Vlerick Expertise in Digital Transformation

 

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  1. What is the DNA of a digital finance leader?

    New and digital technologies are undeniably changing the role of the finance function. CFOs can act as a catalyst for reshaping the business strategy and deploying AI technologies. The digital journey, however, encompasses more than the mere adoption of several technologies. In this white paper the Centre for Financial Leadership and Digital Transformation offers insights on how to formulate a digital transformation strategy. Along with an overview of 9 must-have characteristics of a true digital finance leader, this knowledge can equip leaders to successfully tackle the upcoming challenges of digitalisation.

  2. Is the Single Digital Gateway the next big step in e-government?

    E-government is an important priority of the European Commission. A 2016 study shows that some members of the EU have made significant progress in the recent past, whilst other countries are still struggling to move past the initial stages. To address this disparate progress and advance e-government implementation more uniformly, the EC introduced Single Digital Gateway (SDG) regulation in 2018. This white paper by doctoral researcher Hamza Aurangzeb provides an overview of the current state of e-government and SDG implementation in Belgium, and it highlights the challenges and barriers that are hindering the advancement of e-government.

  3. Vested Digital Leadership against the odds – lessons learned in the public sector

    Public sector organisations have achieved mixed results when it comes to digital transformation. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled public sector organisations to quickly adopt new digital practices to cater to emergency needs. Amidst all this turmoil, some organisations seem to be able to cope better with the circumstances, or even to thrive in them. An explanation for this can be found in this white paper with results from research carried out together with Prime Foundation Partner AXI.

  4. Addressable ads are shaping the future of TV marketing

    New technological capabilities make it possible to use targeted advertising on television. This new form of advertising is referred to as addressable advertising. This white paper provides an overview of how this technology works, how it impacts the current TV advertising ecosystem, and which players benefit from it.

  5. What is... the importance of trust between machines and people?

    When employees resist a new technology, one of the reasons is often the lack of trust towards machines and systems. That kind of trust is different from the trust we experience between people, as kindness and warmth are characteristics that machines lack. Research by Professor Karlien Vanderheyden on planners and planning systems shows which factors can help building more trust towards machines.

  6. Digital talent markets promote internal mobility

    In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever for organisations to have the right person in the right place at the right time. However, it is also good for employees to change roles regularly within the organisation: this gives them the opportunity to develop, learn new things and work with new people. In his PhD, Philip Rogiers investigated how the internal mobility of employees could be further improved. Although he studied this in a government context, his conclusions apply to all kinds of organisations.

  7. What is... Explainable Artificial Intelligence?

    Planning systems are increasingly powered by Artificial Intelligence, making demand plans and forecasts more accurate, and supply chain plans more reliable. However, the more complex these systems are, the more difficult it is for humans to understand the output that is generated by the system, and to accept the proposed decisions. The lack of transparency causes our trust in the system to suffer. Professor Ann Vereecke shows how Explainable artificial intelligence is specifically designed to prevent this black box phenomenon from happening.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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