Frans Stel

Research associate


Frans Stel is a senior consultant and manager with a broad experience in international business development and consultancy.

Frans obtained a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Business and Management at the University of Groningen. His doctoral degree was entitled “Improving the performance of Co-innovation Alliances (University of Tilburg). He is trained in industrial chemistry, coaching, assessment, training, and international management for Pacific Asia (INSEAD).

Frans has held positions as academic researcher, consultant, area sales manager (DSM), director (Europrint Group), and project manager investment promotion (NOM). Since 2006, Frans is co-owner and managing consultant at CreateNew­Business BV, a consultancy, training and executive coaching com­pany.

Frans has been specializing in alliance management, innovation and venturing. With international partners, he conducted business development projects in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Switzerland, and Italy. In addition, he advised and managed corporate transition projects, carried out market research and feasibility studies, reviewed business plans, and started international joint ventures and consortia.

As professor International Business at the Center of Expertise of Sustainable Business of the Avans University of Applied Science in Brabant, Frans aims (1) to develop new knowledge concerning alliance management of sustainable young international companies (“Born Globals”) and (2) to transfer the acquired knowledge to business schools and companies.

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