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    The secret to being a good manager is listening

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    Leadership can be defined as the art of motivating people to achieve a common goal. To be able to motivate your team, you need to understand them, know which tasks they enjoy and which they don't, and take their input into account. This kind of relationship can only be built if you truly listen to them. Listening is also the pathway to fresh insights and ideas, and can be the difference between a project succeeding or failing.

  2. How Jennifer Elliot took the leap from law to founding her own jewellery label Elliot & Ostrich

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    Over the years, Vlerick alumnus Jennifer Elliot has consciously looked for her ‘Ikigai’ – the Japanese secret for a long and happy life – which includes work that you like and are good at. Jennifer started out by studying Law. After her Masters in General Management, she worked for 10 years as a Marketing expert in large corporate environments. Finally, her professional search has led her to create her own jewellery label: Elliot & Ostrich.

  3. How do medium-sized enterprises handle Covid-19?

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    iGMO partners EY and KBC look back on the way the past year tested medium-sized companies’ resilience. How are companies handling Covid-19? How do they keep helping each other along even now? What’s the pandemic’s lasting impact? A conversation about ‘familial fuzziness’ and rediscovering the joys of entrepreneurship.

  4. Vlerick Online MBA enters global top 10 of the world’s best online MBA providers

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    With students around the world increasingly turning to an online MBA programme as a more flexible and more cost-effective method of furthering their career development goals, QS Quacquarelli Symonds have released their annual list of the world’s best online MBA providers. Vlerick’s Online MBA programme has entered the global top 10, rising from the 12th position last year to number 9, and remains the only Benelux business school to be featured in this list. The 2021 edition of the list names 57 programmes worldwide, with Spain’s IE Business School ranked number one for the fourth consecutive year.

  5. Centre for Sustainable Finance joins the Green and Social Bond Principles

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    Category: Corporate News

    Earlier this year, Vlerick’s Centre for Sustainable Finance joined the exclusive network of institutions that promote frameworks for sustainable bonds. The network is hosted by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). In this network, academic institutions have the status of observers, participating in the updates of the Principles and joining working groups and advisory bodies. Vlerick Business School is the first academic institution in the Benelux to become a member of the ICMA.

  6. Become the data-savvy manager everyone wants

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    As a Masters in General Management student, from next academic year onwards you will be able to opt for a specialisation in Business Analytics (BA). “Supplementing your general management skills with analytical skills will help you to become the data-savvy manager that everyone wants and progress through the ranks quickly.” Sound good? Professor of Business Analytics Philippe Baecke and Senior Career Advisor Wendy Lisarde answer five questions.

  7. Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship: manage, measure and value innovation

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    The current pandemic has forced companies to reinvent themselves and put innovation higher on the agenda. Consequently, innovation has outgrown the “creative thinking box” and become more accountable. The logical Vlerick response was to redesign our Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship to focus more clearly on managing, measuring and valuing innovation. Programme Manager Robin Kleer and Career Advisor Emilia Konttinen explain what has changed.

  8. Artificial intelligence bridges the gap between big data and sustainable investing

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    Sustainable investing is booming. But how can you objectively measure sustainability? As opposed to financial reporting, sustainability reporting is only in its infancy and the difficulty to measure sustainability in an objective and qualitative manner might keep investors from moving into the sustainable investing field. There is no lack of ESG information, but much of this data is unstructured, which makes eliciting meaningful information challenging. According to Professor Kristof Stouthuysen and doctoral researcher Bjarne Brié, artificial intelligence can decrease the uncertainty inherent to sustainable investing. The combination of AI and big data analytics allows for fast and almost real-time objective information analyses based on multiple data sources.

  9. EASI and Accent are the Best Workplaces 2021 of Belgium

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    On 16 March, the Great Place to Work® Institute Belgium once again announced the Best Workplaces™ in Belgium. In the category of small and medium-sized organisations, EASI holds the number one position; for the large organisations Accent holds the top position. The Covid-19 crisis has undoubtedly had a considerable impact on the results. On the one hand, many organisations succeeded in enhancing the level of trust. Despite these difficult times, they were able to show their employees that they were there for them as employers. On the other hand, it turned out to be very difficult for some organisations to keep in touch with everyone.

  10. How ‘House of Weddings’ developed into a quality label in the wedding market

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    Category: Alumni News

    Over a 10-year period after earning her Vlerick Masters in Marketing (2002), Iris Decreus worked as a marketeer for several major companies. However, she did not feel completely satisfied, nor fulfilled. She always thought she could have a bigger impact and be more in control of her results if she would work on her own. The combination of Vlerick and her experience eventually gave her the courage to take the leap into entrepreneurship. She started as an independent wedding planner, changed her corporate model after five years and built an online curated, multisided platform called House of Weddings. By blogging during Corona, she managed to not lose her audience of partners and couples.

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