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  1. How do you ensure a successful diversity policy?

    Diversity in the workplace goes far beyond ethnic, cultural or religious differences – and research shows it can lead to better performance and greater creativity. But organisations don’t always implement diversity policies effectively – partly because there are misconceptions about the role managers play. So Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir has developed a theoretical framework to chart the impact managers have on how successful a diversity policy is.

  2. The data-driven project manager

    Data-driven project management in clear language

    Professor Mario Vanhoucke has eight academic books to his name. But his latest title, The Data-Driven Project Manager, is written in the form of a story. It follows Emily Reed – a young project manager who uses data to make decisions. The characters and dialogues are all based on real people and Mario’s years of professional experience.

  3. Condition-based maintenance

    Smarter maintenance means cheaper maintenance

    Thanks to the fourth industrial revolution, we’re increasingly able to connect machines with each other and with the internet. This gives us remote access to data about a machine’s condition – but how can we use this data to plan maintenance and reduce costs? Professor Robert Boute joined forces with several colleagues to develop algorithms designed to help.

  4. The Agile Leader's Scrapbook

    Write your own agile story

    How do you become an agile leader - really? “You need to develop an ‘and-and’ mindset, because right from the start you are confronted with a double challenge: identify and build on everything that is relatively immune to the impact of volatility in your operating environment, while simultaneously experimenting with new systems, ideas, products and processes wherever possible.” With this scrapbook, Professor Herman Van den Broeck and Professor Barney Jordaan want to help leaders find a “sweet spot” – not necessarily a perfect balance – between stability and agility, between roots and wings, or what they term “rooting” and “soaring”.

  5. Petrochemical sector

    Digitising the petrochemical supply chain

    “Digitisation has already disrupted several industries. We wanted to assess its impact, analysing not only its challenges, but also its opportunities, to understand how digitisation can add value to the petrochemical supply chain,” recalls Caroline Ciuciu, CEO of EPCA, the European Petrochemical Association. Professor Ann Vereecke and her team, in close collaboration with EPCA, set out to find answers.

  6. Eandis Chair team

    “Smart meters accelerating change”

    With the smart metering proof of concept and pilot phases completed, Eandis can take pride in the upcoming roll-out of an ambitious project that started way back in 2007. Heads-up with Jean-Pierre Hollevoet from Eandis, Professor Behzad Samii and researcher Olga Varganova.

  7. Rising Star Monitor

    Can Belgian start-ups conquer the world?

    Half of the organisations surveyed in the Rising Star Monitor, a report on the trends and challenges for young, high potential ventures in Belgium, intend to grow, but not always at very high speed. A second major finding refers to the fact that founders often forget to enter into a proper shareholder agreement, which is worrying as one in four founders leaves their company within the first three years. To support high-potential ventures in their path to rapid growth, attention should be paid to attracting potential employees in a more professional manner and providing existing employees with more feedback and a clearly defined career path.

  8. Future House of Rewards

    Link between salary and seniority should be time-limited

    The wage pressure in Belgium, i.e. the salary tension between younger and older employees, is one of the highest in Europe. On average, 55-year-old employees earn 45% more than their 30-year-old colleagues doing the same job. Furthermore, we are living longer so our working lives are also longer. Consequently, a new wage structure is required, based on a mix of experience, performance and flexible rewards. That is what Professor Xavier Baeten, researcher Saïd Loyens (Vlerick Business School) and Bert De Greve (Hudson) propose in a white paper that offers a fresh perspective on the future house of rewards.

  9. Digital strategy

    “We must transform ourselves first”

    Piva eGov is a provincial internal independent agency, originally set up to provide operational ICT support to local authorities in East Flanders. “But if you want them to be able to take on the challenges of today, changes must primarily be made at the strategic ICT level,” says Dirk Goeminne, the agency's director. Together with Vlerick, piva eGov has developed a new customised service provision to help local authorities with their digital transformation.

  10. Web shop

    How to convince your online customers as a newcomer?

    A growing number of established companies are turning to e-commerce as an additional sales channel. Plenty of smaller start-ups, however, choose to set up only an online shop, without investing in physical points of sale. How can you convince first-time consumers to buy your products or services online, as an unfamiliar vendor? Are all kinds of guarantees sufficient? Or should you consider investing in a customer review module?