• Manufacturer‐supplier relationships: An empirical study of German manufacturing companies

      Goffin, Keith; Lemke, Fred; Goffin, Keith (Emerald, 2005)
      Effective management of suppliers is one of the ways manufacturing companies can improve their performance. Typically, it has been argued in the literature that close relationships with suppliers should be developed, in contrast to the traditional price‐driven transactional relationships. However, there has been relatively little empirical research on how supplier management is applied. This paper presents research probing how manufacturers manage their suppliers and takes a sample from Germany – which has a large manufacturing sector. In‐depth interviews with purchasing managers were used to understand whether relationships with suppliers were being utilised.
    • MAO meets the market: reconciling ideology and pragmatism in China

      Yang, Song; Stening, Bruce (2013)
      This study sought to examine the relative impact of several competing sources of values and ideologies—Chinese Traditional Values, Capitalist Values, Socialist Ideology and Deng Xiaoping’s Philosophy—on Chinese businesspersons. In contrast to previous research that has focused almost exclusively on cultural influences, this research was aimed at also understanding political influences. Questionnaire data from 487 respondents drawn from two cities and three industrial sectors was analyzed by means of structural equation modeling. Positive and significant relationships were revealed between Socialist Ideology and both Chinese Traditional Values and Deng’s Philosophy. While a negative and significant relationship was shown between Socialist Ideology and Capitalist Values, Capitalist Values were positively and significantly related to Deng’s Philosophy. Chinese businesspersons live with some apparent contradictions between espoused values and the realities of economic life. The paper explores how they are reconciled and examines their implications for various stakeholders.
    • Mapping the topic landscape of JPIM, 1984–2013: In search of hidden structures and development trajectories

      Antons, David; Kleer, Robin; Salge, Torsten Oliver (Wiley, 2016)
      During the three decades since its inception in 1984, the JPIM has shaped the evolution of innovation research as a scientific field. It helped create a topic landscape that is not only more diverse and rich in insights, but also more complex and fragmented in structure than ever before. We seek to map this landscape and identify salient development trajectories over time. In contrast to prior citation-based studies covering the first two decades of JPIM research, we benefit from recent advances in natural language processing and rely on a topic modeling algorithm to extract 57 distinct topics and the corresponding most common words, terms, and phrases from the entire full-text corpus of 1008 JPIM articles published between 1984 and 2013. Estimating the development trajectory of each topic based on yearly publication counts in JPIM allows us to identify “hot,” “cold,” “revival,” “evergreen,” and “wall-flower” topics. We map these topics onto the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) Body of Knowledge categories and discover that these categories differ significantly not only in terms of their internal topic diversity and relative prevalence, but also—and arguably more importantly—in terms of their publication and citation trajectories over time. For instance, the PDMA category “Codevelopment and Alliances” exhibits only moderate topic diversity (7 out of 57 topics) and prevalence in JPIM (161 out of 1008 articles). That said, it is among the most dynamic categories featuring two evergreen topic (“Users and Innovation” and “Tools and Systems for Technology Transfer”) and three hot topics (“Open Innovation,” “Alliances and Cooperation,” and “Networks and Network Structure”) as well as a sharply growing annual number of citations received. Our findings are likely to be of interest to all those who are keen to (re)discover JPIM's topic landscape in search of hidden structures and development trajectories.
    • Markante trends in de begroting van de Europese Unie

      Butzen, P.; De Prest, E.; Geeroms, Hans (2006)
    • Market coupling and the importance of price coordination between power exchanges

      Meeus, Leonardo; Vandezande, Leen; Cole, S.; Belmans, Ronnie (2009)
    • Market liquidity as dynamic factors

      Hallin, Marc; Mathias, Charles; Pirotte, Hugues; Veredas, David (2011)
    • Matrix-analytic methods in supply chain management: recent developments

      Boute, Robert; Colen, Pieter; Creemers, Stefan; Noblesse, Ann; Van Houdt, Benny (2012)
    • Maximising the weighted number of activity execution modes in project planning

      Burgelman, Jeroen; Vanhoucke, Mario (Elsevier, 2018)
      In multimode resource-constrained project scheduling, activity modes are selected and activity start times are determined to minimise the project makespan subject to resource constraints. When disruptions occur during project execution delays to project activities may ensue. Therefore, the a priori selected modes restrict the options to adapt the project schedule given the deadline. During the project scheduling phase, information on the best execution mode to include in the baseline schedule for each activity is usually not available. Scheduling these projects requires decisions on the modes to incorporate in the solution to maximise the flexibility during project execution and to postpone the decision on how to implement the activity until more information is available. In this paper, we study a project scheduling problem with multiple execution alternatives. Our objective is to maximise the weighted number of alternative activity execution modes in the project solution under three different assumptions. The research is motivated by real-life project scheduling applications, where the activities to be planned are known in advance, but the execution of these activities is subject to uncertainty. We present a problem description and three mathematical formulations. Additionally, computational results on the efficiency of the formulations and the increased flexibility are reported.
    • Measuring schedule adherence

      Vanhoucke, Mario (2013)
    • Measuring the costs and coverage of SME and entrepreneurship policy: A pioneering study

      Anders, L.; Vikström, P.; Fink, M.; Meuleman, Miguel; Glodek, P.; Storey, D.; Kroksgard, A. (2014)
      Since customer relationship management (CRM) plays an increasingly important role in a company’s marketing strategy, the database of the company can be considered as a valuable asset to compete with others. Consequently, companies constantly try to augment their database through data collection themselves, as well as through the acquisition of commercially available external data. Until now, little research has been done on the usefulness of these commercially available external databases for CRM. This study will present a methodology for such external data vendors based on random forests predictive modeling techniques to create commercial variables that solve the shortcomings of a classic transactional database. Eventually, we predicted spending pleasure variables, a composite measure of purchasing behavior and attitude, in 26 product categories for more than 3 million respondents. Enhancing a company’s transactional database with these variables can significantly improve the predictive performance of existing CRM models. This has been demonstrated in a case study with a magazine publisher for which prospects needed to be identified for new customer acquisition.
    • Measuring the quality of corporate governance: in search of a tailormade approach?

      Van den Berghe, Lutgart; Levrau, Abigail (2003)
      Can corporate governance be measured? Existing rating methods are reviewed and a new approach is proposed.