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Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management

Stay ahead of trends and challenges in talent management

With our insights, you’ll be able to attract, retain and develop the brightest talent

In an age where no job is for life, how do you retain competent, motivated and high-performing staff? Join the Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management and you’ll have privileged access to research and insights that will give you answers – and a competitive advantage.

For 20 years, we have treated talent management as a decision science – and our findings help you boost engagement and become a more attractive employer.


Join a powerful community

Joining the centre’s community means becoming part of a knowledge-driven network of HR professionals and talent managers from all sectors. It’s a dynamic, safe space where you can share approaches, be inspired by the thinking and experiences of your peers – and influence research.

As a member, you take part in talent management events, HRM networking and discussions, all of which help you to drive positive change and success in your organisation.


Research to power your company

We keep you at the cutting edge of HR, bringing you the very latest HR thinking in topics including talent acquisition, talent development, talent retention, performance management and digital transformation. Our insights are rigorously, academically researched – and completely relevant to your organisation. We know what’s happening in research and in practice – which means you can access the latest tools, approaches and thinking to drive your organisation to greater success.

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Network, explore, deepen your thinking

Would you like to be able to discuss the latest approaches with other senior HR practitioners? As a member of the research centre, you’ll have opportunities to join interactive workshops, seminars, round-table discussions and our Vlerick HR Day. You’ll also be able to influence the topics discussed. And our experienced faculty will be here to support your strategic decision-making, offering challenge, views and perspective as you hone your organisation’s talent management approaches.

Recent research

White paper: Reskilling, upskilling & outskilling within a context of digital transformation

With organisations facing continuous change triggered by ongoing digital transformation, reskilling, upskilling and outskilling are turning out to be imperative. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated much of what was predicted about the future of work into a considerably shorter time frame.

Human capital as key success factor for digital transformation

What is the impact of digital transformation on your employees? How do technologies – including AI, robotic process automation, IoT and blockchain – impact individuals? This research reveals what employees need and worry about – and how to create a digital growth mindset.

Shadow boards in talent management

Despite the influx of younger generations in our workforce, many companies are still run solely by a traditional board of directors. How do you successfully integrate the younger generations’ insights? How do you create career perspectives in delayering organisations? And how do you stay ahead of disruption in the digital marketplace? This white paper discusses the origin of the shadow board, the added value that it can bring to the organisation, and how to effectively integrate it into the talent development process.

Career Focus Tool

Help your employees to manage their own career with the Career Focus Tool. Its questionnaires, inventories and reflection exercises help your teams to explore their development in the context of your organisation.

Performance Amplifier

Much of your company’s performance management is in the hands of line managers. So help them to boost their team’s performance with the Performance Amplifier tool.

Partners & members




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Expert faculty

Dirk Buyens

Dirk Buyens

Professor of Human Resources Management

Dirk Buyens is an authority on strategic HR, strategic talent management and organisational structuring, in line with business strategy.

Koen Dewettinck

Koen Dewettinck

Professor of Human Resources Management

Koen Dewettinck improves the way we manage people to boost engagement and performance.


Join us

Join us to make connections and engage with new approaches that benefit you and your organisation. When you become a member, you expand your outlook, explore new approaches and viewpoints – and share knowledge and expertise with other senior strategic talent managers.

And when you’re ready to take your membership even further, you can become a partner – and help us to define the centre’s strategy and research focus. 

Get in touch

Sarah Quataert

Sarah Quataert

Senior Researcher