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 and R&D Management
- Operations Management-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics
- Operations Management-Finance Interface: Blockchain, Real Option, Supply Chain Finance
Since 1995, the annual industry competition "Industrial Excellence Award Germany" (formerly "Die Beste Fabrik") – under the patronage of The Federation of German Industries (BDI) – is conducted jointly with INSEAD. The focus of the 4th Edition is on Digital Enterprise Strategy. In parallel, AESE Business School in Portugal, Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain, HEC Paris and INSEAD in France, IESE in Spain, IMD in Switzerland, Koç in Turkey, RSM and TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands and SDA Bocconi in Italy determine their national champion. In Autumn, an overall European champion is recognized 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).