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    Strong growth in Belgian mergers and acquisitions market

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    2015 and the beginning of 2016 were characterised by a pronounced increase in the number of transactions in the Belgian mergers and acquisitions market. Demand is greater than supply, stimulated by easy and cheap access to finance and greater availability of financial resources to investment companies. Furthermore, the persistently low interest rate environment means there is increased interest from family investors, wealthy individuals and foreign private equity funds in Belgian medium-size enterprises. It is therefore not surprising that the prices paid are increasing across all sectors and business sizes. These are the findings from a survey of 142 Belgian mergers and acquisitions experts into their experiences over the past year.

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    Raising the bar for smart city ecosystems

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    Smart cities all around the world are reimagining their future with technology as the new normal. At the same time different definitions abound about what being smart actually means. In order to make the distinction between which projects are mere digital “pixie dust” and which ones will truly reshape the urban future, a better framing is necessary. Ecosystems are a key part to frame which elements will be important in realising truly smart cities. A truly smart city will be that city that succeeds in understanding, activating, orchestrating, servicing and reinventing the complex ecosystems it consists of. In the long run the active management of ecosystems will be more decisive for smart city ambition success than vision, political commitment or technological ability.

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    Broad social and international reporting on entrepreneurship in business newspaper De Tijd

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    In contrast to the Flemish television news, the newspaper De Tijd pays more attention to entrepreneurship. Most items are of a financial and economic nature, just like on the television news. However, the way in which De Tijd considers entrepreneurship from a broad social perspective is notable. In almost half of the articles, entrepreneurship is seen as part of life in society. No fewer than 10% of the entrepreneurship ¬articles are about ethics and sustainability. In comparison with the television news, civil society is significantly less active in the interpretation of the news and De Tijd also pays noticeably more attention to the international context in its reports. This was shown in a study, which looks at how entrepreneurship in all its forms is covered in the Flemish newspaper De Tijd.

  4. Innovative cancer treatments: how much are we willing to pay?

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    One man in three and one woman in four will develop cancer before their 75th birthday. In Belgium, cancer is the second major cause of disease burden after cardiovascular diseases and it is unlikely this will change in the foreseeable future. Increasingly better but more expensive cancer therapies are becoming available. Needless to say, in these times of austerity, the public budget for cancer treatment is under pressure. How can we ensure all patients continue to have access to these expensive but potentially life-saving medicines at a price society can afford, while at the same time encouraging pharmaceutical companies to innovate?

  5. How can entrepreneurship fight poverty?

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    It is something you often read: ‘Entrepreneurship is the key to fighting poverty’. But despite all of our good intentions, projects to stimulate entrepreneurship in more impoverished areas do not always deliver the results hoped for. Of what do the people initiating these projects, such as microcredit providers, NGOs and multinationals, need to be aware? As part of his doctoral research, Jacob Vermeire went to South Africa for 12 months. He believes the answer lies in the ability to place poverty and entrepreneurship within a broader perspective.

  6. “Together in uncharted territory”

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    The rise of new forms of decentral energy production and the growing importance of the prosumer has forced DSOs to thoroughly review their business model. "Data analytics are an essential part of this,' says Jorn De Neve (KPMG). Via interviews with data professionals and a case study of Enedis KPMG wants to map the digitization of DSOs.

  7. Corporate partners reward Masters graduates

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    During the Masters graduation event on 1 July, our corporate partners were delighted to present awards to students who excelled in a field that is close to our partners’ hearts. A gesture that symbolises the strong interaction between our students and the corporate world.

  8. Premium Talent Partnership brings Vlerick Alumni closer to the school

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    The Talent Partnership, which aims at recruiting Vlerick talent, has been recently improved with optional add-ons. Companies opting for a Premium Talent Partnership also get access to our Vlerick Alumni Association, are offered a Student Traineeship in their company and can use our infrastructure for free.

  9. Physical asset management certification at Eandis

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    This teaching case can be used in a course of operations management, technology management, or supply chain management. It illustrates the challenges in physical asset management certification of ISO 55000.

  10. Leadership development remains top priority for HR departments

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    The main priority for Belgian human resources departments continues to be the development of the competencies of managers, i.e. leadership development, as the HR Barometer study by HR consultancy Hudson and Vlerick Business School reveals. Talent management – the attraction, development and motivation of talent in the organisation – is still ranked a clear second.

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