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Supply Chain Innovation (BFftF)

Continuous change in customer preferences, emerging technologies and changing products and services require companies to continuously assess the effectiveness of their supply chain and to redesign them to fit the changing demands. The supply chains of today need to become even more responsive (delivery within 2 hours!), circular and climate-neutral to be fit for the future. New developments, such as e-commerce, block chain, autonomous and electric vehicles, internet-of-things create new opportunities for more complex and responsive logistics chains. Companies in Zeeland have some specific additional challenges: they need to increase the level of automation and robotization of their processes because labour is becoming scarce in Zeeland. This also requires the creation of high-level jobs to design and operate complex logistics systems. In summary: companies must translate the opportunities and threats of new technologies and developments into their own supply chains and processes.

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. In this research minor, we investigate a number of specific challenges and innovations that companies are running into and analyse how issues arising from these challenges can be resolved to create or restore competitive and efficient supply chains.

The topics of the professorship Supply Chain Innovation focus on the combination of water & energy by studying the logistics operations of Off Shore Windfarms, and the combination of water & vitality by exploring the opportunities to develop sustainable supply chains to, from and through Zeeland.
Topics and projects

• Use cases and business cases for connected and automated transport
• Automation and robotization of processes of logistics service providers
• Use cases and business cases for zero emission transport (barges, trucks and delivery vans)
• Use of new technologies (Internet of Things, Blockchain, Machine Learning) to optimize supply chains.
• Role of logistics in circular supply chains (design of return flows, inventory management, etc..)

You contribute to:
• Sustainable and innovative supply chains in port and industrial logistics
• Updating and improvement of services and processes of (inter-)national and chains
• Co-creation and multidisciplinary collaboration within chains
• Develop skills like change making and research capacity in a practically-orientated research project
• Learn more about Supply Chain Management


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).
Become Fit for Your 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.

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.


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


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: calendar week 4 of 2020  |  semester 2: calendar weeks 25 and 26 of 2020. Inspection: same date as Final Assessment. Re-exam: 2 weeks after Final Assessment.
More information: Final Assessment


• 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: 26 August 2019 until 24 January 2020
• semester 2: 27 January 2020 until 26 June 202

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.