Join the Vlerick Expat Event

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Give your career new inspiration during your stay in Belgium and join the 8th edition of the Vlerick Expat Event at Vlerick Campus Brussels on 29 November!

The keynote address ‘Forget your industry – managing innovation in an age of convergence’ given by Fredrik hacklin will certainly give you food for thought as it sets a vibrant, congenial tone for this unique expat evening.

About the keynote speech:

We live in a converging world, where industry boundaries are blurring and technologies and distinct knowledge bases are coming together.

The changes are well underway in a variety of different industries – pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, financial services. And as industries converge, and seemingly unrelated businesses suddenly become rivals, the nature of competition is changing dramatically.

Today’s managers must understand the new challenges and the long-term implications.

In the relentless evolution of technology and markets, many companies are in the midst of major reconfigurations of their business models and the way they capture value. Not only are innovators and entrepreneurs constantly advancing the state-of-the-art through introducing new technologies, products or services, but also is the nature of competition dramatically changing. Disruptive power oftentimes originates more from industry outsiders than insiders, and it becomes an ever-increasing challenge to identify tomorrow’s competitors.


6.00 PM    -    6.30 PM  Welcome 
6.30 PM Introduction
by Prof Dirk Buyens, Director Executive Education, Vlerick Business School
6.45 PM    -    8.00 PM Keynote Address
‘Forget your industry – managing innovation in an age of convergence’
by Prof Fredrik Hacklin, Vlerick Business School
8.00 PM    -    10.00 PM International networking reception
During this Vlerick evening you have also the opportunity to exchange views with Vlerick training experts, and meet and network with expats who share a common interest in Vlerick Business School.

Who is Fredrik Hacklin?

Fredrik HacklinFredrik Hacklin is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Managing Director of the Corporate Innovation Lab. He further serves as Associate Professor (PD) of Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich. Previously, he was a Fellow at Harvard University and a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&, PwC). He has held visiting positions at Stanford University, Imperial College Business School, ESMT Berlin, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Aalto University.

Fredrik holds a PhD in management from ETH Zurich, an MSc in computer science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, and a BSc in computer science and physics from RWTH Aachen. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society as well as a founding member of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership Europe.

For whom?

Expatriates, accompanying spouses and corporate mobility managers.

Price & Registration?

  • Price: Free event. Please note that a no-show fee of 50 euro will be charged for no showing up without prior notice (15 November at the latest).
  • Online registration is obligatory (before 1 November 2017)

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