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

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, HEC Paris and INSEAD in France, IESE in Spain, ETH Zürich and IMD in Switzerland, Koç in Turkey, RSM and TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands and SDA Bocconi in Italy nominate their national champions. In Autumn, an overall European champion is recognized with the "Industrial Excellence Award Europe" (

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



Designing the Right Global Supply Chain Network

In a recent article published by Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Professor Morris Cohen (University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School) and Professor Hau Lee...



SAVE THE DATE: Industrial Excellence Conference and Awards 2019 on December 04 at IESE Business School in Barcelona

This year's Industrial Excellence Conference and Industrial Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on December 4, 2019 at IESE Business School in Barcelona. More information



12 Top Business Schools start the Industrial Excellence Award 2020 in 9 European countries

The renowned industry competition IEA 2020 has been launched as of today by 12 Top Business Schools in 9 European countries. The questionnaire can be downloaded and is free of charge. For more...



Case Study and Case Article on Fendt forthcoming in INFORMS Transaction on Education

The case article and case study on “The Fendt VarioTakt: Revolutionizing Mixed-Model Assembly Line Production” are accepted for publication in INFORMS Transaction on Education. The case study is...


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 D.L.T.”

Industrial Excellence Award Germany 2020
Launch of new questionnaire
October 01, 2019
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Informs Annual Meeting 2019
October 20-23, 2019
Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington, USA
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Benefiz-Krimi in Koblenz
November 9, 2019
Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz
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Industrial Excellence Conference & Award
December 4, 2019
IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
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Family Christmas Brunch 
December 8, 2019
(by invitation only)

Industrial Excellence Award Germany 2020
Submission deadline: January 31, 2019
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Research Day
February 06-07, 2020
Campus Düsseldorf
(by invitation only)

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

financial support among others