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

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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, ETH Zürich and IMD in Switzerland, HEC Paris and INSEAD in France, IESE in Spain, Koç in Turkey, LCL in Luxembourg, RSM and TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands, SDA Bocconi in Italy, Vlerick in Belgium and WU Vienna in Austria 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



Tobias Mönch, Arnd Huchzermeier and Peter Bebersdorf publish article in the International Journal of Production Research on Mixed-Model Assembly Lines

The International Journal of Production Research (ERIM S, Impact Factor: 3.199) accepted an article by Dr. Tobias Mönch (University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,...



Daniel Hellwig, Goran Karlic and Arnd Huchzermeier publish Springer book on Build Your Own Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology

As of May 2nd, 2020, the newly published Springer book on “Build Your Own Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology” is now available for purchase at, among others, or...



Tobias Mönch invited to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2021

Dr. Tobias Mönch (University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) has been nominated to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 2021. 



Succesful dissertation defense of Thilo Scholz

Thilo Scholz successfully defended his dissertation "Bottom-up Operations Strategy Formation".



Dmitry Smirnov and Arnd Huchzermeier publish article in the European Journal of Operational Research on Analytics for Labor Planning

The European Journal of Operational Research (ERIM P, Impact factor 3.806) accepted the article by Dr. Dmitry Smirnov, Project Manager - Inhouse Consulting at REWE Group in Cologne, and Prof. Dr....


Upcoming events

Power of the Profession Awards Ceremony
June 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CEST
Live Webinar

Research Day
WHU Campus Vallendar
June 19, 2020
(by invitation only)

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

Invited Talk on Retail Analytics
June 24, 2020
TUM School of Management
Technical University of Munich

NEW Springer Book „Build Your Own Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology
June 2020
more information

2020 POMS International Conference
July 6th - 8th, 2020
Kedge Business School, Paris, France

Supply Chain Thought Leaders (SCTL) 2020
July, 2020
Hanoi, Vietnam

CANCELLED: 24th Industrial Excellence Conference & Award Europe 2020
Fall 2020
IESE Business School
Barcelona, Spain

Inaugural issue of Management and Business Review (MBR)
November 2020
more information

Annual Meeting 2020
November 8-11, 2020
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Maryland, USA

Family Christmas Brunch
December 6th, 2020
(by invitation only)

Invited Semi-Plenary Talk
6th World Conference on P&OM
September 7-9, 2021
Nara, Japan

financial support among others