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Course material 2014


Message to the Master students

Course material available for sale at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEB).

* Course Project Management:
A book with all slides as well as the handboook: “Project Management with Dynamic Scheduling” are available for sale on Thursday 25/09, from 18h45 to 20h15 in the Foyer (FEB, Ghent).

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New publication: Machine Scheduling


New publication on Machine Scheduling

Using heuristics and exact methods in a hybridized way

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New publication: Statistical Project Control


New publication on Statistical Project Control

Finally, after years of hard work, our first paper on Statistical Project Control has been published in the flagship journal Omega - The International Journal of Management Science.

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PMI-Belgium University Contest 2011


PMI Belgium's University Contest

Remember the first edition in 2011

In 2011, the collaboration between myself, Stephan and PMI Belgium that already existed for years was extended by involving my students of the Project Management course module. It has led to the first University Contest with the winners Alexander De Cuyper, Jan Dierckx, Peter Van Vooren and Hristo Petrov for their paper entitled "Impact of methodology and software on the planning of a construction project".

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Operations Research in Spain


Optimization at the Mediterranean coast of Spain

A delegation of our Operations Researchers from the OR&S group at Ghent University are now in Barcelona, Spain for the 20th Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).

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PM Book Performance Report '13


Project Management Book Performance Report 2013

Only recently, I received a book performance report from Springer for my first two books I have written on Project Management, Measuring Time (2010) and Dynamic Scheduling (2012, second edition in 2014). Obviously, my third book, Integrated Project Management and Control, is not in the report yet since it has been published in 2014, which is not included in the report.

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University Contest 2014


PM at UGent: They did it again

University Contest 2014

When: Tuesday 20 May 2014
Where: FoMu (Fotomuseum) -  Waalse Kaai 47 - 2000 Antwerp
What: The chapter evening of PMI Belgium titled "Coach, how do we win this game?"

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Project Management: Why?


The Value of Project Management

The course "Project Management" given at Ghent University, Vlerick Business School and University College London relies on expertise and the OR&S research group and products from OR-AS. But why do we teach Project Management to these students?

The answer is given in the movie below. Get to know your learning outcomes, the topics covered, the essential readings and why you should subscribe and follow this training.

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Operations Management: Why?


Master in Operations Management

It isn't big data but big algorithms that is going to change the world.

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” (Leo Buscaglia)
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Operations Research in Machine Scheduling


Machine Scheduling

OR-AS' main focus is on Integrated Project Management an Control, but there is more. For example the research on hybrid (meta-)heuristic optimization for single machine, parallel machine and job shop scheduling problems.

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