Developing creativity and enterpreneurship (Master)

The development of creativity and the spirit of entrepreneurship: these workshops, which are often integrated projects, range from the design to the concrete realization of an entrepreneurial project.

Presentation of the workshops :

Step by Step, let's put this business model in motion (BMCM)

Langue: Français 
Enseignant-Pilote : Sylvia Nitelet 
Remarque : Prérequis - a solid business model
Type B

The objectives are

  • To review the Business model thoroughly, challenge it, reframe it and test it
  • Establish the next steps to action + Key Performance Indicator(s) for each step
  • Establish criteria for go / no go
  • Understand what an incubator is and how to interact with it

Option 1: The students have followed the Bachelor workshop and (or not but) have a solid Business Model
>> Workshop objectives remain de same

Option 2: The students haven’t followed the Bachelor workshop
>> Workshop objectives are the same but there will be additional “hone-work” to create the initial BM

Developing Leadership thanks to Neuroscience: Change Management and Creativity (CHAN)

Language : french
Teacher-Pilot: Martine Rensonnet
Note: no prerequisites
Type A

Would you hire a mechanic with no idea of how cars work? Never!

Or a manager with no interest in how the brain works?

This workshop explores the brain mechanisms at work when faced with a key issue in a manager's life: change.

Nowadays, change management, managing complex situations with serenity and creativity, are essential leadership skills for any organization.

What if our brains had the solution?

On the workshop menu:

Exploring and understanding the brain mechanisms at work in managing our automatisms and adaptability
Testing brain training tools and methods for change management.
Exploring and experiencing how our brain functioning can be our best ally (or enemy) in managing change
Exploring and experimenting with different strategies for producing ideas, how to produce them and how to manage them.
Gearing up to develop personal leadership adapted to the situations of one's future professional life.
Indeed, just like any sport, it is possible to "strengthen" our brain to facilitate access to the skills of our adaptive mode!

Welcome to this practice-workshop!

Developing consulting skills in organisational design (COSK)

Langue: anglais
Enseignant-pilote: Louise Colling
Remarque: aucun pré-requis
Type A

Organisations are accelerating their transformation pace, as ever-growing expectations, environmental constraints and technological breakthrough impact their activities - among other triggers. They rely on management consultants to support them and redesign their organisation (processes, governance, HR, management, infrastructure, etc.).

Becoming a consultant in organisation and management is an exciting and demanding journey; a junior consultant is expected to display a wide range of hard (organisational design, HR processes, project management, stakeholder engagement, change management, etc.) and soft (growth mindset, relationships, leadership, business acumen, etc.) skills and hit the ground running.

If you envision a career in management consulting and/or if you are interested in organisational transformation, this workshop will help you (1) understand the objectives and context of organisational design, (2) learn an approach and methodology for OD and (3) develop your skills in OD as you apply it step by step to a case study. 

Entrepreneurial marketing (ENTM)

Language : english

Teacher-Pilot :  Michael Ghilissen

Note: no prerequisites. 

Type A

Learning from high-potential ventures.

The workshop revolves around professionally-financed businesses that are defined by their use of  technology to create breakthrough opportunity. It is organized around three major themes:

1. How do you choose your products and your customers and your partners? Why? Because choices must be made quickly since the scarcest resource in any entrepreneurial situation is time. You must focus your effort on those products and customers that leverage the organization's time. Not only will you have to know how to play your part on the team you join, but also you may even have to know how to recruit an industry coalition to deliver the business.

2. How do you apply sales/-marketing tools effectively in an entrepreneurial environment? Why? Because many people who have been successful in mature, stable companies fail when they transition to an entrepreneurial situation. They usually fail for one of two reasons: their team takes too long to make management decisions or they do not know how to make use of the resources that they do have to increase the odds of achieving the ends they desire. Skilled use of the right tools can really help give you a competitive edge.

3. How do you transition from the products and customers you have to the products and customers you need? Why? Because while most companies can find at least some customers to buy their product or service, many fail to move from that small cadre of early adopters to the mainstream of customers that are critical for the long-term viability of a firm. Even in mature businesses, companies that have prospered for years falter as the world around them changes and, suddenly, reward awaits only those who have the skills to leap away from the world that they know towards totally new businesses..

A pratical introduction to (agile) project management (GESP)

Language : english
Teacher-Pilot : Tolga Bayrak
Note: no prerequisites
Type B

What is a project? How does one manage it? Why is it important?

This portfolio course aims to bring a practical introduction to project management through a series of base concepts and their application. The course will be supported by many concrete examples and diverse learning methods such as video-interviews, debates, role plays, readings, in-class exercises, presentations and deep-dives on topics chosen by the students.

