Digital finance: the use of AI in sustainable supplier selection

Bjarne Brié

What was my dream when I was little?

I think it is fair to say that my dreams have changed a lot. When I was really young, I dreamt of becoming a car mechanic. When it turned out I was not the handy man I thought I was, it changed to becoming an architect or an engineer. So, it appears that I have always been interested in technology, which eventually led to my start as a doctoral researcher in artificial intelligence.

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

When I am not working on my PhD, you might find me on a football field. I have always been passionate about football, and I do not intend to stop playing soon. If not on the pitch, you can always find me in the stands! I also like to hang out with friends and simply socialize, the chances of catching me at home in my spare time are limited !

What is my PhD about?

My PhD investigates the use of AI in sustainable supplier selection. The focus will be on deriving a predictive model based on currently existing best practices in traditional supplier selection, complemented with important sustainability parameters. These parameters could be firm specific, but should also consider the network around the potential supplier.

Why is this important for practice?

We are currently operating in an environment with high sensitivity towards environmental protection and social responsibility. Having supplier relations that are not only cost-effective, but are also in line with the organisations’ sustainability goals therefore becomes increasingly important. Embracing AI technology in decision making is also key in the era of digital transformation.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

I would love to be remembered for my enthusiasm and optimism. Of course, I hope to have contributed meaningfully with my research to both the academic and business world.

How do I see my future?

I am not sure yet where I’ll end up after the PhD journey. I am sure though that the opportunity of doing a PhD at Vlerick will open many doors, both in an academic and business environment.

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