Vlerick Expertise in Digital Transformation

 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. How digitisation enables petrochemical supply chain sustainability

    For three years now, The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and Vlerick Business School have been exploring how digitisation can add value to the petrochemical supply chain. Apart from digitisation, sustainability awareness has been gaining momentum as well. So how can digitisation minimise the ecological footprint of the petrochemical supply chain? Professor Ann Vereecke and researchers Alejandra Cabos Rodriguez and Joachim Van den Bergh summarised the conclusions of round table discussions as well as the lessons learned from desk research and expert interviews in a comprehensive report.

  7. Digital transformation: how to tackle it

    In recent years, all things digital have been evolving at lightning speed. As a result, digital turbulence has become the new normal. Time to take stock and turn that turbulence into stability. What have we learned so far? What do we know? What can we take as a fact? Professor Stijn Viaene compiled years of knowledge into a book that he aptly titled Digital transformation know how.

  8. White paper: Open Banking - Opening the Gates

    Financial experts regard open banking as a game changer for the sector

    The European regulations on open banking, which will enter into force on 14 September, will not cause any big bang on the Belgian financial market. Customers must first become aware of the many benefits that open banking has to offer. What is more, the law is limited to current accounts and payments. What is certain, however, is that open banking can drastically reconfigure the landscape of the financial sector. There are already indications that the hitherto relatively closed banks with a dominant market position are beginning to transform into open ecosystem players that embrace digital innovation. This is shown in a survey conducted by Vlerick Business School among various experts in the Belgian financial sector and elsewhere.

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