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  1. AE and McDonald’s Belgium rank first in the list of ‘Best Workplaces 2013’ in Belgium

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    Last night Vlerick Business School and the Great Place to Work® Institute Belgium announced the Best Workplaces 2013 in Belgium during an Award Show. Compared to 2012, we’ve noted some remarkable shifts. The winner in the category ‘companies with LESS than 500 employees’ is AE, a company from Louvain that helps businesses streamline their activities and IT operations better. The category ‘companies with MORE than 500 employees’ is headed by McDonald’s Belgium, which, compared to last year, has made a major leap forward, jumping from fourth place to first place.

  2. Company buyout as alternative form of doing business

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    When we speak of running a business the image of the starter who has put a lot of hard work into starting his own business from scratch immediately springs to mind. The economic crisis and the ageing of the baby boom generation is propelling us towards a broader understanding of entrepreneurship. An alternative option which is often overlooked is that of taking over an existing company. In the coming 10 years a lot of businesses are likely to disappear through lack of a successor; this is also a missed opportunity for our economy. In order to further bring the possibilities and advantages of a so-called management buyout or buy-in to the attention of potential entrepreneurs Vlerick Business School has come up with a new research platform, namely the ‘Platform for Entrepreneurial Buyouts’.

  3. Agreement between Vlerick Business School and the Flemish government represents a major incentive for academic research

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    Today Vlerick Business School and Flemish Minister of Innovation Ingrid Lieten have signed a new agreement, which covers a period of six years, beginning in 2013 and ending in 2018. During every year of this period Vlerick Business School can count on the support of the Flemish Government in relation to the conducting of academic research.

  4. Remuneration of top managers in Europe stable in the past five years

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    In 49% of all companies the total remuneration (i.e. fixed salary, bonus and share-related remunerations) of CEOs in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands increased between 2007 and 2011. However, in 49% of cases the total remuneration dropped, mainly due to a decrease in the variable remuneration. In Belgium the median CEO remuneration even decreased, but the number of major increases equalled the number of major decreases. Finally, the composition of the remuneration packages changed. The weight of the fixed salary increased and that of the performance-related share decreased. These are the main conclusions of the annual survey into the remuneration of top managers carried out by the Executive Remuneration Research Centre of Vlerick Business School.

  5. Belgian workforce ranked among the world's most entrepreneurial employees

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    Most people do not immediately associate Belgium with entrepreneurship. A new study by the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre at Vlerick Business School, entitled ‘Success factors for intrapreneurship in various types of organisations’ now shows that Belgian employees tend to exhibit more entrepreneurial behaviour in a company environment. The study identifies and compares success factors for intrapreneurship in various types of organisations.

  6. Vlerick Business School starts a new chapter

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    Today Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School will be renamed Vlerick Business School, a move which will radically transform the school’s identity to better reflect the changing environment of business education.

  7. Belgium slips slightly in the World Economic Forum 2012 ranking - down two places

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    The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013’ reveals that Belgium has slipped two places and is now ranked the 17th most competitive country in the world. Last year we jumped four places forward in one go, (from 19th to 15th position), the highest position Belgium has achieved in the last seven years. During this period Belgium fluctuated between 20th place (in 2006 and 2007), 18th place (2009) and 19th place (2010). We have also managed to continue to surpass France. Last year marked the first time that Belgium surpassed France, which this year continues to slip down the ladder, from 18th to 21st position. Belgium is however unable to close the gap with Germany (stable in 6th place) and the Netherlands (from 7th to 5th place). In 2012 Austria, which is ranked 16th, also just jumped ahead of us.

  8. Vlerick launches pilot project using iPads in education

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    Anyone starting the MBA-FSI programme in November will now be doing so without paper. Each participant will receive their own personal iPad containing pre-configured applications specially designed for the course. All the teaching material is being digitalised and bundled. The iPad is thereby replacing not only paper courses, but all case studies which need to be read as part of the programme. After completing the course, participants get to keep the iPad. The benefits are clear: better for the environment, cost-effective and more interactive ways of teaching.

  9. Final year students enthusiastic about job prospects

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    Compared to previous years, final-year students are more optimistic about their job prospects. As a result, more young people choose to actually go to work instead of further study. Moreover, they prepare themselves better for it. The non-profit sector is gaining popularity and there is an increase in the use of social networking sites when looking for work. A career with a green dimension is not a priority for them. These are the main findings of a trend study into the career prospects of final-year students.

  10. Belgian companies score well on the list of best workplaces in Europe

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    Yesterday Great Place to Work® announced the list of 100 companies which are considered the best workplaces in Europe by their employees during a gala ceremony in Berlin. Over 250,000 employees in some 1,500 European companies participated in the survey. The HRM Centre of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is the Belgian partner of Great Place to Work®.

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