Lehrstuhl für Produktionsmanagement


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 Qualität for Industrielle Exzellenz
  2. Globales Supply Chain Management
  3. Sustainability
  4. OM-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics
  5. OM-Finance Interface: Blockchain, Realoptionen, 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).



New Course for Studium Generale on Business Mediation

Starting as of next semester, Dr. Edelbert Dold and Dr. Rainer Ponschab will expose WHU students in the Studium Generale to conditions for the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and...



Esteem for Employees as Key Success Driver

Prime Minister Malu Dreyer recognizes firms with Future Company Award 2018



Talk: “Performance Trade-Offs from Outsourcing and Offshoring in Complex Product Development”

Authors: Ole Frauen (Volkswagen), Arnd Huchzermeier & Jürgen Mihm (INSEAD)Abstract: Large organizations that develop complex products are faced with the question of how to allocate and...



Talk: “Sequencing mixed models on an assembly line with variable rate launching and open stations”

Authors: Tobias Moench & Arnd Huchzermeier Abstract: Introduction of new models on an assembly line pools demand risk, but also increases costs of idle time, utility work and space. By opening up...



Talk: “Proactive Retention Management in Retailing: Identifying, Predicting and Preventing Partial Defection”

Authors: Daniel Ringbeck, Dmitry Smirnov & Arnd Huchzermeier Abstract: Maintaining strong customer relationships is a top priority for retailers. We develop a framework for proactive retention...


Upcoming events

Inaugural issue of Management and Business Review (MBR)
Fall 2018
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XXII International Conference of the Society of Operations Management
December 20 - 22, 2018
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kozhikode, India
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Title: Approximate Dynamic Programming and Real Options Approaches for Sourcing Strategies under Supply Disruptions Risks

Authors: Purushottam Meena (New York Institute of Technology) and Arnd Huchzermeier

Submission Deadline ‚Industrial Excellence Award Germany‘
January 31, 2019
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Power of the Profession Awards 2019
Live Americas Peer Forum 2019   
February 3-7, 2019
Miami, Florida, USA
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Annual Research Day
- by invitation only -
February 8, 2019
WHU Campus Dusseldorf

Wissenschaftspreis 2019
February 20, 2019
Messe Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf
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4th Wharton Study Tour 2019
March 3-9, 2019
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CEIBS MBA Germany and Switzerland Module on Excellence in Manufacturing
Invited Keynote: Manufacturing Excellence in Germany
March 18, 2019

NEW Springer Book „Build Your Own Blockchain: A Practical Guide to D.L.T.”
April 2019

MoreSteam's Best Practice Conference 2019
April 2-4, 2019
WHU Campus Vallendar
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3rd College of Operational Excellence Mini-Conference
POMS 2019
May 2, 2019
Washington D.C., USA
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Ningbo Study Tour 2019
12-18 May, 2019

Department Summer BBQ
- by invitation only -
May 25, 2019

Manufacturing and Serice 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

financial support among others