Supply Chain Finance

In a globalizing economy, industrial value chains are becoming more complex and involve more countries and providers then ever before.

While goods flows within the chain are increasingly integrated and optimized, information and finance flows tend to remain fragmented. The credit crisis had revealed structural weaknesses. The cost of finance is rising, while suppliers, especially SMEs and those located in developing countries, have difficulties obtaining the credit they need. To address these costs and risks of supply chain disruption, large buyers are increasingly looking to manage the financial supply chain by taking an equally integrated view.


New models

Supply Chain Finance (SCF) deals with approaches and instruments that optimize transactions, working capital and the costs of the extended supply chains. New models could significantly improve access to finance or reduce the need to finance by unlocking the potential from within supply chains instead of relying on external creditors.

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Summary Michiel Steeman

Research experience

Michiel Steeman was selected as the inaugural holder of the Supply Chain Finance Professorship at Windesheim. He is also the founder and chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community that has already brought together over 30 leading business schools from more than 20 countries around the world who actively collaborate with companies, banks and governments in the developing field of Supply Chain Finance.

In 2012 he launched The Cool Connection, a business simulation and training tool that bridges the physical and financial supply chain by bringing together finance, sales, procurement and supply chain in a virtual decision making environment. 

Research focus

In the past years Michiel Steeman was already leading the development and implementation of new SCF solutions. At Windesheim, he is building a research team that will work together with large corporates to develop the next generation of Supply Chain Finance solutions.


Contact details
Dr. Michiel Steeman
Professor of Supply Chain Finance
+31 88 469 7985