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  1. The performance of large EU banks in the wake of the financial crisis

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    This policy paper attempts to provide an overview of the performance of 50 large EU banks in the wake of the financial crisis. Several questions are addressed for this purpose: What is bank performance about? What are the top 50 banks that best represent EU banking activity? How did banks’ performance evolve since before the crisis? Who are the best and worst performers in the wake of the crisis? Is there a link between bank size and performance?

  2. Engaged customers driving the energy transition

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    The development of renewables together with the digitalisation of the power system have made possible a paradigm change at the European system level. The growing need for flexibility makes customers the key enabler of the energy transition. They are now playing a more and more active role in the energy market through smart networks, smart homes and new services, taking ownership of the way they use and consume their electricity. This shift will be the topic of discussion during a panel debate moderated by professor Leonardo Meeus, Director of the Vlerick Energy Centre. The panel debate is part of European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week.

  3. PhD in three minutes

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    A doctorate is the result of at least four years of extensive research. Over 1,600 doctorates are completed each year in Flanders and those studies easily find their way to scientific and academic publications. However, only a fraction of these reach the general public. The ‘Vlaamse PhD Cup’ challenges PhD graduates to explain the key elements of their research in an easily understandable three-minute presentation before the public and a jury. The presentation will be recorded on video. The aim of the organisation behind this challenge, Scriptie vzw, is to make scientific and academic research more accessible.

  4. Disruptive entrepreneurship: daring, innovating, conquering

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    Globalisation and digitisation are extending the boundaries of enterprises. Competitors are appearing from unexpected corners of the world, and customers are enjoying more and more power. This reality creates tremendous opportunities for companies that dare to innovate. Under the title ‘Daring, Innovating, Conquering’, this year’s Voka Congress focuses on the many possibilities that disruptive technologies and other trends present to our organisations in Flanders.

  5. Protecting customer privacy in the financial sector

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    With increased digitization of the financial sector come the issues of data protection and customer privacy. Banks collect huge amounts of data on individuals, notably from bank accounts, credit card transactions or mobile banking. On the one hand the use of big data in the financial sector is a wonderful opportunity to better respond to customer needs. The biggest hurdle on the other hand is customer privacy and data protection.

  6. Apple case in top 15 of best-selling cases

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    The case ‘Apple: Time to think different about cash’ by Vlerick professor Wouter De Maeseneire is listed in the 2015 top fifteen best-selling cases in the category Finance, Accounting and Control. Each year The Case Centre publishes a bibliography of their most popular cases in each of the ten major subject areas during the preceding calendar year.

  7. Cross-pollination and building bridges

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    After Paris and Tilburg, Barbara Briers set her sights on the home front: Leuven. She recently started as Associate Professor of Marketing at Vlerick Business School. “I am primarily concerned with social themes. I think it is important that my research results make a valuable contribution to everyday life”.

  8. 2015 Best Researcher Award goes to professor Carine Peeters

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    At the annual New Year’s reception the Vlerick 2015 ‘Best Researcher Award’ was granted to Vlerick professor Carine Peeters. According to the interuniversity award selection committee she succeeded best in representing Vlerick’s research strategy during the past year.

  9. Co-creation? A higher level of engagement, better implementation

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    “Should I continue to aim for profit maximization or do I want to help students acquire more knowledge?” This is the point at which Koen Tackx arrived when he decided to embark on an academic career. In September he took up the position of Professor in Strategy and Marketing at Vlerick Business School, with telecommunications, energy and finances as his prime areas of focus.

  10. How playing a game can make you a better leader

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    If you want to learn new skills and acquire new insights, the first thing that probably comes to mind is traditional theoretical instruction in a class environment. Although this method has certainly proven its worth, there are other options. Experiential learning is gaining in acceptance and it offers many advantages. Vlerick Business School is responding to this action-oriented learning with a new innovative game centred on leadership.

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