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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”.

  5. 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.

  6. Weathering the financial challenges of your business during – and after – times of crisis

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    Unlike during the 2008 banking crisis, both supply and demand are currently compressed, and therefore many organisations see a plunge in revenues. This makes that even economically healthy enterprises may currently be at risk of financial stress or, worst case, bankruptcy. But what can businesses do themselves to avoid or minimise financial hardship? There is no magic in corporate finance, but our Professors Wouter De Maeseneire, Mathieu Luypaert and Sophie Manigart offer various options that firms may need to consider.

  7. How a global crisis is accelerating entrepreneurship

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    We say of entrepreneurs that they see an opportunity and create a company to turn that opportunity into reality. The multitude of entrepreneurial ideas arising from the current crisis offer solutions to concrete problems that require real solutions in the short term. Because everything is constantly and rapidly changing, we see a process that is more focused on action than on brainstorming. According to Professor Hans Crijns, the unbridled creativity of young, enterprising people gives us hope to beat this crisis.

  8. Reshuffling strategic priorities without losing your balance

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    In times of unexpected crisis, attention to the core and protecting the essence of one’s business is clearly paramount. Yet, you also want to rebalance your future priorities: which elements of the strategy do you need to boost, slow down, add or scrap? One simple and powerful way to go about that is to map different possible scenarios. Professor Carine Peeters shows you how you can do so by following five key steps.

  9. Covid-19 is Infecting Markets as well as People: how can Equity Investors Respond?

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    Financial market investors are not normally concerned about viruses, as their effects are usually temporary. However, there is no other modern pandemic against which the economic effects of Covid-19 can be compared. In a volatile market, it is tempting to cash in your equity investments and leave. However, with central bank interest rates falling, there are few options available that will offer an inflation busting return. Professor Simon Ashby shares some strategies to consider.

  10. Boards should look beyond regular risk management to focus on strategic resilience

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    Effective risk oversight in the context of a major disruption requires boards to rise above their traditional monitoring role and develop a strategic stance to dealing with risk, says Professor Regine Slagmulder. Companies whose board members consider risk as an integral part of their business strategy rather than as an after-thought, are bound to have a competitive edge in building resilience for the future.

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