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  1. SD Worx and Vlerick Business School establish strategic partnership to build digital ecosystem for HR

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    Leading European HR and Payroll service provider SD Worx is establishing a strategic partnership with the Vlerick Business School to give an extra boost to digitalisation in the HR world. One of the initiatives to help achieve this is the development of a digital ecosystem for the world of work and beyond. SD Worx wishes to go beyond simply providing services related to HR and payroll and is setting up a platform through which external parties can also offer their services. The platform will be accessible from January 2022 and will be the first of its kind in Europe.

  2. How blockchain can help fight COVID-19 and secure business revival

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    The COVID-19 crisis is confronting society with huge challenges. Governments all over the world are focusing on the complex task of setting up rapid high-volume vaccination campaigns so that life can get back to normal as soon as possible. In consonance with these efforts, blockchain technology can help tackle several of the challenges imposed by COVID-19, and it can even help our economy recover more quickly from this pandemic. Professor Kristof Stouthuysen and researcher Tineke Distelmans talk about the possible applications of blockchain in vaccine tracking and storage, a COVID-19 passport and the global organisation of supply chains.

  3. Become the data-savvy manager everyone wants

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    As a Masters in General Management student, from next academic year onwards you will be able to opt for a specialisation in Business Analytics (BA). “Supplementing your general management skills with analytical skills will help you to become the data-savvy manager that everyone wants and progress through the ranks quickly.” Sound good? Professor of Business Analytics Philippe Baecke and Senior Career Advisor Wendy Lisarde answer five questions.

  4. Artificial intelligence bridges the gap between big data and sustainable investing

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    Sustainable investing is booming. But how can you objectively measure sustainability? As opposed to financial reporting, sustainability reporting is only in its infancy and the difficulty to measure sustainability in an objective and qualitative manner might keep investors from moving into the sustainable investing field. There is no lack of ESG information, but much of this data is unstructured, which makes eliciting meaningful information challenging. According to Professor Kristof Stouthuysen and doctoral researcher Bjarne Brié, artificial intelligence can decrease the uncertainty inherent to sustainable investing. The combination of AI and big data analytics allows for fast and almost real-time objective information analyses based on multiple data sources.

  5. How can our companies and Artificial Intelligence help in fighting climate change?

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    In the Paris climate agreement, more than 100 countries – including Belgium – have committed to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Although the new US President Joe Biden is putting climate change back on the political agenda, whether or not this goal is achieved will mainly depend on the vigour of the business community. According to Professor Kristof Stouthuysen, the proper use of artificial intelligence is the key to helping our companies become climate-neutral more quickly.

  6. Predicting the future with time-series

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    Traditional time-series analysis and forecasting methods are nothing new. However, lately companies like Google and Facebook have invested in developing time-series models that combine traditional techniques with Machine Learning (ML). What is the reason that Big Tech firms are suddenly looking into ways to optimise forecasting techniques? And why should all companies and their managers care about these new forecasting techniques?

  7. Soccer, M&A Prediction and Machine Learning

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    Currently, robotic process automation is often used in finance departments in order to redeem employees from dull chores. However, despite the booming field of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), financial applications of these techniques are quite scarce. By making a connection with a referee who needs to (dis)approve a goal, Lennert Van der Schraelen, Kristof Stouthuysen and Mathieu Luypaert try to establish useful applications concerning mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

  8. Are CFOs the Lucky Luke of decision-making?

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    Analysing data at a rapid pace in order to make decisive decisions based on the results delivered, is an issue that many companies and their decision-makers often struggle with in this digital world. Apart from the obvious technological aspect, you need an integrated view on data and decision-making and a data-driven company culture. The CFO can act as a major catalyst to help organisations transform towards a more agile and effective decision-making entity.

  9. The digital CFO: 10 key steps to success

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    Covid-19 has forced companies to accelerate their digitisation efforts. Further digitisation is necessary because it allows us to do things smarter, faster and cheaper, thus boosting our productivity. However, a recent CFO study shows that the productivity of most finance departments has decreased by 60% to 80% since the start of this pandemic. Covid-19 has been the first real test of how far finance departments have progressed in their digital transformation. So, we can learn a lot from successful digital CFOs. Professor Kristof Stouthuysen explains the road to digital success in 10 key steps.

  10. 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.

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