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Research – either academic or research for business – can only be valuable when shared. That’s why we translate our research into easy-to-read management articles focusing on the key insights that are relevant for you as a manager. You can select articles according to your personal interest via the knowledge domains in the menu. Enjoy your read!

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  1. The public sector: the natural home for vested digital leadership

    Today, the government has to rein in a health crisis on the one hand, and has to compensate for its economic impact on the other. The crisis is acting as a catalyst on top of the evolution that the sector is going through, a transformation that should serve to make the respective organisations in the sector proactive, agile machines in which new digital and organisational models play a key role. In the midst of this transformation, the need for vested digital leadership is greater than ever. LoQutus and Vlerick Business School have joined forces to explore the way in which the public sector is experiencing the changes, how it is tackling them, and where the main obstacles lie.

  2. Does imitation pay when auditing companies?

    Despite their thorough preliminary training, junior accountants often lack the knowledge and experience required to apply the law and auditing standards correctly in practice. That is why they are supervised during audit assignments by an experienced senior who gives them coaching. What role does imitation play in the relationship between the junior and senior accountant?

  3. 40 years of Chinese growth. And now?

    What path has China taken and which challenges lie ahead? Following 40 years of reforms in the Chinese economy, eight universities and business schools from China, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and Belgium organised an international conference in Ningbo, China end of 2018. Professor Filip Abraham has now brought together a selection of the conference papers in the book ‘China's Rise and Internationalization – Regional and Global Challenges and Impacts’.

  4. Electric vehicles and DSOs: working towards a joint future?

    Can the power grid meet any increased electricity demand from electric vehicles? Whether or not there is or will be an issue depends on the uptake of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Although demand for electric vehicles is growing, mainstream adoption is still far from being achieved. Nevertheless, DSOs and regulators are already seriously considering the challenges ahead. In this white paper, you will find a round-up of findings and insights from a workshop within our DSO Chair.

  5. How do salespeople try to sell in times of Corona?

    The Covid-19 pandemic does not only affect businesses in general, but also the sales organisation. In this Business Watcher video, Visiting Professor Deva Rangarajan shares insights from a survey on how sales professionals are trying to do business in Corona times and what it means for the future of the sales profession.

  6. 10 self-reflecting questions in getting your organisation from chaos to control in post-COVID-19 reboot times

    We all know change cannot be mandated or forced. It has many aspects and these aspects count. As a change manager, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions before you set out to ‘shake things up’. And you must listen to the answers. In this ‘Business Watcher’ video, Professor of Change Management Peter De Prins raises 10 questions to consider, before you set out to make things better.

  7. How can organisations optimise their interactions with gig workers?

    The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many organisations to re-evaluate their business models and re-examine their staffing practises to stay operational within an atmosphere of financial uncertainty. Many organisations are turning to gig workers to supplement the work of their employees. As such, many managers have found themselves dealing with a different form of work arrangement. In this ‘Business Watcher’ video, PhD researcher Neveen Saied shares 3 tips to optimise your interactions with gig workers during this ongoing crisis.

  8. How to negotiate in a digital way

    How do you negotiate if you cannot touch and see each other? For years, the answer would have been: ‘don't’. However, these days, many of us do not have a choice. Research on negotiations via e-mail shows a negative impact both on the negotiation relationships as well as on the negotiation results. But what about negotiations via a screen, by means of Zoom or Teams? In this ‘Business Watcher’ video, Professor Katia Tieleman shares insights and tips.

  9. How to build a purpose-driven organisation

    To survive and excel in a volatile business context, it has been argued that organisations need to adopt a more purpose-driven approach in doing business that transcends profits. Creating and establishing such strong and shared corporate purpose, however, can be a complex process. In the whitepaper ‘The Case for Purpose: Demistifying the field’, Professor Koen Dewettinck and researcher Emmy Defever aim to provide a clear understanding of what purpose is and why it matters.

  10. Vlerick White paper - Careers of the Future

    Careers of the Future

    Vlerick’s Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management has identified five career trends that have changed dramatically over the past few decades. These shifts are forcing organisations to change their approach to career development. A one-size-fits-all career path no longer exists. Instead, HR teams must provide frameworks and structures for people who want to craft their own journeys through professional life.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.