Research for Business in Operations & Supply Chain Management

Our Research, your Practice

 Research is deeply connected to the roots of Vlerick as an academic business school. Our professors and researchers closely cooperate with the business world to directly translate new insights from research to your daily practice. Collaboration between our Operations & Supply Chain experts and your organisation happens in a variety of formats. A research partnership in the longer term or shorter advisory research projects. We provide answers to questions like: how do you collaborate within a supply chain? How do you build a resilient supply chain? How do you manage the total cost of your supply chain? Our Supply Chain experts guarantee the scientific basis of the projects we carry out. And practical relevance is the most important feature.

A Research Partnership that Supports Management Practice

 Do you think your organisation could benefit from our applied research? If so, then a Centre for Excellence is a unique platform for you. Within the domain of Supply Chain Management we have a Centre for Excellence in Supply Chain Management. Vlerick also has its own Healthcare Supply Chain Research Network.

Centres are partnerships between a number of organisations and Vlerick within a specific management domain. Common themes are researched and new management concepts and analysis frameworks are developed, tested and implemented. One essential aspect is the open dialogue and interaction between the participating companies. As a member you have a direct link with the newest insights and trend within the Operations & Supply Chain domain and can directly translate these in your work environment.

Do you prefer a long term collaboration with Vlerick? A chair is a one-to-one relationship between a faculty member and your organisation. It offers your organisation the possibility to support research within a specific domain. This way your company contributes directly to the growth of a specific management domain.

Our Offer is Too Good to Miss

 In addition to conducting long term research that contributes to fundamental academic knowledge, our research approach also encompasses practice-based research project on a shorter term. These projects rely upon the findings of core academic knowledge and scientific grounded models.

You would like to call on the expertise of Vlerick professors and researchers -- on an ad hoc basis -- for pressing Operations & Supply Chain management issues in your company? You've come to the right address. Together with you, we examine your Operations & Supply Chain Management needs and requirements and, in consultation with you, we propose a tailor-made approach. Customised research, with or without related workshops, an Vlerick in-company project carried out by our students, ... the possibilities are wide open. In addition, we translate the research results into concrete, ready-to-implement recommendations.

We offer a broad variety of Supply Chain Management tools that your organisation can use within the framework of a customised research project or education programme. An example is the Beer game which offers your employees the possibility to understand the major challenges companies are confronted with in a supply chain. A perfect instrument to create awareness about supply chain management within your organisation. Please contact us for an overview of all possibilities. 

Knowledge in Action

Interested in the lessons learned of our research for your company? Find out more about our latest research articles!

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