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Jacqueline Fendt is emeritus professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe and founder and former Scientific Director of the school’s Chair of Entrepreneurship (now JB Say Institute). She holds bachelors in organization science and business administration (distinction), an MBA from GSBA/Boston University, a Ph.D. in mathematics (cum laude) from Leiden University, Netherlands, a PhD in business administration from JCME Boston/Zurich and a Habilitation in Management Science from Strasbourg University, France. After teenage years as a national swimming champion Jacqueline Fendt founded and managed her first company at age 23 in Malta: a translation and interpretation service. Back in her native Switzerland she then embarked upon a corporate career with executive positions at Ciba-Geigy Basel (now Novartis), Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP) in Zurich and Siber Hegner Group (now DKSH) in Tokyo. In 1994 she was appointed CEO of Swiss Shipping and Neptune Co. Ltd (now Rhenus) in Basel, and radically restructured this mythical but deficitary European inland navigation group. In March 1997 Jacqueline Fendt was appointed by the Swiss Government to head Expo.01, a large once-in-a-generation national exhibition for which she raised several hundred million Euros before leaving the project in a highly mediated political clash. In 1999 she founded and chaired Business Angels Schweiz,www.businessangels.ch), an organization that identifies, finances and coaches promising seed and start-up companies, mainly in bio- and nanotech. From 2001-2004 she was Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration (www.gsba.ch). Jacqueline also serves on the boards of international companies in the life sciences and transportation industries and is a long-standing expert to the European Commission in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Strategy & Organization
Research Methods
Organizational Behavior

Conference Proceedings

FENDT, J., SCHULER, R. and S. JACKSON (2005), Human Resource Management Issues in Cross-Border Alliances, in: SCULLION H., LINEHAN M. (eds), International Human Resource Management: A Critical Text, Palgrave Macmillan, in press.
FENDT, J., SCHULER, R. and S. JACKSON (2003), HR Leader, Staff and Department, in: BERNDT R. (ed.), Leadership in Turbulent Times - vol. 10, Springer, in press.
FENDT, J. (2003), Pre- and Post-Enron Learnings on Leadership in M&A Environments, in: BERNDT R. (ed.), Leadership in Turbulent Times - vol. 10, Springer, in press.
FENDT, J. (2007), CEO Discourse in Mergers and Acquisitions: Toward a Theory of the Promise-Realities Gap, in: PASMORE B., WOODMAN R. (eds), Research in Organizational Change and Development - vol. 16, Elsevier, pp 105-153 49 p.
FENDT, J. (2002), Why German Entrepreneurial Activity is still Lagging Behind the USA: Looking at Social Legitimacy, Equity Financing and Managerial Competence, in: BERNDT R. (ed.), Management Konzepte für die New Economy, Springer, in press.
FENDT, J. and S. BUREAU (2010), Small business education in a "grande nation" : antinomy, opportunity or both ?, in: FAYOL A., Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education, Vol. 3: Perspectives International, Edward Elgar, 86-109.


KAMINSKA-LABBE, R., SACHS, W. and J. FENDT (2008), Producing and Socializing Relevant Management Knowledge: Re-turn to Pragmatism, EUROPEAN BUSINESS REVIEW, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 471-491 21 p.
FENDT, J. and W. SACHS (2008), Grounded Theory Method in Management Research : Users' Perspectives, ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH METHODS, vol.11, issue 3, pp 430-455 26 p.
FENDT, J. (2006), CEOs and Managerialism, Success Trap, Blind Trust and Global Mindset: Introducing the Individual Vigilance/Social Experimentation Framework, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS RESEARCH, pp 1-32 32 p, Best paper award at the European Applied Business Research Conference, June 4-7, 2006, Florence, Ita.
FENDT, J. (2003), Pre- and post-Enron Learnings on Learning in M&A Environments: A qualitative study on the Influence of Management Andragogy on Executives' Ability to Successfully Manage M&As, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, in press., Best Paper Award at the Business & Economic Research Conference, Las Vegas, 2002.
FENDT, J. (2002), Learnings about Learning in M&A Transitions, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, pp 315-324 10 p, Outstanding Paper Award.
BUREAU, S. and J. FENDT (2011), Entrepreneurship in the informal economy: why it matters?, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION, 2, 12, 85–94.
FENDT, J. and R. KAMINSKA-LABBE (2011), Relevance and creativity through design-driven action research: Introducing pragmatic adequacy, EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp.217-233 17 p.
BUREAU, S. and J. FENDT (2012), La dérive "situationniste". Le plus court chemin pour apprendre à entreprendre ?, in : Le management face à la complexité, REVUE FRANCAISE DE GESTION, 4, 223, 181-200.
SALVADOR, E., BUREAU, S. and J. FENDT (2012), Small firms and the growth stage: can entrepreneurship education programmes be supportive ?, INDUSTRY AND HIGHER EDUCATION, 2, 26, 79-100.
JONSEN, K., FENDT, J. and S. POINT (2018), Convincing Qualitative Research: What Constitutes Persuasive Writing?, ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH METHODS, 21(1), pp. 30-67.
POINT, S., FENDT, J. and K. JONSEN (2017), Qualitative Inquiry in Management: Methodological Dilemmas and Concerns in Meta-Analysis, EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 185-204.


FENDT, J. (2005), The CEO in post-merger situations: An emerging theory on the management of multiple realities, Delft, Eburon.

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