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

Citation Overview Scopus

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" (

In 2019, WirtschaftsWoche ranks Professor Huchzermeier in Top 250 of German academics for his life time publication track record; Arizona State University ranks WHU’s Supply Chain Management group 6th (down from 5th place, #1 in Germany) for empirically-focused journals and 114th (up from 148th place, #3 in Germany) for analytically-focused journals.   

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



Academic Partners of the IEA highly regarded in the FT European Business School Ranking 2019

Nine partner universities of the Industrial Excellence Award competition were among the Top 25 of the Financial Times European Business School 2019 ranking: HEC Paris (#1), SDA Bocconi (#3), Insead...



CineCoblenz Benefit Performance with Andrea Wolf and Hartmut Volle

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, a special cultural event took place at 6:30 p.m. in the WHU chapel. The actor couple Andrea Wolf and Hartmut Volle from Frankfurt performed the play "Love.... and...



Grifols wins the Industrial Excellence Award Europe 2019

During the Industrial Excellence Conference 2019, IESE, INSEAD and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management recognized Grifols of Spain with the prestigious “Industrial Excellence Award Europe 2019”....



Professor Huchzermeier präsentiert Keynote zum Industrial Excellence Award an der IESE Business School

On December 04, 2019, the 23rd Industrial Excellence Conference & Award event took place at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Professor Huchzermeier presented a plenary speech and...



15th academic partner kicks off the ‘Industrial Excellence Award 2020’ competition in Belgium

Vlerick Business School joins as 15th academic partner of the renowned industry competition ‘Industrial Exellence Award 2020’. Vlerick Business School is associated with both the Catholic University...


Upcoming events

Inaugural issue of Management and Business Review (MBR)
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NEW Springer Book „Introduction to Distributed Ledger Technology: Build your own Blockchain”

Industrial Excellence Award Germany 2020
Launch of new questionnaire
October 01, 2019
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Industrial Excellence Award Germany 2020
Submission deadline: January 31, 2020
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Research Day
February 06-07, 2020
Campus Düsseldorf
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Alumni Summer BBQ 
June 20, 2020
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financial support among others