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  1. Ann Vereecke becomes Honorary Fellow of EurOMA

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    During the 21st EurOMA Conference in Palermo (Italy) Vlerick professor Ann Vereecke received the EurOMA Fellowship Award. This award is granted by the European Operations Management Association in recognition of Ann’s contribution to Operations Management research and education in Europe, and as a sign of respect for her service to EurOMA and the Operations Management community in Europe.

  2. Warm goodbye to Masters and MBA students during graduation ceremony

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    Last week we celebrated the graduation of 242 Masters students and 41 Executive MBA students. A delegation of some 65 Chinese BiMBA students flew in especially from Beijing to join their fellow students at the festive graduation ceremony in Ghent. In total 1,100 people attended the ceremony and reception afterwards in the garden of the Ghent campus, amongst which also family and close friends of the graduates.

  3. ‘Unbridled entrepreneurship does not make you successful’

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    ‘Most companies are not doing a great job strategically, despite spending a lot of money on strategy,’ says Kurt Verweire, Associate Professor of Strategy at Vlerick Business School. He has distilled five years of research into a practical book. It combines theoretical insights with practical advice, tools and business case studies where possible. ‘The reason why few companies are achieving systematic growth is because they fail to implement their strategy. It is very hard to make choices and stick to them. What’s more, you also have to take a whole lot of actions to translate your strategy into results. This means putting continuous effort into measuring, HR policy, management, without losing sight of the customer.’

  4. ‘Omnichannel means survival’

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    Where the competition is fiercest, sales and marketing have to trade in their own interests for the interests of the customer. Otherwise retailers are digging their own graves, says Gino Van Ossel, marketing professor at the Vlerick Business School in Brussels. Gino Van Ossel acknowledges that a lot has already been written and said about omnichannel. But because of its practical approach he believes that his new book, ‘Omnichannel in retail’, certainly has something to add to the growing pile of literature.

  5. Belgian growth companies display conservative approach to acquisitions

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    EY and Vlerick Business School have published the first Belgian edition of the M&A Barometer. This shows that Belgian growth companies made fewer acquisitions in 2013 than in any year since 2009. Although over six out of ten companies consider acquisitions useful, only half have dared to take the plunge in the last three years. This conservative attitude distinguishes Belgian acquirers from their counterparts in the rest of Europe.

  6. Expanding abroad? Do your homework!

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    “We’re no longer where we used to be. For years everyone agreed the world was becoming more global. Until the financial crisis in 2008, when indicators showed this was no longer the case,” says Filip Abraham, Professor of International Economics. Globalisation and global businesses. Where do we stand and how should you proceed?

  7. Bonuses increasingly part of employees’ pay packet

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    Much has been written about bonuses for senior executives. Now, however, it seems that an increasing number of administrative support functions are also entitled to a bonus. This growth is largely a result of the collective labour agreement of 20 December 2007 concerning non-recurrent result-based bonuses, also called the CAO 90. Bonuses that meet the conditions of this CLA, the most important of which is that the bonuses must be linked to the collective instead of the individual performance, are subject to a favourable (para)fiscal regime. Together with Hudson and Claeys & Engels Vlerick did a study in which 459 companies participated.

  8. Sensor data: blessing or curse?

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    A smartphone detecting your movements, a bracelet measuring your heart rate or blood pressure – if these devices are able to capture information, it’s thanks to the in-built sensors generating the necessary data. The so-called Internet of Things is booming, but to what extent is the industry ready for its multiple implications? Horia Orenstein, Business Development Manager Oil & Gas at SAS, clears a path through the jungle of sensors and smart meters.

  9. Masters in Financial Management becomes number one in Benelux in Financial Times ranking

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    For the third consecutive year Vlerick’s Masters in Financial Management programme has risen one place in the FT Masters in Finance ranking. The programme is now at number 24 worldwide. Moreover, the programme ranks number one in the Benelux for the first time. This fantastic result confirms the ongoing upward trend ever since entering this ranking for the first time in 2012.

  10. The future of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry: promoting or stifling innovation?

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    In the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry, two rationales for M&A prevail. First, deals may be intended to provide access to target companies’ markets or innovative treatments R&D programs and, second, economies of scale could boost cost-efficiency. Both rationales lead to increased valuation of the merged company. The $119 billion takeover approach by Pfizer, the largest drug maker in the world, was resisted by AstraZeneca, another pharmaceutical giant and crown jewel of the UK-based life sciences industry at an offer representing a 45% premium over its share price before Pfizer made its move public. What went wrong and do we see a fundamental trend towards more or maybe different M&A activity in the pharmaceutical industry?

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