Chair of
Production Management

Welcome to the Production Management Department chaired by Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier (Ph.D. Wharton 1991) since 1993. The Department has the following publications:

  1. Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
  2. Global Supply Chain Management and R&D Management
  3. Sustainability
  4. Operations Management-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics, International Commerce Review: ECR Journal
  5. Operations Management-Finance Interface: Blockchain, Real Option, Supply Chain Finance
  6. SSRN, Working Paper

Citation Overview Scopus

Since 1995, the Chair organizes jointly with INSEAD – under the patronage of The Federation of German Industries (BDI) – the annual industry competition "Industrial Excellence Award" (formerly "Die Beste Fabrik" with WirtschaftsWoche as media partner in Germany, 1995-2016) in Europe. The focus of the 4th Edition is on the formation and deployment of Digital Enterprise Strategy; target firms are startups and medium to large enterprises in industry and services. In parallel, AESE Business School in Portugal, Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain, ETH Zürich and IMD in Switzerland, HEC Paris and INSEAD in France, IESE in Spain, Koç in Turkey, LCL in Luxembourg, RSM and TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands, SDA Bocconi in Italy, Vlerick in Belgium and WU Vienna in Austria nominate their national champions. In Autumn, an overall European champion is recognized with the "Industrial Excellence Award Europe" (

In 2019, WirtschaftsWoche ranks Professor Huchzermeier in Top 250 of German academics for his life time publication track record; Arizona State University ranks WHU’s Supply Chain Management group 6th (down from 5th place, #1 in Germany) for empirically-focused journals and 114th (up from 148th place, #3 in Germany) for analytically-focused journals.   

The Center for Collaborative Commerce is affiliated with the Chair of Production Management (; the retail company real is supporting the department with a position of  Assistant Professor in Retail Analytics



Professsor Huchzermeier audits Fraunhofer’s Performance Center „Mass Personalization“

Today, Professor Huchzermeier acts as external auditor for the evaluation of Fraunhofer’s Performance Center “Mass Personalization”. 



Succesful dissertation defense of Daniel Ringbeck

Daniel Ringbeck successfully defended his dissertation „Retail Data Analytics - Personalized Online Shopping, Churn Prevention and Dynamic Pricing". 



Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier and Jannik Wolters presented research on Retail Analytics in WHU’s 1st Machine Learning Workshop

In their joint session on Retail Analytics, Professor Huchzermeier and Jannik Wolters presented latest research that was supported by data from the supermarket chain Real. Churn prevention through...



Sustainability at Scale: 18 New Factories of the Future Drive Impact in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This year, eighteen factories join the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network of leaders in applying the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Europe, among others,...



Green Belt Training for Bachelor and Master Students

As of Spring 2020, the Chair of Production Management offers online training for a certified Green Belt. Interested students should contact Elisa Schulze for registration. The fee is 300 USD. A...


Upcoming events

Inaugural issue of Management and Business Review (MBR)
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NEW Springer Book „Build Your Own Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology
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Industrial Excellence Award Germany 2020
Submission deadline: January 31, 2020
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Research Day
February 06-07, 2020
Campus Düsseldorf
(by invitation only)

31st Annual Conference
April 23-27, 2020
Minneapolis, USA

EURO Working Group on Retail Operations Meeting
May 06-08, 2020
Koc University
Istanbul, Turkey

Alumni Summer BBQ 
June 20, 2020
(by invitation only)

Supply Chain Thought Leaders (SCTL) 2020
July, 2020
Hanoi, Vietnam

24th Industrial Excellence Conference & Award Europe 2020
Fall 2020
IESE Business School
Barcelona, Spain

Annual Meeting 2020
November 8-11, 2020
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Maryland, USA

financial support among others