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Operations Management

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Managing Technology Risks in R&D Project Management

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of parallelizing R&D activities and simultaneously pursuing alternative technologies, when investments have to be made at risk? (published in IIE Transactions, recipient of the ...more

Project Leader: Bert De Reyck

Achieving earlier and more accurate estimates for agile CMMI projects

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Agile development practices are increasingly being applied to large scale projects. How can we predict and forecast how long and how much a complex agile development will cost? (SEI SEPG 2008)

Project Leader:  Graham Collins

Coordination problems in Complex Product Development

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What is the role of product architecture and organizational communication in complex product development efforts? What is the impact of misalignment between complex product architecture and organizational structure on ...more

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Globally Distributed Product Design and Performance

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How to design a complex product globally? How to manage complex product architecture? What is the most efficient way of distributing complex subsystems across global design centres? How to achieve both NPD efficiency and high quality at the same time in ...more

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

New Technology and Service Development

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What is the effect of development of new technologies and services on current products in the telecommunications industry? How does the relationship between technology/service developers and client firms affect product and service performance? How does a ...more

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Outsourcing Decisions in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

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What are the key tradeoffs in outsourcing and contract-manufacturing decisions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms? Which operational and organisational capabilities affect....more

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Manufacturing decisions and the commercialization of disruptive technologies

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Manufacturing expertise is often in short supply in novel industries. What are the implications for business development? (Funded through TSB Regenerative Medicine program). 

Project Leader: Simcha Jong

General Management

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Richard’s work ‘Introduction to Management’ is now in its fourth edition; and a re-worked version is to be published in the Autumn of 2011 (published by Palgrave Macmillan). 

Project Leader: Richard Pettinger

Contemporary Strategic Management

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A crystallisation of much of the work carried out over the previous ten years, and a definition of one aspect of management in practice (published by Palgrave Macmillan).

Project Leader: Richard Pettinger

Measuring Time using Dynamic project control

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How can a project manager predict the final duration of a project in progress using performance information? A combination of baseline scheduling, schedule risk analysis and project ...more

Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

Crew Scheduling at Brussels Airlines

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An optimisation tool to support crew scheduling decisions for a Belgian Airline company (published in Interfaces and European Journal of Operational Research)

Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

Westerscheldetunnel

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What is the main objective during the construction of a project baseline schedule for the Westerscheldetunnel constructed at the Netherlands? Minimizing idle time of an expensive freezing machine! (published in Journal of Construction Engineering and Management)

Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

Impact of net present value optimisation at the Flemish water production company

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What is the impact of optimising the net present value of a capacity extension project at a Belgian water purification company? (published in the Management Science and Project Management Journal)

Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

Analyzing the organizational structure and rostering process in hospitals

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The efficient and effective management of nursing personnel is of critical importance in a hospital’s environment comprising a vast share of the hospital’s operational costs. The nurse...more
Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

Analysis of errors in management accounting systems

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A simulation model to analyse the impact of errors in cost accounting systems sheds light on the need for costing system refinement. The efforts of these refinements should be focused on such cases, where ...more

Project Leader: Mario Vanhoucke

General Management

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Richard’s work ‘Introduction to Management’ is now in its fourth edition; and a re-worked version is to be published in the Autumn of 2011 (published by Palgrave Macmillan).

Project Leader: Richard Pettinger

Contemporary Strategic Management

Contract Design  for R&D Licensing

A crystallisation of much of the work carried out over the previous ten years, and a definition of one aspect of management in practice (published by Palgrave Macmillan).

Project Leader: Richard Pettinger

Performance and performance management

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A crystallisation, analysis and evaluation of the strengths and shortcomings of how managers and organisations assess and evaluate their own performance for success and otherwise (published by Pearson)

Project Leader: Richard Pettinger

Structure of Urban Movements in Large Cities

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How people move around mega cities? What are the patterns of such complex systems as to guide planners for policy making and managers for business development? (published in PLoS ONE)

Project leader: Soong Moon Kang

Evolution of Large Technical Networks

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Is there a common pattern of growth in technical networks? This paper examines this important question to managers, engineers and policy makers by looking at the major subway network systems.

Project leader: Soong Moon Kang

Delay Announcements in Service Systems

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People often wait before being served, and their waiting times can be long. To alleviate the uncertainty typically associated with the waiting experience, service system managers often make announcements ...more

Project leader: Rouba Ibrahim

Forecasting Arrivals to Call Centers

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Call center managers need reliable ways of forecasting future arrivals (demand) to their systems. In a real-life call center, arrival streams to different call types (e.g., tech support or sales) may be dependent.  For example, a surge in arrivals for a particular queue ...more

Project leader: Rouba Ibrahim

Necessity of Others  – Mother of Invention

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It has long been considered as fact that creativity is most evident when people are self-motivated (intrinsically) in their work. Looking at data from two organizations and supported by a laboratory study, we found that intrinsic motivation was much more effective when linked with a focus on others...more

Project Leader: James Berry

Idea Flows – Mapping Innovation Identification

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Do the CEO and the hourly employee judge creativity the same way? If not, corporate innovation programs asking employees to be creative may be doomed to failure. This research attempts to map how employees evaluate potentially creative new ideas within existing companies....more

Project Leader: James Berry

Identifying Creativity at a Distance Contract Design for R&D Licensing

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Creativity is a balance of novelty and usefulness. Yet how we evaluate ideas changes depending on how near or far we feel from the particular context. When people are close to a problem both novelty and usefulness of the solution are relevant....more

Project Leader: James Berry

Maximizing Employee Creativity

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How can we encourage employees to maximize their effort and creativity in working on problems? Perspective-taking is one way to encourage employees to focus on end users in solving problems...more

Project Leader: James Berry