Supply Chain Network 2020

Category: Corporate Events

The Supply Chain Network offers keynote speeches either focusing on recent supply chain research, a successful supply chain project or a recent book in this area. It is an ideal way to stay informed about the latest developments in Supply Chain Management and a great opportunity to grow your network by meeting your peers, current students, alumni, and our Vlerick faculty.

For 2020, we have again selected inspiring keynote sessions on a hot topics in the logistics and supply chain management field. Our activities are free of charge, but subscription is required.


19h00 – 19h30     Welcoming drink and sandwiches
19h30 – 20h30     Keynote speech
20h30 – 21h00     Q&A
21h00                  Closing drink


Postponed to a later date
Human factor in digital transformation
By VCST (Eddy Van Steyvoort, VP Business Line Automotive) & Bluecrux (Anouk Schoenmakers, Partner)

VCST (BMT drive solutions, a part of the BMT group) will bring the story on their journey (supported by their business transformation partner Bluecrux) towards a full smart factory. Key for success in such a full business transformation is combining people & technology changes (to be able to completely introduce a sustainable way of working). A lot of value is attached to the importance of the human impact and change management within the digital transformation.

15 October 2020, Ghent Campus (Lecture Room M0.1)
The future of sustainable and efficient logistics: how the modal shift from road to rail changes everything
By Lineas (Geert Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer)

Today, Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe. But that wasn’t always the case. Originally a loss-making division of the state-owned SNCB, an unprecedented journey of rigorous reorganisation and privatisation, coupled with the disruption of traditional logistics, transformed the company into a frontrunner for rail freight solutions across Europe. Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas, will take you on this journey to sustainable growth through innovation and discuss what’s in store for the future.

19 November 2020, Brussels Campus (Lecture Rooms 1 & 2)
Yossi Sheffi's "Balancing Green - When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To)" book review
By Prof Dr Behzad Samii

The demands and stresses on companies only grow as executives face a multitude of competing business goals. Their stakeholders are interested in corporate profits, jobs, business growth, and environmental sustainability. In this book, business strategy expert Yossi Sheffi offers a pragmatic take on how businesses of all sizes navigate these competing goals. Drawing on extensive interviews with more than 250 executives, Sheffi examines the challenges, solutions, and implications of balancing traditional business goals with sustainability.

Sheffi, author of the widely read The Resilient Enterprise, argues that business executives' personal opinions on environmental sustainability are irrelevant. The business merits of environmental sustainability are based on the fact that even the most ardent climate change sceptics in the C-suite face natural resource costs, public relations problems, regulatory burdens, and a green consumer segment. This book aims to help companies satisfy conflicting motivations for both economic growth and environmental sustainability.


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