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    How do other scale-ups do it?

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    When Deloitte and Vlerick began collaborating on entrepreneurship in 2014, there were plenty of initiatives for start-ups. But once they were ready to progress and had reached the scale-up phase, their managers were generally left to their own devices. The past three years have shown that there was a need for a community of like-minded people. Now our aim is to further strengthen that community and to meet the needs of the new generation of ‘born globals’ with the help of useful benchmarks. Because their burning question remains: how do other scale-ups do it?

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    “Boosters to launch a satellite”

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    “Too bureaucratic” was the diagnosis of Charline, Ruben and Hendrik after their first contacts with the medical department at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This was not news to Medical Director Sebastian Spencer, but what did surprise him was what our students managed to achieve in the next couple of months: “Their intense, honest approach resulted in a remarkable openness with our people. Their ‘batteries of change’ were like the boosters to launch a satellite.”

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    Did you say renewable gas?

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    By 2050, we need to keep the increase in the global average temperature below 2°C – and ideally below 1.5°C. In order to achieve this goal, the Holy Grail is to switch to electricity en masse. ‘And what about natural gas?’ asked the natural gas transporter Fluxys. “Gas is also renewable. Over the next five years, we want to explore how we can link the – underexplored – possibilities of gas to those of electricity.” And rightly so, because hardly anyone still believes that the future will be entirely electric in 2050.

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    What can leaders learn from the Incas?

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    The Incas had certain progressive ideas that made their empire work extremely well. They used an ingenious communication system, that allowed the Inca leader to exchange information with all the inhabitants of his empire both quickly and efficiently. Secondly, the Incas had an unusual way of dealing with their defeated enemies. At the basis of their progress and learning, was systemic experimentation, allowing them to learn from their mistakes. And finally, they lived by three simple rules of thumb. Professor Karlien Vanderheyden shows that as managers and leaders, we still have something to learn from them today.

  5. 10 Years after Lehman: Is Europe heading towards a New Financial Crisis?

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    Professor David Veredas recommends that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), already in place, should play a more active role in mitigating the risk of a new financial crisis in Europe. Specifically, he advocates that countries facing sovereign debt problems work together with the ESM on a package of economic reforms that may allow debt relief. The current escalating confidence crisis facing Italy could be more effectively resolved by such involvement of the ESM. The ESM should also play a prominent role in the recapitalization of problem banks in order to reduce the non-performing loans (NPLs), which are still substantial in some euro zone countries, notably Greece and Italy.

  6. “Target-driven”

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    Volvo Cars no longer defines itself as a car manufacturer but as a mobility provider. This is the core of its Vision 2020 plan, which lays out ambitious but concrete targets. “This target-driven mentality is something that we also see at Vlerick”, remarks Wim Maes, Managing Director of Volvo Car Belux.

  7. Model for a considered and responsible remuneration policy

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    Professor Xavier Baeten is astonished by the copycat behaviour on display when it comes to awarding remuneration. He believes that a key way for a company to show where its priorities lie is for it to design bespoke top-level salaries. To this end, he has developed an executive remuneration strategy model for making responsible choices.

  8. “25 years of shared values”

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    We were very pleased to see one of our longest-standing partners, EY, renew his engagement with our alumni community recently. Marc Cosaert, who is the driving force behind the partnership, looks back on “25 years of shared values”.

  9. “Give your dream a big hug”

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    After working for five years in Beirut, Elias Maalouli knows he wants to set up his own business. When he decides to take a Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2016, he embarks on his journey as an entrepreneur. In September 2018, he launches FoundersBei, a co-working space in Beirut.

  10. The success paradox

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    The knowledge, experience, image and sincere concern of a founder are irreplaceable. However, a study of internet companies by Harvard has demonstrated, ironically enough, that a founding CEO’s success in achieving important company milestones increases that person’s chances of being replaced as CEO. Opinion article by Veroniek Collewaert, Professor of Entrepreneurship.

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