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  1. Taking a look at the neighbours: what Italy can teach Belgium about healthcare

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    During each three-year term of office, MINOZ – the research centre for operational management in hospitals – organises a study trip for its members. In September, Professor Brecht Cardoen, Professor Paul Gemmel and researcher Rein Robberecht paid a visit to Milan, together with 30 participants from a total of 12 Belgian hospitals. Not only did they visit innovative hospitals, but the group also got to see how Italy tackles healthcare in general. What are the basic principles? How is it financed? Is it a competitive landscape? It turned out to be a very instructive trip.

  2. Every business needs a good strategy

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    “Entire libraries can be filled with research on strategy, on how companies can develop and maintain a competitive advantage in the markets in which they operate. Still, it’s something many continue to grapple with.” It looks as if there’s plenty of scope for research and teaching left for Carine Peeters, who recently joined Vlerick Business School as Professor of Strategy.

  3. How to deal with the New World of Work

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    Nowadays, people increasingly work outside of the traditional set-up of company walls and office hours. Work without time and location constraints, activity-based work, job crafting etc. are all forms of the New World of Work that offer countless advantages, but also pose a challenge for both employers and employees. As a manager, you play a key role in the successful implementation of this concept, but what exactly are your responsibilities? And how can you ensure collaboration within your teams is not disrupted?

  4. It’s better to talk than to fight

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    “I firmly believe in the Golden Rule of reciprocity: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” This is what drives seasoned expert in negotiation, conflict management and dispute resolution, Barney Jordaan, who was recently appointed professor of negotiation at Vlerick Business School.

  5. Ann Vereecke becomes Honorary Fellow of EurOMA

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    During the 21st EurOMA Conference in Palermo (Italy) Vlerick professor Ann Vereecke received the EurOMA Fellowship Award. This award is granted by the European Operations Management Association in recognition of Ann’s contribution to Operations Management research and education in Europe, and as a sign of respect for her service to EurOMA and the Operations Management community in Europe.

  6. Marion Dupire wins ARFA Prize for PhD research

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    Post-doctoral research associate Marion Dupire has recently won the ARFA prize 2014 for the best M&A thesis. ARFA (Association des Responsables de Fusions – Acquisitions) is the association that unites M&A managers from large companies in France. The prize was granted to her for her PhD dissertation which she received from the University of Lille. The 2,000 euro prize was handed to her at an award ceremony during the annual ARFA Conférence du Printemps in Paris.

  7. “I want to give marketing a stronger voice in the boardroom”

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    In April, Alexander Himme joined Vlerick as Assistant Professor of Marketing. His research is focused on two related areas: marketing performance management or marketing accountability and brand valuation and brand management. “Marketing performance management seeks to objectively and quantitatively measure the return on marketing investment. As for brand valuation, I try to develop measures to quantify a brand’s financial value.”

  8. Ideas: unique raw material for the new inspiration economy

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    If you want to grow in today’s world and stay competitive with high-quality products and services, you need to commit totally to innovation. In our innovation-driven economy, inspiration and ideas are becoming the most important raw materials. And this is how we are evolving towards a new inspiration economy. “More and stronger international competition, as well as the search for ‘the next big thing,’ mean that companies and regions that want to play in the premier league have no choice but to get into the inspiration economy. The generation of ideas is becoming very important, but so is cross-pollination between ideas,” says Vlerick researcher Bart Devoldere.

  9. Demand forecasting: models or experts, who knows best?

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    Are experts no longer necessary? Will you be better off using mathematical models and are they enough? Or can you improve the accuracy of model forecasts by combining them with human assessments and estimates (judgemental forecasts)? These are all questions to which there is not yet a simple answer. Ann Vereecke, Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Karlien Vanderheyden, Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Philippe Baecke, Professor in Marketing Analytics, shed some light on what we already know and the direction research will now take.

  10. Insight into interaction between team members leads to better performance

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    How do people cooperate in a team? What makes a good team? Many trainees have gained a better understanding of their own and their co-workers’ behaviour through our Cognitive Style Indicator, or CoSI®, developed by Professor Herman Van den Broeck and his team. “But companies want practical tools that are relevant in an international context as well,” Herman says. “And that’s why we’re looking for individuals and companies to partner in this new research project on cognitive styles. We’re aiming to have 20 individuals and two companies.”

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