What you should know about virtual meetings

What you should know about virtual meetings

Willem Standaert (HEC Liège - Université de Liège)


As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures, employees are required to work from home (telework). In this context, they use more communication technology than usually in the office, which includes the replacement of physical meetings by virtual meetings.

In this 20-minute video, professor Willem Standaert of HEC Liège provides guidance and best practices about how to organize virtual meetings, based on insights from his doctoral dissertation research.



About Willem Standaert

Willem Standaert is an assistant professor in the Marketing and Service Innovation Department at HEC Liège. In 2015, Willem obtained his PhD at Ghent University on the subject Effectiveness of Communication Technologies for Distributed Business Meetings. Upon obtaining his PhD, Willem became a post-doctoral researcher at Vlerick Business School. His research interests are in the areas of technology-mediated business meetings, digitally-enabled buyer-supplier interactions, and digital innovation. Willem¿s academic work has been presented at scientific and business conferences and published in academic journals such as Journal of the Association for Information SystemsElectronic Commerce Research and ApplicationsPsychology & Marketing, and Information Technology and Management.

At HEC Liège, Willem teaches in master, PhD, and executive programs, in the domains of Digital Strategy and B2B Marketing and he supervises master thesis and company projects, as well as coaches executive participants. In addition, Willem holds or has held visiting professor positions at Ghent University, Vlerick Business School, and IÉSEG Management School. As part of his teaching activities, Willem has developed teaching cases on technology-mediated banking experiences at BNP Paribas Fortis, on digital fan engagement at Formula E, on the digitalization of Barco ClickShare, and on the go-to-market strategy for Ruby Chocolate of Barry Callebaut.

Willem has worked with leading firms in various industries, including in consultancy (e.g., Accenture), engineering (e.g., Bekaert, TE Connectivity), financial services (e.g., AG Insurance, Ageas, BNP Paribas Fortis), and information technology (e.g., Barco, Cisco). Willem was also part of the research team that conducted the Transformers study in collaboration with Het Financieele Dagblad and was a jury member for the inaugural VIVIUM Digital Awards.