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Business Research Projects
  • Fluvius research chair in resilient supply chains (2010-2020). Research carried out by the vlerick business school centre of excellence in supply chain management

    Samii, Behzad; Ümit, Hakan; Meyers, Kris; Li, Lingxin; Varganova, Olga; Andersen, Stephen (2020)
    Our mission is the use of rigorous supply chain management research methods and smart meter data analytics to efficiently manage energy supply and proactively shape energy demand for a resilient energy supply chain. Our core research tracks included: * Impact of smart meters on the Eandis & Fluvius business model * Supply Chain Management approach to provision of smart gas and electricity meters * Design For Supply Chain in product development and employee training programs * Design For Supply Chain in the smart meter project * Creating value through new flow control mechanisms and data availability
  • Managing physical assets: A systematic review and a sustainable perspective

    Sandu, Georgiana; Varganova, Olga; Samii, Behzad (International Journal of Production Research, 2022)
    Contemporary organisations recognise the need for Anthropocene disruptions and transform their business models, restructure their operations, and re-engineer their supply chains to attain greater sustainable objectives and a strong ESG (environmental-social-governance) proposition. Indeed, physical asset management shifted from the negative image associated with asset failure, expensive maintenance, and decommissioning to an enabler of sustainability that allows us to create and capture value from extended lifetime, renewed functions, and increased awareness. In this direction, this study follows a systematic reviewing process enabled by text analytics methods to identify the means and approaches to build a sustainable perspective for physical asset management. Our key contributions and insights are supported by statistics and key features extracted from over 2800 journal articles. We particularly emphasise the research footprint, the evolution, and research trends of the two most asset-intensive sectors (i.e. construction and energy) represented as barri ers and enablers of sustainable development. Lacking a unified perspective of the field, this study proposes a conceptual framework that adopts an asset-within-a-system perspective, recognises the links between the stakeholders and holistically integrates the extracted research trends. The knowledge provided here positions physical asset management as a key resource in achieving competitive the advantage in the framework of sustainable development
  • Buyers' perspectives on improving performance and curtailing supplier opportunism in supplier development: A social exchange theory approach

    Tran, Phuong; Gorton, Matthew; Lemke, Fred (Industrial Marketing Management, 2022)
    Supplier development initiatives, instituted by buyers, may have both positive (performance improvement) and negative (supplier opportunism) outcomes. Consequently, it is important to understand the factors that increase the likelihood of positive outcomes and decrease supplier opportunism. Drawing on Social Exchange Theory, we introduce and validate a model whereby socially embedded commitments mediate the effects of investment in suppliers on supply chain outcomes. Structural Equation Modelling, utilizing a sample of 204 buyers in the fruit and vegetable supply chain in Vietnam, indicates that supplier development not only improves buyer performance, but also simultaneously increases supplier opportunism. However, the degree to which supplier development initiatives lead to positive or negative consequences depends on goal congruence and long-term orientation. The design of supplier development initiatives should, thus, be geared to fostering suppliers' long-term orientation and goal congruence between parties.
  • Imitation behavior of junior auditors: Does it enhance or hamper audit quality?

    Cardinaels, Eddy; Stouthuysen, Kristof; Reusen, Evelien; Darmawan, Viola (2022)
    Audit standard setters and regulators highlight the importance of providing appropriate on-the-job training and coaching for junior auditors by more senior auditors (e.g., IAASB 2014). Senior auditors play an important role in knowledge transfers towards junior auditors (e.g., Andioli et al. 2019; Bol et al. 2018; Cannon 2016; DeFond and Zhang 2014; Emby et al. 2019; Francis 2011; Howieson et al. 2014; Westermann et al. 2015).
  • The role of social factors in purchase journey in the social commerce era

    Shirazi, Farid; Hajli, Nick; Sims, Julian; Lemke, Fred (Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2022)
    This research examines the influence of information sharing amongst consumers on e-commerce platforms. On this basis, we develop a model for predicting consumers' purchase decisions on social commerce platforms. We use PLS-SEM to analyse online and paper surveys from 310 consumers. The findings suggest that social commerce information sharing increases consumer perceptions of familiarity, perceived ease of use, and perceived usefulness of social commerce platforms. Consumer learning and training of social commerce systems also increased their stated intention to purchase using the platform. We theorise the rise of the hyper-informed consumer that conducts pre-purchase product and shopping platform research to improve purchasing outcomes and as a form of socialising. The authors explain the theoretical contributions and practical implications at the end of the paper.

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