Robert Boute

Robert Boute looks at operations management from the perspective of structuring (designing), managing and improving organisational processes for manufacturing as well as for service organisations. So he focuses on the interactions between operations and other functional areas, in particular marketing and finance. In his research Robert focuses on managing volatility in (global) supply chains. As Visiting Professor at Kellogg School of Management, he has taught in one of the world’s top MBA programmes.

Expert in
Logistics Management
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Operations strategy
Operational Excellence
Inventory Management
Queuing in Manufacturing & Services

Profile

Robert Boute is Professor Operations Management at Vlerick Business School. He teaches operations and supply chain management in the degree programs at Vlerick (both full time and executive MBA). Furthermore he teaches in executive education and customised programmes. He is the Academic Director of the Full Time MBA programme at Vlerick.

Robert received his PhD from KULeuven, Belgium and was visiting professor at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago (Northwestern University). He is active as Board Member of PICS Belgium (the Production Inventory and Control Society).

Robert’s research focuses on supply chain dynamics (the bullwhip effect), inventory management and production smoothing models. In 2008 he received the best paper award in production planning & control for his paper on a win-win solution for the bullwhip problem.

 

Publications

Articles in refereed journals with impact

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R. Cardoen B. Samii B.  forthcoming. An efficient solution method to design the cost-minimizing platform portfolio. European Journal of Operational Research,

  • Creemers S. Woumans G. Boute R. Beliën J.  forthcoming. Tri-Vizor uses an efficient algorithm to identify collaborative shipping opportunities. Interfaces,

  • Boros S. Van Gorp L. Cardoen B. Boute R.  forthcoming. Breaking Silos: A Field Experiment on Relational Conflict Management in Cross-Functional Teams. Group Decision & Negotiation,

  • Boute R. Van Mieghem J.  2015. Global dual sourcing and order smoothing: the impact of capacity and leadtimes. Management Science, 61(9): 2080-2099.

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R. Samii B.  2015. Evaluation of product-platform decisions based on total supply chain costs. International Journal of Production Research, 53(18): 5545-5563.

  • Noblesse A. Boute R. Van Houdt B.  2014. Lot sizing and lead time decisions in production/inventory systems. International Journal of Production Economics, 155(September): 351-360.

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2014. Coordinating lead times and safety stocks under autocorrelated demand. European Journal of Operational Research, 232(1): 52-63.

  • Noblesse A. Boute R. Lambrecht M.  2014. Characterizing order processes of continuous review (s,S) and (r,nQ) policies. European Journal of Operational Research, 236(2): 534-547.

  • Creemers S. Boute R. Leus R.  2012. Extending the Production Dice Game. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 32(12): 1460-1472.

  • Boute R. Van Dierdonck R. Vereecke A.  2011. Organising for supply chain management. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 14(5): 297-315.

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2009. Designing replenishment rules in a two-echelon supply chain with a flexible or an inflexible capacity strategy. International Journal of Production Economics, 119(1): 187-198.

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2008. A win-win solution for the bullwhip problem. Production Planning & Control, 19(7): 702-711.

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2007. An integrated production and inventory model to dampen upstream demand variability in the supply chain. European Journal of Operational Research, 178(1): 121-142.

  • Boute R. Van Houdt B.  2007. Performance evaluation of a production/inventory system with periodic review and endogenous lead times. Naval Research Logistics, 54(4): 462-473.

  • Boute R. Herroelen W.  2004. A real options approach to project management. International Journal of Production Research, 42(9): 1715-1725.

Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Boute R. Bruggeman W. Vereecke A.  2015. Cost management in the supply chain: an integrated approach. Cost Management, (Jan/Feb): 40-48.

  • Boute R. Bruggeman W. Vereecke A.  2014. Cost Management in the Supply Chain: an integrated approach – Part 1. Cost Management, (Nov/Dec): 11-15.

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R.  2014. Advantages and disadvantages of product platforms: insights from literature. Review of Business and Economic Literature, 58(3): 186-210.

  • Boute R. Dejonckheere J. Disney S. Van de Velde W.  2012. Bullwhip in a multi-product production setting. Review of Business and Economic Literature, 57(3): 354-380.

  • Boute R. Colen P. Creemers S. Noblesse A. Van Houdt B.  2012. Matrix-analytic methods in supply chain management: recent developments. Review of Business and Economic Literature, 57(3): 283-301.

