Professor of Operations Management - Associate Dean for Research at the University of Sussex Business School. University of Sussex Visiting Faculty

Constantin Blome is Professor of Operations Management and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Sussex Business School. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Before Constantin was the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and affiliated with the Center of Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE). Constantin’s research interests include supply chain management, procurement, and operations management with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, and risk issues. In 2020, he received the highly cited research award from Clarivate in the category “cross-field”, highlighting the top 0,1% cited scholars. Constantin is also co-owner and board member of two companies: n-side is one of the fastest-growing companies in Belgium, specializing in optimization of energy markets and clinical trial supply chains ( At BBS, Constantin teaches classes related to supply chain management, operations management, and procurement.


The cross-sectionality of the logistics function and the value chain. Design and planning of the production system layouts. Management and forecasting of market demand. General criteria of programming and audit of production. Procurement and management of inventory and consumable materials. Evolution of just in time systems: from lean production to lean thinking. Automation of the information flow: from barcode to RFID technologies. Management of physical distribution.

Hybrid MBA English edition

The course focuses on the process of value creation in the operative system, clarifying the definition of the structural characteristics: the expanded production system and fixing the boundaries of the company; vertical integration policy and production decentralization; managing the material flow, stocks and warehouses; process of planning production activities; procurement policies and management of the supply system.

The course, to be held in an international business school, also encompasses current issues such as lean production, the use of RFID technologies and mass customization.

International Executive MBA