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“Research is about the Big Questions. How can you answer them if you have to write papers all the time?”

“Too theoretical, too rigid, too little innovation, too detached from reality.” The going is tough in scientific research today. Its impact is frequently too limited, Dr Marco Busi claims. As befits a good researcher, he has hit a raw nerve. But he also offers guidelines for researchers who do strive to make an impact and really want to make a difference.

The Port of Antwerp: Transitioning from elephant to dolphin

Master Student Fernando Tonelli attended the Vlerick MBA Alumni Event with Mr. Jacques Vandermeiren - CEO Port of Antwerp. The port of Antwerp is one of the biggest ports in the world and, along with the port of Rotterdam, one of the most important in Europe. A deep and structured corporate transformation – led by the CEO Jacques Vandermeiren himself – moved the Antwerp Port Authority into the 21st century. Resulting in above-industry growth over the last few years, and profiling Antwerp as the ‘port of the future’. However, this was by no means an easy task…

‘You learn to invest your energy in the right things at the right time’

Stef Lauwers, CEO of Partena Ziekenfonds and partners, tried to enrol in Vlerick’s Advanced Management Programme on two separate occasions. Unsuccessfully so. His first attempt was frustrated by a merger. The second time around, he was forced to abandon after having to be resuscitated while out running. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale, and as we all know three is the magic number. We reckon the Lauwers family’s motto is probably along the lines of “the future rewards those who keep going”.

Willem’s MBA took him from science to strategy

Willem Beyen started his professional life in environmental science – and his role at a water treatment company took him all over the world. But after five years, he decided it was time for a new challenge. So he joined the Full-Time MBA at Vlerick – and now he’s taking his career in a completely new direction.

“My take-away: if you want to start a business today, don’t wait until tomorrow”

The Management Acceleration Programme literally shifted Lorenz Cocquyt's career into a higher gear. For this young manager, the programme was the decisive push to go abroad. Lorenz will soon be leaving for the US to manage an ambitious SME plant.

Learning how to change and drive change [VIDEO]

Conny Linthout, Sales Manager with Team Industries, on how the Vlerick learning experience taught her the importance of experience and the need to remain open to learning.

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