Centre for People in the Smart Digitised Supply Chain

Exploring the impact of digital transformation on people in the supply chain

In Industry 4.0, humans and machines are joining forces – and creating a world of opportunities

Industry 4.0 technologies are powering wide-scale business transformations that are changing the way people work and operate. Humans and machines are now joining forces and taking supply chain management to the next level.

The Centre for People in the Smart Digitised Supply Chain identifies opportunities in technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). And with our members, we explore the impact of digital transformation on people in the supply chain.


Join a powerful community

Become part of a knowledge-driven network that unites professionals from companies where the supply chain plays a critical role. They include key players in logistics, talent and people, systems, manufacturers and industry associations.

Join to become part of a community where partners and members share insights and experiences. You’ll take part in – and access – ground-breaking research. And you’ll participate in events and networking – and take your organisation to even greater heights.


Research to power your company

Our research offers robust insight to power your decision-making and success. We investigate subjects as wide ranging as trust between humans and machines, the role of virtual and augmented reality, the potential of autonomous teams, the impact of AI, the role of ecosystems and the skills future supply chain managers and planners will need. And because we incorporate data from your organisation in our research, the findings are relevant and actionable in your company.

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Network, explore, deepen your thinking

We’re your finger on the pulse for the latest supply chain trends and developments.

As a member, you’ll get access to quarterly, half-day workshops on our latest research topics. Highly interactive – and tailored to your needs as a partner or member – these workshops combine academic insights and practical experiences. In and out of workshops, you’ll benefit from networking extensively with professors, researchers, and other high-profile people from companies in the centre.

Recent research

White Paper: Digital Twins in the Supply Chain

Today, with the advancement and proliferation of digital technologies, digital twins are all the rage. What are they and how can they be used? These and other questions were answered in the webinar ‘Beyond the traditional supply chain: exploring the potential of digital twins’, organised by the Vlerick Centre for Smart People in the Smart Supply Chain.

White paper: Employee Engagement in a Digital Environment

A digital transformation has a profound impact on employees and their jobs. How do you ensure their engagement throughout the entire process?

White paper: Sustainability in the Digitised Supply Chain

Vlerick professors Xavier Baeten and Ann Vereecke, and representatives from H.Essers, ExxonMobil and Volvo talk about sustainability in the digitised supply chain.

White paper: Supply Chain Planning in the Digital Age

Digital technologies are reshaping factories and the supply chain. So where do people fit in? This white paper answers two questions… What will manufacturing planning systems look like in the future? And what will the planner of the future look like?

White paper: You Can't Lead a Digital Transformation Alone

The success of your digital transformation depends on the agility of your organisation. You need to constantly evaluate opportunities and take action, preferably faster than your competitors. This is where the leadership challenges lie. Together with his team, Professor Stijn Viaene has developed a leadership model and a game, the Digital Transformation Leaders Game.

Partners & members


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Expert faculty

Ann Vereecke

Ann Vereecke

Professor of Operations Management

Ann Vereecke advises on the supply chain that best fits your strategy and products.

Karlien Vanderheyden

Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Karlien Vanderheyden focuses on how individuals can impact an organisation’s people, processes and performance.


Join us

Industry 4.0 technologies have the potential to improve production and performance – and to make a difference to your customers and employees too. Become a member and you will discover the full potential of these technologies. You’ll take part in events, shape our research – and network actively with some of the industry’s most influential players.

When you’re ready, you can take your association with the centre even further and become a partner.

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