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June 18, 2020

By Kathleen Vangronsvelt

Thinking beyond the here and now

Leadership Human Impact COVID-19

"Shouldn't we be wearing face masks too?" I was surprised when my girlfriend sent me this message mid-March, when COVID-19 was still an exotic disease in faraway Wuhan. "Stop the lockdown. The flagging economy will cause far more human suffering than the deaths." I was shocked to read


June 16, 2020

By Steffi Weil

The journey of a PhD, through the eyes of our Academic Director


  When I was in my thirties, I made one of the most important decisions of my life. At the time, I was a managing director and I liked my job, yet I felt something was missing. And I was right. Now, I am a professor and I love my job, I love writing. I love being the academic director of

June 15, 2020

By Wouter Dewulf & Roel Gevaers

The end of cheap online orders from China

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain air freight

An imminent shift from intercontinental direct shipping to intracontinental distribution! For years, many shoppers have been enjoying buying very cheap goods online, mainly from Chinese online sellers. With a click on the website of the e-commerce platform Alibaba, the price-sensitive

Opinion column

June 8, 2020

By Ron Meyer

Meyer’s Management Models - episode 12: Rising Star Framework

HR & Organizational Development change management

Which moral dangers do I face while moving up the hierarchy? A rising star is a person of above average talent who quickly makes career steps within or across organizations, filling positions of increasingly important responsibility. With this rapid move up the hierarchy comes more power,

June 8, 2020

By Tom Van Woensel

Supply Chain trends: Sourcing strategy in the post Covid-19 supply chain

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain

In previous years, single sourcing strategies steadily gained ground. Production was moved to low wage countries, enabled by (too) low transportation costs. Supply chain managers seized this opportunity to create more value and not in the least to generate significant cost savings. But,

Interview Getuigenis

June 8, 2020

By Antwerp Management School

I wanted to understand what's happening and why it's happening like this.

HR & Organizational Development

Two years ago, Bruno Stockman of MBV Consult made the leap from full-time employment to self-employment. Thus, he has firsthand experience of making far-reaching changes. As a consultant, he now helps others with change management. He is currently involved in rolling out a digitization

June 4, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Houston, we have a problem...

Leadership COVID-19

The WHO (World Health Organization) Member States are calling for an independent investigation into the WHO’s manner of response to the coronavirus in China. I cannot wait to see what this research will tell us. Why was COVID-19 dismissed as a common flu for so long?

June 4, 2020

By Peggy De Prins

When “business as usual” sparks off a new (social) crisis

Human Impact COVID-19

We are all looking forward to it: "business as usual". Our coronavirus social bubble, even the professional one, is finally about to burst again. At the same time, we are also wary of the “new normal”. What if our job is threatened or just won’t be the same anymore? What if the

June 2, 2020

By Thierry Vanelslander & Edwin Van Hassel

Supply Chain trends: from offshoring to reshoring/nearshoring

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain

With all attention currently being directed towards the COVID-19 exit programs, and everybody living in the present, thinking and hoping about picking up ‘normal’ activities again in the near future, one would tend to forget about how life was before, also in logistics. This contribution

May 27, 2020

By Kathleen Vangronsvelt

What Marc Van Ranst can teach us about leadership

Leadership COVID-19

Implicit Leadership Theory to the rescue. I couldn’t help laughing at the picture of Marc Van Ranst (one of the leading Belgian virologists who is advising the Belgian government during the coronavirus crisis) in a Superman suit when I was emptying my letter box. The neighbor (keeping 1.5

May 18, 2020

By Wayne Visser

How COVID-19 is inspiring sustainability at work

Sustainable Transformation COVID-19

When I was researching and writing our paper for Randstad’s sustainability@work report, recently published, COVID-19 had not yet hit. And yet, the analysis of what sustainable transformation implies for employees and the workplace has proved to be more relevant than ever for organizations

May 14, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Hard with a heart

Leadership COVID-19

Countries with female prime ministers turn out to be successful in their battle against the coronavirus. Business magazine Forbes recently listed them. Taiwan, Iceland, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and New Zealand. In these countries, the number of COVID-19 deaths has been remarkably low,