis | Bachelor's thesis | Research Design in Management Field Research (PhD-level course) | Applied Strategy (Master's level course)

Prizes and Awards

2010 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Meeting. Article: ‘Does distance matter? An empirical exploration of the geography of learning’.

Ancillary activities

  • IJGC - Worldwide | Antwerpen | Adviseur lid advisory board | 2019-01-01 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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