On-going learning at Vlerick

In fact for the last 18 months Vlerick has been coaching the industrial scientists at TNO, as well as the know-how required to manage the multi-set of interests of this open innovation model. “I insist that when members of our research facility go on a course that they never go to the same one! My wish and hope is that they are taken out of their current comfort zone, and made to learn new things by meeting people they would normally never have met. The open innovation programmes at Vlerick, led by Professor Walter Van Dyck, are excellent for that. I want my people to see what the outside world wants and needs, and I want them to meet people from any other discipline than their own.”

“Professor Van Dyck helps us in our eco-system analysis. He works with us to identify whether or not TNO should be part of a particular project. It’s a question of digging deep and understanding one’s own strengths and weaknesses. It helps that he understands where we come from, and what the different businesses involved have to offer. It’s of considerable benefit too that we are able to use his experience of working on similar problems from adjacent industries.”

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