Prof. Dr. Jan Fransoo

Professor of Operations Management and Logistics

Dean of Research

Dr. Jan C. Fransoo is Professor of Operations Management & Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University. He also serves as the University’s Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board. He joined KLU in 2018 following a tenure of 22 years at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he still holds an honorary visiting professorship in its School of Industrial Engineering. Fransoo holds a Master of Science (ir.) degree in Industrial Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (dr.) degree in Operations Management and Logistics, both from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Professor Fransoo’s research studies operations, logistics, and supply chain management decision making in the retail, chemical, food, pharmaceutical and transport industries. His current research focuses in particular on retail distribution and channel management in developing markets, on intermodal container transport, and on sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains. His recent books include Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities and Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy.

Fransoo has published over 130 academic journal articles and book chapters in journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Operations Research, Transportation Science, and European Journal of Operational Research. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Production and Operations Management and Operations Research, and on the Editorial Board of seven other academic journals.

During his tenure at Eindhoven, Fransoo was Founding Program Director of the MSc program in Operations Management & Logistics, and subsequently served as Dean of the University’s Graduate School and Director of the 4TU Institute of Technological Design. Fransoo co-founded Dinalog (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics), a Netherlands center of excellence in the area of supply chain management, and served as the academic member in the Strategic Platform for Logistics, setting the national research and innovation agenda in logistics, mandated by the Dutch government. As part from his academic activities, he has conducted dozens of projects with industry, mainly through and with his PhD, PDEng and MSc students, and has consulted with the World Bank and various national governments in developed and developing countries. Fransoo held visiting appointments at various universities, including Clemson University, Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is a regular visitor to Tsinghua University (China), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and the Tec de Monterrey (Mexico).

More details, including a full publication list and his blogposts, can be found on https://www.janfransoo.com/.

 

Contact

Tel: +49 40 328707-223
Fax: +49 40 328707-109
jan.fransoo@the-klu.org

Networks

Selected Publications

Academic Positions

2018 - Current

Professor for Operations Management and Logistics, Kuehne Logistics University, Germany

2018 - Current

Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board, Kuehne Logistics University, Germany

2018 - Current

Full Professor (Honorary/Visiting), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, School of Industrial Engineering, Group of Operations Planning, Accounting, and Control

2003 – 2017

Full Professor, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, School of Industrial Engineering (prior name: Department of Technology Management), Group of Operations Planning, Accounting, and Control, chair “Operations Planning and Control”. Member of the BETA Research School for Operations Management and Logistics

2014 – 2017

Dean, Graduate School, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

2014

Director, Stan Ackermans Institute (SAI), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

2005

Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University

2014 – 2017 Director, 4TU-SAI, Federation of Technical Universities in the Netherlands (4TU)
2006 – 2013 Program Director, (2-year) MSc program in Operations Management & Logistics
2012 Interim chairman, unit (Capaciteitsgroep) Operations Planning, Accounting and Control
2011Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Engineering Systems Division
2006 Interim Program Director, MSc program in Innovation Management
2003 – 2006 Program Director, Industrial Engineering Programs, Department of Technology Management, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
2000 – 2003 Associate Professor, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Department of Technology Management, Subdepartment of Operations Planning and Control, chair “Production Control in Process Industries”
2003 Visiting Scholar, The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles (U.S.A.)
1996 – 1999 Assistant Professor, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Department of Technology Management, Subdepartment of Operations Planning and Control
1993 – 1996 Research Fellow, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences; as such employed at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
1995 – 1996 Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Stanford University (U.S.A.), Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
1989 – 1993 Research Assistant (PhD Candidate), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
1991 Visiting Researcher / Lecturer, Clemson University (U.S.A.), Department of Management
1989 - 1993 Doctorate (PhD) / Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
1984 - 1989 MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management Science / Technische Universiteit Eindhoven