Professor Degraeve was responsible for establishing the school's first overseas campus in Dubai, serving as its first faculty director. This work led to his appointment as the inaugural Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professor of Innovation.
As Professor of Decision Sciences, Zeger won numerous teaching and research awards in recognition of his ability to engage students and contribute to knowledge.
He has contributed to executive development programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and North America for leading business, such as HSBC, Chevron, Cadbury Schweppes, Merck Serono and Rio Tinto. His consulting work has spanned operations management, logistics and supply chain management, environmental planning and purchasing strategy development, with clients such as the European Commission and McKinsey & Co.
In his research, Professor Degraeve focuses on how to create an organisational culture that fosters risk-taking, innovation and experimentation; and on the need to focus on decision-making quality rather than decision outcomes alone.
He has published more than 50 articles on decision making, optimisation, scenario analysis and risk assessment for leading journals, including Operations Research, Management Science and Harvard Business Review, and has won several awards. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences.