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  1. M&A Monitor 2019

    Increase in acquisition prices in Belgium has come to a standstill

    It appears the merger and acquisition market in Belgium has reached its turning point. For the first time in six years, the sustained rise in acquisition prices has not continued. However the number of transactions did continue to grow, even though there were considerably fewer foreign acquisitions in 2018. Another striking point is that the acquisition of technology and attraction of talent are gaining importance as motivations for an acquisition. Finally, when it comes to the size of transactions, smaller acquisition deals are on the increase. These are the most important conclusions of the sixth edition of the M&A Monitor, an annual survey of more than 150 Belgian merger and acquisition specialists.

  2. Risk and performance research report (ACCA)

    No ‘quick fix’ available for effective risk management in organisations

    Ensuring effective risk management in any organisation is essential. This report takes a close examination of the practices organisations are adopting to embed risk management practices across the organisation. Using an in depth case study approach, it explores how businesses can overcome the common challenges presented in implementing effective risk management processes and suggests good practices for aligning these to the delivery of strategic goals.

  3. Business Watcher - Xavier Baeten on pay for performance

    What is pay for performance?

    In this Business Watcher video, Vlerick's expert in Reward Management Xavier Baeten explains what pay for performance means and what elements are important for an effective 'pay for performance' strategy.

  4. Trade and investment between China and the EU

    What does the future have in store for China and the EU?

    We live in economically and geopolitically turbulent times. Considering that the EU can, in all likelihood, no longer depend on the unconditional support of its most important trade partner, the USA, the EU has been accelerating the process of concluding free trade agreements with Canada, Japan, Australia, the MERCOSUR countries, Singapore and the ASEAN member states. However the absence of China from this list is striking. Nevertheless, China and the EU could both benefit from closer collaboration. Professor Filip Abraham and Jan Van Hove take a close look at the trade and investment relationship between the two parties - from the perspective of the EU.

  5. Artificial intelligence makes stock management more efficient

    What do AlphaGo, a robot that plays table tennis, a program that recognises emotions, and self-driving cars all have in common, besides the fact that all of them appeal to our imagination and are guaranteed to hit the headlines? They are all applications that use deep reinforcement learning (DRL). Intelligent stock management has recently joined that list. Along with two other colleagues, doctoral researcher Joren Gijsbrechts and Professor Robert Boute have demonstrated that DRL can be applied successfully to problems that seemed all but unsolvable up to now. For the very first time!

  6. White Paper Vlerick - Digital Strategy, the Next Level

    Digital Strategy, the Next Level

    Digital Transformation is hot. In what way will digital developments contribute to the strategy and growth of your organisation? How do you develop digital challenges into digital success? In this white paper you will learn all about the core principles of a strong digital strategy. Are you ready to compete in a rapidly changing world? Read this white paper and tackle your organisational’s growth in a smart way.

  7. God dobbelt niet op de beurs (Jan Longeval)

    Continuing to live well or mere survival?

    Will you continue to live well or merely survive? Improving your investment skills will make all the difference. An interview with Jan Longeval, lecturer at Vlerick for the Masters in Financial Management programme and the Asset Management’consortium programme, about his book 'God dobbelt niet op de beurs' (which translates as: ‘God does not play dice on the stock market’).

  8. Hospital of the Future

    What does the hospital of the future look like?

    Our healthcare is constantly evolving so as to meet the changing demands of patients. What does the hospital of the future look like? What is the future role of hospitals in the healthcare system? And how can all stakeholders prepare for it? The Flemish government entrusted researchers at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy (LIGB) of KU Leuven and Vlerick Business School with finding an answer to these questions. The findings of their study were published in a green paper that serves as support for future policy decisions.

  9. 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).