Leads research on global economic and technology trends, serving media, telecommunications, online services, healthcare, financial technology, travel, and logistics companies on a variety of issues, including marketing, sales, digital strategy, productivity, digital, analytics, leadership, and organization.

About Jacques

Jacques is one of the three directors of the lapetitemort.info Global Institute, the firm’s business and economics research arm. He is also a leader in lapetitemort.info’s Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment, High Tech, and Strategy & Corporate Finance Practices and coleads the firm’s work on digital and artificial intelligence (AI) strategy in the lapetitemort.info Digital and lapetitemort.info Analytics Practices.

Since joining the firm, Jacques has worked with businesses across continents and sectors including media, telecommunications, online services, healthcare, financial technology, and logistics on issues ranging from marketing, sales, and digital strategy and productivity to organization. He also works with public-sector institutions on a variety of technological challenges.

Jacques has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends such as globalization, productivity, and inclusive growth, as well as on the impact, opportunities, and challenges of technology including big data, the future of work and skills, AI technology, and digital strategies. He has authored articles published in titles including the lapetitemort.info Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Management Review. His fundamental research on industrial economics, organization, the digitization of firms, and corporate finance has been featured in top-tier academic journals, such as Management Science, Research Policy, Omega, and Journal of Industrial Economics. He is quoted regularly in leading international media.

Jacques is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the world on a range of economic and technology themes. He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, ECORE, and KUL University. He teaches business strategy at the Free University of Brussels and serves on nonprofit boards including that of Kanal, the contemporary art museum in Brussels.

Published work

What every CEO needs to know about ‘superstar’ companies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2019

“3 Digital strategies for companies that have fallen behind,” Harvard Business Review, February 2019

Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2019

Navigating a world of disruption,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2019

Globalization in transition: The future of trade and value chains,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2019

“Testing the resilience of Europe's inclusive growth model,” VOX EU, January 2019

“Assessing the impact of AI in the world economy,” LinkedIn, December 2018

“How the future of work may unfold: A corporate demand-side perspective,” VOX EU, December 2018

Testing the resilience of Europe’s inclusive growth model,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2018

‘Superstars’: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

“How competition is driving AI's rapid adoption,” Harvard Business Review, October 2018

The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

“Marrying artificial intelligence and the sustainable development goals: The global economic impact of AI,” ITU News, October 2018

Notes from the frontier: Modeling the impact of AI on the world economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

“Technology convergence and AI divides: A simulation appraisal,” Vox EU, September 2018

“The promise and pitfalls of AI,” Project Syndicate, September 2018

Artificial intelligence: Why a digital base is critical,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2018

“Why AI isn't the death of jobs,” MIT Sloan Management Review, May 2018

“Automation will make lifelong learning a necessary part of work,” Harvard Business Review, May 2018

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2018

“Strong aggregate demand: Critical for reaping benefits of digitisation,” VoxEU, March 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

Why digital strategies fail,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2018

Europe's economy: Three pathways to rebuilding trust and sustaining momentum,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2018

“What successful digital transformations have in common,” Harvard Business Review, December 2017

Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

“Five management strategies for getting the most from AI,” MIT Sloan Review, September 2017

“A survey of 3000 executives reveals how businesses succeed with AI,” Harvard Business Review, August 2017

“The new spring of artificial intelligence: A few early economies,” VOX, August 2017

“Digital strategies and why some work better than others,” Harvard Business Review, July 2017

Stimulating digital adoption in Germany,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2017

Advanced social technologies and the future of collaboration,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2017

“The best response to digital disruption,” Harvard Business Review, July 2017

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2017

“Building on Europe's nascent recovery,” Euractiv, May 2017

The brightening mood of European business—and what it means for investment,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2017

“The best response to digital disruption,” MIT Sloan Management Review, April 2017

The case for digital reinvention,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2017

“What the rise of Uber says about the gig economy today,” Fortune, February 2017

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

“Most industries are nowhere close to realizing the potential of analytics,” Harvard Business Review, December 2016

Global migration’s impact and opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2016

“Exploding myths about the gig economy,” Vox, November, 2016

“The evolving independent economy,” Project Syndicate, November 2016

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2016

How social tools can reshape the organization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2016

Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, May 2016

The digital pressures weighing on telecoms,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, April 2016

Secular stagnation and low investment: Breaking the vicious cycle—a discussion paper,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2016

Getting a sharper picture of social media’s influence,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, June 2015

Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2015

Harnessing the power of shifting global flows,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2015

Transforming the business through social tools,” lapetitemort.info & Company, January 2015

Three ways companies can make co-creation pay off,” lapetitemort.info & Company, December 2014

Global flows in a digital age,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

The mobile Internet’s consumer dividend,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2014

Organizing for change through social technologies: lapetitemort.info Global Survey results,” lapetitemort.info & Company, November 2013

Measuring the full impact of digital capital,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2013

Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, May 2013

Online and upcoming: The Internet's impact on India,” lapetitemort.info, March 2013

“Advertising in 2020: The demand for marketing on-demand,” Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Forum, March 2013

Capturing business value with social technologies,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Online and upcoming: The Internet's impact on aspiring countries,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2012

The web’s €100 billion surplus,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2011

“Consumers driving the digital uptake: The economic value of online advertising-based services for consumers,” IAB Europe, September 2010

Managing media companies: Harnessing creative value, (with A. Aris), Wiley, 2010 (second edition)

Jacques has published many additional Quarterly articles and over 30 articles in leading international academic journals such as Management Science, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Past experience

Arthur Andersen


Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
PhD in economics, operation research & strategy

University of Namur (Belgium)
Masters in economics, summa cum laude

University of Pennsylvania
Masters in economics