Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

René de Koster is professor of Logistics and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research interests are warehousing, terminal, and behavioural operations. He is author/editor of 8 books and 160 papers in journals, including TS, JOM, POM, IISE Transactions, IEEE TEM, IJOPM, IJPR, EJOR etc. He is associate editor or member of the editorial boards of 11 academic journals, including Transportation Science (AE), Operations Research (AE), and Journal of Operations Management (until 2015). He is member of several international research advisory boards (ELA: European Logistics Association, BVL: Germany (, AIRL: France, University of Pisa, Aalto University), chairman of Stichting Logistica (, and founder of the Material Handling Forum ( He holds the Francqui chair for Hasselt University in 2018.

His research has received several awards (IIE Transactions 2009, 2016; Journal of Operations Management finalist 2007), Academy of Management best paper finalist 2013).