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  1. Formula E

    Emotional tension as a catalyst for digital innovation

    Avoid tension, strive for consensus, get everyone facing in the same direction... That’s the secret to a successful organisation. Or is it? “Not if you want to make big bold bets like the Amazons and Googles of this world - radical digital innovations or disruptions, goods or services you never thought were possible”, Willem Standaert, lecturer at Vlerick, tells us. So how should you do it then? He joined forces with Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin, to analyse Formula E, Formula 1’s little electric-powered brother, and find an answer to that question.

  2. Start-ups with growth ambitions

    Young Belgian scale-ups consider the world their playground

    Young Belgian companies with ambitions to grow set the bar for growth higher and higher. These scale-ups do not shy away from taking the step to sell aboard, where they generate nearly 30 percent of their total turnover. They are growing smart and are doing so primarily through less risk and hybrid ways for growth, such as licences and strategic alliances. Finally, the average salary that the founders pay themselves has remained constant in the last three years. These are the most significant conclusions of the third edition of the Rising Star Monitor. This annual survey by the Vlerick Business School and Deloitte Belgium provides insight into the trends and challenges for young Belgian companies with growth potential.

  3. Start-up financing

    Financing a start-up is more complicated than you might imagine

    Co-authors Professor Sophie Manigart and Professor Miguel Meuleman explain why the handbook 'Entrepreneurial Finance, The Art and Science of Growing Ventures' is required reading for anyone who wants to know or learn more about the financing of start-ups in Europe.

  4. Price of medication

    Medicines: how much should they cost?

    Although medical progress is allowing us to treat more and more diseases, innovative medicines tend to be expensive. Expenses are rising constantly in the healthcare sector as a result, putting accessibility and affordability under pressure. Which criteria does the Belgian Commission for Reimbursement of Medicines apply and what could be improved? These questions are answered in a study based on RIZIV data, in the framework of the Roche Chair at the Vlerick Healthcare Management Centre.

  5. Hudson

    “A very stimulating collaboration”

    “By now, we know each other well and know what we can do together. However, we are also just grateful that we can continue our work in this way.” Hudson and Vlerick’s collaboration has already lasted nearly 20 years. Following their renewed Chair Partnership, we spoke to Xavier Baeten, Professor of Reward & Sustainability, and Dirk Buyens and Koen Dewettinck, both HRM Professors at Vlerick.

  6. Speed factory - shoe production line

    Local Speed Factories: when the need for speed is vital

    In the 1990s, Adidas moved its entire production to low-wage countries in Asia, but in 2015 it re-opened highly automated Speed Factories in Germany and recently also in the US. These factories are only responsible for a few per cent of Adidas’ total yearly production, but they guarantee extra short delivery times. Why are Adidas and other companies moving a small share of their manufacturing activities back home? Professor Robert Boute and some of his colleagues developed a unique algorithm to answer this question.

  7. Strategic risk management

    Turning threats into opportunities with strategic risk management

    All too often, risk management is considered an administrative burden, consisting of ticking a series of boxes to comply with rules and regulations. Which is unfortunate, as you may miss out on a lot of opportunities as an organisation. In a recent publication in Business Horizons, Professor Regine Slagmulder and researcher Bart Devoldere argue in favour of a broader, more strategic approach to risk management. So what does strategic risk management entail and why is it so important, now more than ever?

  8. Onboarding process

    Potential of onboarding still not fully utilised

    Employees who are well prepared for their first day at work tend to find their bearings more easily and also have a more positive first impression of their new employer. At one in three companies, however, new hires encounter difficulties during their first weeks – or even months - in the job. They are left with all sorts of questions and many things remain unclear. And while they usually look to their direct superior for answers, that person is often insufficiently involved or lacks the time to help. These are the most important conclusions of a survey of the use of onboarding processes in Belgian companies.

  9. Transformers 2018

    Transformers 2018: how digital are the largest companies in the Netherlands?

    How far have the largest Dutch companies progressed in their digital transformation? Which companies are leading the way? And which digital skills are still proving difficult even for this leading group? The FD and Vlerick Business School have joined forces to publish the second annual study into digital transformation among the largest traditional companies in the Netherlands. The results can be read in the special ‘FD Transformers 2018’.

  10. HR Barometer 2018 - Hudson

    Potential of HR analytics still underused by many companies

    The Belgian human resources departments are focused on attracting, developing and motivating talent once again this year. Recruitment and selection are number one here, followed by leadership development and talent management. Those are the results from the fourth annual HR Barometer study by HR consultancy firm Hudson and Vlerick Business School. HR analytics, however, has not really established itself yet. Although companies collect lots of data, those responsible for HR indicate that they are often not proficient enough in analysing it.