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  1. Only 1 in 5 Belgian companies fully optimises remuneration to lower wage cost

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    A study by Vlerick Business School and Attentia involving 130 Belgian companies has provided new insights into remuneration and well-being policies. Very few companies today are making optimum use of wage optimisation opportunities to reduce wage costs. For example, only 1 in 5 organisations are operating a structural optimisation policy and only 15% makes use of flexible remuneration, also known as the ‘cafeteria plan’. Although over 80% regard well-being as a crucial element, not everyone has implemented it in communication or actions. While anyone investing over 3% of the HR budget in actions concerning well-being, has observed positive effects in a very short term.

  2. Three quarters of the BEL20 companies pay their CEO less than in 2007

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    Across all listed companies, total CEO remuneration has increased by an average of 23% over the last eight years (2007-2014) in Belgium. There are major differences depending on the stock market index, however (BEL20, Bel mid, Bel small). As for the composition of the package, it appears that share-related remuneration is falling out of favour. It also appears that variable remuneration is mainly determined by short-term financial benchmarks. Finally, Belgium scores relatively well in comparison to other countries in terms of diversity, especially with respect to the nationality and gender of the CEO. These are the most important conclusions drawn from the annual research into top salaries by Professor Xavier Baeten of the Executive Remuneration Research Centre.

  3. Entrepreneurial mentality scores poorly in Flanders

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    When it comes to its entrepreneurial mentality, Flanders is far from playing a leading role when compared to 20 other European regions. The key areas for improvement are (1) identifying opportunities for starting up a business, (2) the status perception of successful entrepreneurs, and (3) the image of existing entrepreneurs. Flanders fails to stand out positively in any of the indicators that were researched. We are, however, following closely on the heels of the European pack when it comes to the role played by training and education.

  4. Belgium drops a place in the WEF ranking of most competitive countries

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    Belgium has dropped by a place in the World Economic Forum’s ‘2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report’ global ranking of countries according to their competitiveness, making Belgium the world’s 19th most competitive country. In spite of this drop, our competitiveness score, on which the ranking is based, has slightly improved (5.20 compared with 5.18 last year). While there were various changes in the global top 20, there were no newcomers. The top three - Switzerland, Singapore and the United States - remained unchanged.

  5. How to exploit the full potential of digital transformation?

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    Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has joined forces with Vlerick Business School to establish the ‘Digital 20/20’ Chair, a three-year academic partnership designed to explore how businesses can leverage digital technologies and business models to drive performance.

  6. Leadership development and talent management remain key HR challenges for the future

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    This spring, Hudson and Vlerick Business School presented the trends and challenges for HRM at leading Belgian companies by way of an HR Barometer. The HR managers of the largest Belgian profit organisations (in terms of staff numbers) and the Bel 20 organisations were invited to participate in an online survey. Some 58 organisations from a diversity of sectors participated in the survey, together representing more than 200,000 workers employed in Belgium.

  7. Marion Debruyne appointed as new dean of Vlerick Business School

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    The Board of Directors and the General Council of Vlerick Business School have today appointed Professor Marion Debruyne as the new dean of Vlerick Business School as of August 1st when the current dean Philippe Haspeslagh retires. Philippe Haspeslagh will remain connected with the school as a strategy professor and has been granted the title of honorary dean by the Board of Directors.

  8. Is Belgium ready for access to innovative medications and treatments?

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    The Vlerick Healthcare Management Centre is publishing the results of its Oncology Horizon Scanning project which examines whether Belgium is ready to provide access to the innovative, personalised treatments and medications which are in the pipeline. These are mainly for Cancer, the second most common disease in Belgium and a therapeutic field which is currently characterised by a great deal of progress and innovation. In these times of economic austerity and budgetary constraints in the healthcare sector, it is a social challenge to nonetheless provide access to this new generation of drugs which offer significant therapeutic benefits yet also involve significant costs.

  9. Entrepreneurship only featured to a limited extent in Flemish news programmes

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    Only a fraction of Flemish news reports are dedicated to entrepreneurship, and this news is mainly financial and economic in nature. Only 4% of the news items relate to innovations and creative ideas. It is striking that civil society organisations and politicians play a very active role in the news reports about entrepreneurship. This is apparent from a study carried out by Vlerick Business School, the first to investigate how the various facets of entrepreneurship are portrayed in Flemish news programmes.

  10. Perception and attractiveness of entrepreneurship in Flanders remains relatively low

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    Half of all Flemish people consider entrepreneurship a good career choice, yet the proportion of Flemish people who believe that successful entrepreneurs are held in high regard in Flanders is considerably lower. Moreover, the individual self-perception trend is continuing on its downward course. The Flemish see opportunities to launch their own companies, but they do not trust their own abilities and are held back by a fear of failure. Generally, Flanders boasts relatively few budding and new entrepreneurs compared to other countries. Last but not least, both budding and more experienced entrepreneurs seem to enjoy a relatively high level of emotional well-being. These are the main findings of the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

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