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Corporate finance(Intersentia, 2019)This textbook on Corporate Finance deals with the different sources of funding and the capital structure of corporations (excluding financial institutions), the decisions that managers can take to increase enterprise value as well as the tools and analysis used to allocate financial resources. The authors link theoretical insight to practical cases. The objectives and functions of corporate finance are discussed in an introductory chapter. The following chapters cover: fundamental financial valuation principles, investment analysis and the minimum investment return requirement, capital structure and dividend policy, long-term and medium-term financing, working capital as well as some specific financial topics such as valuation of companies, international financial policy, financing of growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, etc. While written for students, this book is also appealing to financial professionals such as financial directors, credit rating agencies, corporate managers in financial institutions as well as accountants and auditors.
Organisation multimedial: Zum polyphonen Programm der nächsten Organisation(Carl-Auer Verlag GmbH, 2010)Die Zeiten, in denen Computer nur eine Funktion hatten, sind vorbei: Heutige Computer sind Kommunikationsmittel, Zeitnehmer, Kalender, Musikinstrument und -abspielgerät, Notizblock, Ablagesystem, Spielzeug, Wettervorhersage und Visitenkarte in einem. Die Organisation der Computergesellschaft scheint diese Entwicklung bislang verschlafen zu haben, kultiviert sie doch unbeirrt das Selbstverständnis der monofunktionalen Expertenorganisation: Bank? Wirtschaft! Partei? Politik! Schule? Bildung! An der Schwelle zur nächsten Gesellschaft entlarvt sich dieses Denken endgültig als alltagstheoretischer Kurzschluss: Die Bank ist längst auch Kunstmäzen, die Kirche Machtfaktor, die politische Verwaltung muss sich wirtschaftlich rechnen, und die Universität bekommt in aller Öffentlichkeit ihre „third mission“ übertragen. So zeigen die Beiträge des vorliegenden Bandes: Auch die Organisation der nächsten Gesellschaft ist multimedial. Und sie fragen, was das für ihre Identität bedeutet.
Comparative and combined effectiveness of innovative therapies in cancer: A literature review (Published Online)(Future Medicine Ltd, 2019)To achieve therapeutic innovation in oncology, already expensive novel medicines are often concomitantly combined to potentially enhance effectiveness. While this aggravates the pricing problem, comparing effectiveness of novel yet expensive (concomitant) treatments is much needed for healthcare decision-making to deliver effective but affordable treatments. This study reviewed published clinical trials and real-world studies of targeted and immune therapies. In total, 48 studies compared and/or combined multiple novel products on breast, colorectal, lung and melanoma cancers. To a great extent, products evaluated in each study were owned by one manufacturer. However, cross-manufacturer assessments are also needed. Next to costs and intensive market competition, the absence of a regulatory framework enforcing real-world multiproduct studies prevents these from being conducted. Trusted third parties could facilitate such real-world studies, for which appropriate and efficient data access is needed.
Why some are more equal: Family firm heterogeneity and the effect on management’s attention to CSR (Published Online)(Wiley, 2019)Research at the family firm–Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) nexus lacks agreement about whether family firms are more or less socially responsible than their non‐family counterparts, which leads discussion relating to the bright and dark side of socioemotional wealth (SEW). We add to this ongoing debate in two different ways. First, we build on family firm heterogeneity and argue for a gray side to SEW, located between the bright and dark sides that is dependent upon the kind of family firm ownership. Second, we assume that prior research on a diverse set of CSR behaviors may, to some extent, explain the contradicting results; thus, we propose going back a step and focusing on management’s attention to CSR as an important antecedent of CSR behavior. By analyzing the letters to the shareholders of German HDAX firms from 2003 to 2012, this study finds that family ownership positively affects management’s attention to CSR, mainly driven by founders and family foundations. The research adds to our understanding of the family firm–CSR nexus by scrutinizing the role SEW plays in management’s attention to CSR when it comes to family firm heterogeneity.