Industry and commerce face significant disruption from digital technology as new business models replace traditional ways of product and service provision, impacting supply chains across different regulatory jurisdictions. If firms try to transform their business without changing their “business as usual” culture, processes, and capabilities, they will no longer be able to compete. It is necessary to rethink in depth business and organizational models. Understanding how requires many different tools, models and digital technologies such as data analytics and artificial intelligence.
In a context of not only digital disruption, but also increasing pressures for firms to behave ethically and responsibly, supply chain management (SCM) plays a pivotal role in the transition to digital and sustainable business models. When firms are only as sustainable as their supply chains, companies must diffuse sustainability in their supply networks. At the same time managers must be equipped to manage unprecedented supply chain risks and build resilience. Key challenges include navigating the energy transition, improving supply chain transparency and innovating within extended supply networks. We have a distinctive focus on sustainable procurement and innovation and our group is certified as an IPSERA Regional Competence Centre.
Our department addresses these multi-faceted challenges in research and teaching in the areas of digital technology and sustainable supply chains. We help students and companies understand the possibilities offered by these new technologies and their impact on companies’ strategies, processes and workforce. To meet today's challenges, we also explore the capacity of technologies to support sustainable initiatives, and the responsible management of these technologies.
Companies increasingly acknowledge that they can be as sustainable as their extended supply chains are. Yet, the toolkit for improving sustainability along the supply chain as well as transparency regarding supplier practices is still incipient. In addition, the challenges around decarbonization and energy transition are far from being adequately understood and mapped. This research axis advances knowledge on these fronts from multiple perspectives, while engaging with not only companies, but also non-profit organizations and multi-stakeholders.
We cover topics such as:
Today companies have to deal with a tremendous amount of data. Companies that used to manage only one type of technologies such as ERPs, have to deal with a combination of emerging digital technologies such as Blockchain or Artificial Intelligence. As these technologies continue to evolve, it is important to understand their contours, their capabilities, and the impact they have on business and society.
We cover several information technologies, including:
The aim of this axis is to explore digital transformation across business, organizations, and society. We critically analyze the intersection between traditional and emerging digital business models to understand the challenges facing policy-makers, managers, and citizens in adopting and using digital technology. Digital transformation examines the nexus of government, business, and technology to develop capabilities and skills for the 21st century.
We cover topics such as:
In a context of globalization and fragmentation, competition takes place between supply chains rather than between firms. This axis explores the evolution of procurement and supply chain management in an increasingly complex business environment. Research topics include digitalization, risk management, supply chain finance, and the contribution of procurement to innovation.
Dr. Olga Batrak studies Supply Chain Management and decision making in business with the use of digital technologies.
Dr. Emmanuelle Bernardin specializes in project management and focuses on the implementation of cyber resilience and the development of digital sobriety.
Dr Jean-Marc Charlot fields of interest are about cognitive applications and problem solving by computer, Maker Culture and pedagogical innovation. His teaching main activities are about programming and Data analysis for decision making.
Dr. François Constant specializes in Purchasing and supply management, with a particular focus on purchasing digitalization, purchasing’s contribution to innovation and responsible procurement.
Dr. Wendy Currie carries out research in digital transformation, regulation of digital technology, eHealth, eGovernment and comparative cross country analysis of ICT performance benchmarking.
Redouane El Amrani
Dr. Redouane El Amrani studies digital transformation and information systems integration in organizations. Other areas of interest include Digitalization and Usage of AI in Procurement.
Dr Rhona Johnsen specializes in the development of customer-supplier relationships. Her research centers on the management of power in ‘asymmetric’ relationships between larger customers and smaller suppliers.
Dr Thomas Johnsen specializes in sustainable procurement and supply management and the role of purchasing in the sourcing of innovation.
Dr. Valérie Lefièvre is specialized in Management of information systems. Her teaching areas are mathematical tools, data analysis, information systems and logistics.
Dr. Leonardo Marques studies supply network transparency and sustainability. His research applies a network lens to multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbon Disclosure Project, B Certification, and innovations in governance and collaboration (e.g., blockchain).
Dr. Osama Meqdadi specializes in sustainable supply networks. His research focuses on two main themes: sustainability diffusion beyond first tier suppliers and social procurement, supplier diversity & inclusion in supply networks.
Dr. Mark Samuel specializes in Digital Economy and Project Management Office (PMO) with a special focus on organizational transformations in the public sector.
Dr. Jon Seddon specializes in FinTech, evaluating how the cloud and big data shapes our day-to-day life. Other areas of interest include EU and US market regulation.
Dr. Konstantina Spanaki studies Digital Supply Chain, Data and Technology Management, Data Sharing and Disruptive Technologies. A special interest lies within the implication and applications of AI and Data Analytics in various industries and sectors.
Our faculty members teach undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses. We use a variety of pedagogical tools and maintain active links with national and international companies. We view education as central to our mission and believe in the reflective use of our research to develop innovative teaching practices that advance the learning of our students through constant updating of our curricula.
Our students will graduate with contemporary skills in procurement, global sourcing and supply chain strategies, green logistics, big data, digital transformation, negotiation and commercial law.
- Fundamental courses in Information Systems, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Project Management and Logistics (French & English))
- Major MDBIT (English)
- Major SCM (English)