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Like it or not, you are a negotiator

Arnold De Maeyer

Finance - Bachelor of Business Engineering at KU Leuven

We at LCM SA can proudly say that we are the leading student association in the field of negotiation and mediation. Through the Negotiation Track, LCM SA provides the necessary theoretical basis and, most important, further focuses on practical application of the techniques based on cases in a professional context. LCM SA values the diversity of specializations of its members and the various backgrounds of its lecturers. In this way, we analyze every problem and case from different professional perspectives.

The negotiation track taught me to behave assertively in a negotiation, to come up with creative solutions, and reach valuable agreements under time pressure. LCM SA offered and still offers me an excellent and unique learning opportunity.

John Heymans

Collaborations and Marketing - Master of Bioscience Engineering at KU Leuven

The negotiation doesn’t start until someone says “No”. Whether you like it or not, you’re a negotiator. As a bioengineering student I used to be a total stranger to this skill. Through workshops LCM SA will help you improve your day-to-day life. It will give you a toolbox in negotiation you’ll use in your future professional career. A perfect match between theory, practice and personal feedback is our secret. How do you make the others listen more carefully to your arguments? 
How to reach an agreement when the other party is hard-shelled? 
How to give more impact to your arguments? 

LCM SA helped me to develop myself as a person. New friendships, interesting topics and people from various backgrounds all contributed to an unforgettable year. LCM SA will take you on an enriching journey that I’d highly recommend to any student.”

Rhunne Janssens & Gaya Mooens

Human Resources - Master of Law and Master of Psychology at KU Leuven

For us, a new world has opened when we joined LCM SA. The competences we learned here have not only enriched us professionally, but also in our personal lives. We learned to look at problems differently, to the deeper meaning and to the why of things. How you can try to create value and see how interests can be aligned, instead of bickering about the superficial positions. How to do this in even the most difficult situations, without losing empathy.

Maarten Pieck

Competitions - Master of Mathematical Engineering at KU Leuven

Each day we negotiate. We negotiate with our fellow students on who will cover which part of the assignment. We negotiate with our partner on where we’re going to eat this evening. We even negotiate with ourselves about whether we’re going to the fitness this evening or spend the time watching tv instead.


Yet the far majority of people are unsure on how to approach a negotiation. For something that’s so important in our lives, “winging it” just doesn’t cut it. Within LCM SA you will learn how to handle a negotiation in such a way that both parties will leave the negotiating table better off than before.

Michelle Thewissen

Events - Master in General Management at Vlerick

LCM SA is an interfaculty student association that takes pride in cultivating an integrative and ethical manner of negotiation. However, LCM SA concerns so much more than attending weekly workshops. It is about educating yourself and others and about friendships. By sharing the same interest with people from several distinctive backgrounds, you learn so much about not only negotiation but about people in general in a multidisciplinary way. That is what LCM SA stand for, uniting students and challenging each other.

Arto Vera

Negotiation Track - Master of Business Engineering at KU Leuven

Negotiation is in essence human interaction. Therefore, emotions are involved. Keeping this in mind allows us to become better at it. To understand how to get what you want, you first need to understand each other. 
 At LCM Student Association we strive to let people reach their full potential. Our core business is practicing the art of negotiation together. During this process, so much more is achieved. You will also develop life skills. Pushing your boundaries and balancing assertiveness is a challenge. A challenge is necessary to grow as a person.

Bart Willems

Public Relations - Master of Laws at KU Leuven

Although you can learn about negotiation and mediation in books and lectures at the university, in daily life situations and negotiations it is a whole different story to act accordingly. You might know everything about it, but if you do not actually put yourself in a situation and apply it, that knowledge is all for nothing. LCM SA is the perfect place to learn and sharpen those negotiation and mediation skills in a close group of friends.


Although entering into conflict may seem disadvantageous at first glance, it is also the first step to resolving it. Thus, conflict is inevitable but instead of digging trenches and being headstrong, it is better to negotiate and hear what the concerns of the other party are. 

Holger Willems

Alumni - Co-founder of Relu

LCM SA is about friends who pursuit excellence in negotiation. Negotiation is nothing else than human interaction with the aim to reach an agreement. For this purpose, interactive challenges are key for these friends, challenges where you learn to understand each other. Only by understanding the true needs of all parties, you unlock the added value. 

It stimulates me to learn these skills and more with likeminded souls. I truly enjoy every session, as it diversifies my thinking as an engineer. Undoubtedly, every one of us could benefit from getting introduced to the art of negotiation.

Our Project Managers

They are supporting our board on a specific domain.

Alina Dillis

Marketing
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Emily Greenaway

Marketing
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Ewout Goudsmedt

Negotiation Track, Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Emma Vandepitte

Internal Communications

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Nicolas Geerardyn

Socials & Feedback Assistants
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Michiel Fraussen

Lecturer
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Tom Vos

Negotiation Track, Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Laurien Sprengers

Human Resources
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           Emma Vets

Feedback Assistants & Lecturer
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Gertjan Muyters

Feedback Assistant
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Laura van Kruijsdijk

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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             Ester Vets

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Lars Sudmann

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Theo De Beir

Lecturer
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the Leuven Center for Collaborative Management

Our mother organization guides and assists us with experience and knowhow.

               Prof. Dr.
           Tijs Besieux

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Prof. Dr.
Alain Laurent Verbeke

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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Prof. Dr.
Martin Euwema

Advisory Board & Lecturer
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