IE University was incorporated in 2006 as part of the IE Higher Education Group (IE), a leading international group of higher education and research institutions (the IE Business School, the IE University and the IE Foundation) that was founded in 1973 and is known for its innovative and entrepreneurial character, dedicated to educating business leaders through programs based on the core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach.
IE is rooted in an international outlook, liberal humanistic approach to education, pioneering spirit, and a strong commitment to educating professionals and experts for an international vocation to make a difference in society. It provides a unique learning environment based on the key pillars of personalization, academic rigor, entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary integration, and balance between theoretical and practice-based learning. The Group has five Schools (Business, Law, Global & Public Affairs, Architecture & Design, and Human Sciences & Technology), and delivers Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees, and Executive Training Programs. IE counts with more than 55,000 alumni of more than 90 different nationalities, who hold positions in some 100 countries worldwide. Its faculty is composed of around 500 professors of more than 50 different nationalities. IE University has been ranked No. 24 in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017 by THE (Times Higher Education), No. 31 in Business & Management Studies by QS World University Rankings 2020, 2nd worldwide online MBA by Financial Times 2020, 5th worldwide for getting an investment banking job (Master in Finance) by Efinancial Carrers 2019 among others.
Many scholars of IE have gained international recognition and are widely indicated as leaders in their field. Research is an important mainstay for the institution, its faculty publish in the leading journals, most of them are co-authored with scholars from other very important European and extra-European academic institutions, providing vast opportunities for interdisciplinary, international collaboration. In the last four years, IE achieved 55 competitive research grants, including 1 ERC Starting Grant, 2 Marie Curies and 2 consortium projects, managing more than EUR 4.3 million for this period.
About the role in the CO-VERSATILE project:
IE will analyse the digital enablers that facilitate the development of key resilient capabilities for Supply Networks, such as visibility, agility, connectivity and collaboration. The challenge lies in achieving the right balance between digital technologies, supply processes, and organizations and how these dimensions have to be intertwined according to the idiosyncrasies of the particular disruption. IE will be in charge the data gathering for Supply Chain Risk Management Capabilities Assessment and the Supply Chain Risk Management Capabilities Assessment. They will adapt an assessment tool to assess the compatibility and complementarity of capabilities in all the facilities of the network and run an actionable analysis, based on structured and unstructured data. With the information captured from the digital systems and the surveys, a cluster analysis will be performed to group the multitier production facilities, depending on their existing capabilities to handle risks and flexibility, into smaller groups that have complementary performance characteristics. Recommendations will be created per cluster, according to the value proposition of each cluster, their current capabilities and performance metrics, and their digital maturity. Finally, several scenarios roasted in the clusters that serve the Digital Twin that is going to develop the SC Simulation model of Fraunhofer IML, will be created.