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  1. How can supply chains recover from the Covid-19 bullwhip?

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    Even a small but sudden change in consumer demand may lead to large demand variations upstream. This bullwhip effect is observed in today’s supply chains. The inventory dynamics downstream in the supply chain will determine how the recovery from the Covid-19 bullwhip will look like. At the same time, it is vital to keep an eye to our upstream supply companies, as they should remain resilient to the large swings in demand. If they collapse, it will create supply shortages and prevent us from fully taking advantage of the market recovery when demand picks up again.

  2. “Ambitious and entrepreneurial people. That's what we’re both aiming for”

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    “Just like De Tijd and L’Echo, Vlerick encourages entrepreneurs to remain inquisitive and, in a well-informed way, to take the lead and keep trying new things. So, it's not that we have to but that we want to do things together; we share the same ambitions. For us, these are the best partnerships”, says Isabel Albers, General Editor of the business newspapers De Tijd and L’Echo.

  3. Masters in Financial Management programme enters the global top 25

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    Vlerick’s Masters in Financial Management programme has improved its position in this year’s Financial Times Global Masters in Finance Ranking by 3 spots. We are now ranked at 23 worldwide, thus entering the global top 25. On a European level, we also rise 3 places going from 22 to 19. And in the Benelux, we maintain our number 1 position. Our CFA-accredited programme provides an excellent broad and in-depth corporate finance education, complemented with relevant managerial skills. Currently, the programme has 62 students representing 19 different nationalities.

  4. The digital CFO: 10 key steps to success

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    Covid-19 has forced companies to accelerate their digitisation efforts. Further digitisation is necessary because it allows us to do things smarter, faster and cheaper, thus boosting our productivity. However, a recent CFO study shows that the productivity of most finance departments has decreased by 60% to 80% since the start of this pandemic. Covid-19 has been the first real test of how far finance departments have progressed in their digital transformation. So, we can learn a lot from successful digital CFOs. Professor Kristof Stouthuysen explains the road to digital success in 10 key steps.

  5. Industry 4.0: beyond smart factories to value creation across the entire supply chain

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    Technologies are enhancing each other, processes are connected, the computing power is enormous and all this means that the previously unthinkable is now possible. ‘It’s leading to an explosion of interesting applications.’ But what should companies do with it? Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management Ann Vereecke explains the possibilities offered by industry 4.0.

  6. Covid patents and R&D races will save us, not the WHO

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    Making vaccine technology freely available to everyone sounds good. According to Professor Walter Van Dyck, patent prohibition however will slow down access to vaccine technology and, worse still, dry up innovation. To tackle the debilitating battle with the virus, you need a small number of global, capital-rich pharmaceutical companies at the heart of an ecosystem that builds on initial university research and has the scale to lead global distribution.

  7. Self-management as a way to handle the isolation when working from home

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    Working remotely one or two days a week can actually increase our productivity. But doing it every day can wear us out and slowly alienate us from our familiar office and colleagues. Some of us even experience a sort of grieving process we need to go through. According to Professor Karlien Vanderheyden, there are several things we can do to make the most of this ‘new normal’.

  8. "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.”

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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