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    • Synergy management services companies: A new business model for industrial park operators

      Siskos, Ioannis; Van Wassenhove, Luk N. (Wiley, 2017)
      The concept of industrial symbiosis (IS) was introduced decades ago and its environmental and economic benefits are well established, but the broad acceptance of IS still faces significant barriers. This article provides a new approach to capture synergies within industrial parks by suggesting a new business model. Building on findings from a survey conducted by the authors and on literature, we first identify potential barriers to low‐carbon synergistic projects. Economic concerns of technically feasible synergies and financial issues turn out to be the largest barriers, because of long payback periods and fluctuating raw material and by‐product market prices. Existing business models do not offer easy ways to overcome or relax these barriers. We therefore introduce the concept of a synergy management services company (SMSCO), a synergy contractor and third‐party financing model, to overcome these barriers. This model shifts the financial risk of the synergistic project from collaborating firms to the SMSCO. We posit that this attribute of the SMSCO model makes it attractive for industrial park operators who seek long‐term solutions to secure future viability of their park.
    • HR Barometer 2018. HRM trends and challenges in Belgian organisations

      Buyens, Dirk; Volckaert, Ellen (2018)
      The Belgian human resources departments are focused on attracting, developing and motivating talent once again this year. Recruitment and selection are number one here, followed by leadership development and talent management. Those are the results from the fourth annual HR Barometer study by HR consultancy firm Hudson and Vlerick Business School. HR analytics, however, has not really established itself yet. Although companies collect lots of data, those responsible for HR indicate that they are often not proficient enough in analysing it.
    • A study of the critical chain project management method applied to a multiproject system (Published Online)

      Eduardo Cooper Ordoñez, Robert; Vanhoucke, Mario; Coelho, José; Novaski, Olívio (Sage, 2019)
      In 1997, Eliyahu Goldratt proposed a method called critical chain project management (CCPM) to minimize the inefficiencies identified in traditional project management. The project management community accepted the proposed method as a viable alternative. However, to allow its implementation with a multiproject system, more research was necessary. Seeking to identify the key factors that influence the performance of the multiproject system applying the CCPM method, we performed a case study. Logistic regression analysis showed that applying the CCPM method in a multiproject system allows for better time estimation of activities and facilitates the allocation of critical resources.
    • Planning projects with scarce resources: Yesterday, today and tomorrow’s research challenges

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Springer, 2018)
      This paper is an invited request to describe the main research challenges in the domain of resource-constrained project scheduling. The paper is split up in three parts. In today’s challenges, research endeavors that have received a significant, but still not enough, attention have been described. In tomorrow’s research challenges, some promising research avenues for future research have been given. Finally, in yesterday’s challenge, a research topic that started decades ago, is said to have still a huge potential in tomorrow’s research agenda. This paper does not intend to give a full literature overview, nor a summary of all possible research paths. Instead, it is inspired from the author’s experience in academic research and practical consultancy and it serves as a personal opinion on a non-exhaustive set of promising research avenues, rather than giving a full literature-based advice for future research directions.
    • Greenhouse gas reduction and fair gain sharing in trusted collaborative networks

      Oussoren, Biance; Inghels, Dirk; Dullaert, Wout; Van Steendam, Tom; Boute, Robert (2018)
    • Hospital of the future - The future of hospitals

      Cardoen, Brecht (2019)
      Het groenboek van Leuvens Instituut voor Gezondheidszorgbeleid (LIGB) van de KU Leuven en de Vlerick Business School biedt ondersteuning voor beleidskeuzes voor de rol en organisatie van het ziekenhuis van de toekomst. Het ziekenhuis van de toekomst moet een antwoord bieden op de meest prangende uitdagingen: intelligente integratie van technologie, de veranderende zorgvraag als gevolg van de vergrijzing, gepersonaliseerde zorg en schaarse financiële middelen. Het ziekenhuis wordt een onderdeel van een ziekenhuisnetwerk en neemt, in samenwerking met andere zorgverstrekkers, nog slechts een deel van het zorgpakket voor zijn rekening. Die veranderende rol heeft een impact op de infrastructuur die zal verschillen afhankelijk van de aangeboden zorgcomponenten. Bundeling van expertise in focused factories, technologische platformen en samenwerking voor logistiek en andere diensten is de toekomst. Opdat het ziekenhuis zijn toekomstige rol kan opnemen moet er werk worden gemaakt van een vlotte informatie-uitwisseling tussen alle betrokken partijen en moeten er juridische en financiële obstakels worden weggewerkt. Aandacht voor het welzijn van het zorgpersoneel is essentieel.
    • Smart city initiatives: Designing a project-level smart value assessment instrument

