Dear Apollo this is Jean speaking …

Well, this one is called Christophe but whatever … (source)

As Colbert (another Jean … “Jean-Baptiste” this time) worked on the greatness of France (aaah, la France!) I will one more time illustrate the greatness of Vlerick Apollo!

It all started again last Friday afternoon with Prof. Louis Verbeke‘s European Business Law. I realized it is the first time I am writing about this course so let me explain some concepts … Contrary to what the title of the course may suggest we are not reviewing European Law articles nor discussing lawsuits where businesses are culprits or victims. The course is defined as “the unteachable” in the introduction. Prof. Verbeke likes to repeat that the only goal of his course is to avoid us ending in jail (as if other courses were leading us to jail, by the way …). But what is this course about then? I was tempted to write that it is “undescribable” but it wouldn’t be fair. We are looking at ethics, organisation of ownership and power, different sovereign models, governance, and the rule of law. Sacrified in honour of the new brand the Apollo group is quite small this year and the class is quiet – or is it because everyone is religiously listening to Prof. Verbeke’s extensive collection of personal experiences illustrating theoretical concepts? I am looking forward to the 10 hours of Business Law, next week! In the meantime I let you read Martin Wolf’s column in the FT on the end of unlimited growth.

The other course of the week is Operation Management (already mentioned previously). I don’t know exactly what happened but people apparently complained that it was too theoretical (or was it made up to introduce the subject of today?). The positive side of things is that we are most probably going to visit some delicious Operation-In-Action production facility – with some chocolate on top, please! ;-) The first part of the course was also a practical exercise, showing us that we have been speaking lean all our lives without knowing it (a bit like Monsieur Jourdain – honestly, France is everywhere!). I must admit I dozed a little bit during the second / last part of the class. But that was because the lean game in the first part was so exciting! Check the pictures below:

(let me reassure spouses, boy-/girl-friends staying at home entire evenings while we are following MBA classes: we are doing more serious stuff also – sometimes)

Last but not least, for those interested, Prof. Deva Rangarajan‘s Sales Excellence Club is here and started already in Ghent (guys, you have to follow: it was already mentioned on Twitter two weeks ago). They are on the official Vlerick Youtube channel and it is already full of small video-tutorials to give you a glimpse of what it is (see intro video below).

If you are interested to be part of such club in Leuven, just send an email to our beloved student reps! (By the way there is also a sale competition with a very interesting prize attached … :-))


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