  • Vereecke A. Boute R.  2011. Organising the Supply Chain Department. 

  • Boute R. Vereecke A.  2011. Wanted: Supply Chain Manager (m/f) – strong set of skills required. 

  • Boute R.  2009. Exploring the bullwhip effect by means of spreadsheet simulation. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 10(1): 1-9.

  • Boute R. Rice M.  2009. Supply chain leadership skills. Logistics & Transport Focus, 11(1): 54-55.

  • Boute R.  2007. Altruistic behavior in supply chain management. Tijdschrift voor Economie en Management, 52(3): 499-513.

  • Boute R.  2007. Impact of replenishment rules with endogenous lead times. 4OR - A quarterly Journal of Operations Research, 5(3): 261-264.

  • Boute R. Lambrechts O. Sterckx P.  2007. Sectoriële prestaties en financiële impact van het voorraadbeheer in België. Kwartaalschrift Economie, 4(3): 297-313.

  • Boute R. Lambrechts O.  2004. Did just-in-time management effectively decrease inventory ratios in Belgium?. Tijdschrift voor Economie en Management, XLIX(3): 441-456.

Book Chapters

  • Desmet D. Boute R. Vereecke A.  2011. Europese distributiecentra in Vlaanderen: typologie en toekomstperspectieven. In: Jaarboek 2011 van het Steunpunt Ondernemen en Internationaal Ondernemen (pp. 233-263).

  • Boute R. Serneels S. Van Dierdonck R. Vereecke A.  2008. Organizing for Supply Chain Management. In: van der Vaart T. van Donk D. Tradition and Innovation in Operations Management

  • Boute R. Lambrechts O.  2005. (Dis)functionele voorraden - Het strategische belang van voorraden. In: Ed. Management Jaarboek 2005 (pp. 146-148). Vlaamse Management Associatie.

Books

Conference Presentations

  • Creemers S. Padilla Tinoco S. Boute R.  2015. A New Algorithm to Optimize a Can-Order Inventory Policy for Two Companies in a Horizontal Partnership. Paper presented at POMS 26th Annual Conference, May 8-11, Washigton, United States.

  • Padilla Tinoco S. Boute R. Creemers S.  2015. Bundling of Transport and its Impact on Inventories and Cost Allocation in Horizontal Supply Chain Partnership. Paper presented at POMS 26th Annual Conference, May 8-11, Washington, United States.

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R. Cardoen B. Samii B.  2015. Product-platform-attribute decisions based on total supply chain costs. Paper presented at Production Operations Management Society (POMS): 26th annual conference, May 8-11, Washington, United States.

  • Van den Broeke M. Devoldere B. Creemers S. Boute R.  2015. The interplay of operations, marketing, and product innovation: a dynamic and interdependent simulation decision model. Paper presented at 22nd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, June 14-16, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Padilla Tinoco S. Creemers S. Boute R.  2015. Bundling of Transport and its Impact on Inventories and Cost Allocation in Horizontal Supply Chain Partnership. Paper presented at 14th EurOMA Doctoral Seminar, June 26-27, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R. Samii B.  2014. Evaluating the supply chain cost of strategic product platform decisions. Paper presented at International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), Barcelona, Spain.

  • Van den Broeke M. Boute R. Samii B.  2014. Facilitating product platform decisions based on total supply chain costs. Paper presented at German Operations Research Society, Aachen, Germany.

  • Poppe J. Boute R. Lambrecht M.  2014. A Hybrid Opportunistic Condition-Based Maintenance Policy for Continuously Monitored Components. Paper presented at 7th International EurOMA Service Operations Management Forum (SOMF), September 21-23, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

  • Poppe J. Boute R. Lambrecht M.  2014. Impact of Service Maintenance Planning on Inventory Management. Paper presented at 18th International Symposium on Inventories, August 18-22, Budapest, Hungary.

  • Vereecke A. Boute R. Bruggeman W.  2013. Management accounting for supply chain optimization. Paper presented at Euroma, June 7-12, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Boute R. Van Mieghem J.  2011. Global Dual Sourcing. Paper presented at 2011 MSOM Annual Conference, June 26-28, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

  • Boute R.  2009. Coordinating a two-echelon supply chain with a flexible or an inflexible capacity strategy. Paper presented at 2009 MSOM Annual Conference (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management), June 28-30, Cambridge, United States.

