Robert Boute

Visiting Professor

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Robert Boute is Professor Operations Management at Vlerick Business School. He teaches operations and supply chain management in the degree programs at Vlerick (both full time and executive MBA). Furthermore he teaches in executive education and customised programmes. He is the Academic Director of the Full Time MBA programme at Vlerick.

Robert received his PhD from KULeuven, Belgium and was visiting professor at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago (Northwestern University). He is active as Board Member of PICS Belgium (the Production Inventory and Control Society).

Robert’s research focuses on supply chain dynamics (the bullwhip effect), inventory management and production smoothing models. In 2008 he received the best paper award in production planning & control for his paper on a win-win solution for the bullwhip problem.

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BA, Commercial Engineering, KU Leuven
MSc, Commercial Engineering, KU Leuven
PhD, Applied Economics, KU Leuven

Academic Positions
Professor, Operations Management, Vlerick Business School, 2017-present
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Economics, Research Center for Operations Mgt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2012-present
Associate Professor, Operations & Technology Management Center, Vlerick Business School, 2011-present
Assistant Professor, Operations & Technology Management Center, Vlerick Business School, 2006-2011
Visiting Assistant Professor, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2010-2010
Visiting Research Fellow, Logistics System Dynamics Group, Cardiff Business School, 2005-2005

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Van den Broeke, Maud, Robert Boute and Jan A. Van Mieghem. Forthcoming. Platform Flexibility Strategies: Investment versus Customization Tradeoff. European Journal of Operations Research.
Van Mieghem, Jan A. and Robert Boute. 2015. Global Dual Sourcing and Order Smoothing: The Impact of Capacity and Leadtimes. Management Science. 61(9): 2080-2099.
Working Papers
Boute, Robert, Stephen M Disney and Jan A. Van Mieghem. 2018. Dual sourcing and Smoothing under non-stationary demand time series: Re-shoring with SpeedFactories.

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