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  1. Family firms pay more attention to CSR

    Do family firms pay more attention to CSR?

    There is an ongoing debate in academia about whether family firms are more socially responsible than others. So far, research has not been conclusive. In order to further the discussion, professor Kerstin Fehre, together with a colleague from the Institute of Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, rephrased the question: “Does the management of family firms pay more attention to corporate social responsibility (CSR)?”

  2. Adaptive leadership

    Adaptive leadership: the answer to shape your path through turbulence

    Senior managers expect more strategic leadership and process leadership from middle managers to be able to maintain and enhance performance amidst rapid, frequent and unpredictable change. That is the conclusion of professors Katleen De Stobbeleir, Carine Peeters and Steve Muylle, together with researcher Matthias Pfisterer based on recent research about leadership behaviours that contribute to organisations’ adaptiveness. The study was conducted within the Centre for Excellence in Leading Adaptive Organisations.

  3. Book podcast - Kurt Verweire

    Vlerick Book Podcast - Kurt Verweire

    In this Vlerick Book Podcast series, Professor Kurt Verweire was invited to the Vlerick library to talk about his favourite (strategy) management books.

  4. White paper: the three layers of strategy

    The three layers of strategy

    In the past, strategy was simple. You could identify a profitable industry, build a competitive advantage and then protect that advantage at all costs. But in today’s complex and turbulent world, traditional models don’t always apply. Rather than focus on building a sustainable advantage, today’s organisations need to be flexible and agile – ready to move rapidly from one advantage to the next. They need to experiment and innovate. And managers who want to build a sound business strategy need to think in the present, the near future and the further-away future – all at the same time.

  5. Impact of cognition on strategic outcomes

    Strategy is daily fare

    “Change or die” is an often-heard battle cry in this age of digitisation and disruption. Ever more digital technologies are being developed and put onto the market. What strategy will you follow? Which business model will you adopt? How entrepreneurs and managers interpret this constantly changing digital environment determines their strategic choices. Caroline Baert’s doctoral thesis fills an important gap in strategic management research.

  6. Enedis logo

    Enedis – market maker, not market taker

    Enedis, a subsidiary of EDF, is in charge of the last mile in the delivery of electricity to most of France. This case study follows the start and development of Enedis' digital transformation, with the ambition to be at the forefront of the energy sector in the digital age.

  7. Significant growth potential for BeLux IT outsourcing market

    The BeLux market for outsourcing still has significant growth potential as companies continue to outsource more. The main drivers for outsourcing are a stronger focus on the core business and cost reduction, while business transformation has increased by 8% from 2016. Almost 83% of organisations that currently use automation, robotics and AI have experienced moderate/significant benefits of these technologies, and client satisfaction remains high with an average satisfaction score of 74% across all providers assessed.

  8. Staying ahead of the political game.

    Staying ahead of the political game

    Some see office politics as a necessary evil; some welcome the opportunity to show their political skills. Others simply refuse to play ‘the game’. But it’s not a winning or losing game. Being politically savvy doesn’t mean that you win at the expense of someone else. It’s not about being false or self-centred either. Or playing favourites, let alone back-stabbing. On the contrary: we argue that remaining authentic is of vital importance.

  9. Case study

    Interpolis: becoming the most transparent and trustworthy insurance company

    Interpolis is a Dutch insurance company operating both in the life and the non-life market, as well as in the health industry. During the early 1990s, Interpolis faced serious financial problems and the company was in dire straits. The company has been turned around from 1994 onwards and the case study describes this transformation in greater detail. It shows how the top managers have built a strategy based on openness, transparency, clarity and trust: insurance has been made 'crystal clear.'

  10. Corporate sponsoring

    When does Medici hurt Da Vinci?

    “Corporate social responsibility is not always a recipe for value creation. Sometimes corporate philanthropy or CSR initiatives make their recipients look bad. The question then is: what can they do to mitigate this negative effect?”, says professor Yuliya Shymko. She studied what corporate sponsoring and influence mean for non-profit recipients such as museums, theatres or universities, and to what extent we should allow this influence to be exercised.

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