Faculty

Walter Van Dyck

Prof Walter Van Dyck 
Associate Professor of Technology & Innovation Management at Vlerick Business School

Walter studies idea emergence, showing how inventions come about and transform into innovative business models in life science- and technology-based ecosystems. Over the last 8 years, using ‘Entrepreneurial Boot Camp’ active learning formats, Walter has coached the emergence of more than 100 innovative ideas in global and multinational companies in the life sciences, smart systems and clean technology, and their combinations.
Katia Tieleman

Prof Katia Tieleman 
Professor of Negotiation & Conflict Management at Vlerick Business School

A leading authority in the field of negotiation, Katia is affiliated with the Harvard Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. For her high-impact interventions, Katia draws on her sophisticated academic background and her rich experience as a practitioner.
Kurt Verweire

Prof Leonardo Meeus
Associate Professor of Energy Markets at Vlerick Business School

Leonardo is passionate about the relations between companies, stakeholders and government. He helps companies to gain competitive advantage by taking a broader perspective on strategy. He puts strategy into corporate affairs, and corporate affairs into strategy. He directs the Vlerick Energy Centre, one of the strategic focus areas in the School.
 

Walter Sermeus
Professor in Healthcare Management at Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy at KU Leuven

Walter is Program Director of the Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy, KU Leuven. He teaches healthcare management and health services research methods in different masters. He is head of the KU Leuven WHO Collaborating Centre on Human Resources for Health Research and Policy.

 

Dirk De Ridder
Professor of Medicine/Urology at KU Leuven

Dirk is chairman of the department urology and department head of the Leuven Institute for health care policy. He is strategic coordinator of the Flemish hospital network and is a member of the board of UZ Leuven. He is co-director of the Health Sciences & Business Institute, a collaboration between the LIGB and Vlerick Business School.

Frank Rademakers
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at KU Leuven

Frank is Chief Medical Technology Officer at the University Hospitals Leuven, responsible for the diagnostic departments (Imaging and Laboratories), Pharmacy, IT and Innovation. He teaches Innovation and Change Management and coordinates the contacts with industrial partners with respect to new technologies and innovation. He is Board Member of several hospitals in Flanders as well as spin-off companies of KU Leuven.

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Vlerick expertise in Healthcare Management

  1. COVID-19 vaccines: What if we don’t have enough of them?

    Vaccines usually have complex manufacturing processes and long production lead times. It is likely that we will face acute shortages in the initial period after the vaccine is produced. We will then have to rely on good targeting and rationing strategies for the quantity of vaccines available. Traditional inventory management systems using backlog or underage costs are generally improper in the human life context. Research by Professor Behzad Samii weighs out other inventory allocation mechanisms.
  2. Flexibility is your best weapon to limit the damage from unforeseen, unexpected change

    How should we react best as a society, business or individual to the many challenges that the coronavirus poses? The extent of the impact is not only being felt in terms of health, but clearly also in the economy and society. According to Professor Brecht Cardoen, flexibility is the best weapon to limit the damage, irrespective of the change or the level at which the change is introduced. Putting flexibility into practice is most visible in the healthcare sector. However, it can also be a good strategy for other companies that are looking for suitable adjustments to the workplace.
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