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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. From egocentric to ecocentric leadership

    Farewell, omniscient leader - from egocentric to ecocentric

    A leader is charismatic and visionary: this CEO cult no longer fits in with today’s complex dynamics. Research has shown that modern leaders are successful if they adopt modest, vulnerable attitudes, asking people around them for feedback to achieve widespread support.

  2. Young graduates

    The talent of the future: what do graduates expect from an employer?

    Every year, around 4.7 million graduates take their first steps on the European labour market. As for businesses: they are always looking for suitable, qualified candidates. Moreover, the competition for available talent is increasing as the baby boom generation retire in the years ahead. Employers who wish to bring the most talented young people on board – and retain them – will therefore do well to gain insights into their expectations and ambitions. Our Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management has conducted its tenth survey of the expectations of young people who are entering the labour market for the first time.

  3. Pallas Agterberg - Alliander

    Power to the people!

    The energy market is being shaken to its core. How do you cope with that change as a “traditional” DSO? What are the strategic options? “Alliander chose to innovate from its core, but driven by a market perspective,” says Marion Debruyne. “This decision resulted in an exhilarating journey that we recently chronicled in a case study and, through the presentation by Alliander’s strategic director, Pallas Agterberg, gladly share with our DSO community.”

  4. White paper: The batteries of change

    Six Batteries of Change

    In today’s fast-paced, uncertain world, organisations need to adapt quickly to survive. But change doesn’t always happen easily. And many change programmes don’t deliver the expected results. There are various models that set out a process or series of steps to follow to achieve successful change. But change is increasingly continuous – and in today’s change programmes, it’s hard to identify a start and end point. Which means seeing change as a purely top-down, sequential process can be dangerous. This is why we’ve taken a different approach. The starting point of our change model is that effective change is all about managing energy. Each organisation has a level of energy – and when you generate enough energy, you can use it to make lasting change happen. But if your energy reserves are running low, your change efforts will quickly fizzle out.

  5. HR Barometer 2016

    For the second time in a row Hudson and Vlerick Business School mapped the trends and challenges for HRM at leading Belgian companies by way of an HR Barometer. The HR managers of the largest Belgian profit organisations (in terms of staff numbers) and the Bel 20 organisations were invited to participate in an online survey. Some 46 organisations from a diversity of sectors participated in the survey, together representing more than 150,000 workers employed in Belgium. This year, leadership development was the main focus of the HR Barometer.

  6. Renewable energy generation

    Unlocking the potential of renewable energy

    Policy changes and technological developments have caused a significant increase in the installed capacity of renewable energy generation sources, such as wind and solar power. As a result, there has been a steep growth in renewable electricity generation, which is variable and decentralised. Electricity consumers increasingly become prosumers. However, the electricity market structures were not designed to deal with the consequences. What can we do to take advantage of renewable energy? Ariana Ramos’ doctoral thesis provides a qualitative and, most importantly, quantitative analysis of the challenges and possible solutions.

  7. Impact of cognition on strategic outcomes

    Strategy is daily fare

    “Change or die” is an often-heard battle cry in this age of digitisation and disruption. Ever more digital technologies are being developed and put onto the market. What strategy will you follow? Which business model will you adopt? How entrepreneurs and managers interpret this constantly changing digital environment determines their strategic choices. Caroline Baert’s doctoral thesis fills an important gap in strategic management research.

  8. Public procurement

    How can the public sector take a more innovative approach to procurement?

    Innovative procurement means using innovative procurement methods with the goal of streamlining the purchasing process and making it more efficient. The public sector in Belgium still does that too little, tending to cling to the traditional method. However, innovative procurement has two major benefits, being saving costs and stimulating innovation. For his ongoing doctoral research, Ben De Coninck has been studying the Belgian government’s position when it comes to innovative procurement.

  9. Whitepaper Success Factors

    Success factors evolve with the organisation and the entrepreneur

    As an entrepreneur with an SME, you would like to see your brainchild grow and become a successful adult. That’s why you invest all of your time and energy in your company − a magnificent adventure! But do you still invest in yourself, your organisation’s most important asset? This white paper discusses the success factors that are linked to your business and to yourself. Those success factors evolve. And as an entrepreneur, it’s best that you evolve with them. With insight into the success factors, you can anticipate the obstacles that will inevitably come up and that make your adventure even more fascinating.

  10. 10 truths about negotiating

    Professor Barney Jordaan is a South African negotiation, mediation, dispute and conflict resolution specialist. He has worked with many global organisations – and teaches negotiation skills and conflict resolution at Vlerick. In this white paper he shares 10 tips about negotiating.