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REKIK Yacine

Yacine REKIK


Yacine Rekik is a Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at EMLYON Business School, France. He gained his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris. Before joining EMLYON, he occupied a Research Associate position at the Distributed Information & Automation Lab of the University of Cambridge (UK). The purpose of his research project is to develop a set of models that provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the benefits of the RFID technology on the performance of supply chains in terms of cost reduction and/or improvement of service levels. As a TOUPARGEL chair professor, he is also developing new and innovative Inventory and Routing policies taking into account the ecological footprint.


  1. 2015: HDR (Accreditation to Supervise Research). INSA Lyon 
  2. 2003/ 2006 : PhD in Industrial Engineering. Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP).
  3. 2002/2003 : Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Concentration: Supply Chain Management.  Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP).
  4. 1998/2001 : Industrial Engineering Degree.  Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs de Tunis (ENIT).


  1. Since 01/2008 : EMLYON BUSINESS SCHOOL: Full Professor of Operations Management
    Mission: Teaching and Research in the fields of “Operations Management”, “Supply Chain Management” and “Management Science”.
  1. 2010-2013 : EMLYON BUSINESS SCHOOL: Co-responsible of the Chair Toupargel: a partnership between EMLYON Business School and the TOUPARGEL group. Mission: Consulting missions and Research in the fields of “Geo-marketing”, “Supply Chain Management” and “Distribution Management”.
  1. 2007-2008 : UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: Research Associate within the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory
    Research and consulting activities on the impact of RFID on Supply Chain performances. Leader of the Work Package WP10 “Products in Service” of the European project BRIDGE (Building Radio frequency IDentification solution for the Global Environment).
     of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Teaching activities in the fields of «Inventory & production management », « Supply Chain Management » and « Operations Research ».
  1. 04/2003-10/2003: CENTRALE RECHERCHE SA: Research internship at the Industrial Engineering Lab of the Ecole Centrale Paris.
    Mission: Impact of the RFID technology on the performance of inventory systems.


  • From 2003, I am working on the impact of the RFID technology on the performances of supply chains. The RFID technology is considered by a large number of people as a breakthrough in product identification and data capture throughout the supply chains. While the development of the different parts needed in order to implement the RFID systems (hardware, software, standardization,...) is under way, it is also important to evaluate the impact of such technology on the performance of supply chains. Benefits of the RFID technology, in terms of cost reduction, are various and among them, the elimination of inventory record errors that are currently encountered in many supply chains may be considerable. The purpose of our research project is to develop a set of models that provide qualitative and quantitative insights on the benefits of the RFID technology on the performance of supply chains in terms of cost reduction and/or improvement of service levels. The starting point of our research is a real world observation: more and more companies are looking for other identification systems than the bar code technology enabling a more accurate tracking of products in supply chains. Most of them are also interested in evaluating the benefits of an advanced automatic identification system such as the RFID technology. They are interested in new functionalities associated with this technology in order to compare it with the performance enabled by the bar code technology. Our second observation concerns the inventory information system which is a major obstacle to achieving operational excellence. In fact, the inventory information system, in contrary to popular belief and assumptions in most academic papers and in spite of the considerable amounts invested in information technology, are often inaccurate. Our aim is to quantify the penalty resulting from the inventory inaccuracy issue and to analyze one of the improvements stemming from the deployment of the RFID technology, namely the benefit of having accurate inventory data.
  • From 2010 and thanks to the partnership signed between EMLYON Business School and the TOUPARGEL Group, I am working on designing innovative inventory and routing policies taking into account the environmental and particularly the CO2 emission as a constraint. The inventory routing problem (IRP) has attracted a particular interest, because it integrates two well-studied problems in supply chain management : inventory control and vehicle routing. These two issues have been traditionally dealt with independently, but their integration can have an impressive impact on overall system performance. Adding the green constraint to the inventory routing problem results in innovative and very interesting joint storage and distribution managerial insights.

Courses taughtTop

  1. Programme MSc :
    Operations Management
    Supply Chain Management
    Management Sciences
    Decision-Making Aid Method
    Data Base
  2. IMBA :
    Management Sciences
    IT and Operations Management 


  1. EMBA :
    Supply Chain and Operations Management

Research InterestTop

  1. Inventory Control
  2. Supply Chain Management
  3. Distribution Management
  4. RFID Impact Onsupply Chains
  5. Green Supply Chain