Welcome to the Production Management Department chaired by Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier (Ph.D. Wharton 1991) since 1993. The Department has the following research areas:
- Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
- Global Supply Chain Management
- Retail & Business Analytics
- Real Options Analysis & Supply Chain Finance
Since 1995, the annual industry competition "Industrial Excellence Award Deutschland" (formerly "Die Beste Fabrik") – under the patronage of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) – is conducted jointly with the media partner Wirtschaftswoche and INSEAD. In parallel, AESE Business School in Portugal, Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain, HEC Paris in France, IESE in Spain, INSEAD in France, IMD in Switzerland, Koç in Turkey, SDA Bocconi in Italy and RSM and TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands determine their national champion. In Autumn, an overall West-European champion is awarded with the Industrial Excellence Award Europe (http://de.industrial-excellence-award.eu/home/).
The Center for Collaborative Commerce is affiliated to the Chair of Production Management (www.whu.edu/ccc).