Wim holds a PhD in Technology Management and an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, both from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Wim specialises in entrepreneurship and innovation, with a further interest in strategy and collaborative working.
Prior to joining Canterbury Christ Church University, Wim led a Business Advisory Services team at KPMG in Malta for six and a half years. During these years he provided a wide range of consultancy services to both private sector and public sector clients, with an emphasis on strategy, business development and improvement, economic impact assessments and policy development. Wim also held the post of Assistant Professor in Organisation Science for three years at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands prior to his move to Malta.
Wim is the Faculty Director for International Development for the Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences. He is also a Principal Lecturer and Director of Partnerships within the Business School.
Wim is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Manager and a Collaborative Transformation Architect Fellow.
Research and knowledge exchange
Wim's research focuses on business education and in particular the role of business simulations for applied experiential learning. He is further involved in research related to change management and in particular the effectiveness of public sector shared service and collaborative transformation initiatives.
In terms of knowledge exchagne, past projects include:
- The Folkestone Seafront Consultation. As part of the Folkestone Seafront redevelopment project, the Folkestone Harbour Company has carried out a large scale public consultation process in 2010, which was followed up by a second consultation process in 2011. During both processes, support was provided in capturing and analysing data during public consultation meetings, exhibitions, school visits and via online surveys.
- The Folkestone Triennial Review. The scope of this project was to evaluate whether the event has brought valuable business to Folkestone, how it has made the town a more interesting place to live in, work in or visit, as well as the influence on people’s interest or knowledge of contemporary art.
Teaching and subject expertise
In the area of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Wim is the module leader for New Venture Creation. He also teaches the Developing a Collaborative Transformation Roadmap module on the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation.
Over the years, Wim has regularly acted as a visiting lecturer at academic institutions across Europe, Asia and Australia providing courses in the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship and turnaround management
Wim's subject expertise is in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, change management and collaborative working.
Recent confernce presentations include:
- Fearon, C., van Vuuren, W. and McLaughlin, H. (2017) Student perceptions of an enterprise education competition: a multi-methods perspective. In: UK Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 25th-26th April, Bristol.
- van Vuuren, W., Marian, I. and Van Vuuren-Cassar, G. (2013) The IBM Universities Business Challenge: a review of entrepreneurial learning and employability skills development. In: The Role of Business Competitions, Challenges and Simulations for Nurturing Graduate Entrepreneurs, 23rd April 2013, Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Campus, Tunbridge Wells
- van Vuuren, W., Fearon, C. and Cardwell, P. (2012) Entrepreneurial learning and the IBM Universities Business Challenge. In: The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference, 7-8 November 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
- van Vuuren, W. and Macdonald-Wallace, D. (2010) What skills are required to be successful at shared services projects? In: The Future of Shared Services in Higher Education, 16 November, London.
Conference chair contributions include:
- Organiser and Chair: Accelerating Public Sector Collaborative Transformation conference. Canterbury, 27 June 2014
- Chair: Westminster Briefing. Public Sector Shared Services Summit: Delivering Savings, Improving Service, London, 15 October 2013
- Chair: Westminster Briefing. Shared Services in Higher Education. London, 18 September 2013
- Chair: Westminster Briefing event on the 25th of September 2012 on "The Future of Shared Services in Higher Education".
- Session chair: International Conference on Innovation and Management, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 14-16 November 2012
Publications and research outputs
Fearon, C., van Vuuren, W., McLaughlin, H. and Nachmias, S. (2019) 'Graduate employability, skills development and the UK's universities business challenge (UBC) competition: a self-determined learning perspective', Studies in Higher Education. (in press)
Fearon, C., Sama, A. and van Vuuren, W. (2017) 'Ways of working between third sector organizations and UK universities: are we getting it right?', Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, 31(4), pp. 17-20.
van Vuuren, W., Fearon, C., Van Vuuren-Cassar, G. and Crayford, J. (2014) Entrepreneurial learning and the IBM Universities Business Challenge: an experiential learning perspective. In Fayolle, A. and Redford, D. (eds.) Handbook on the Entrepreneurial University. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 392-413.
Crayford, J., Fearon, C., McLaughlin, H. and van Vuuren, W. (2012) 'Affirming entrepreneurial education: learning, employability and personal development', Industrial and Commercial Training, 44 (4), pp. 187-193.
Halman, J., Hofer, A. and van Vuuren, W. (2006) Platform driven development of product families. In: Simpson, T., Siddique, Z. and Jiao, J., eds. Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods and Application. New York: Springer, pp. 27-47.
Halman, J., Hofer, A. and van Vuuren, W. (2003) 'Platform-driven development of product families: linking theory with practice', Journal of Product Innovation Management, 20 (2), pp. 149-162.