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  1. Belgian companies more frequently taken over by foreign players

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    In contrast to a decreasing trend on the international mergers and acquisitions market in 2016, the Belgian M&A market has experienced further growth, particularly with regard to medium-sized and smaller deals. The demand exceeds the supply. Although transaction prices are rising, they are still acceptable. Anyone wishing to sell a profitable business these days can easily find a buyer. This can be explained by the fact that bank financing has become easier, as well as increased interest by foreign players in Belgian companies.

  2. An IT roadmap for hospitals: one size does not fit all

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    Digital technologies have become indispensable in the healthcare sector. They help to achieve better and cheaper healthcare. Policymakers are focusing strongly on eHealth and collaboration between the various players in the healthcare ecosystem. Belgian hospitals have already spent too long using IT purely as a support tool, however, with all the associated consequences. It is essential for them not to miss the boat. Professor Brecht Cardoen and professor Bjorn Cumps explain how a tool which was developed in collaboration with hospitals and their stakeholders can help.

  3. What if a storm hits us?

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    The recent globalisation and digitalisation wave has brought numerous business enterprises into persistently turbulent waters, shaking them to their very foundations. One thing is clear: things have to change, and soon, too. But if a new course is to be charted, where should it point? To provide an effective answer to this question, PwC recently concluded a Prime Foundation Partnership focusing on ‘strategy in times of turbulence’. In the next few months, Vlerick will be asking six PwC customers ‘in full turbulence’ about their strategy. Read on for an interview with Axel Smits, Chairman of PwC Belgium, and Dean Marion Debruyne.

  4. Hospital networks: quo vadis?

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    Hospitals are increasingly joining forces in networks of different types, sometimes with other healthcare players. This is an unmistakable trend, but forming networks is also an important strategic decision. How can hospitals ensure the right decisions are taken, both today and tomorrow, guaranteeing a robust, resilient and versatile organisation in the long run? Changes are rapidly succeeding one another, but who knows what healthcare will be like fifteen years from now and what the best set-up would be for these networks? No one can predict the future. However, despite all the uncertainties, a scenario analysis can help in the decision-making process.

  5. Leaving the cocoon

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    In this double interview, Michael Anseeuw and Professor Bjorn Cumps explain the open-banking study by BNP Paribas Fortis and Vlerick within the Chair Partnership. In the first phase, ten directors and board members are interviewed, after which an ‘open-banking lab’ will be set up where the bank and non-banking players will explore their roles on a joint platform model.

  6. “Cyber-attacks cost companies more in terms of reputational than IT damage”

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    Not enough companies are sufficiently aware of the risks of hacking, or know how to prevent it to the greatest extent possible. A study conducted by KPMG revealed that 80% of the respondents’ systems were infected with malware and 60% even with crimeware. According to Professor Öykü Isik an approach that focuses exclusively on IT is simply not enough. “You need a corporate strategy for that! After all, your customers and your reputation are under threat!”

  7. Flemish entrepreneurs are committed to contributing to a better society

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    The image of entrepreneurship in Flanders could be a great deal better, especially in comparison with neighbouring countries. This is why the Flemish government agency Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship, with the support of Flanders DC, Voka, and Unizo, is starting a multi-annual campaign to show that Flemish entrepreneurs have diverse and palpable motivations. What’s more, they often go into business to make a positive impact on their own living environments, or on society as a whole. The campaign is based on the first scientific study into the social aspects of entrepreneurship in Flanders

  8. Biscuits suppliers and retailers are setting up a collaboration for sustainable logistics

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    The biscuits and pastries we buy have often had a complex, expensive and non-environmentally friendly journey from supplier to store. So four major Belgian biscuit suppliers have decided to consolidate their deliveries. This means there will be fewer trucks on the road – and the space in these trucks will be used more efficiently. This is a pilot project from NexTrust as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Project.

  9. Belgian HR managers more often involved in business strategy

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    Belgian HR managers are increasingly becoming strategic business partners in companies. Furthermore, businesses are recruiting fewer external people for this position. When assessing staff performance, companies still predominantly prefer the traditional interview. Remuneration is increasingly based on individual performance. Coaching and mentoring are on the way up as methods for furthering the growth and development of staff. And finally, recruitment through job advertisements has shown a downward trend.

  10. Negotiation Intelligence® helps VRT to sharply define the future

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    There is no lack of challenges for the Flemish public broadcaster VRT. “We have combined our action points and our vision into a new culture statement: ‘15 tasks for the VRT’. Our Prime Foundation Partnership with Vlerick within the Centre for Negotiation Intelligence® will help us to put the work into practice,” according to Paul Lembrechts, CEO of the VRT. Together with Katia Tieleman, Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management at Vlerick, and Peter Van den Broeck and Tinka Claeys, the driving forces behind the partnership with the VRT, he explains the value of this collaboration.

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