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Sander De Leeuw


Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Sander is a fractional permanent appointment as Professor of Supply Chain Management. An industrial engineer by background, Sander's specialist subject is Supply Chain Management, with a specific focus on humanitarian aid supply chains, web-shop logistics and behavioural operations management. He has authored numerous papers on a variety of topics in supply chain management. Sander teaches in the Operations Module of the Executive MBA programme as well as a variety of other NBS courses. Sander is also an associate professor at VU University Amsterdam.

Career overview

Sander has extensive industrial experience as a management consultant at amongst others KPMG. He has held academic positions at MIT's Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development (USA), at Babson College (USA) and at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands). Sander has an MSc and a PhD in Industrial Engineering/Management Science from Eindhoven University (the Netherlands).

Research areas

Sander's research utilizes a variety of methodologies, including surveys, case study research, experiments and big data analysis but he has also co-authored Operations Research papers. He has a particular interest in problems that are relevant to practice and always attempts to span the boundary between academia and practice in his work.

Current research
Sander is supervising 4 PhD students in humanitarian logistics with topics focused at on the one hand the more technical side of operations, including inventory management and facility location, and on the other the organizational side, including performance management and decision behaviour.

Sander is furthermore active in research on webshop logistics, an area in which he recently obtained a large grant in the Netherlands. Work in this area focuses at assortment planning, consumer behaviour in relation to supply chain management, and on identifying best practices in logistics offerings of websites in an international context.

A third area where he is active is behavioural operations management, where he is analysing team behaviour during gameplay in operations management games.

Please visit the NTU Doctoral School website for information on doctoral research opportunities at NBS.

External activity

  • associate professor of logistics at VU University Amsterdam
  • visiting lecturer at University of Pretoria from 2001 to date in the executive programme on logistics
  • guest editor of a special issue in International Journal of Operations and Production Management (to appear 2014) and International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management (to appear in 2014)
  • reviewer for all major Operations Management journals
  • co-chair of the 4th Production & Operations Management World Conference annex 19th EurOMA conference in Amsterdam, 2012
  • member of the organizing committee of the 2015 conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), Amsterdam
  • academic practice leader at the Supply Chain forum for World Vision International
  • member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management