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 International Development for the Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences. He is also a Principal Lecturer within the Business School and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation.
Wim is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Manager and a Shared Service Architects Fellow.
Research and knowledge exchange
Wim's research interests include entrepreneurial learning and the development of entrepreneurials skills, start-ups, social enterprise, and business models used in start-ups and social enterprise.
Current research involvements include:
- The IBM Universities Business Challenge project. This project, which is carried out together with Learning Dynamics (i.e. the company that developed and is running the challenge), intends to build up research evidence on the impact of business competitions on entrepreneurial learning and skills development. This research is aimed at all students in the UK who have participated in the 2011 -2012 challenge and also investigates why universities participate in the challenge.
- The SMESESAP project. This project, financed by the Belgian Government, investigates the drivers of innovation in SMEs and the impact of innovation on growth and employment. This project is carried out concurrently in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK in order to allow for an international comparison.
In terms of knowledge exchagne, recent 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 and Business Model Generation and leads the Business School's involvement in the IBM Universities Business Challenge. He also teaches the Developing a Shared Service Roadmap module on the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation.
Wim's subject expertise is in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, business development and strategy.
Recent confernce presentations include:
- 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., 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. (forthcoming/accepted)
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.