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  • Warandelaan 2, Koopmans Building, room K 646

    5037 AB Tilburg


1987 …2016
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Research interests

Hein Fleuren is specialized in applying Business Analytics and Operations Research in practice. Main focus of his activities is the application of combinatorial techniques and simulation. Hein is specialized in the analysis of complex supply chains with a lot of transportation and in time-definite networks. Results of his research have also been applied in the humanitarian aid field.


2013-now: Chief Optimization Officer and co-founder of BlueRock Logistics. BlueRock is specialized in simplifying supply chains with the aid of business analytics and operational software.

2005 - 2012:Director of my own consultancy company "OR Coach" which supported organizations in translating business questions to proper quantitative models and techniques.

2000 - present: Professor in applying Business Analytics and Operations Research, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (0.3FTE chair)

2000 -2005:Director CentER Applied Research and section manager of the Operations Research section at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.CentER Applied Research is the contract research institute of theEconomic Faculty of Tilburg University.

1995 - 1999:Partner and member of the management team of CQM, manager of the Optimisation group (10-15 consultants) 

1988 - 1994:Senior consultant Operations Research at the Centre forQuantitative Methods (CQM B.V.), Eindhoven, The Netherlands

1984 - 1988:Ph.D. Researcher at Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands

1983 - 1984:Combined Masters' thesis in Operations Research and Information Science at the Royal Dutch/Shell Laboratories Amsterdam


Focus of my courses:

  • create awareness for students in what needs to be done to make Business Analytics and Operations Research/quantitative methods work in practice
  • guide Bachelor & Master Thesis
  • guide Ph.D. students in practical environments

Current courses:

  • Two classes in Production Management
  • Two classes in Supply Chain Management Science
  • One class in Management Science
  • Once class in Modeling in Practice

PhD supervision

Supervisor of 4 finished Ph.D.'s

  • Ieke le Blanc on Closing Loops in Supply Chain Management: Designing Reverse Supply Chains for End-of-Life Vehicles (15th March 2006)
  • Maaike le Blanc - van Krieken on Solving Set Partitioning Problems using Lagrangian Relaxation (15th March 2006)
  • Johannes Blomeyer (Lufthansa) on air cargo revenue management (24th November 2006)
  • Frans Cruijssen on horizontal cooperation in Transport & Logistics (cum laude) (1st Dec 2006)

Supervisor of Ph.D. currently running:

  • Ineke Meuffels (ORTEC) on strategic time-definite network design
Supervisor of many Masters Theses

Current courses

Click here for my courses.

External positions

(Blue Rock Logistics)

1 Jan 2006 → …

(Florijn Beheer BV)

1 Dec 2005 → …


  • Simulation
  • Systeemontwerp
  • Operations Research
  • Optimisation
  • Transport

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Research Output 1987 2016

The Nutritious Supply Chain: Optimizing Humanitarian Food Aid

Peters, K., Fleuren, H., den Hertog, D., Kavelj, M., Silva, S., Goncalves, R., Ergun, O. & Soldner, M., 28 Nov 2016, Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 30 p. (CentER Discussion Paper; vol. 2016-044).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

Supply chains
Linear programming

Scheduling movements in the network of an express service provider

Louwerse, I., Mijnarends, J., Meuffels, W. J. M., Huisman, D. & Fleuren, H. A., Dec 2014, In : Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal. 26, 4, p. 565-584

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Service provider

Modeling the optimal hospital infrastructure by optimizing quality, accessibility and efficiency via a Mixed Integer Programming model

Ikkersheim, D. E., Tanke, M., van Schooten, G., de Bresser, N. & Fleuren, H. A., 2013, In : BMC Health Services Research. 13, 220

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

International Classification of Diseases
Delivery of Health Care

Supply chain-wide optimization at TNT Express

Fleuren, H. A., Goossens, C., Hendriks, M., Meuffels, W. J. M. & Poppelaars, J., 2013, In : Interfaces. 43, 1, p. 5-20

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Operations research
Global optimization
Supply chains
Decision making

Enriching the tactical network design of express service carriers with fleet scheduling characteristics

Cruijssen, F. C. A. M., van Dam, E. R., Fleuren, H. A. & Meuffels, W. J. M., 2010, In : Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal. 22, 1-2, p. 3-35

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Cost reduction
Network design

Projects 2001 2005

Set partitioning

van Krieken, M. G. C. & Fleuren, H.


Project: Research project