  • Desmet D. Boute R.  2009. The future of the logistics sector in Flanders: towards a new typology of distribution centres. Paper presented at VVE Conference (Dag van het Vlaams Wetenschappelijk Economisch Onderzoek), October 30-30, Hasselt, Belgium.

  • Boute R. Serneels S. Van Dierdonck R. Vereecke A.  2008. The Supply Chain Organisational Structure. Paper presented at POMS 19th. Annual Conference, May 9-12, La Jolla, California, United States.

Conference Proceedings

  • Padilla Tinoco S. Creemers S. Boute R.  2015. Bundling of orders in a horizontal supply chain coordination. Neuchâtel:

  • Noblesse A. Boute R. Van Houdt B.  2014. Analysis of a production/inventory system with multiple retailers. In: Grubbström R. Hinterhuber H. Eds. Preprints (pp. 365-377). Innsbruck:

  • Boute R. Robberecht R. Mostinckx M. Verstrepen S.  2011. Car pooling for cargo - Orchestrated horizontal collaboration in transport and logistics. Berlin:

  • Vannieuwenhuyse B. Boute R. Robberecht R. Van Breedam A.  2011. Orchestrated horizontal collaboration in transport and logistics - a case study in the pharmaceutical industry. 

  • Desmet D. Boute R. Vereecke A. Sys L.  2009. A typology of distribution centres in Flanders. Göteborg:

  • Desmet D. Vereecke A. Boute R.  2009. The strategic role of distribution centres in Flanders. Cardiff:

  • Vereecke A. Desmet D. Parrez E. Boute R.  2008. A typology of distribution centres in Flanders. Leuven:

  • Boute R.  2008. Exploring the bullwhip effect by means of spreadsheet simulation. Tokyo:

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2007. The impact of correlation in demand on lead times and safety stocks. 

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2006. A win-win solution for the bullwhip problem. Lyon:

  • Boute R. Lambrechts O. Sterckx P.  2006. An analysis of the variation in inventory performance in the Belgian manufacturing industry and the financial impact of inventories.. (pp. 681-690). Glasgow:

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van Houdt B.  2006. The impact of order variance amplification/dampening on supply chain performance. (pp. 1-11). Innsbruck:

  • Boute R. Disney S. Van de Velde W. Van Houdt B.  2005. Bullwhip reduction and win-win strategies. (pp. 697-706). Budapest:

  • Boute R. Lambrechts O.  2004. Interpreting the surprising evolution of inventory ratios in the Belgian manufacturing industry. (pp. 687-696). Fontainebleau:

Doctoral dissertation

  • Boute R.  2006. The impact of replenishment rules with endogenous lead times on supply chain performance. 

Research reports

  • Boute R. Robberecht R. Vereecke A.  2011. Logistieke waardenetwerken als troef voor het aantrekken van buitenlandse investeringen. Flanders DC. (49 p.)

  • Vereecke A. Boute R.  2011. Organising for supply chain management – one size fits all?. 

  • Boute R. Noblesse A.  2011. The financial crisis and the de-stocking phenomenon in the Belgian manufacturing sector. 

  • Desmet D. Boute R. Vereecke A.  2010. A typology of European Distribution Centres. 

  • Desmet D. Boute R. Vereecke A.  2010. Europese distributiecentra in Vlaanderen: typologie en toekomstperspectieven. 

  • Boute R. Desmet D.  2009. Duurzame logistiek in vlaanderen: best practices en knelpunten bij implementatie. (32 p.)

Vlerick cases

  • Louche C. Samii B. Lepoutre J. Boute R.  2012. Sustainability in the Supply Chain (B): C&A – The Sustainable Supply Chain of Cotton. ECCH Case Study. Reference no. 712-017-1 (C) + 712-016-8 (TN).

  • Louche C. Samii B. Lepoutre J. Boute R.  2012. Sustainability in the Supply Chain (A): Alpro - The Sustainable Supply Chain of Soya. ECCH Case Study. Reference no. 712-016-1 (C) + 712-016-8 (TN).

  • Debruyne M. Schoovaerts M. Boute R.  2007. Strategic innovation in the logistic real estate development business: Eurinpro. ECCH Case Study. Reference no. 308-001-1 (C) + 308-001-8 (TN).

Vlerick working papers

  • Boute R.  2007. Exploring the bullwhip effect by means of spreadsheet simulation. 2007/4 (33p.).