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BEING A PROFESSOR AT VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

Vlerick Business School is one of a select group of institutions in the world to hold all three of the major international accreditations relevant to the world of management education: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This triple accreditation signifies that Vlerick's management education and research correspond to the highest quality standards in the world.

As a professor, this involves joining one of the area’s in the school, which teams up with a variety of colleagues: faculty members, researchers and administrative staff. Professors teach classes at Master and MBA-level, as well as in executive programmes. Through its association with two major universities in Belgium, Ghent University and the KU Leuven, Vlerick’s faculty also joins forces with a large pool of talented researchers. This offers faculty members the opportunity to formally collaborate with the parent universities as Affiliated Researcher (with Ghent University) or Research Fellow (with KULeuven).

Vlerick highly values the quality of its teaching faculty, and therefore it invests in the development of its faculty to help them excel in the classroom. Coaching, case teaching workshops, training on presentation skills, and more, are just a few of the options available. Additionally, faculty members are encouraged to attend conferences - typically one conference on the European continent and one conference outside Europe. There are multiple channels for research funding, and faculty members can apply for research grants funded by the Flemish government or partner universities, or they can be involved in the “Vlerick Centre for Excellence”, a research centre in close cooperation with the business world.

Indeed, Vlerick prides itself on its strong connections with the corporate world. Continual close contact with the world of business and industry provides it with the practical, hands-on experience and knowledge that it tests its academic theory against and applies its academic solutions to. Belgium is a favourite location for the European headquarters of multinational companies. Vlerick’s reputation opens doors to corporate decision-makers in Belgium and across Europe, and, through a unique approach, it uses its academic background to provide programmes that are practical and relevant to business life, thus achieving the difficult balance between theory and practice. Moreover, in addition to providing academic knowledge and business expertise, Vlerick seeks to impart attitudes and skills that underpin a management career.

TAKE THE LEAP

Working at Vlerick is working in a dynamic, open and professional environment in which you get the chance to take ownership, to grow personally, to develop new professional skills and to be a part of something bigger.

What truly sets Vlerick apart is not just what we do, but the spirit with which we do it. The Vlerick spirit is defined by openness, vitality and a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a spirit that can be found in every aspect of our school and its activities: from our enthusiastic, highly motivated talents to our innovative and pragmatic teaching methods; from our global network of students, alumni and corporate partners to our inspiring and vibrant campuses.

It is all these elements together that make Vlerick Business School the leading institution it is today: a place where people are inspired to live their dream, learn continuously and take the leap.

Are you ready to take the leap and join the Vlerick team?

BELGIUM - INTERNATIONAL HUB

Belgium is a small country, but with the presence of international institutions such as NATO and the European Commission, not to mention a whole series of international companies, it is also the home base of a large international community. One in ten companies in Brussels come from outside the country, and one in three of the inhabitants of the Brussels Capital Region are from abroad or of foreign origin. It has three official languages – Dutch, French, and German – with three quarters of its population able to speak at least one foreign language.

In addition to European and other political institutions, a large number of international companies also have a presence in Brussels. One of the indicators of international presence and for internationalisation is the Transnationality Index, compiled by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). For the year 2000, Belgium occupied first place worldwide with an index of 75.6%. Neighbouring countries, i.e., the Netherlands (33.7%), Germany (slightly below 20%) and France (a little over 10%), are a long way below that figure.

 

 

THE HEART OF EUROPE

From Belgium, the rest of Europe is within easy reach, which is why Belgium’s location is often considered the country’s biggest single asset.
Located in one of the most densely populated and most commercial regions of the world, Belgium is an integral part of the ‘Blue Banana’ megalopolis (also known as the ‘Grande Région’). This is a multinational European metropolis of more than 85 million inhabitants constituting the centre of Europe in terms of economy, innovation and power. The region spans from Liverpool via London and Belgium across to the German Ruhr region and down to the north of Italy. From Belgium, all major cities in the region are within easy reach by air or high-speed train. The various HST lines whisk you from Brussels to Paris, London and Amsterdam in just 1 hour 22 minutes, 1 hour 51 minutes and 2 hours 44 minutes, respectively.
 
Furthermore, this megalopolis represents two thirds of Europe’s GDP and contains four of the world’s ten largest airports (London Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle Paris, Frankfurt am Main and Amsterdam Schiphol). It also plays host to many international institutions such as the International Court of Justice (The Hague), the capital of the EU (Brussels), the headquarters of the European Central Bank (Frankfurt am Main) and the headquarters of Europol (The Hague). As such, this multinational region is also renowned for its international culture, entertainment and fashion.

LIVING IN BELGIUM

Although Brussels is situated in the middle of Western Europe – a region that is ranked fairly high with regard to cost of living – life in Belgium is not as expensive as it may seem. In a list of cities with the highest cost of living compiled by Mercer consultants, Brussels is ranked at just 71 in the overall ranking. London is ranked at 25 and Paris at 37. The Belgian capital is at approximately the same level, in terms of cost price for a rental apartment, as Zürich, Rotterdam, Barcelona and Frankfurt.
 
In Belgium, foreign employees are issued with a worker’s permit and labour card within ten to fifteen days. As such, the country has one of the fastest and most flexible procedures in Europe. Unlike many places in Europe, expats in Belgium can acquire a labour card for any profession. In addition, partners of expats in Belgium can get a labour card for any profession. 
 