      Van den Bergh, Joachim; Dootson, Paula; Kowalkiewicz, Marek; Viaene, Stijn (2018)
      While the smart city gains global attention as a popular umbrella term for digitally enabled sustainable city development, city administrations are faced with the managerial challenge that comes with a strategic digital transformation. Smart city projects form the frontline of smart city strategies. In these smart projects, cities find a way to implement the principles of the smart city. Many of these are high-visibility projects with substantial budget implications, and therefore require scrutiny by means of a formal selection and evaluation process. In this research-in-progress paper we propose the outline for a project-level smart value assessment instrument. The instrument should serve at the same time as a tool for smart city managers to assess and plan upfront how a project will contribute to reach the city's smart city ambition, as well as a post factum evaluation. The conceptual instrument has been developed in action-design research mode in collaboration with practitioners in the city of Brisbane, Australia and is demonstrated by mapping four smart city initiatives in different international contexts.
    • Spillover effects of distribution grid tariffs in the internal electricity market: An argument for harmonization?

      Govaerts, Niels; Bruninx, Kenneth; Le Cadre, H.; Meeus, Leonardo; Delarue, Erik (2019)
      In many countries, distribution grid tariffs are being reformed to adapt to the new realities of an electricity system with distributed energy resources. In Europe, legislative proposals have been made to harmonize these reforms across country borders. Many stakeholders have argued that distribution tariffs are a local affair, while the EU institutions argued that there can be spillovers to other countries, which could justify a more harmonized approach. In this paper, we quantify these spillovers with a simplified numerical example to give an order of magnitude. We look at different scenarios, and find that the spillovers can be both negative and positive. We also illustrate that the relative size of the countries is an important driver for the significance of the effects. To be able to quantify these effects, we developed a long-run market equilibrium model that captures the wholesale market effects of distribution grid tariffs. The problem is formulated as a non-cooperative game involving consumers, generating companies and distribution system operators in a stylized electricity market.
    • Asymmetry of information and demand response incentives in energy markets

      Ramos, Ariana; De Jonghe, Cedric; Six, Daan; Belmans, Ronnie (2013)
      The price set in electricity markets is given by the intersection of supply and demand during a given time period. The demand-side has traditionally been a price taker while the supply-side actively adjusts the output of the market clearing unit to fluctuations in consumption. Currently, there is a transition toward active demand participation that can adequately respond to market conditions. However, private knowledge of demand adjustments, such as the impact of modifying behavior or the availability to do so, creates asymmetry of information between the active supply side and the passive demand. This paper proposes a revelation mechanism that will prompt the demand-side to choose the best option for themselves among a menu of incentives. Rational behavior of consumers implies that demand will only shift when the benefit of doing so is higher than the costs of modifying consumption patterns. Given differences among demand participants and the objectives of the market operator, an analysis of the rationale of each market agent shows the feasible options for demand incentives. This study enables the design of appropriate market mechanisms aimed to discover customer categories and determine the adequate incentives for each case.
    • Running your company the smart way. How industry 4.0 will change the way you do business

      Boute, Robert; Isik, Öykü; Kleer, Robin; Muylle, Steve; Vanderheyden, Karlien; Vereecke, Ann (2019)
      Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0 – from the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and the cloud through to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain. But what does it all mean in practice? It’s not a question of if Industry 4.0 will drastically change the way we do business. It’s a question of when and how quickly. So how can you apply this technology in your business – not just to improve production and performance, but to make a difference for customers? This white paper gives you the insight you need to get ahead of the game and prepare your organisation for the fourth industrial revolution.
    • RTE: Financing electricity transmission investments in a regulated environment

      Roodhooft, Filip; Hadush, Samson Yemane; Meeus, Leonardo; Momber, Ilan (2019)
      Leading up to 2013, Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), a French transmission operator (TSO), was the largest TSO in Europe’s electricity network. Like all European TSOs, RTE was subject to regulatory regimes. At the end of 2013, RTE was operating under a revenue cap, which required that it seek the regulator’s approval before making capital investments. The company was poised to undertake an ambitious investment program in 2014 to replace aging assets. However, the potential for regulatory changes, the need for the regulator’s approval, and the long depreciation life of the assets made planning difficult. RTE needed to develop a financial planning model that would help it decide whether to make the investment and how to prepare for possible regulatory uncertainties.
    • Are governments stimulating the venture capital industry in Europe?

