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 research areas:

  1. Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
  2. Global Supply Chain and R&D Management
  3. Sustainability
  4. Operations Management-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics
  5. 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 (

The Center for Collaborative Commerce is affiliated to the Chair of Production Management (



Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier, Cem Mercikoğlu and Thilo Scholz publish article titled “Employee Engagement Guide for Leaders” in HBR Türkiye

Harvard Business Review Türkiye published in its July 2019 issue an article titled “Employee Engagement Guide for Leaders”. Authors of this article are Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier, Cem Mercikoğlu...



Prof. Dr. Torbjørn Netland from ETH Zürich joins Industrial Excellence Award Switzerland as Academic Co-Director

Prof. Dr. Torbjørn Netland, Chair of Production and Operations Management (POM), ETH Zürich, Switzerland, will join as Academic Co-Director of the Industrial Excellence Award Switzerland...



E-Commerce Operations Management Course for Startups from Berlin

In the week of June 3rd, Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier taught 30 delegates from startup companies the latest research on E-Commerce Operations Management. He was supported by invited top managers from...



Professor Rita Difrancesco, EADA Business School, on “Optimal In-store Fulfillment Policies for Online Orders in an Omni-channel Environment”

Professor Rita Difrancesco (Dr. WHU 2015) is currently Assistant Professor of Operations at the Department of Marketing, Operations and Supply of EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain....



Developing Effective Returns Management Programs: Insights from Research & Practice

On May 23rd, Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier presented latest research—joint with Dr. Felix Röllecke—on “Developing Effective Returns Management Programs: Insights from Research & Practice” at the...


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.”

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Conference 2019
June 30-July 2, 2019
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Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable 2019
July 22-24, 2019
Gates Foundation
Seattle, Washington, USA

Global Supply Chain Strategies: How to Survive and Prosper in a Trade War
September 27, 2019
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C., USA
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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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financial support among others