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  1. "Amazing results with real impact for us and our clients"

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    Category: Student News

    How can we optimise our product pallets – preferably using automation? That was the challenge that Masters in General Management students Hannelore Houf and Charlotte De Vuyst – both supply chain newbies – took on for their in-company project at multinational Ontex. Good grades weren’t the only positive result of their efforts. “Our teams across various departments are now putting into practice the theoretical groundwork they laid over a two-month period.”

  2. Correctly assessing risks – or how we ignore the denominator

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    In general, people are not very well equipped to correctly assess a risk. This is because we ignore the denominator in the fraction and only rely on the numerator. Thus we overestimate the chance of dying from coronavirus. But alongside this, there are a number of characteristically human mindsets that further accentuate this denominator neglect. Professor Barbara Briers explains the difference between our quick and slow way of thinking and how that can help entrepreneurs when assessing business risks.

  3. What are entrepreneurs’ top priorities in times of corona?

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    While they are essential to get companies through the crisis, the role of entrepreneurs threatens to be overlooked. Entrepreneurs not only need courage, clarity of mind and perseverance, they also need to be able to transform these into concrete actions and measures. Professor Hans Crijns explains how the entrepreneurs and owner-managers of the iGMO-network are handling this crisis and are helping to shape the future with a healthy dose of entrepreneurship.

  4. Learn to Succeed with Digital Transformation

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    Cutter Consortium Fellow and Professor of Digital Transformation Stijn Viaene admits that embarking on a digital transformation isn't easy — but there are five keys to success. He breaks down these tips, distilled from his research, via a plan of action that can help organisations on the road to digital transformation.

  5. Vlerick consolidates its position as the number 1 provider of executive education in the Benelux

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    Category: Programme news

    According to the 2020 Financial Times Executive Education Ranking, Vlerick Business School remains for the ninth year in a row the #1 ranked provider of executive education in the Benelux. We are also the only Belgian business school to be ranked in the combined ranking of 50 business schools worldwide, offering both open and customised programmes. On a European level, we maintain our top 20 position, rising from 18 to 16. And finally, on a global level we rise 4 places, going from 31 to 27.

  6. Rumble in the FinTech Jungle

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    No banking crisis, oil shock or war but a pandemic that is shaking up our lives. In this time of turbulence, business leaders have to switch on their hyperdrive. In the article 'How to Thrive in Turbulent Markets’, the American Professor Donald Sull draws the parallel between the characteristics of fighters, the boxing match and how companies deal with turbulence. Fighters can train, study, simulate and mentally prepare for a match but it is never anything like the real thing. Professor Bjorn Cumps applies this comparison to the FinTech sector.

  7. Why is €100 for a bottle of hand sanitiser not an acceptable price?

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    Hand sanitiser was one of the products that experienced a steep spike in demand at the moment of the corona outbreak, which led to stock ruptures. Some opportunistic merchants saw an opportunity and started selling (online) at a multiple of the original price – but retailers and authorities undertook actions to stop these types of practices. Professors Koen Tackx and Barbara Briers explain why these types of price increases are perceived as unfair.

  8. How artificial intelligence and the CFO can guide us in uncertain times

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    The CFO has a twofold role in the Covid-19 crisis. On the one hand, to stabilise in the shorter term and on the other, to prepare the company for recovery in the longer term. According to Professor Kristof Stouthuysen, artificial Intelligence can help CFOs in this important role. Those who are still relying on Excel to determine and predict their liquidity position are unfortunately missing out.

  9. The extraordinary importance of fairness when times are tough

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    Employees care about fairness in outcomes, in procedures, and in interpersonal treatment. It is when the environment is uncertain and outcomes are less positive, that our evaluations of fairness become most important. Fairness shows that we can expect better outcomes in the future, that we are a valued member of the team, and that our managers have integrity. Fairness provides us with assurances regarding our future in the organisation, and makes it feel safe to invest and “go beyond the call of duty”.

  10. Retailers need an entrance strategy

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    Now that many shops have been forced to close for more than five weeks, we have been hearing loud calls for economic activity to be quickly resumed. However, the most important thing every entrepreneur needs to ask themselves is whether they can reopen profitably. To do profitable business, income obviously needs to be higher than costs. That is why, while the government is implementing a clear exit strategy, shopkeepers should come up with their own ‘entrance strategy’, says researcher Yannick Dillen. Not starting back up at full strength and with fewer staff might be part of this strategy.

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