May 102016
Industry 4.0: about making stuff and being sexy

Ph.D. Desirée Knoppen: “Manufacturing is not anymore based on mass production paradigms, but rather on customer and environment centred perspectives” The fourth industrial revolution is taking place at a vertiginous speed. The new buzzwords are digitization, interconnectivity, artificial intelligence, data life cycles, 3D-printing, and the Internet of things. Beyond buzzwords, this is all about blurring […]

Ene 142016
How to implement sustainability measures in supply chain?

Ph.D. Desirée Knoppen: “Supply chain professionals are able to see the whole ecology of a firm´s business” Overwhelming scientific evidence has been ignored or simply put aside. As a consequence, the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris does not aim anymore to stop global warming (as was the aim of the Kyoto protocol) but rather […]

Oct 202014
<!--:en-->Sales & Operations Planning: the experience of Almirall<!--:-->

Desirée Knoppen Operations Management and Information Systems Department Once you have had the great idea and elaborated a novel product, it´s all about coordination. Companies today have established broader business processes with a transversal focus, such as product development, sales generation, and sales satisfaction. The key question that remains is, how to integrate these processes? […]

Sep 092013
<!--:en-->Purchasing: bridging the gap between strategic intentions and tactical realities<!--:-->

Desirée Knoppen Operations Management and Information Systems Department Companies increasingly depend upon resources from outside the firm. Successful companies view purchasing as a strategic function that buys these external resources and manages the associated supplier relationships with a pro-active and long-term perspective. In that sense, purchasing has evolved from a clerical function to an increasingly […]

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