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  1. How digitisation enables petrochemical supply chain sustainability

    For three years now, The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and Vlerick Business School have been exploring how digitisation can add value to the petrochemical supply chain. Apart from digitisation, sustainability awareness has been gaining momentum as well. So how can digitisation minimise the ecological footprint of the petrochemical supply chain? Professor Ann Vereecke and researchers Alejandra Cabos Rodriguez and Joachim Van den Bergh summarised the conclusions of round table discussions as well as the lessons learned from desk research and expert interviews in a comprehensive report.

  2. The new way of working

    The Corona virus has an enormous impact on our daily work and the way we work together. Most of us are no longer allowed to physically go to the office and are now full-time working from home. This is radically changing our HR policies with trust becoming a crucial factor. In this Business Watcher video, Human Resources Professor Dirk Buyens gives practical advice on how to address issues emerging from working at home.

  3. Careers are not dead – we’re just traveling different roads

    In today’s world of work, careers are no longer a sequence of hierarchically ordered jobs, performed within one and the same company. Yet, for many people careers are still taking a very central role in their lives, providing them with a strong social identity and substantially influencing their overall happiness. Instead of radically abandoning career-thinking, individuals are instead changing their perceptions on how to conceptualise their professional lives, considering careers as continually evolving gatherings of work-related experiences for which every employee carries individual responsibility. In this white paper, we distinguish five evolutions in individual career development, all impacting the practice of career management.

  4. Digital transformation: how to tackle it

    In recent years, all things digital have been evolving at lightning speed. As a result, digital turbulence has become the new normal. Time to take stock and turn that turbulence into stability. What have we learned so far? What do we know? What can we take as a fact? Professor Stijn Viaene compiled years of knowledge into a book that he aptly titled Digital transformation know how.

  5. Bumpy road to growth for European scale-ups

    The bumpy road to a successful scale-up: study of European scale-ups reveals 5 key challenges

    The widely held belief that European scale-ups are mainly innovative tech companies is incorrect; they can be found in all sectors and at all levels of innovation. However we can identify major differences between sectors in terms of size and growth, with scale-ups that are active in IT and consumer goods and services leading the way. Scale-ups with external investors on board are more professionally managed and have made greater progress in terms of internationalisation, innovation and talent management. All the same, attracting additional funding proves very difficult and hampers their further growth ambitions. These are some of the conclusions of the European Scale-Up Report, conducted by Vlerick Business School on behalf of Scale-Ups.eu.

  6. Business Today: A Red Queen’s Race

    Do you remember Wonderland? It’s the setting for Lewis Carroll’s 1865 children’s novel, Alice in Wonderland. It’s a land where nothing is as it seems and where the rules change constantly. And who has the power to change the rules of the game. The Red Queen. But what does a land that was invented have to do with business today? Quite a lot, actually! The unpredictable rules of Wonderland are often used as a metaphor for today’s turbulent business environment.

  7. White paper: What is the right price?

    What is the right price?

    Pricing matters. It’s one of the most critical drivers of profit in any company. Yet it is one of the least understood. And as a business skill, the capacity to set prices strategically is also one of the most undervalued. Too often, business managers rely on gut feeling, on assumptions, past experience, experiments or simple cost-plus models to set prices.

  8. Emotion management

    Why acknowledging our emotions helps us to reap the benefits of diversity

    We’re living in an increasingly multicultural society, but people still tend to seek out the company of similar others, resulting in de facto segregated monocultural groups in which stereotypes about the other remain unchallenged. Research suggests that this is linked to emotion management, or lack thereof. Together with two colleagues, professor Smaranda Boros examined the role of emotion management in a professional multicultural setting, and its implications.

  9. Horizon scanning in a demand-driven healthcare system

    Acting with foresight in times of budget austerity

    Horizon scanning is acknowledged to be one of the key components of a demand-driven healthcare system. In this Policy Paper we propose a two-stage structure and organisation of the back-end national part of the horizon scanning process still to be implemented. This will lead to healthcare budgets managed with better foresight, a necessity in the face of breakthrough, some potentially curing therapies coming at a high cost. Taking the Belgian national component of the proposed horizon scanning system to implementation will require a pilot to be carried out. This to test the internal and external validity of the proposed design.