Dr. Clemens Bechter

Adjunct Faculty

Affiliation: Louvain School of Management, University of Louvain, Belgium


Country: Belgian

Expertise: Cross-Cultural Management; Business Communication; International Human Resource Management; Organisational Behaviour

Degrees: PhD in Business Communication, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1992);
MBA, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; MA in Languages and Linguistics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1970)

Courses: –



Academic positions

  • Louvain, School of Management, Belgium: Professor
  • ICHEC, Brussels Business School, Belgium: Professor
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok Thailand and Vietnam: Adjunct Professor
  • KIMBA Kasetsart University ,Bangkok Thailand: Visiting Professor
  • Aalto University, School of Economics, Helsinki Finland: Visiting Professor
  • Asian University, Faculty of Business, Thailand: Dean (2005-2007),
  • UCL Catholic University of Louvain (1978-1994) and ICHEC Brussels Business School (1991-2004): Professor of Business Communication
  • UCL Catholic University of Louvain: Professor of Cross Cultural Management (1999-2004)
  • Visiting Professorship and Guest Lecturing at
    • Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy
    • FORE School of Management, New Delhi, India
    • University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    • Aalto School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki Finland
    • Stichting Marketing Brussels, Belgium
    • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
    • Kasetsart University, Thailand
    • Norwegian School of Economics and Business administration, Bergen, Norway
    • Vlerick School of Management, Belgium
    • Clemson University SC, USA
    • Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
    • Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Otto Stern School, University of Frankfurt, Germany
    • KULeuven, Belgium
    • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
    • NMIMS University, Mumbai, India
    • ISM International School of Management, Paris, France
    • Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia
    • St.Petersburg State University School of Management, St.Petersburg, Russia
    • University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.
    • AIT, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Vietnam.
    • Vienna University of Economics, Austria.
  • Non-academic positions
  • President of EWMD (European Women Management Development Network, 1997-2000)
  • President of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, 1999-2001)
  • President of CPAB Language and Computer School in Brussels (1996-2005)
  • Chair of CEMS Interfaculty Group Cross-Cultural Management
  • Chair of IACCM


Business Communication

  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Presentation skills in an intercultural setting. In: L. Lundquist, H. Picht & J. Qvistgaard (eds), LSP, Identity and Interface, Research, Knowledge and Society, Proceedings of the 11th European Symposium on Languages for Special purposes. Copenhagen, Faculty of Modern Languages, 592-601.
  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Business presentations in an intercultural setting. In: Proceedings of the III CEMS Academic Conference, CD-Rom, UCL, CEMS.
  • Bennett, J., M.T. Claes, J.Forsberg, N. Flyn, W. Obenaus, T. Smith. 1998. Doing effective presentations in an intercultural setting. Wirtschaftsverlag Karl Ueberreuter, Vienna. ISBN 3-7064-0416-8. Book and 60-minute Videotape.
  • Claes, M.T. 2000. De impact van cultuur op bedrijfscommunicatie. In : Verckens, Piet (ed.) Nieuwe media en gevestigde kanalen in de Nederlandse en Vlaamse bedrijfscommunicatie Antwerpen, Standaard Uitgeverij, 18-29.
  • Dieltjens, L., J. Vanparys, L. Baten, M.T. Claes, P. Alkema, J. Lodewick. 2006. Woorden in context. Deel 1. (4rd edition). Brussels, De Boeck Université.
  • Dieltjens, L., M.T. Claes, J. Vanparys, P. Alkema, J. Lodewick, L. Baten. 2007. Woorden in context. Deel 2. (3rd edition). Brussels, De Boeck Université.
  • Claes, M.T. 2001. Presentation skills in an intercultural setting. FINTRA 1, 8-9.
  • Claes, M.T. 2002. The impact of culture and bilingualism on advertising in Belgium. In: E.L. Björk (ed). Life-long learning in Business and Industry: Information and Communication Technology. Østfold University College, 109-117.
  • Claes, M.T. 2007. La communication interculturelle dans les affaires. ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 154, 41-64.

