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Supply Chain Innovation (BFftF)

While working on a research project in the supply chain or logistics system of a real company, you will learn how new technologies (ICT, robots, autonomous systems) can make logistics and transport processes faster, more responsive, more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable. You will explore the importance of collaboration between companies and how technologies may change business models and disrupt the competitive position of companies in the chain. You develop new logistics concept and business cases for autonomous vehicles, internet of things or blockchain or explore innovations and strategies for zero-emission transport. You work in multidisciplinary teams: engineering, business and commercial economics, industrial engineering, and logistics. You will also develop skills like collaboration, research, identifying next steps for the project and change making.


Examples of topics:

  • Autonomous transport in port operations and public roads (full autonomous of remote driver)
  • Collaboration, data sharing and joint planning in supply chains and transport networks
  • Automation and robotization of logistics processes
  • Innovations for zero emission transport (barges, trucks and delivery vans)
  • Circular supply chains (design of return flows, inventory management, etc..)

Your role:

  • You contribute to sustainable and innovative supply chains in port and industrial logistics
  • You develop new or improve existing services and processes of (inter-)national and chains
  • You participate in co-creation and multidisciplinary collaboration within chains
  • You develop research skills in a practice-orientated research project

You learn more about advanced Supply Chain Management

More information:


Learning goals
1. You improve the challenge based on a professional and proactive attitude.
2. You view and understand the challenge from different perspectives.
3. You design, execute, monitor, interpret and/or validate the professional product systematically.
4. You propose a desirable follow-up and critically evaluate the professional product (result) and the associated development process.
5. You share and record the results in a structured manner and, based on your results, you potentially contribute to enriching existing knowledge.
6. Project related goal (specified by or with help of work field).
Becoming Fit for the Future

You will work on and gain experience in a real project. Stakeholders and experts from the work field are looking forward to collaborate with you and to find solutions to the challenges they currently encounter. Your contribution will be of direct use to them, and future minor participants will build on your work.

By working on these projects you will learn to develop a project plan and experience how to execute this with your team. You will also learn from other teams by assessing their plans and results. In other words, you will further develop your professional skills and research capacity. Coaches and researchers will train and support you to achieving these.


Technical domain
• Civil Engineering
• Chemistry
• Engineering
• Logistics Engineering
• Water Management
• Economics & Management domain
• Business & Management
• Communication
• Finance & Control
• Marketing & Economics
Entry requirements: you are in study year 3 or 4 and you have achieved your propedeuse


• ALICE (2018), Sustainable, Safe & Secure Supply Chain: Research and Innovation Roadmap
• ALICE (2018), Information Systems for Interconnected Logistics: Research & Innovation Roadmap
• ALICE (2018), Hubs, Corridors & Synchro-modality: Research & Innovation Roadmap


• semester 1: 24 August 2020 until 29 January 2021
• semester 2: yet to be defined

Intensity: full-time
Level: HBO bachelor level II, and partially level III
Credits: 30 ECTS

Contact moments, work forms
Contact moments in general: kick-off (week 1), four workshops about research, workshops about relevant and specific topics (optional), poster presentation (end of the minor), final assessment (last week(s))

Contact moments specific for Supply Chain Innovation: Wednesdays, Thursdays.

Work forms: (guest) lectures, excursions, group discussions, expert consultation, workshops. You work with your group at HZ or at the location of a project sponsor on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.  Participation in all group activities is mandatory. It is not allowed to schedule job obligations during office hours! Friday is reserved to work on individual assignments.


Type: individual, oral Final Assessment about the participant's digital portfolio
Content: Portfolio consisting of evidence for the six learning goals (Professional Products and a Progress & Reflections report)
Minimum grade: 5.5 out of 10 points
Planning: semester 1: 18 until 29 January 2021 |  semester 2: yet to be defined. Inspection: same date as Final Assessment. Re-exam: 2 weeks after Final Assessment.
More information: Final Assessment

Aanvullende informatie

Language English. Depending on the project Dutch is possible as well.

HZ (Vlissingen/Middelburg) and / or at location in the work field, depending on the project.

Becoming Fit for the Future.