We are an academic business school – which means we strive for rigour and relevance. At the same time, we engage stakeholders to create synergies between our research and learning activities, and we want to have a positive impact on society.
We’re engaged in both fundamental academic research and research for business and society.
These two focal points are interdependent. Our doctoral research, for example, should have broader business application. At the same time, our joint research with companies is based on the rigour of sound academic practice.
Interdisciplinary research is becoming ever-more important in finding answers to today’s business challenges. Because of this, we join forces across our own domains – and with external international faculty and with faculty from our parent universities in Ghent and Leuven.
We then integrate knowledge gained from solid research into our teaching activities, by developing tools, business games and simulations.
The need for sound academic practice is also something we instil in our students – with critical reflection and business research methodology being essential components of their projects.
Research for its own sake is out of the question at Vlerick. Our research is based on four principles: It must be accurate, relevant, responsible and have a broad impact.
To make sure our research strategy is widely supported within the school, we’ve created the Vlerick Research Charter. It sets out the ways we work to produce credible research. It safeguards our robust academic practices – and it provides a framework for academic integrity and ethics. All faculty, researchers and DBA participants sign our charter as a commitment to adhere to its principles of sound academic conduct.
And of course, as an institute, we take responsibility for creating an environment that supports and stimulates sound academic practice with training, mentorship, necessary infrastructure and guidelines.
We support the push towards open science put forward at both European and national level. And we believe that the exchange of information is at the heart of science itself.
In line with the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity code, we adhere to the principle, “As open as possible, as closed as necessary”. Within Vlerick, we take a pragmatic approach and implement policies around open access and data management sensibly – and in support of the open science movement.
In 2019, Vlerick became an institutional partner of the Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM) network. As signatories of the RRBM vision paper, we endorse the principle that academic research should play a role in developing knowledge that benefits businesses and wider society – with the ultimate goal of creating a better world.
As a partner, we support their seven principles:
We are one of the few business schools in the world to be recognised as a “RRBM Pioneering Institution”. This designation recognises our commitment to the principles and vision of RRBM – and that we are a source of best practice. It also highlights that we strive to have societal impact through our research and teaching programmes.
Being relevant to both business and society means we involve stakeholders. This may appear to be an obvious thing to do – but in the academic world, this isn’t always so. We are always alert to gaps that exist in fields of knowledge highlighted by stakeholders – and we explore them with academic rigour. We know that the world needs research that makes impact – and we are committed to delivering it.