Intercultural Communication and Management

  • Claes, M.T. 1997. Cross Cultural Competence in Business: A cultura franca? In: David Killick & Margaret Parry (eds.). Developing cross cultural Capability. Proceedings of the conference at Leeds Metropolitan University, 110-115.
  • Claes, M.T. 1997. How to present a company, its products and its services to a differentiated public. An experiment in cooperative learning. In: Dobroslaw S. Lachowicz (ed.). The information age: Implications for business communication across languages and cultures. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of ENCoDe, 179-186.
  • Claes, M.T. 1999. Cross-cultural learning and intercultural competence. Copenhagen Business School, Occasional Paper nr. 89.
  • Claes, M.T. 2001. Direct/indirect and Formal/informal Communication: A Reassessment. In: Cooper, C.L., Cartwright, S., Early, P.C. (eds). The International Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons, p.449-470. ISBN 0-471-49126-8
  • Claes, M.T. 2000. Universelle ou différenciée? La communication d’entreprise dans l’interculturel. Dans: Dupriez, P & Simons, S.(eds) La résistance culturelle, Bruxelles, De Boeck, p.145-161. ISBN 2-8041-3476-8
  • Claes, M.T. 2001. The missions of intercultural relations. SIETAR Japan, Journal of Intercultural Communication. No 4, 189-192.
  • Claes, M.T.& N. Holden 2001. Nurturing students’ cross-cultural perspectives about the functions and implications of the global economy: Towards an innovative course design. In: Killick, David, Margaret Parry, Allison Phipps. Poetics and Praxis of Languages and Intercultural Communication. Proceedings of the conference at leeds Metropolitan University. December 1999. Leeds Metropolitan University, 169-181.
  • Claes, M.T & M. Gerritsen. 2002.Culturele communicatie en waarden in internationaal perspectief. Bussum, Coutinho. ISBN90-6283-304-7
  • Claes, M.T. 2003. Intercultural Communication Introduced. In : Kistler, Peter & Konivuori, Sini (eds.). From International Exchange to Intercultural Communication. EMICC programme and University of Jyväskylä, 14-21.
  • Claes, M.T. 2003. Management and Culture. In : Kistler, Peter & Konivuori, Sini (eds.). From International Exchange to Intercultural Communication. EMICC programme and University of Jyväskylä, 97-102.
  • Claes, M.T. 2003. Cultuur en communicatie in het Nederlandse taalgebied. In: (Inter)culturele Studies. N/F 3. Association des néerlandistes de Belgique francophone, 33-52.
  • Claes, M.T. 2006. The challenge of Intercultural Teams. In: Ong, Siow-Heng et al. (eds.) Intercultural Communication Competencies in Higher Education and Management. Singapore, Marshall Cavendish, 314-336.
  • Claes, M.T. & S. Tobback. 2007. Cultural Detective for Belgium. www.culturaldetective.com
  • Claes, M.T & M. Gerritsen. 2007.Culturele communicatie en waarden in internationaal perspectief. (2nd edition). Bussum, Coutinho ISBN 978 90 469 0081 9
  • The linguistic shift in cross-cultural studies: culture in discourse. 2009. European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, Volume 1 Issue 1, 66 – 76
  • Claes, M.T & M. Gerritsen. 2011.Culturele communicatie en waarden in internationaal perspectief. (3rd edition). Bussum, Coutinho ISBN 978 90 469 0081 9
  • Claes, M-T. 2011. L’international et la gestion de la diversité. Le cas des Kathoeys en Thailande. Les Cahiers du Cedimes, Vol. 5, 117-125.
  • Claes, M-T. 2012. Working and doing business in Thailand. Economia & Management 2 – 2012 Rubrica La finestra sul mondo a cura di Bettina Gehrke e Margherita Sportelli,. 1-7.
  • Marie-Thérèse Claes and Pascale Sztum. 2012. Cross-cultural skills: A core component in the success of SMEs internationalisation . IN SEARCH FOR GROWTH: Towards a New Role for SMEs inEU-JapanRelations, Brussels, EUJapan Centre. 58-64. http://documents.eujapan.eu/media/publications/sme_25years.pdf
  • Jacob Eisenberg, Hyun-Jung Lee, Frank Brueck, Barbara Brenner, Marie-Therese Claes, Jacek Mironski, Roger Bell. 2013. Can Business Schools Make Students Culturally Competent? Effects of Cross-Cultural Management Courses on Cultural Intelligence. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2013, Vol. 12, No. 4, 603-621.
  • Gehrke, Bettina & Claes, M.T. (eds). 2014 Global Leadership Practices, A crosscultural perspective. London, Palgrave. Ehnert, Ina & Claes, M.T. 2014. Global Leadership for Sustainable Development. In Gehrke & Claes 2014. Global Leadership Practices, A cross-cultural perspective. London, Palgrave.
  • Claes, M.T. 2014. South-East Asia. A multicultural kaleidoscope. In Gehrke & Claes 2014. Global Leadership Practices, A cross-cultural perspective. London, Palgrave.
  • Romani. L. and M.T. Claes. 2014. Why critical intercultural communication studies are to be taken seriously in cross-cultural management research.International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2014, Vol. 14(1) 127–132.
  • Gehrke, Bettina and Marie-Therese Claes. 2014. Global Leadership Practices. A Cross-Cultural Management Perspective. London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Language and Culture

