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Supply Chain Innovation - Research & Innovation (15EC)

Current social developments and changes are raising new questions and problems that are mostly of a very complex nature. Investigative skills and social responsibility are expected of an HBO (higher professional qualification) professional. In order to gain an understanding of and feel for these, you assume the role of a researcher in this advanced minor at HZ University. You learn how to perform practically-orientated research. You do this partly by following the instruction but above all by carrying out your own research for an organisation. This research is offered to you by one of HZ’s research groups. In addition, every HBO student is expected to be able to tackle these questions and problems in a more and more integrated fashion and in an increasingly multidisciplinary manner. You then go more and more beyond the bounds of your profession and you deal more and more with areas in which others are specialists. So the employment market demands not just specialists but also generalists with a critical eye and a proactive approach. Your research may be part of complex, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary research taking several years. So it may be that you carry out research together with students of other disciplines. In your research you will be supported by an experienced researcher and a process-supporting lecturer. Supply Chain Innovation Innovation within the Logistics Sector relates to a great extent to the updating and improvement of services and processes. The logistics chain used to be linear. Today there are more and more circular alliances being formed in which management is also about value creation. Co-creation and multidisciplinary collaboration play a crucial role within logistics chains. Our knowledge of logistics, innovative transportation concepts and chain management contribute to the success of Dutch companies and to foreign companies wishing to set up in our country. This makes knowledge of logistics into a valuable export product. This provides (often high-level) jobs, including in Zeeland. So it is important to continue to set the pace in the field of logistics. The Supply Chain Innovation research group carries out practically-orientated research into sustainable and innovative supply chains in port and industrial logistics and the flows derived from them with the aim of maintaining or improving the position of national and international chains.

This minor is offered by various Bachelor’s programmes and has both a 15 EC and a 30 EC variant. State which variant you wish to pursue and with which Bachelor’s programme. You can choose from HBO ICT, Architecture, Chemistry, Engineering and Logistics Management. This minor (both the 15 EC and 30 EC variants) always starts at the beginning of the spring semester (about 1 February). Responses from former students


In this minor you learn how to set up, carry out and defend practically-orientated research. See also the brief description of the content above.

Aanvullende informatie

Conditions for annotating the degree:

Internally (to HZ), no conditions apply other than that the minor must be successfully completed. Externally, other conditions might apply. (Ask your own institution about this).


For participation in this minor, the conditions set down in the implementation regulations of the Bachelor’s programme that offers the minor apply. You will find the implementation regulations on


1. Development into a professional

Exam may vary by bachelor's programme

Weighing factor: 25%

Min. grade: 5,5

2. Research products

Research proposal, reseach repost and defence

Weighing factor: 75%

Min. grade: 5,5



Two or three days per week. The length and nature of these vary.