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  1. White paper: The batteries of change

    Six Batteries of Change

    In today’s fast-paced, uncertain world, organisations need to adapt quickly to survive. But change doesn’t always happen easily. And many change programmes don’t deliver the expected results. There are various models that set out a process or series of steps to follow to achieve successful change. But change is increasingly continuous – and in today’s change programmes, it’s hard to identify a start and end point. Which means seeing change as a purely top-down, sequential process can be dangerous. This is why we’ve taken a different approach. The starting point of our change model is that effective change is all about managing energy. Each organisation has a level of energy – and when you generate enough energy, you can use it to make lasting change happen. But if your energy reserves are running low, your change efforts will quickly fizzle out.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.'

  6. 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.

  7. Sweet dreams are made of this… The success of Belgian chocolate exports

    Belgian chocolates are world famous. Together with Switzerland, Belgium is internationally known as the country of chocolates. Belgian chocolatiers win many international awards. Belgium is also the largest chocolate exporter in the world, exporting over 1 billion € of the sweet stuff every year. Based on very detailed export data in the period 1998-2010, researchers Filip Abraham, Zuzanna Studnicka and Jan Van Hove unravel the DNA of Belgian chocolate exporting firms and identify the factors that drive their export strategies.

  8. How to translate your strategy into brilliant performance

    Strategy implementation - or strategy execution - is a hot topic today. Managers spend significant resources on consulting and training, in the hope of creating brilliant strategies, but all too often these strategies do not translate into brilliant performance. This book by Vlerick professor Kurt Verweire presents new conceptual models and tools that can be used to implement different strategies.

  9. Studio 100: a growth story of a showcase in show business

    Studio 100 is a nice example of a product leader. Product leaders are companies that win in their market by having high-quality and the most innovative products in the industry. This case illustrates well what product leadership means in practice.

  10. Carglass®: Building and Sustaining a Customer-Centric Organisation

    This case study explains in great detail what it means and takes to build and sustain a customer-centric organization. This allowed Carglass® to have great top line and bottom line growth in a saturated market. The case raises the question how to sustain a culture of continuous improvement when customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction can hardly be improved.

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