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Louvain School of Management Newsletter - April - May 2018

In the spotlight

Professor Michel De Wolf will complete his term as Dean of the LSM at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year
Michel De Wolf announced his decision to step down on September 1, 2018. The Faculty Council was the occasion for the Dean to present an overall assessment of his mandate, which began on January 27, 2014. Prof. De Wolf became convinced that it was time to hand over to a successor, this time a full-time Dean. The Faculty Council has agreed to hold an early election for a new Dean in the coming weeks.
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Education for Justice - ONUDC strengthens global integrity and ethics
Some 30 students from around the world met on 11 May 2018 to finalize and approve a series of online academic modules developed by UNODC. These modules aim to strengthen students' ethical awareness and commitment to act with integrity and to give them the skills necessary to apply and disseminate these standards in life, work and society. 
Carlos Desmet, professor at the LSM, attended the meeting.
Changes at the students enterprise "LSM Conseil"
A new trio will head the LSM Conseil for next academic year. Maunoir de Kerros will assume the position of CEO, Olivier Ryelandt will act as COO and Joachim Caudron will become CFO.
Damien Mertens (current CEO) and Thibault Gillis will remain on the Board of Directors for two years and will be joined by Jesús Molinos (current CFO).
"School: 30 years of failed reforms ?" - 4th issue of Sociétés en changement magazine
What are the main trends and limitations of reforms to our school system? In the fourth issue of Sociétés en changement, which came out on March 21, 2018, Hugues Draelants and Vincent Dupriez explain why these reforms are, in their opinion, ineffective. This research, conducted by more than 230 researchers from 10 social science research centres, is an initiative of the IACCHOS Institute. LSM professor Matthieu de Nanteuil, is the president of the Institute as well as project manager of the magazine.
Plan International Belgium : LSM wins the competition
On May 24, 2018, five Belgian universities competed against each other at the Plan International Belgium competition. Four LSM students, supervised by Mr. Frédéric Dufays, won the competition. Congratulations to Sabrina Courtois, Garance Belvaux, Charles Houet and Yannick Ivanov!
The objective of this competition was to present a social entrepreneurship project that would be based on collaboration between Plan International and one or more SMEs and that would contribute to the achievement of some SDGs.
Excellence Awards Winner
LSM Conseil won several Excellence Awards in 2018: Best Junior-Enterprise in Belgium and Best Junior-Enterprise in Europe (both for the second consecutive year). In addition, it was a finalist for Europe's internationally recognized Junior-Enterprise award.
Dean Michel De Wolf takes over responsibilities in the world of corporate auditing
On May 9, 2018, the C.B.C.R. (Belgian Centre for the Coordination of Company Auditors), which represents all small and medium-sized auditing firms, elected Professor Michel De Wolf as its chairman. The challenges currently facing the auditing world have proportionally greater implications for small and medium-sized firms. They have traditionally been regulatory. But perhaps more importantly, they stem from the digital revolution. With artificial intelligence, data analysis and blockchain technique, financial statement auditing is moving towards full automation and control rather than relying on sampling. This will not be without consequence for management students who dream of joining an auditing firm one day!
Sustainable development objectives in Belgian organisations: survey
The Louvain School of Management, the Antwerp Management School, the University of Antwerp, The Shift, Cifal Flanders, FIDO and ING Belgium have launched the first Belgian scientific survey mapping the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within Belgian organisations.
This survey will serve as a basis for recommendations to both private and public organizations.
5th edition of the Philippe de Woot Prize
On March 28, 2018, Kristina Feldt and Judith Klein (Copenhagen Business School) received the Philippe de Woot Inter-University Prize, which rewards the best thesis making an original contribution to understanding and reflecting on Corporate Social Responsibility or sustainable development. Both students analysed the potential for improving social conditions in the Ethiopian textile industry.
A tribute was also given to Philippe de Woot, who passed away in September 2016.

Inauguration of the Kronos Chair in "Strategic Sourcing and Procurement"
The Kronos Chair in "Strategic Sourcing and Procurement" was officially inaugurated on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Louvain House. The Chair's objective is to promote research and teaching in the field of sourcing and procurement, which is increasingly important within companies. 150 students can specialize in Sourcing and Procurement by taking three related 90-hour courses taught in English.
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10th edition of the Mind and Market Forum
The Mind & Market Forum organised its 10th edition on April 24, 2018 at the Aula Magna in Louvain-la-Neuve. For 10 years, it has been the meeting place for innovative project leaders, companies and entrepreneurs from all sectors.
On the program: pitch sessions as well as discussion spaces to discover and challenge the 120 projects and start-ups.
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"The Foundations of Strategy", the book
LSM professor Alain Vas has just published a book about a trip to a strategic country with Editions DUNOD. Directly inspired by the LSM MOOC "The Foundations of Corporate Strategy", it constitutes an original, playful, academic and pragmatic way to think strategically by suggesting a complete way to diagnose organizations.
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Strategic Board meeting in Istanbul
The CEMS Strategic Board met in Istanbul at the invitation of Koç University. CEMS wishes to renew its confidence in and support for its Turkish partner despite the transfer of annual events to Malta (these events, including the graduation ceremony, were initially scheduled to take place in Istanbul in the autumn). The meeting was also an opportunity to confirm the need for CEMS to deepen its presence in both North and South America, China and sub-Saharan Africa. Also on the agenda were CEMS governance and the ability to adjust to “disruptive” times.
Opposite, a photo taken at the meeting; the Dean of the LSM is second from the left.

Save the date

Communication & Writing Skills - June 11, 2018
In the context of the Communication & Writing Skills doctoral course, Valérie Swaen and Manuel Kolp are organizing a full day of research paper presentations and posters on Monday June 11, 2018 (Salle Vaes).
You are kindly invited to join the event. Registration and provisional program are available on the event page.
The lunch and the closing drink will provide the opportunity to meet and greet your colleagues in an informal atmosphere.
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Junior Data Analyst Certificate - 3rd edition
The third edition of the Junior Data Analyst University Certificate will be launched next fall. This certificate provides training in applied analytical and communication skills providing access to new careers in data processing. It is given over 3 months, from October to December 2018.

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