Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations

Why a Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations?

While change is constant, the nature and speed of change we currently experience is unprecedented, driven as it is by technological innovation, cultural and societal value shifts, and changing demographics. This volatile and unpredictable environment requires leadership of a special kind: the ability to balance agility - i.e., the ability for organisations to adapt quickly - with a clear organisational vision and strategy.

The Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations, led by Prof Dr Katleen De Stobbeleir, invests in business-relevant research and practical tools that help organisations and leaders find out how to not only survive but in fact excel in this turbulent environment.

What skills do leaders need to connect people, create an agile culture and stimulate collaboration across silos, hierarchies and geographies? What structures do organisations need to realise a culture of open innovation and boundary spanning leadership? These are the questions that the faculty and researchers of the Centre tackle together with its members through co-creation and interactive sessions.

The Agility Wheel

Agility is an important topic within Vlerick Business School, topic that is approached via different perspectives and disciplines within the school. The Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations focuses mainly on the people and the structure side of Agility, while keeping strong links with the more strategic and process side of Agility.

Agility Wheel 

Objectives of the Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations

Through the Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations, Vlerick Business School makes available to its members experts in the fields of leadership, agility, innovation, collaboration, organisational behaviour, diversity and strategy. Through interactive workshops, residential seminars and co-creation activities, academics and practitioners come together to develop effective practices and tools that help organisations adapt to, and thrive in complex contexts.

The Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations creates an interactive platform for individual and organisational learning and development by:

  • Exchanging experiences, know-how and practices during workshops, events, roundtables and seminars
  • Conducting rigorous research that is relevant to practice
  • Developing and testing new management concepts
  • Updating, improving and adapting existing tools to respond to changes in the environment
  • Sharing and transferring knowledge among the Centre’s members
  • Networking among members

Expertise within the Centre for Excellence in Leading Agile Organisations

  • Decision-making
  • Change and innovation
  • Inclusion and boundary spanning leadership
  • Open innovation
  • Leadership styles
  • Employee engagement
  • Cultural transformation and diversity
  • Strategy

Accreditations
& Rankings

Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times