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PhD projects

VIA AUGUSTA: PhD project on IT governance in a System-of-Systems approach


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on the effective governance of inter-organisational relationships in supply chains, with a specific focus on the functions of contracts and their interplay with relational governance mechanisms. More specifically, I am interested in how complex, business-critical services are contracted for and managed within exchange relationships, and to what effects. Of particularly interest is the impact of contemporary transitions in business and society, such as digital transformation and circularity, on effective inter-organisational governance.


NEVI Professor Purchasing & Supply Chain Management (since April 1, 2020)

Associate Professor Purchasing & Supply Management (since 2018)

Tenured Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University (2016-2018)

Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University (2012-2016)

Assistant Professor Purchasing and Supply Management at Eindhoven University of Technology (2007-2012)

PhD Candidate at RSM Erasmus University (2003-2007)

Research assistant at Eindhoven University of Techology (2003)

Current courses

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PhD supervision

Aben, T.A.E., Legal & Organizational Network & Governance Aspects of Data-Driven Innovations in Infrastructure Management.Doctoral research at Tilburg University, department of Management; promotors: H.A. Akkermans and S.A.C.M. Lavrijssen; co-promotor: W. van der Valk. Graduation planned for 2022.

Prato, L., Disruption Effects of Connected Manufacturing in Performance-Based Contracting. Doctoral research at RSM Erasmus University, department of Technology and Operations Management; promotors: J.Y.F. Wynstra and W. van der Valk. Graduation planned for 2021.

Fang, F. (2019).Using Performance-Based Contracts to Contract Unknown Performance. CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University; promotors: G.C.J.M. Vos and H.A. Akkermans; co-promotor: W. van der Valk. .

Koster, M. (2014). Essays on Sustainable Supply Management. CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Member of PhD thesis committee.

Sumo, R.A.F. (2014). Fostering Innovation through Contracting in Inter-Organizational Relationships.Doctoral dissertation, Eindhoven University of Technology, department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences; promotors: A.J. van Weele and G.M. Duijsters; co-promotor: W. van der Valk.


External positions

Executive Teaching; Purchasing Module TIAS-MOS (TIAS)

2 Jun 20224 Jun 2022

Half a day executive teaching Nevi PEP (Nevi)

28 Oct 2021


  • Purchasing And Supply Management
  • Contractual Governance
  • No Cure No Pay
  • Relational Governance
  • Business Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainability


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