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    The future of electricity

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    Diminishing financial returns for utilities have put at risk the ability of the electricity sector in OECD markets to raise the estimated $7.6 trillion in investments needed by 2040 to meet energy policy objectives, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. This investment is needed to simultaneously decarbonize the sector while maintaining energy security.

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    Behind every committed employee is a solid foundation of trust

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    Companies aim to have committed employees, and rightly so. A satisfied employee is one thing, but a truly committed employee is quite another. The latter is also willing and motivated to go the extra mile, help shape changes, attend additional training courses etc. HR departments are therefore focusing fully on this commitment, pulling out all the stops. “We see a lot of great initiatives and good intentions”, explains Kristien Van Bruystegem, who conducts research at Vlerick Business School on the factors that make a company a great place to work. “However, many companies skip one step."

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    The price of modernity. Disentangling the source of modern terror

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    The bloody advent of Al-Qaeda and, more recently, the so-called Islamic State has incited much and heated debate about the sources that evoke and feed modern terror. The main suspect so far has been religion, especially a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. The propagation and enforcement of its tenets seem to be an obvious cause. However, this is too short-sighted an explanation. Religion is certainly involved, but neither more or less than modern politics, law, or mass media.

  4. ‘Hello bank!’ case study wins the ‘Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic’ competition

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    The case study ‘Hello bank! The birth of a mobile bank’ by Vlerick professors Steve Muylle and Stijn Viaene has won the international ‘Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic’ competition which is part of The Case Centre Awards and Competitions 2015. These coveted accolades recognise worldwide excellence in case writing and teaching and also help to further raise the profile of the case method. They have been presented annually since 1991 and are known as the case method community’s annual ‘Oscars’. This year’s hot topic was Digital Transformation.

  5. Communication is essential for virtual teams to become successful

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    If we define virtual teams as distributed teams that use primarily technology-mediated communication in order to accomplish the tasks they were set-up for, most organisations these days use one form or another of virtual teamwork. Even if the company operates in one country, it is rather frequent now to have several office locations or to allow teleworking, which makes that many teams now operate under the virtuality assumption.

  6. To work from an outside-in perspective – how to innovate fast and successfully

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    Today there is strong evidence that if we drive innovation from the market side we do better in terms of profitability, in terms of growth and in terms of market share. In order to successfully combine customer centricity with innovative power companies need to have 3 key capabilities.

  7. STORY project receives EU funding for research into energy storage

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    The STORY research project proposal by the Vlerick Energy Centre has been approved for EU research funding within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Professor Leonardo Meeus will be investigating the added value of electricity and heat storage in distribution systems. For this research project he joined forces with Marketing Professor Marion Debruyne and Innovation Professor Bart Leten. Together they will investigate the regulatory impact of this technology as well as the impact on the market and business models.

  8. Book ‘Customer Innovation’ wins prize in the Management Book of the Year competition

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    During the 2015 edition of ‘Management Book of the Year’ the book ‘Customer Innovation’ by Vlerick professor Marion Debruyne has won the prize in the category Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In total 24 books were shortlisted in 5 categories. The award ceremony took place at the British Library in London.

  9. Project management – why take it seriously?

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    Project management awareness and good project managers are critical to the success of today’s organisations. But this where too many fall short. Professors Mario Vanhoucke and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez draw on their complementary backgrounds to explain why project management is important and why organisations should invest in the development of project management skills and capabilities.

  10. Reward policy requires further integration with corporate strategy

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    Companies looking to implement sound reward policies still have a lot of work to do. Effective reward management implies that, as a manager, you look beyond the merely technical aspect of the matter. You also need to be able to explain the reward system to your staff, and you need to establish a link between the corporate context and activities on the one hand, and reward policies on the other. “A good Compensation & Benefits Manager actually has three important roles – he is an engineer, a strategist and a salesman”, Professor Xavier Baeten explains. Along with researcher Femke Dhont, he has identified three concrete challenges for the Reward Manager of the future.

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