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Jan C. Fransoo is Professor of Operations Management & Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University. He also serves as the University’s Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board. He joined KLU in 2018 following a tenure of 22 years at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he still holds an honorary visiting professorship in its School of Industrial Engineering. 

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 120 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, Operations Research, and Decision Sciences Journal, and on the Editorial Board of several 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) and MIT (USA).

Academic background

Jan holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Operations Management & Logistics from TU/e. Following his PhD, he was awarded a 3-year fellowship by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, partly spent as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He has held a honorary visiting professorship at the University of Ljubljana and visiting appointments at the University of California and MIT. 


He joined TU/e's School of Industrial Engineering as a faculty member in 1996. He was founding Program Director of the MSc Program in Operations Management & Logistics and Director of the 4TU School for Technological Design - Stan Ackermans Institute. He is currently on the OPAC management team and Dean of the TU/e Graduate School. Jan is Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management, served on the editorial board of various other journals and published over 100 books, papers and journal. He frequently speaks in the Netherlands and abroad and serves on various boards and government committees.

Affiliated with

Kuehne Logistics University


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Research Output

Reaching 50 million nanostores: retail distribution in emerging megacities

Fransoo, J. C. (ed.), Blanco, E. E. (ed.) & Mejia Argueta, C. (ed.), 16 Oct 2017, Cambridge: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 421 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingProfessional

  • Supplying to mom and pop: traditional retail channel selection in megacities

    Ge, J., Honhon, D., Fransoo, J. & Zhao, L., Jan 2020, In : Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • A time-based policy for empty container management by consignees

    Legros, B., Bouchery, Y. & Fransoo, J. C., Jun 2019, In : Production and Operations Management. 28, 6, p. 1503-1527 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Inventory agility upon demand shocks: empirical evidence from the financial crisis,

    Udenio, M., Fransoo, J. C. & Hoberg, K., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Operations Management. 62, p. 16-43 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Sustainable supply chains: a research-based textbook on operations and strategy

    Bouchery, Y. (ed.), Corbett, C. J. (ed.), Fransoo, J. C. (ed.) & Tan, T. (ed.), 2017, New York: Springer. 517 p. (Springer Series in Supply Chain Management; vol. 4)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademic

  • Activities

    • 13 Editorial activity
    • 4 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 2 Membership of board
    • 1 Other

    Management and Business Review (Journal)

    J.C. (Jan) Fransoo (Editorial board member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Decision Sciences (Journal)

    J.C. (Jan) Fransoo (Editorial board member)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management Innovation (Journal)

    J.C. (Jan) Fransoo (Editorial board member)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Operations Research (Journal)

    Jan Fransoo (Editorial board member)
    2012 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Jan Fransoo (Visiting researcher)
    Jan 2011Aug 2011

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Press / Media

    Extreme scenario analysis for coronacrisis

    Jan C. Fransoo


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

    Jan C. Fransoo


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Paul Koenraad is the Graduate School’s new dean

    Jan C. Fransoo


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    A comparison of production planning strategies: a product vs. a capacity oriented approach

    Author: Hennink, A., 31 Dec 2006

    Supervisor: Fransoo, J. (Supervisor 1) & Flapper, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A global supply chain planning and control re-design at a re-manufacturing company

    Author: van Geest, R., 31 Dec 2007

    Supervisor: Fransoo, J. (Supervisor 1) & Kiesmuller, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A methodology for transport buying companies to estimate CO2 emissions in transport: application in Unilever European logistics

    Author: Özsalih, H., 15 Jan 2010

    Supervisor: de Kok, A. (Supervisor 1) & Fransoo, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master