Production, Maintenance, Materials Coordination & Transportation

The Production, Maintenance, Materials Coordination & Transportation (PMMT) programme focusses on quantitative model-based research on operational processes. The quantitative models developed support the design, planning, and control of these operational processes. Though stylised models are developed to gain qualitative insights into phenomena such as incentive alignment, flexibility, and efficiency, the focus is on empirically-based quantitative models that represent the structural complexity of real-life operational processes.

The analysis of such models enables the parameterisation of operational control concepts, as well as detailed insights in real-life trade-offs. Contrary to stylised models, the empirically-based models allow for empirical validation. In that sense, this research programme reflects the engineering and social sciences more than economics and mathematics.