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Seminar: Industrial Excellence in an Uncertain World

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

This literature seminar focuses on “hot topics” in Production and Service Operations Management. Topics covered include, among others,

- Sustainability

  • Food Supply Chains
  • Returns Management in Ecommerce
  • Secondary Markets in Fashion

- Global Supply Chain Design Strategies

  • Hedging Tariff Risk – Likelihood, level and duration
  • Managing mass-customization in manufacturing
  • Production sourcing decisions – Is there reshoring of manufacturing?

- Digitalization of Supply Chains

  • Distributed Ledger Technology / Blockchain
  • Industry 4.0
  • Robotic process automation

Students have the choice to focus on the literature only or to include one illustrative industry application (based on interviews with company experts). The latter can lead to writing a case study and teaching note about that company.

Date Time
Wednesday, 29.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 05.03.2020 08:00 - 18:45
Presentation 20%

Seminar Paper 80%

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