The focus lies on clear and concrete content that can be immediately useful for students looking to develop their own project, answer project management related interview questions and apply it in a professional context. 

By the end of the course, the students should master and be able to explain the following concepts (non-exhaustive list):

  • Basic project management understanding and the difference between a project and a process
  • The different levels of project management (Project team vs. Program vs. Portfolio)
  • Traditional (waterfall) vs. Agile project management
  • Key events in project management such as project kick-off, status meetings, daily stand-ups, steering committees, etc.
  • Project governance and associated governance structures
  • The different stages of a project lifecycle (start, life, close) and associated artefacts (project brief, etc.)
  • The most common tooling used to support project management
  • Risk and issue logs
  • Project plan with milestones, events, objectives, streams and available resources
  • Associated concepts such as stakeholder, expectations and scope management
  • Social and relational aspects c project management within the context of a given organization
  • What is Agile project management, its strengths and applicability
  • Estimating in an agile context with Estimation Poker

Filling an Executive Position in a CIO (GOIC)

Language : french
Teacher-Pilot: Joséphine Capodici
Note: Access to this workshop is restricted to the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of major CIOs. If you have any doubts about your eligibility, please contact Ms Capodici.
Type A

The purpose of this workshop is to enable students in charge of the management of each of the major CIOs to have their work recognized as part of the skills portfolio. It is intended only for the executives of these CIOs, presidents and vice-presidents, and is based on the volume of activity represented by these functions (team management, accounting, inventory management, event organization, etc.). The workshop supervises the work of these executives throughout the year and qualifies them to obtain advice and guidance from Ms Capodici.

If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Ms Capodici first to ensure that you meet the admission requirements.

New Insights on Project Management (INPM)

Langue: English 
Enseignant-Pilote : Sylvia Nitelet 
Remarque : no pre-requisites
Type B

If you go looking for it, you will find several theoretical approaches to project management, all with a specific view on how to do things. But how to choose among all those? Is there really one best way? And if it exists, how to convert it into practice?

This workshop will introduce students to at least two methods of project management (waterfall and agile), with the belief that the choice of a good project management approach is based on a throughout understanding of the context and of the various roles of a project manager – in charge of the project accomplishment, of course, but also in charge of a team and its specific dynamics.

Taught by an expert project manager, this workshop will rely on group dynamics, collective intelligence and a lot of practical exercises to help you develop your project management skills.


Getting motivated in (practicially) all circumstances ! (MOTV)

Language: french
Teacher-Pilot: Martine Rensonnet
Note: no prerequisites
Type A

Would you hire a mechanic with no idea of how cars work? Never! How about a manager with no interest in how the brain works? This workshop explores the brain mechanisms at work when faced to a key issue in a manager's life: motivation.

Motivation. Everyone talks about it "If you are motivated, you will be successful (in your studies, life, job, etc.)! ». But is it enough to give a football to a footballer to motivate them?

This workshop explores motivation:

  • To understand what motivation is and the brain mechanisms that govern it. Discover its sources and facets
  • To define one's personal motivation profile
  • To learn how, concretely and personally, to get one's motivation under control in studies and professional work
  • To discover and test how the expression of personal motivation can be a lever for personal and managerial development
  • To connect together motivation, talent, potential, pleasure and professional efficiency
  • To reduce the part of chance that conditions, motivates or demotivates professional relationships.

Develop a City Branding Strategy (PLAB)

Language : english/french
Teacher-Pilot: Anne-Christine Cadiat
Note: no prerequisites
Type B

Cities are today facing competition just like most products, services and organizations. Several cities decided to jump on the marketing train and developed a branding strategy. Of course cities aren’t common goods, they have specific characteristics and attributes. Branding a city is somewhat different from branding a consumer good. We have to take into account all the actors that will take part in the branding strategy and all the targets that a city might want to reach.  

We will focus on our local environment: our beautiful city of Liège. City managers will be invited to share with us their current projects. You will then collect complementary information about this situation, analyze the data you collected and creatively develop a branding strategy for our city. To reach this goal, you will work in teams. At the end of the workshop, each team presents its own project in front of classmates and city representatives.

Testing your Project with Pre-totyping (VENL)

Language : english
Teacher- Pilot :  Frédéric Ooms
Note: no pre-requisites, but bringing in an entrepreneurial project to develop and reflect on is a real bonus. 
Type A

You have a great idea you would like to turn into a valid and profitable product or service? You see yourself as an entrepreneur in the future? You have a lot of great ideas, but you don’t know how to assess their interest for the market?

The method of pretotyping will help you to test your ideas and define whether your project is valid to enter the market… and if not, to see how you could make it so.

This workshop takes place on two full days, and will greatly profit from your bringing in your entrepreneurial ideas.

Last update :22/09/2020