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Budgetary slack means that managers are asking more resources than strictly needed. Creating slack is considered as a general phenomenon in organizations, because people are used to “ask everything to get something”. Dr. Jolien De Baerdemaeker and Prof. dr. Werner Bruggeman, however, found in their research that top management can create conditions to reduce budgetary slack. How? By participation in the strategic planning process,...

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16/11/2015 San Francisco bay area is the place to be for many promising and successful digital companies. More and more Belgian digital entrepreneurs find their way to the home of Facebook, Dropbox, Apple, Google, E-bay and many others. While the first Belgian success stories reach the European mainland, we ask ourselves whether going to San Francisco should be the ultimate goal of every Belgian digital entrepreneur. Why do...

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03/11/2015 Successful business model innovations can change sectors or industries dramatically. While established firms tend to stick to their existing business models, start-ups are often the ones that introduce disruptive business models. But how do start-ups succeed in developing viable, innovative business models? A study conducted by Prof. Petra Andries shows that experimenting and pivoting are crucial. More specifically, from...

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19/10/2015 Young technology-based firms are often regarded as important contributors to innovation, employment creation and economic growth in modern knowledge-based economies.  EU policy-makers, however, often talk of a “European paradox”: while the scientific performance of European technology-based firms is excellent, their commercial performance has deteriorated. What should governments do to address this paradox? A study by Dr....

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01/10/2015 Nowadays, countries actively and fiercely compete to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), because of its importance for economic development. Policymakers are eager to do so for several reasons. First of all, they expect to benefit in terms of faster economic growth through additional capital and knowledge, and higher employment. Second, foreign firms are expected to bring more advanced technology that policymakers...

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