      Standaert, Thomas; Alperovych, Y.; Quas, A.; Manigart, Sophie (2018)
    • Are governments stimulating the venture capital industry in Europe?

      Standaert, Thomas; Alperovych, Y.; Quas, A.; Manigart, Sophie (2018)
    • Bank networks and buyout financing

      Manigart, Sophie; Divakaruni, Anantha; Alperovych, Y. (2018)
    • Birds of a feather flock together: Government investments in venture capital funds

      Standaert, Thomas; Alperovych, Y.; Manigart, Sophie (2018)
    • The future of DSOs. Our take on energy communities and regulatory sandboxes

      Meeus, Leonardo (2019)
      The energy transition is changing the energy ecosystem. Until recently, energy production was mostly centralised, with relatively few large power plants connected to the transmission system operated by transmission system operators (TSOs). Regulatory changes to accommodate the integration of renewable energy initially focused on the transmission aspect, which resulted in a significant transformation of the TSOs, while leaving the distribution system operator (DSO) landscape virtually unaffected. In recent years, however, due in part to advances in renewable energy technology, power generation and distribution have become more decentralised. DSOs now find themselves at the centre of change, operating the grid which all these new players – producers and prosumers – want to connect to and use. The challenge is for DSOs to enable and facilitate change, rather than becoming a bottleneck. In 2018 the DSO Chair organised two workshops to discuss topical issues facing the future of DSOs: (1) energy communities and (2) regulatory sandboxes. Despite being selected independently of each other, these two topics turned out to be interrelated.
    • God dobbelt niet op de beurs. Beter beleggen voor een beter leven

      Longeval, Jan (Kounselor bvba, 2019)
      In tijden van extreem lage rente en met het vooruitzicht van de vergrijzing, is goed beleggen meer dan ooit noodzakelijk om je levensstandaard op peil te houden. De meeste beleggers kijken echter aan tegen dramatisch slechte beleggingsprestaties omdat ze de wetten en de regels van de financiële markten niet kennen. Dit boek legt deze wetten en regels bloot. Op magistrale wijze verweeft Jan Longeval wetenschap, filosofie, psychologie, neurologie, economie en praktische beurskennis. Hij komt daarbij niet alleen tot wonderlijke inzichten over de beurs, maar ook over de wereld. Zo is er een opmerkelijk verband tussen het dansen van stofdeeltjes in een zonnestraal, de beweging van stuifmeel in een kolf water, de turbulentie in de atmosfeer, schoencomputers in een casino en de koersbewegingen op de beurs; hebben zandlawines, aardbevingen en beurscrashes meer met elkaar gemeen dan je zou denken; en helpen de vorming van een embryo en de werking van een mierenkolonie je te begrijpen hoe je de beurs moet bespelen.
    • Automatisering zal levenslang leren noodzakelijk maken

      Verlinden, Valérie (Editions NMG SPRL, 2018)
    • Managers moeten het werk eerlijk toewijzen, willen vrouwen en minderheden doorgroeien

      Van Steerthem, Angie (Editions NMG SPRL, 2018)
      Organisaties proberen al decennialang diversiteit op de werkplek te verbeteren - met weinig succes. De meest gebruikelijke technieken, zoals eenmalige sensibiliseringstrainingen, hebben niet gewerkt. Het aantal vrouwen en personen met een migratieachtergrond in leiderschapsrollen blijft laag in diverse sectoren.
    • Hoe blijf je jezelf motiveren?

      Van Bruystegem, Kristien (Editions NMG SPRL, 2018)
      Jezelf motiveren is moeilijk. Je ‘drive’ proberen te behouden tijdens een bepaalde taak, project of zelfs een carrière kan soms voelen alsof je jezelf uit een moeras wil halen door te trekken aan je eigen haar. We lijken een natuurlijke afkeer te hebben van aanhoudende inspanningen. En dat kunnen geen enkele hoeveelheid cafeïne of inspirerende posters oplossen. Maar effectieve zelfmotivatie is één van de belangrijkste kenmerken die succesvolle personen onderscheiden van anderen. Hoe kan je dus jezelf blijven motiveren, ook al heb je er geen zin in?