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  1. Event Report - Shanghai Chapter: We Read For You

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    On November 16 2016 the KU Leuven Alumni and Vlerick Alumni Shanghai Chapters jointly organized their first ‘we read for you’ event. Prof. Dr. Dirk Buyens, Professor of Human Resources Management and Director Open Exec Education at Vlerick Business School, led an academically driven discussion around Adam Grant’s inspiring and revolutionary book ‘Give and Take’.

  2. Leadership, maturity and simplicity

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    One led the Netherlands as Prime Minister for more than eight years, the other has long been an authority in the field of human behaviour and leadership. Jan Peter Balkenende and Herman Van den Broeck meet in Balkenende’s office for a discussion on servant leadership, maturity and simplicity.

  3. The magic of team identity in virtual project teams

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    In virtual teams the big questions is sometimes not ‘are we all rowing in the same direction?’, but ‘do we even feel we are in the same boat?’. Virtual teams that have a strong identity are better able to coordinate, perform and overcome conflicts, irrespective of how far apart the team members are or how difficult and complex the task is. So how can you create and strengthen team identity in a virtual team? By paying attention to face-to-face interactions and online socializing, and by managing the work and reward process.

  4. Time to call in the clowns

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    With the Panama Papers modern management is experiencing the next moral catastrophe. Strikingly, the lessons learned from previous scandals are almost zero. According to professor Ralf Wetzel that managerial crisis will not be solved from within management science and practice. There is a need for a different role model and an exploration of management far away from the beaten tracks.

  5. Resolving business-related disputes in Belgium: time for a wake-up call

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    A number of surveys conducted over the past five years within the EU and the USA show that companies are experiencing an increase in litigation. What is spent on legal fees and other litigation expenses are profits that will never be delivered to shareholders or reinvested in growing the business. Also important is the adverse effect that litigation usually has on business relationships. Professor Barney Jordaan makes a plea in favour of mediation as a better method to solve a business-related dispute.

  6. Better leadership thanks to closer collaboration and a focus on change management

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    Changing customer wishes, stricter regulations, disruption in innovation and the volatility in the economy and markets mean that Rabobank is experiencing dynamic market conditions that require fundamental improvements in performance. In order to optimally prepare itself for the changes, Rabobank Walcheren/Beveland asked Vlerick Business School to compile a short, customised programme on the themes of leadership and change management.

  7. What movies did for leadership development at Rabobank

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    Watching a movie is usually something fun to do in your leisure time. But did you know that movies can also help you to become a better leader? Movie learning is a new and narrative way of improving social and visionary leadership skills. This highly innovative learning approach has been introduced in the learning journey that we have newly developed for Rabobank.

  8. Business schools must eliminate gender inequality

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    Every International Women’s Day we ask ourselves the same question: is this still relevant? Is gender equality still an issue in an era in which Dominique Leroy was voted Manager of the Year, the German chancellor is a woman and Hillary Clinton has entered the home straight and may possibly be elected first female President of the United States? But then came the sobering figures, which demonstrate that these examples stand out precisely because they are exceptions to the rule.

  9. Audacity gets leaders to the top, humility keeps them there

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    ‘Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.’ This inspiring refrain, taken from a Leonard Cohen song, perfectly reflects Vlerick professor Herman Van den Broeck’s views on leadership. He specialises in change management and emotional intelligence and is convinced that powerful leaders are people who realise that new light shines through every crack. He calls these above average leaders ‘beyonders’. They do not necessarily want to be the best IN the world but want to do what is best FOR the world.

  10. Lessons from VW: organizational face-work and useful illegality

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    Martin Winterkorn had to go, there was no other option. And on top of this, he inevitably took other senior VW managers down with him - regardless of their performance. What some call ‘taking responsibility’ sociologists call ‘face lifting’. For now the search for those directly responsible for the scandal has started, and the names of those ‘in guilt’ will be presented at the very end of what is likely to be a lengthy process. But however regularly this process is observed in companies, what is apparent is that the scandals themselves have little to do with their C-level people, and a lot more to do with the hidden powers driving organizations.

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