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Research – either academic or research for business – can only be valuable when shared. That’s why we translate our research into easy-to-read management articles focusing on the key insights that are relevant for you as a manager. You can select articles according to your personal interest via the knowledge domains in the menu. Enjoy your read!

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  1. Financial planning in a regulated environment

    What makes financial planning in a regulated environment so different?

    A considerable number of case studies on financial planning have been developed, but it is more difficult to find ones that deal with financial planning in a regulated environment. For the Future Grid Managers Programme, Professor Filip Roodhooft, along with colleagues from the Energy Centre, straight away developed two that play out in the regulated energy sector. In the leading roles are the Belgian distribution system operator (DSO) Eandis, now Fluvius, and the French transmission system operator (TSO) Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE).

  2. Customer Innovation - second edition

    How do you innovate with a focus on the market?

    2014 saw the publication of the first edition of Customer Innovation by Professor Marion Debruyne. The second edition, written in collaboration with Professor Koen Tackx, was published last month. “Because things have been busier for me recently and Koen was already making extensive use of Customer Innovation in his lessons, I asked him to come on board,” Marion explains, “and then it became a joint project.” Marion and Koen explain what you can expect from this new publication, which comes highly recommended, even for those who have already read the first edition.

  3. The future of DSOs

    The energy transition is changing the energy ecosystem. In recent years, power generation and distribution have become more decentralised. DSOs now find themselves at the centre of change, operating the grid which all these new players – producers and prosumers – want to connect to and use. In 2018 the DSO Chair organised two workshops to discuss topical issues facing the future of DSOs: (1) energy communities and (2) regulatory sandboxes. This white paper provides a round-up of the findings and insights from each workshop as well as suggesting areas for further exploration.

  4. Performance-based pay

    2 in 3 Flemish employees in favour of pay increases based on their performance

    Flemish employees are only moderately satisfied with their pay. Mobility budget can be a crucial element in increasing their satisfaction. Moreover, Flemish employees have also proven to be in favour of determining their increases in fixed pay by their individual performance. Vlerick Business School and vacature.com came to this conclusion following a survey of 3,622 salaried Flemish employees.

  5. Bank risk

    Do banks give adequate consideration to risks?

    Although the 2008 financial crisis is already more than a decade ago, it is still fresh in our minds. Irresponsible lending behaviour by the banks was identified as its leading cause. What determines such behaviour? For his PhD thesis, Thomas Matthys investigated the lending behaviour of banks in three different contexts using data analysis and statistical models. We talked to him about borrowing in the interbank market, the impact of activist hedge funds and expansive monetary policy.

  6. 822 firms are the driving force behind Belgian job creation

    A group of 822 high-growth firms accounts for one in three jobs created by private companies with a minimum of ten employees. These high-growth firms represent just 3.5% of Belgian businesses with a minimum of ten employees. A small minority of 3.5% of Belgian businesses with a minimum of ten employees is responsible for the creation of 45,947 jobs. This amounts to 67% of the total net number of jobs created by business with a minimum of ten employees in the period from 2014 to 2017. This is apparent from the results of the annual Belgian High-Growth Monitor.

  7. FinTech ninja

    How to position yourself as a FinTech ninja?

    It is exciting to work with fintech: new business models appear, IT specialists climb up the ladder to join management committees, more people get access to user-friendly financial products, and apps really work. A new generation is realising that the financial world is important to and influences all of us, and a range of people are getting involved in banking who you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Researcher Tine Holvoet has devised playful labels which challenge both traditional bankers and not-so-typical financial professionals to take a position in the financial sector.

  8. How Industry 4.0 will change the way you do business

    Running your company the smart way

    Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0 – from the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and the cloud through to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain. But what does it all mean in practice? It’s not a question of if Industry 4.0 will drastically change the way we do business. It’s a question of when and how quickly. So how can you apply this technology in your business – not just to improve production and performance, but to make a difference for customers?

  9. Electricity network

    Regulation of electricity networks: what you need to know

    Since the start of deregulation at the end of the nineties, the electricity market has undergone dramatic changes. It is often tricky for newcomers to understand why things are the way they are or to appreciate the route that led here. To get a historical perspective and tips for the future, read Electricity Network Regulation in the EU – The Challenges Ahead for Transmission and Distribution by Professor Leonardo Meeus, director of the Vlerick Energy Centre, and Jean-Michel Glachant, director of the Florence School of Regulation and holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair on energy policy in the EU.

  10. Inclusion and diversity at work

    Inclusion? A matter of common sense!

    The war for talent is raging, yet lots of talent remains unused. Women are still underrepresented in STEM sectors, 1 out of 10 LGBT+ people feel discriminated against when looking for a job or in the workplace, for trans people this figure is 1 out of 3, and almost 11% of trans people are unemployed. What can we do to improve the inclusion of these target groups? That was the focus of a joint research project carried out by Vlerick and KliQ vzw.