  • Chapelle, J. & M.T. Claes (eds). 1992. Memory and Memorization in Acquiring and Learning Languages, Brussels, CLL.
  • Claes, M.T. 1997. Betekenisoverlap en betekenisconflict. In: Wim de Geest (ed.). Recente studies in de contactlinguïstiek. Plurilingua, Bonn, Dümmler, 9-18.
  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Shifts in language education in business schools. In: Robert Gibson (ed.) International Communication in Business Theory and Practice. Sternenfels, Verlag Wissenschaft & Praxis, 43-50.
  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Multimedia learning: implications for language as a medium In Calvi, Licia & Walter Geerts (eds). CALL. Culture and the Language Curriculum.Berlin, Springer Verlag, 154-161.
  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Shifts in language education in business schools. In: R. Gibson (ed.), International Communication in Business, Theory and Practice. Sternenfels, Verlag Wissenschaft & Praxis, 44-50.
  • Claes, M.T. 2001. Language and Memory. In: Eschenbach, Jutta, Schewe, Theo (eds). Über Grenzen gehen – Kommunikation zwischen Kulturen und Unternehmen. Crossing borders – Communication between Cultures and Companies. Festschrift für Ingrid Neumann. Høgskolen i Østfold, Rapport 2001:3. Pp. 239-249.
  • Claes, M.T. 2002. La dimension interculturelle dans l’enseignement du français langue de spécialité. Dialogues et Cultures 47, Bruxelles, Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français, pp.39-49.
  • Claes, M.T. 2005. Culture and Words: language Overlap and Cross-Cultural Communication Problems. Proceedings of the International Conference on “Language, Communication, and Culture”, CD, Bangkok, NIDA.
  • Claes, M.T. 2006. Student competences at entry into higher education in Thailand. In: Wilkinson, Robert, Vera Zegers & Charles van Leeuwen (eds.). Bridging the Assessment gap in English-medium Higher Education. Bochum: AKS-Verlag (Series: Fremdsprachen in Lehre und Forshung (FLF); Band 40), 92-105.
  • Claes, M.T. 2007. English in Europe. In: Berns, Margie, Kees de Bot & Uwe Hasenbrink (eds). In the Presence of English. Media and European Youth. New York, Springer, 15-42.
  • Romani L. & Claes, M.-T. (forthcoming 2014). Why critical intercultural communication studies are to be taken seriously in cross-cultural management research? International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management.


  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Vrouwennetwerken als klankbord bij de creatie van feminiene bedrijfscultuur. Personeel & Organisatie, Ced. Samson, H.R.M.-items, 7/8, 7-14
  • Claes, M.T. 1998. Pour une culture plus féminine de l’entreprise. Personnel & Gestion, Ced. Samson, 7/8, 3-5.
  • Claes, M.T. 1999. Women, men and management style. International Labour Review, Vol. 138 (1999), No. 4, 431-446
  • 2001. Women, men and management styles. In: Loutfi, Martha Fetherolf (ed.) Women, gender and work. Geneva, International Labour Office, p.385-403. ISBN 92-2-111386-8
  • Claes, M.T. 2002. Equal opportunities for women and men: The case of E-Quality in Belgium. In: G.Simons (ed). Eurodiversity. A business guide to managing difference. Amsterdam, Butterworth Heinemann, pp.217-250. ISBN 0-877-19381- 9
  • Claes, M.T. 2003. Belgium: Diversity Issueshttp://www.simmonsassoc.com/html/profile.html
  • 2011. Kathoeys of Thailand: A Diversity Case in International Business. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and NationsVolume 10, Issue 5, pp.183-198. Laurence Romani and Marie-Thérèse Claes
  • 2012. Marie-Therese Claes, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger and Henriett Primecz. Chapter 4: Gender and Diversity Across Cultures. In Gender and Diversity in Organizations: Developing Core Leadership and Management Competencies Mary Ann Danowitz, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger and Heike Mensi-Klarbach (eds). London, Palgrave
  • 2012. Danowitz and Claes. Chapter 2. Diversity in Europe: Development, Debates and Contexts. In Gender and Diversity in Organizations: Developing Core Leadership and Management Competencies Mary Ann Danowitz, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger and Heike Mensi-Klarbach (eds). London, Palgrave.
  • 2014. Laurence Romani and Marie-Thérèse Claes. Why critical intercultural communication studies are to be taken seriously in cross-cultural management research? International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 2014 14: 127.
  • 2014. Marie-Therese Claes and Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger. Analysing gender and diversity management issues across cultures from multiple perspectives: a Thai- German case. European J. Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, Vol. 3,No. 2, 106-117.