Lehrstuhl für Produktionsmanagement


Welcome to the Production Management Department. The Department has the following research areas:

  1. Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
  2. Global Supply Chain Management 
  3. Retail & Business Analytics
  4. Sustainability
  5. 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, Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain, HEC Paris in France, IESE in Spain, INSEAD in France, 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).



2018 DZ BANK "Blockchain Research" Fellowship for Daniel Hellwig

Daniel Hellwig, external doctoral student of the Chair of Production Management, has been awarded the 2018 DZ BANK Fellowship on Transatlantic Business and Finance. Daniel will be conducting research...



Top-read article of California Management Review

The just recently published article „Returning Customers: The Hidden Strategic Opportunity of Returns Management” by Felix Johannes Röllecke, Arnd Huchzermeier, and David Schröder is among the...



WHU & McKinsey Digital-@-Scale Program

On Saturday, April 14th, 2018, Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier presented in the Digital Capability Center Aachen of McKinsey & Company a talk on „Managing Variety, Variability and Variance in...



The SCM Journal List ranks WHU’s SCM Group #5 in 2018 up from #7 in 2017

The 2018 SCM Journal ListTM university rankings are now available! To view the 2018 rankings, visit www.scmlist.com/home/university-rankings/. There are many rankings of supply chain...



Science Award 2018 Ceremony of the European Retail Institute

On February 28, 2018, Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier participated as jury member in the Science Award 2018 ceremony of the European Retail Institute in Dusseldorf. Young scientists as well as renown...


Upcoming events

WHU & McKinsey Digital at Scale Program
Slot II: May 4-5, 2018
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Invited Talk "Sequential capacity expansion options" by Dr. Benoît Chevalier-Roignant (King's College London)
April 26, 2018
WHU Research Seminar of the Supply Chain Management Group
Campus Vallendar
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Paper available here

Invited Talk “How Smart Salvaging Leads to Competitive Returns Policies: The Misperception of Intuitive Salvaging”
May 5, 2018
29th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
Houston, Texas, USA
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Invited Talk "Proactive Retention Management in Retailing: Identifying, Predicting, and Preventing Partial Defection“
May 23-25, 2018
Third EURO Working Group Meeting on Retail Operations
Technical University Eindhoven
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Springer Book "Supply Chain Finance: Integrating Operations and Finance in Global Supply Chains"
Publication date: June 8, 2018
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22nd Annual International Real Options Conference
June 21-23, 2018
WHU Campus Dusseldorf
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Supply Chain Thoughtleader Roundtable 2018 (organized by Harvard and Stanford)
July 16-18, 2018
Porto Business School
Porto, Portugal

"The Cool Connection" -
3rd Train-the-Teacher Workshop

August 30, 2018
WHU Campus Dusseldorf
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Industrial Excellence Course
October 2018
Kobe University, Graduate School of Business Administration
Kobe, Japan

Industrial Excellence Conference & Award 2018

4th Wharton Study Tour 2019
March 3-9, 2019