Belgium plays host to a large number of international schools. This is thanks to the presence of several international institutions and multinationals which account for the capital’s largely international community. Of the approximately 35 international schools and educational institutions across the country, no fewer than 27 schools, colleges and universities are located in Brussels. The lion’s share of these is aimed at children and teenagers between 3 and 18 years (pre-school, primary and secondary education). The language of instruction in the majority of these schools is English.

MEET OUR FACULTY

 
DAVID PATIENT - PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP

"The importance of breaking bad news the good way."

“I am passionate about literature, always have been”, says David Patient, professor of leadership, people and organisations. “Perhaps the most exciting teaching experience I’ve ever had was a course on leadership and Shakespeare, for which I used the play Henry V.” David’s love of language and communication is a common thread throughout his career. He joins us from Católica-Lisbon School of Business where he was professor of organisational behaviour. Read more.

 

ARNE BUCHWALD - PROFESSOR OF DIGITIAL TRANSFORMATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

"A meaningful discussion on digital transformation requires a good understandingof both business and IT."

“All my life I’ve been working at the interface of business and IT, sometimes on the business side, sometimes on the IT side. My role will allow me to share the expertise I’ve gained, and to put it to good use”, says Arne Buchwald, associate professor of digital transformation and information systems. He joined us from EBS Business School where he was assistant professor of digital transformation, responsible for setting up and developing EBS Business School’s Centre for Digital Transformation. What are his areas of expertise and what makes him tick? Read more.

 
NATALIA MATANOVA - PROFESSOR OF CORPORATE FINANCE
"Travel to learn and never stop learning"
“Companies tend to stay private for longer before they decide to launch an IPO. The median age of a company that went public used to be 8 years, but now it’s closer to 13”, says Natalia Matanova, who recently joined us from Pennsylvania State University as professor of Corporate Finance. She comments on her areas of expertise, her attraction to the School and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the IPO market. Read more.

 

KERSTIN FEHRE - PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY

“I believe it’s my duty to help build the future, to try and have an impact. And Vlerick is a place where I can do that.”

Corporate strategy, managerial discretion, commitment to the status quo, temporal focus, CEO succession, legitimacy effects of CSR, controlling instruments in start-ups, cultural differences in diversity management – Kerstin Fehre’s research interests seem broad and varied. “But they can all be summarised under the umbrella of strategic decision-making”, she says smiling. Kerstin was recently appointed professor of strategy. She will also be closely involved in the new Centre for Excellence in Adaptive Strategy. Read more.
 
ROBIN KLEER - PROFESSOR OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
“Teaching at Vlerick will be all the more interesting for me because the School has a sophisticated selection process, so I can expect critical feedback and challenging discussions with very engaged and highly qualified students.”

“I’ve been working in the field of technology and innovation management for some time now”, says Robin Kleer, who was recently appointed Professor of Innovation Management. “I study how firms can better organise their R&D.” Robin joins us from the TU Berlin en the RWTH Aachen University, where he was Professor in Technology and Innovation Management and Assistant Professor, respectively. Read more.

 

FRED LEMKE - PROFESSOR OF MARKETING AND SUSTAINABILITY
“For me, working at Vlerick is not just a job, it’s part of my life. My motto is to always give my best. Don’t do average. And my colleagues at Vlerick don’t do average either. They all want to make a difference.”

Fred Lemke joined us from Newcastle University Business School, where he was a full professor, the School Director of Research, and Joint Department Head of the Marketing, Operations and Systems Group. What are his areas of expertise, what brought him to us and what does he hope to achieve? Read more.

 

MARTIN WEISS - PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY
“I want to create an impact”

Professor Martin Weiss has been a visiting professor since 2013 and was recently appointed professor of Strategy. Before pursuing an academic career, Martin worked as a strategy consultant. What are his areas of expertise, what does he hope to achieve, what drives him and also, what attracted him to our School? Read more.

 

BARBARA BRIERS - PROFESSOR OF MARKETING
“As a researcher, I am not only interested in people, I also like working with people”

After Paris and Tilburg, Barbara Briers set her sights on the home front: Leuven. She recently started as Associate Professor of Marketing at Vlerick Business School. “I am primarily concerned with social themes. I think it is important that my research results make a valuable contribution to everyday life”. Read more.

 

DAVID VEREDAS - PROFESSOR OF FINANCIAL MARKETS
“I’m committed not only to excelling in teaching and research but also to collaborating with colleagues in order to boost existing projects and create new ones that will add value for the School.”

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better... My first academic mentor was a professor from the University Carlos III of Madrid, where I was an undergraduate. He believed in me and took me under his wing. Among many things he taught me this quote from Samuel Beckett, which I believe captures the determination and patience that drive me,” says David Veredas, who recently joined us as professor of financial markets. Read more.

 

BARNEY JORDAAN - PROFESSOR OF NEGOTIATION, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, MEDIATION
“I want to continue help established firms in becoming better at reinventing themselves and turning into more entrepreneurial, agile organisations”

“I firmly believe in the Golden Rule of reciprocity: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” This is what drives seasoned expert in negotiation, conflict management and dispute resolution, Barney Jordaan, who was recently appointed professor of negotiation at Vlerick Business School. Read more.

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