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  1. Digipolis

    How Digipolis stimulates innovation through its procurement strategy

    Digipolis is the public non-profit body which provides IT services to various public institutions in Antwerp. In 2015, Digipolis realised that it was missing out on innovative solutions – generally from start-ups – as it often called upon large, traditional software players. A major strategic exercise ultimately led to a drastic redesign of their procurement strategy. The new strategy completely overturned the status quo and boosted the participation of innovative start-ups in public tenders and the purchase of more innovative solutions.

  2. 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.

  3. Public procurement

    How can the public sector take a more innovative approach to procurement?

    Innovative procurement means using innovative procurement methods with the goal of streamlining the purchasing process and making it more efficient. The public sector in Belgium still does that too little, tending to cling to the traditional method. However, innovative procurement has two major benefits, being saving costs and stimulating innovation. For his ongoing doctoral research, Ben De Coninck has been studying the Belgian government’s position when it comes to innovative procurement.

  4. Whitepaper Creating Business Value with Big Data

    The word of the day is: Big Data. That is, seeking intelligence from data in order to create business advantage. It is said that big data will become as important as money or oil. We come across new applications every day − such as how big data is changing the healthcare industry by making it possible to tailor medicines to an individual’s unique genetic blueprint; or how soccer team Arsenal is changing sports management by analysing the big data collected from 8 cameras that track every player − 1.4 million data points! − throughout a match.

  5. Ice fishing

    It ain’t what you do…

    Would you prefer your staff to go ice fishing or cast their nets on the high seas? It all depends on what you want to achieve as an organisation. In his doctoral thesis, Bart Verwaeren researched which fishing method leads to more radical innovation and how you can stimulate people to do things the way you want them to. Should you give your people bait or a boat?

  6. Innovative cancer treatments: how much are we willing to pay?

    One man in three and one woman in four will develop cancer before their 75th birthday. In Belgium, cancer is the second major cause of disease burden after cardiovascular diseases and it is unlikely this will change in the foreseeable future. Increasingly better but more expensive cancer therapies are becoming available. Needless to say, in these times of austerity, the public budget for cancer treatment is under pressure. How can we ensure all patients continue to have access to these expensive but potentially life-saving medicines at a price society can afford, while at the same time encouraging pharmaceutical companies to innovate?

  7. Capture the value you deserve

    The latest collaborative piece of research undertaken by PwC and Vlerick focuses on how companies engaged in ‘B2B2C’ relationships manage the power game with their channel partners. It questions how suppliers can reinvent their relationship with channel partners to spur profitable growth.

  8. The importance of cross-industry innovation in an inspiration-driven economy

    Whereas the growth of our economy used to be determined by efficiency, these days it is mostly driven by inspiration and creativity. Very often, it is not enough for companies to keep looking within the confines of their own company or even their own branch of industry. On behalf of Flanders DC, Vlerick Business School therefore examined what makes cross-industry innovation successful. In addition, the study was recently translated into the new, practical online tool

  9. 3D printing: a laboratory for business model research

    What should established companies do when an innovative – and potentially disruptive – new technology appears on the scene? Vlerick Business School and Sirris collaborated to develop a framework linking technology and business models. When applied to the subject of 3D printers, their model led to a number of surprising insights.

  10. Looking to economise on scientific research? Bad idea.

    “Innovation policy doesn’t always place sufficient emphasis on scientific research,” according to Professor Bart Leten. “It’s often assumed that education is the main way that knowledge institutions can affect the innovative performance of local businesses.” But is that really the case? Together with two colleagues, he has shown that scientific research does indeed support industrial innovation activities.

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