J.C. (Jan) Fransoo - Expertise

Fransoo, J.C.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Chair :
Operations, Planning and Control
Department :
Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
Section :
Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control
Positioncategory :
Professor (HGL)
Position :
Full Professor
Room :
Pav F.
Tel :
+31 40-247 2681
Tel (internal) :
Email :


  • D70000 - Economics and Business Administration
  • D42200 - Social and public administration
  • Supply chain management
  • Production planning
  • Transport



Jan C. Fransoo is Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at TU/e. He was granted this position following a tenure of 22 years in the same school. His current full-time appointment is as Professor of Operations Management & Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University. He also serves as KLU’s Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board. He joined KLU in January 2018. Fransoo holds a Master of Science (ir.) degree in Industrial Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (dr.) degree in Operations Management and Logistics, both from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Professor Fransoo’s research studies operations, logistics, and supply chain management decision making in the retail, chemical, food, pharmaceutical and transport industries. His current research focuses in particular on retail distribution and channel management in developing markets, on intermodal container transport, and on sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains. His recent books include "Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities" and "Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy".

Fransoo has published over 130 academic journal articles and book chapters in journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Operations Research, Transportation Science, and European Journal of Operational Research. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Production and Operations Management and Operations Research, and on the Editorial Board of seven other academic journals.

During his tenure at Eindhoven, Fransoo was Founding Program Director of the MSc program in Operations Management & Logistics, and subsequently served as Dean of the University’s Graduate School and Director of the 4TU Institute of Technological Design. Fransoo co-founded Dinalog (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics), a Netherlands center of excellence in the area of supply chain management, and served as the academic member in the Strategic Platform for Logistics, setting the national research and innovation agenda in logistics, mandated by the Dutch government. As part from his academic activities, he has conducted dozens of projects with industry, mainly through and with his PhD, PDEng and MSc students, and has consulted with the World Bank and various national governments in developed and developing countries. Fransoo held visiting appointments at various universities, including Clemson University, Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is a regular visitor to Tsinghua University (China), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and the Tec de Monterrey (Mexico).