Robert Boute


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.


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