Centre for People in the Smart Digitised Supply Chain

Exploring the impact of digital transformation on people in the supply chain

In Industry 4.0, humans and machines are joining forces – and creating a world of opportunities

Industry 4.0 technologies are powering wide-scale business transformations that are changing the way people work and operate. Humans and machines are now joining forces and taking supply chain management to the next level.

The Centre for People in the Smart Digitised Supply Chain identifies opportunities in technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). And with our members, we explore the impact of digital transformation on people in the supply chain.


Join a powerful community

Become part of a knowledge-driven network that unites professionals from companies where the supply chain plays a critical role. They include key players in logistics, talent and people, systems, manufacturers and industry associations.

Join to become part of a community where partners and members share insights and experiences. You’ll take part in – and access – ground-breaking research. And you’ll participate in events and networking – and take your organisation to even greater heights.


Research to power your company

Our research offers robust insight to power your decision-making and success. We investigate subjects as wide ranging as trust between humans and machines, the role of virtual and augmented reality, the potential of autonomous teams, the impact of AI, the role of ecosystems and the skills future supply chain managers and planners will need. And because we incorporate data from your organisation in our research, the findings are relevant and actionable in your company.

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Network, explore, deepen your thinking

We’re your finger on the pulse for the latest supply chain trends and developments.

As a member, you’ll get access to quarterly, half-day workshops on our latest research topics. Highly interactive – and tailored to your needs as a partner or member – these workshops combine academic insights and practical experiences. In and out of workshops, you’ll benefit from networking extensively with professors, researchers, and other high-profile people from companies in the centre.

Recent research

The Digital Leadership Game

If you want to push your own boundaries – or help your teams to think differently about supply chain management – this game is for you. Developed by Professor Stijn Viaene and our partners bluecrux, Lineas and OMP, the game identifies leadership activities and competencies. Play to discover how to cooperate, build on each other’s strengths – and overcome the first hurdles of managing fast-paced supply chains. Play the game online or in person.

White paper: Running your company the smart way

This white paper sets out how Industry 4.0 will change the way you do business. Read it to get ahead of the game and prepare for the fourth industrial revolution.

White paper: Supply Chain Planning in the Digital Age

Digital technologies are reshaping factories and the supply chain. So where do people fit in? This white paper answers two questions… What will manufacturing planning systems look like in the future? And what will the planner of the future look like?

Partners & members


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Expert faculty

Ann Vereecke

Ann Vereecke

Professor of Operations Management

Ann Vereecke advises on the supply chain that best fits your strategy and products.

Karlien Vanderheyden

Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Karlien Vanderheyden focuses on how individuals can impact an organisation’s people, processes and performance.


Join us

Industry 4.0 technologies have the potential to improve production and performance – and to make a difference to your customers and employees too. Become a member and you will discover the full potential of these technologies. You’ll take part in events, shape our research – and network actively with some of the industry’s most influential players.

When you’re ready, you can take your association with the centre even further and become a partner.

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