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  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. 3 tips for gig workers to face the COVID-19 challenges

    The gig economy is very diverse, and the COVID-19 pandemic has affected some workers more than others. Food couriers are seeing more demand, whereas graphic designers, writers and photographers may have seen potential work opportunities dry up. Although some expect that once the pandemic is under control, the need for gig workers might skyrocket as delayed projects gear up into implementation, several workers have been saying that many of their near-future projects are cancelled. In this ‘Business Watcher’ video PhD researcher Neveen Saied shares 3 tips for gig workers in the Corona era.

  3. Entrepreneurs and the Covid-19 crisis: what did they do and what did they learn?

    The Covid-19 crisis has impacted firms severely. By taking quick action and by implementing the lessons learned, entrepreneurs try to minimise the damage. A research report by lecturer and Senior Researcher Yannick Dillen summarises 220 responses from a survey with members / entrepreneurs from the Impulse Centre ‘Growth Management for Medium Sized Enterprises’ (iGMO). They share insights on the impact of the crisis on their companies, the actions they took and their learning lessons from the crisis so far.

  4. Belgian acquisitions market in lockdown due to Covid-19

    The Belgian mergers and acquisitions market experienced a good and stable year in 2019. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, merger and acquisition activities are expected to decline by more than 30% in 2020. In addition, 60% of Belgian experts also expect a price drop of more than 10%. Liquidity problems in many companies could also put buyers in a strong bargaining position. Finally, the expected impact of an acquisition on future employment appears to be positive. These are the main conclusions of the seventh edition of the M&A Monitor, an annual survey of around 110 Belgian merger and acquisition specialists.

  5. What do business ecosystems mean for your company and how do they impact your role as a leader?

    New evolutions in the field of customer expectations, regulation, technology, and globalisation force organisations to rethink the way in which they set up strategic collaborations with partners. Diverse stakeholders increasingly join forces in more organic and evolving ecosystems to develop and/or offer products or services via collaboration as well as via competition. How can your organisation benefit from ecosystem thinking? And how to structure such collaboration? Read all about it in this white paper.

  6. How to devise and implement winning strategies in times of digitisation

    This research report together with PwC Belgium offers a new perspective on strategy-making in times of digitisation. By presenting concrete practices, it provides actionable insights that companies across industries can implement to devise and implement winning strategies in turbulence. Overall, we hope these insights will positively contribute to firms’ strategic transformations in these challenging times.

  7. How Covid-19 is impacting Total Rewards

    The Covid-19 pandemic is not only shaking up business thoroughly, it also has a high impact on reward management. In a series of 3 ‘Business Watcher’ videos, Professor Xavier Baeten explains how we need to (re)think about the key dimensions of total rewards, being pay, benefits and non-financial rewards. In order to turn that knowledge into action, he has developed – together with Hudson and Claeys & Engels – a downloadable Total Rewards Checklist.

  8. A continuing crisis calls for network leadership and a collaborative approach

    In uncertain times, we may tend to criticise our political and business leaders for not being prepared or for not having a plan. Of course, preparation is important, but it’s not sufficient. In this Business Watcher video, Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir says that organisations that embrace a network leadership structure are much better equipped to continuously adapt to an evolving context.

  9. What is the organisational cost of suppressing our emotions?

    These are emotionally intense times for everyone. How we – both individually as well as in organisations – work with our emotions is now more relevant than ever, and has a visible impact on our interactions, resilience and performance. Especially in the virtual world, we find it difficult to do this emotional work. That is why we very often simply choose to suppress emotions – bottle them up and pretend all is under control. But what is the cost of suppressing our emotions? And how can we work better with our emotions in organisations in this period?