Vlerick Expertise in Operations & Supply Chain Management

 

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  1. The data-driven project manager

    Data-driven project management in clear language

    Professor Mario Vanhoucke has eight academic books to his name. But his latest title, The Data-Driven Project Manager, is written in the form of a story. It follows Emily Reed – a young project manager who uses data to make decisions. The characters and dialogues are all based on real people and Mario’s years of professional experience.

  2. Condition-based maintenance

    Smarter maintenance means cheaper maintenance

    Thanks to the fourth industrial revolution, we’re increasingly able to connect machines with each other and with the internet. This gives us remote access to data about a machine’s condition – but how can we use this data to plan maintenance and reduce costs? Professor Robert Boute joined forces with several colleagues to develop algorithms designed to help.

  3. Petrochemical sector

    Digitising the petrochemical supply chain

    “Digitisation has already disrupted several industries. We wanted to assess its impact, analysing not only its challenges, but also its opportunities, to understand how digitisation can add value to the petrochemical supply chain,” recalls Caroline Ciuciu, CEO of EPCA, the European Petrochemical Association. Professor Ann Vereecke and her team, in close collaboration with EPCA, set out to find answers.

  4. Eandis Chair team

    “Smart meters accelerating change”

    With the smart metering proof of concept and pilot phases completed, Eandis can take pride in the upcoming roll-out of an ambitious project that started way back in 2007. Heads-up with Jean-Pierre Hollevoet from Eandis, Professor Behzad Samii and researcher Olga Varganova.

  5. Biscuits suppliers and retailers are setting up a collaboration for sustainable logistics

    The biscuits and pastries we buy have often had a complex, expensive and non-environmentally friendly journey from supplier to store. So four major Belgian biscuit suppliers have decided to consolidate their deliveries. This means there will be fewer trucks on the road – and the space in these trucks will be used more efficiently. This is a pilot project from NexTrust as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Project.

  6. Stock forecasting

    Oops, sold out…

    “Buy two, get one free, says your supermarket’s promotional folder. Great news! There’s a promotion on your favourite wine and it starts tomorrow. The following day you head straight for the shop in your lunch break, only to find that the shelves are already empty. Oh well, they must have miscalculated the stock. I bet that feels familiar”, says Shari De Baets with a grin. She is a doctoral research associate who recently obtained her PhD based on research that could help prevent such situations.

  7. Collaborative shipping: cheaper and better for the environment

    ‘We can’t wait any longer’, says Professor Robert Boute. ‘Companies are under pressure to deliver our orders faster than ever before. It’s not hard to guess the consequences: trucks full of air rather than goods. Various studies have shown that one in four trucks are driving around empty, and those that are not empty are only filled by 57%. Things can and should be better. We have developed a tool that will help companies substantially raise the efficiency of their shipping operations.’

  8. Case study

    Physical asset management certification at Eandis

    This teaching case can be used in a course of operations management, technology management, or supply chain management. It illustrates the challenges in physical asset management certification of ISO 55000.

  9. The dos and don’ts of imitation

    There is no doubt that imitation is a typically human trait. From birth onwards, we learn by imitating. Imitation is also a key learning and decision-making mechanism in the world of business. There are a number of studies on imitation in business decisions with regard to investments, organisational structures or the location of branches, for example. However, the role of imitation in the choice of management control systems and supply chain partners has not yet been researched. Evelien Reusen’s PhD serves to remedy this.

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