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Organizing the government as a lean start-up in…

Organizing the government as a lean start-up in crisis

Strategy & Innovation

16 03 21

With the COVID-pandemic the world is facing an unprecedented health crisis. Governments, companies and global supply chains struggled to cope with the challenges and underwent a huge stress test. From a healthcare perspective, all institutions were faced with a shortage or supply difficulties for personal protective equipment, health infrastructure and testing capacity.

During the crisis Minister Philippe De Backer and his former director Dries Holvoet were asked to tackle the shortage of PPE and the need for more testing for the federal government when Belgium entered its first lockdown. They transformed the existing bureaucratic organisation across different levels of government into a start up looking for innovative solutions. During this webinar, they will elaborate on the challenges they faced and leadership and management principles they used.

Other webinars in the Series

  • 19 January 2021: Deep Fakes by Nina Schick (Past);
  • 16 February 2021:Strategic Innovation: How to Develop New Business Models (past)
    by Prof. Jamie Anderson;
  • 16 March 2021: Organizing the government as a lean start-up in crisis
    by Former Minister Philippe De Backer;
  • 20 April 2021: Innovating the labor organization, a retail case by Herman Van de Velde;
  • 18 May 2021: How to beat Big Tech: Lessons from Russia by Andrei Povarov.

Support the EMBA Scholarship

While the webinar is free of charge for current students and alumni, we offer you the possibility to helpsupport the EMBA Scholarship. Do you believe that an EMBA is a valuableand life-changing learning experience? Do you want to support the participation of less privileged highly-promising management talentand future leaders? Support our EMBA scholarship fundwith a small donation.

Practical Info

Location: The webinars will take place online and registration is mandatory to access the webinar

Price: (incl.btw)

This event is free of charge for students and AMS alumni

Non - Alumni: 25 EUR


11h30: Welcome

11h35: Presentation by former Minister Philippe De Backer

12h20: Q&A Moderated by Dries Holvoet, current AMS EMBA Participant

13:00: End

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Philippe De Backer holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School. He worked for a venture capital fund and as a technology transfer officer in the field of biotech and health care. From 2011 he was a member of the European Parliament and from 2016 a minister in the Belgian Federal Government.

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Dries Holvoet

is a current AMS EMBA participant. He studied law and political science at the university of Ghent. After his studies he went to the Balkans where he studied for six months in Belgrade and worked for 2 years for the field mission of OSCE in Kosovo. After that period he started working for the Antwerp World Diamond Center and their commercial daughter HRD Antwerp as chief business development and internationals. Since October 2015 he joined the Flemish (and later federal) cabinets of liberal ministers where he took the role of (deputy) director. In 2017 he obtained a postgraduate cooperate finance at KU Leuven and started his EMBA at AMS in October 2019.

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