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    Digital leadership - Business explores limits

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    The digital world is here. Business is exploring the limits of what’s possible, while new technology simply continues to push back these limits. The digital world is causing a radical change in the competition between companies, with digital technology as the driving force behind this transformation. There are quite a few misconceptions about digital transformation. The digital world is in need of new perspectives. Professor Stijn Viaene is presenting these through a framework for digital leadership.

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    Perception and attractiveness of entrepreneurship in Flanders remains relatively low

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    Half of all Flemish people consider entrepreneurship a good career choice, yet the proportion of Flemish people who believe that successful entrepreneurs are held in high regard in Flanders is considerably lower. Moreover, the individual self-perception trend is continuing on its downward course. The Flemish see opportunities to launch their own companies, but they do not trust their own abilities and are held back by a fear of failure. Generally, Flanders boasts relatively few budding and new entrepreneurs compared to other countries. Last but not least, both budding and more experienced entrepreneurs seem to enjoy a relatively high level of emotional well-being. These are the main findings of the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

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    Vlerick remains the absolute No. 1 in the Benelux for management and entrepreneurial education

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    The latest Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education confirms Vlerick Business School’s solid position as pre-eminent partner for executive education. In the Benelux, now for the fourth year in a row, Vlerick is the absolute No. 1. In Europe, we are a solid No. 18. At the Global level as well – in an extremely competitive environment of more than 6,000 business schools – Vlerick has succeeded in securing its position in the top echelon: at No. 34. “Vlerick has achieved this fine result thanks to the deliberate and steadfast choice to create management programmes that have a unique impact. In a word: programmes that make a difference,” says General Director Patrick De Greve.

  4. The world is in beta

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    On 12 May, we welcomed PwC and participants to the company’s exclusive ‘The world is in beta’ event at our Brussels campus. The event was all about helping companies create advantage in today’s hyper-connected world; demonstrating how emerging technologies can help reach more customers and grow business, more quickly and more directly.

  5. Ready to transform for the future

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    Besides our expertise and business-relevant research, our Centre for Financial Services was another reason why MasterCard selected Vlerick to set up an academic chair. Max Lanckriet, Group Executive Customer Delivery Europe at MasterCard, Ignace Combes, Chairman of the Vlerick Centre for Financial Services, and Regine Slagmulder, Professor of Risk & Governance and Director of executive MBA programmes at Vlerick, comment on some of the drivers for their decision and the benefits of the MasterCard Chair for all involved.

  6. Proactive change!

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    Global payment technology provider MasterCard entered into a five-year Chair partnership with our Centre for Financial Services. The Chair is called “Transforming for the Future” and is expected to enable just that. Vinciane Verbiest, Group Head Human Resources Europe: “The financial services sector is evolving rapidly and fundamentally. So we felt it would be useful to call in the support of an academic partner to help us rethink our business – not to simply fine-tune what we’re used to doing, but to gain an in-depth understanding of why and what we need to change in our business model.”

  7. International research with impact

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    Research forms the keystone of knowledge and expertise at Vlerick Business School. When we look back at the past year, several trends are clearly evident. Not only have we benefited from high-quality research, but also a very large quantity of research. In addition, a comprehensive exchange of knowledge has taken place with researchers all over the world. There are numerous PhD students, who are increasingly forming a genuine community. In addition, many researchers have received awards. However, there are also challenges for the future. After all, it is crucial for academic research to have the necessary impact and to find its way to the corporate sector, education and society.

  8. Authenticity as the basis of a new leadership identity

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    To a certain extent, anyone who currently has or aspires to a managerial role will find things harder than they used to be. Not only are more basic skills required, it is also becoming increasingly important for people to develop their own leadership identity. ‘Someone who can lead others on the basis of his or her own personality will come across as more authentic, and tend to gain the confidence of other employees more easily. However, in organisations with a strong corporate culture, it is not always evident that one’s authenticity can and should be retained,’ says Katleen De Stobbeleir, Professor of Leadership at Vlerick Business School. ‘And of course authenticity should not be an excuse to neglect your work or stop investing in training. It’s a delicate balance.’

  9. Entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs in Nicaragua

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    25 enthusiastic Flemish entrepreneurs who have their own company are teaming with Vredeseilanden for a week to help entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. In the context of the ‘Ondernemers fietsen voor ondernemers’ (Entrepreneurs biking for entrepreneurs) project, they are travelling across the country on mountain bikes. This gives them plenty of time to talk with local entrepreneurs and to become familiar with the local operation and organisation of Vredeseilanden, a Belgian NGO that helps farmers in developing countries earn a liveable income from sustainable agriculture.

  10. Conflict management begins with a thorough analysis

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    Conflicts remain a taboo subject. The standard reply when asked about an on-going conflict? “Conflict? What conflict?” Either we deny conflicts and run away from them, or we react disproportionately, without considering the possible consequences. Seeking a solution both parties can agree upon is often the last step we take, after all other options have been exhausted. “The key is to understand the dynamics of conflicts”. Lawyer and mediator Barney Jordaan believes conflicts are beneficial and can even lead to a better future.

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